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

1 "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'

2 "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility." Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia in his address to the U. S. congress

3 "We are opening our senses to the web of relationships, the deep ecology, in which we have our being. Like our primordial ancestors, we begin again to see the world as our body and (whether we say the word or not) as sacred." Joanna Macy, Ph.D., 'The Great Turning'

4 "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'

5 "Now we are being called upon to expand our definition of love, to understand it and embody it in all of its richness and complexity." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

6 "There's a level on which we are all one consciousness, deeply connected to the one mass consciousness." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

7 "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'

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 "Our inner development as persons comes about as we are able to bear the wholeness of the opposites, to experience them as mutually completing, as interdependent and interpenetrating, in some sense simultaneous. To see them, in other words, as alive, moving, and interweaving, like the distinct and yet interflowing rivers that course through the oceans." Mary Caroline Richards, poet and teacher, 'Separating and Connecting: The Vessel and the Fire'

10 "The universe is impersonally invested in evolving toward goodness and uses any available conduit for the purposes of doing so." Marianne Williamson, 'Spiritual Politics'

11 "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

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

13 "We are a family. White Buffalo Woman reminds us that we are more than family, we are one with each other. 'Whatever you do to any other thing or being in the circle of life', she exhorts us, 'you do to yourself, for you are One.'" Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty'

14 "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'

15 "Any step that I take in my life of true healing, of true integration so that I really shift my experience, affects everyone in the world and affects what's happening in the world." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium'

16 "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'

17 "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'

18 "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'

19 "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'

20 "Myth is always about soul-making and about the pathos that accompanies the journey of the soul as it travels from out-moded existence to the amplified life in the kingdom. Thus it has much to teach us about where we are right now and where we are headed." Jean Houston, 'Living in One's and Future Myths'

21 "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'

22 "One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey'

23 "We are being invited to an opening of our hearts and a deeper awareness of our souls, to an experience of the energy of love which is, in fact, our essence and to infuse it into every arena of our existence. What this means, very simply, is that we need to love more. We are being called to more conscious love, more kinds of love, more capacity to love, more freedom to love, more valuing of love, more trusting that love will carry us to where we need to go, more capacity to feel love that is constantly being offered to us in a myriad of forms – by lovers and strangers, by plants and animals and trees, by flowers and children, and by the gentle Earth itself. We are being asked to become creators of the changes through which, subtly, and with beauty, our world will become ever more infused with love." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'

24 "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'

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite