What if we all meet — in the middle — to take our shoes off, sit on the floor and roll around for a bit, before beginning the work of dreaming the world we want to walk in.
What if we all meet —at dusk —to watch the moon rise, and to sing a hallelujah.
What if those who gather are artists and politicians, teachers and mail carriers, front desk workers and chiefs of police.
What if those who gather are dishwashers and lawyers, tribal leaders and midwives.
What if you and I and everyone else takes a deep breath, closes our eyes, and dreams.
I can’t help but think of the Defense Council in Starhawk’s book, The Fifth Sacred Thing, which I have mentioned before in this very newsletter.
Do you remember this Defense Council I am speaking of?
This Defense Council made up of all the old ladies who lived in Starhawk’s San Francisco?
They gathered every week to dream, journey, and drop into the deepest part of their collective imagination.
From that place they came up with the solutions and strategies that would ward off outside invaders who were forever threatening their way of life.
Can we do that?
Can we be the ones who imagine and dream a world beyond what we know?
Can we be the ones who catch each other as we fall and surrender into curiosity, inquiry, and delight?
Helga is my new favorite podcast.
It probes and queries into questions of art making.
Art making that includes falling.
Art making that includes surrender.
Art making that includes awakening, imagining, and dreaming.
On this darkest day of the year, have a cup of tea, curl up underneath a warm blanket, and take a listen to this.
“I was deciding between seeing the Dali Lama and coming to class today. I choose class. Me too!!” -- Simone and Suzzy, students who are currently taking class.
4. The next Dog Dance is on Friday, January 20th.
It will be the 9th showing of this work in an on-going series of performances
Come if you can.
It is also a place to imagine:
"Wonder. I'm thinking about wonder." -- Helen Turner, audience member. With Warmth, Joanna of Joanna and The Agitators sweetly agitating/persistently upending www.joannaandtheagitators.com