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The Fabric of the Future
M. J. Ryan, editor
Women visionaries illuminate the path to tomorrow.

1 "What will happen when the storytellers emerge? What will happen when 'the primal mind' sings of our common origin, our stupendous journey, our immense good fortune? We will become Earthlings. We will have evoked out of the depths of the human psyche those qualities enabling our transformation from disease to health. They will sing our epic of being, and stirring up from our roots will be a vast awe, an enduring gratitude, the astonishment of communion experiences, and the realization of cosmic adventure." Brian Swimme, 'Evolution Extended'

2 "The only way to come home to spirit is to allow our love nature, Eros, to be stronger than fear. Easy to say, difficult to practice. We need to bless those who challenge us to be fully loving; they mirror to us where we may withhold our love by being close-hearted, half-hearted, and weak-hearted. They are great teachers for us, and remind us that the greatest remorse for human beings is love unexpressed." Angeles Arrien, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

3 "We inhabit a participatory universe, influencing and being influenced on a cellular level by everything that is around us." Dawna Markova, Ph.D., author and organizational mythologist, 'From Rut to River: Co-creating a Possible Future'

4 "Globally, we are at the birthing gate. We are at a time in history where collectively we are laboring to give birth to a new world." Angeles Arrien, anthropologist and author, 'Transformation in the Millennium'

5 "Love is an energy. We don't experience it in the abstract. We experience it through the medium of our relationships. And so it is that the infusion of love that is being asked for above all is an enriching of all our relationships, our relationships with our spouses and lovers, with our parents and children, with the people with whom we work, and even with our enemies and strangers." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love', quoted

6 "Part of the information that we need now is an awareness of the indivisibility of our relationship with each other – peoples of all races, nationalities, ethnicities, and classes – and with the Earth and all her creatures." China Galland, 'The Black Madonna and the Limits of Light: Looking Underneath Christianity, A Teaching for Our Time'

7 "Spirit is crying out to us to become expressions of the gifts she offers in all we do and are. She is calling us to profound, radical, lasting change." Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, 'The Age of the Spirit'

8 "Some wheels of life are turning just now, some already have turned, some will begin to turn at any moment. These forces in concert were called many things – Divine Providence, Fate, the Astrological Ages. All these names denote a kind of order, a dependable system which we don't quite fully understand but that we know is present." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

9 "Organisms shape themselves in response to their neighbors and their environments. All respond to one another, co-evolving and co-creating the complex systems of organization that we see in nature. Life is systems-seeking. It seeks organization. Organization is a naturally occuring phenomenon. Self-organization is the powerful force by which Gaia created herself through relationships, creating all the living systems we see. She knows how to organize from the inside out, from partnering with neighors rather than from imposition and control." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'

10 "There is a web of Being moving all of life forward, beyond that which we can control or manipulate. That numinous web is evident to our deeper awareness whenever we take time to quiet ourselves in nature." Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty'

11 "The (mythic) stories of spiritual principals who are everywhere and all at once recalls the finding in quantum physics concerning the ways in which everything is part of everything else – every electron having knowledge and influence upon every other electron – and each one of us is ubiquitous throughout the great hologram that is our universe." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

12 "In the old days, checking in with your soul was called 'prayer'. Daily prayer, in the morning and at night, is a time to turn your attention within. Teach the practice of prayer to your children; it's a mind-relaxing skill, and it allows the inner picture to synthesize. It doesn't matter what name you use for God; it only matters that you feel you are talking to God, to your conception of the divine. Then you will be linked with that energy. The flow will be with you." Z Budapest, 'Harmonizing with the Fates'

13 "Everything in nature is cyclical and opposites are in balance. In the natural world you have opposites, like day and night, but they're not in opposition; they're complements to each other. They're part of one whole, and you have to have both. One isn't 'good' and the other 'evil'. The more that we can start to look at the world in this way again, the more integrated we can be." Starhawk, author and founding minister of the Covenant of the Goddess, 'Envisioning the Future'

14 "Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'

15 "The ancient Sanskrit metaphor of Indra's Net and the modern formulation of quantum physics remind us that we are all woven together. The human challenge is to become fully aware of, full participants in, and fully conscious co-creators of the historic, the mythic, and the unitive realms, especially in times like ours when we are invited by the very depths of being to become co-creators of the future. As Zora Neale Hurston has said, 'There are years that ask questions and years that answer them.' I would add that these are the times. We are the people. And we are living in the answering years." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

16 "Just as everyone of us has a genetic code, so each of us has a genius code which holds our unique creativity….In our genius are the ideas, projects, and capacities needed to transform ourselves and our world." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey'

17 "Serving the global vision through our personal vision may change thousands if not millions of lives, and in turn change our world." Rama Vernon, President of the Center for International Dialogue, 'Manifesting the Vision'

18 "Our hearts are the rivers through which God's love flows. They are the eminent domain of divine energy and possess an intelligence greater than any other aspect of our being. Love emanating from our heart-center is a powerful force that unleashes the very creative energy of the universe." Sue Patton, psychotherapist and author, 'A Deep and Holy Hunger: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine in Daily Life',

19 "We each have an opportunity right now to contribute to the evolution of ourselves, our species, and the planet as a whole. Everyone is needed. Everyone's genius fits into some evolving need of the whole system." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius: The Heroine's Journey'

20 "Over the last several centuries we have moved steadily through the various epochs of our human evolution – from survival and conquest to rational thought and technological grandeur. Our frontier, now, is our own inner being – discovering our spiritual essence, accessing the love that resides in each of us, and offering it as a gift to the world." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

21 "Goodness is our inherent nature." Cheri Huber, Zen teacher, 'There Is Nothing Wrong with Us'

22 "When we are being who we are and honestly living with inspired integrity, we automatically inspire the imaginations of everyone we encounter." Jamie Sams, 'Messages for the Women of the Millennium'

23 "There is a 'higher' power guiding us even in moments of greatest distress." Rama Vernon, President of the Center for International Dialogue, 'Manifesting the Vision'

24 "When White Buffalo Calf Woman came among us bringing the Sacred Pipe which represents wholeness and holiness – the respectful honoring of our unity with all things – she reminded us of its importance for the continuance of Life itself. Ken Carey in 'Return of the Bird Tribes' brings us her words: 'Creation does not take place where there is a scattering and dissipation of energies,' she explained, 'Creation requires a gathering together and focusing of your power within a circle of commitment – like a seed, an egg, a womb or a marriage. If you would create and not destroy, you must remember always the Sacred Hoop. Consider wisely the ways in which you would use your power and then around those ways draw the sacred circle of commitment. In the warm atmosphere of that circle, the power of love builds and builds like a storm above the wet summer prairie until the circle can hold no more and explodes in the conception of the new." Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty'

25 "A life of love and effort on behalf of the collective good promises the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you were born to do." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite