Think of THIS Instead!!

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 Hello T.R.I.B.E. Friends and Fellow Travelers,

Almost a decade ago I entered into an intense learning cycle that involved facing some of my deepest fears. (Spoiler alert- I made it over

😁

).

This is of interest because there really is something to be said for getting brave and plunging into places we have avoided,

IF

we are able to stay connected to our deeper truth and our super powers while on the journey.

It isn't easy, but it

is

worth it.

This is the  essence of the Hero's/ Heroine's Journey Joseph Campbell teaches about. The pitfalls we encounter along the way...are almost laughable from the other side of the scary ravine we have conquered.

We are in a pretty tumultuous time right now on Planet Earth, and I suggest that the tools that are required for navigating what often feels like madness, come from taking that depth journey within.

Paramahansa

Yogananda

said "Pick a Path, ANY Path, and go deeper". Jesus says "The TRUTH will set you free". And it always does.

I would like to share a technique with you, from the wisdom of Emmett Fox, my favorite teacher of what is called New Thought. He calls this The Golden Key.

Here it is:

When you are facing any difficult situation or circumstance, rather than struggling through the intricacies of the "problem"...Think of God instead.

That's it!

You might call God The Universe, or your Higher Power, Jesus, Great Spirit, The Tao, Buddha or Mohammad...but the point is to get beyond personality and debate, and think of this force that breathes us instead.

I find that the Arts...singing, dancing, painting, composing, writing, photography, spiritual gardening...also add BEAUTY to the mix, and connect us to something eternal. And beauty is an elixir for despair. The Native American Beauty Path has recognized this for

Millenia

. Walk...with beauty.

The hermetic abstract expressionist painter Alice Martin said  it this way: "Beauty is the Mystery of Life".

I agree beauties.

So...Try it!

It works.

Stay strong:)

Think of God instead.

Peace out... and love,

Jane

P.S. You can access some spiritual practises and ideas from the world's religions in my book- The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality. And, as Ram

Dass

reminds us- "We are all just walking each other home."

xoxoxoxo

 J

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Me Too...too

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I was raised to defer to men. I learned that lesson well, as did so many women I know. We are the ones who behaved as nice friendly girls in the company of men, long after we had become adult women. This way of navigating the world is a skill set that comes as second nature to many professional women…and is not one that we learn in MBA or Conservatory programs.  It is a way of being taught to us by other women, by television and film and advertising norms, by fashion magazines.

I can say “Me too” a hundred times, and many of you can too… Right now we are in the middle of a giant cultural shift, and a collective voice is beginning to emerge. Some of us are hearing our own voices again for the first time in many years!

And that voice is connected to our soul. We are retrieving our souls.

The process of soul retrieval is one that shamans have enacted through ceremony, and the idea is to call us back from the false self…through the personas that we have thought we needed, and back to our original life path. Think of the process of soul retrieval using the 12-Steps as a kind of lock system…like large boats utilize as they navigate an elevation. If you have ever seen this amazing process, you know that the final body of water the boat is going to join seems impossible to reach at the start. But the lock system slowly fills up the section supporting the boat at one level, and section- by- section, the boat rises…fully supported by water…until it easily sails into the higher body of water.

“The 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are an authentic spiritual path. They are an organic, developmental healing process, a series of inner moves, first discovered by a group of hopeless drunks in the mid-20th Century United States, who became the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous They have evolved to become a part of a much larger cultural/spiritual shift, and have birthed a kind of 12-Step Nation.” (The Gateways- pg xiii)

The Gateways adds to the process of 12-Step spiritual work, many Inter-Spiritual Body/Mind/Spirit tools for practicing that spirituality individually or in community. I hope you will find power and healing in this system if you are seeking to retrieve the deep and resonant sound of your own soul’s voice.

From victimhood and identity theft, to reintegration and full expression…filling in the empty spaces one step at a time. Welcome home!

Happy to be on the journey with you.

Jane

You can find The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality- Dynamic Practices that Work (Sacred Stories Publishing 2016) on Amazon.com, through SacredStories Publishing.com, and other online Booksellers Worldwidetribe-2

Big Mistake on Page Fifty-nine!!!

I wrote a book- The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality Dynamic Practices that Work It took me 3 full years to write and format the book, and a large investment of money, hours and hours of time, passion, heart, soul and hard work...major hard work.

My book was picked up by a wonderful publisher, and launched in September of 2016. What an exciting time that was!!  I was a nervous wreck and had a panic attack trying to figure out how to do a podcast. Sacredstoriespublishing.com.

The Gateways is not targeted at people recovering from addiction so much as those of us who missed some developmental steps along the way, and are always trying to fill those in.  It does use the wisdom of the 12-Steps as a wonderful infrastructure/ladder for anchoring our internal structures. My first inspiration in this idea came from my years of studying Early Childhood Education, and the trailblazing work in developmental psychology, of Jean Piaget, and I have been working with these ideas ever since.  You see, I am one of those people who had some filling-in of the infrastructure to accomplish in order for me to really contribute.  So this book is about tools I used to support my journey home...to myself, in the hope that some of those will work for you too.

I have received many interesting comments and questions about The Gateways over this year,  but one that really woke me up was from someone who lit into a list of typos she found...some of which were actually typos and some that were not.

But one of them really bothered/bothers me. One of my absolutely favorite quotes is MIS-ATTRIBUTED on Page 59!! I have no idea how this slid by our myriad edits, but the truth is, it happened.

I will tell you what it is in a second, but this whole situation has really brought forth so much great learning for me...and here is the big take away:

Shame is toxic, freaking out over mistakes ...especially typos- is ridiculous, and sometimes pointing out these things allows others to do as we have done...BE HUMAN!! Also, one of my favorite lessons from the wise ones in my life is this: "We grow stronger in the broken places."

So how about that? Where do you feel broken and maybe unable to just say it, admit it, even flaunt it? What are you hiding about yourself because you feel that if that secret you are carrying were known, you would lose credibility or love or approval?

The funny thing is that my book is so full of Inter-spiritual, psycho-spiritual tools and wisdom and humor and beauty...and the promotion of it has in some ways almost made me forget the miracle of my giving birth to it!!  So I am glad this "mistake" conversation arose!!

The challenge of creating any thesis that pushes the conversation about spirituality/religion, psychology/holistic healing forward, is that every new idea threatens the status quo.  But thank God for the dreamers and visionaries!! We need to keep moving and to live the lives WE are created to live...not a carbon copy of somebody else's dream.

And creating can be messy! Actually, it is by definition -birthing something out of nothing- and that is...well, MESSY!!

So as this very strange and challenging year draws to a close, my wish for you...for all of you- is to make LOTS OF MISTAKES in the service of a Big Vision.  And while you are creating, see what grows stronger in that place where the break happened...the one where you got fired, or broke up with somebody or ...you know ...the big stuff we all deal with in life. But really...the VISION is the thing...Jump into the vision!!! We so need your beautiful voice. Let me say this again: WE NEED YOUR VOICE!!!

Ready for the quote?  It is, as I have said, one of my FAVORITES!!! It is by T.S. Eliot, NOT W.H. Auden Whew...Both great writers...but this one is by Mr. Eliot...in the green colored box at the bottom right of Page 59...final quote of three:

"We shall not cease from exploration, and in the end of all our exploring we will arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

Isn't that so fantastic? It really speaks to the spiral growth we engage as we journey deeper into the not obvious truths. And it affirms the journey of exploration while at the same time, reminding us that the real journey is home...to ourselves, and to truths hidden in plain sight. Just LOVE this idea!!

I honestly thank the person who took the time to go through my work so carefully and point this HUGE mis- attribution to me. I am honored that they are interested enough in the work to look for inconsistencies, and then to help me to think about these things.

Happy New Year T.R.I.B.E. friends and fellow travelers. Please check out the work on Janegalloway.com. My plan is to create a rich and inspirational resource for you at that address. As Ram Dass reminds us "We are all just walking each other home."

So happy to be on that journey with you.

With love,

Jane

 

How to have more in a have not world...create it!!!

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The world seems to be going a bit mad these days. This is not a political observation. It is way bigger than that. For a variety of reasons, some of which we are aware and many of which we aren't, a huge tumult has come upon our systems,  our planet and our communities, and much that has been hidden is coming to light. Traumas small and large are being stimulated by some of this breaking loose of old material, and when we are "triggered" as humans, we sometimes forget the amazing powers of co-creation we possess...the power of a WORD fitly spoken.

The bible tells us that the WORD becomes flesh. Metaphysically speaking, we know that even thoughts are things, and that words are an out picturing of our thoughts. What we tell ourselves resonates at the cellular level to create a vibratory force field that in fact becomes OUR WORLD. What you think, matters. What you say MATTERS. Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, and verbally repeating old traumas convinces our inner selves that it is happening all over again in the here and now, and perpetrates our trauma on those we tell about it.

I want to suggest some power words to you that you can use to change your experience, and those of our world. If you keep repeating what you don't want, that is what you are re-creating believe it or not!  Are you up for trying ? Ok, ready?

Here are 10 words to build a beautiful tomorrow: Healing, Wholeness, Good, Strong, Exciting, Creative, Funny, Inspirational, Abundant, Enthusiastic.

See if you can use these words at least once a day for a week. It is really hard to talk about awfulness when you use empowering words, and once you discover how much better you feel...you might add them to your vocabulary permanently.

Ok? Are you up for it?  Let's go for it!!!  We can create this thing one power thought, word and vision at a time!!  Let me know how it goes. zjaneg@gmail.com, janegalloway.com, Tribealive.org...all places to discover some cool ideas.

And while you are at it, check out my new book too!! The Gateways- The Wisdom of 12-Step Spirituality./ Sacredstoriespublishing 2016.  You can get it on Amazon, and learn so many tools for changing the vibe you won't believe it. Actually, if you want to get at the stuff that is holding you back, understand it and let it go for good, you need The Gateways. It's a Wellness approach to the deep work that is actually fun.

OK!!! Let's change the world!  Power up!!

Sending love from the quantum field,

Jane

 

 

 

Hello Out There!!!

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends!!

It is my GREAT PLEASURE to invite you all to take a look at the work I have been completing for the past three years ...Well I have been developing it for way longer than that, but the actual writing and compiling of this work has taken three years of steady writing, editing, physical therapy from sitting too long,

Please take a look at the GoFundMe Link below, and if you are able, make a donation.

Can't wait to see you all at some Book Signing or Teaching event in your city SOON

https://www.gofundme.com/mv2ervf4

With love and appreciation across the quantum field.

Jane

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I Forgive You

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. friends,

NADINE COLLIER, DAUGHTER OF VICTIM ETHEL LANCE “I forgive you. You took something very precious away from me. I will never get to talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you, and have mercy on your soul. … You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. If God forgives you, I forgive you.”

These words, and the deep conviction underlying them, changed a nation. They surely changed me. In a moment of unfathomable pain and loss, the daughter of 87 year old Ethel Lance was able to show us all that forgiveness is a spiritual principal that does NOT presuppose an absence of pain, but rather frees the person wronged, to continue to live.

The spiritual maturity of this woman, this suffering daughter, was missed by so many. Her forgiveness was not facile, nor was it letting the perpetrator off the hook. Her deep conviction and forceful insistence upon forgiving gave the responsibility back to the person who caused the pain, and the ultimate rectification to God. To miss the astonishing power of this teaching is to miss a lot.

A speaker at the 80th Birthday celebration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, held in Anaheim, CA this last week, in dialogue with His Holiness and other Nobel Laureates, made the point clear that Compassion without Wisdom is futile. Seeking deeper understanding of our own and others' emotional motivations, reconnecting to the wisdom of nature, studying and learning and most of all, ACTING in the interest of the elimination of nuclear weapons, and to level the playing fields in education and economics, is the definition of Empowered Compassion.

And most important of all, the message of two days of dialogues with wise ones, is that if you are utilizing "enlightenment" in a way to simply serve yourself, it is not enlightenment, but narcissism.

Thank you Nadine Collier, for showing a nation a living example of the cost and the power of empowered compassion. Thank you His Holiness, for your searing intelligence and dedication to your own daily practice.

"Anyone can whistle, that's what they say, easy. Anyone can whistle, any old day, easy...What's hard is simple, What's natural comes hard. Maybe you can show me how to let go, lower my guard, learn to be ...free. Maybe if you whistle; Whistle for me."

Stephen Sondheim

#BeginWithin, #WisdomPath #JustDoIt

Whistling...

With love, Jane

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The Personal Is Political

tribe-2 Dear TRIBE Friends,

Diana Vreeland, Yoko Ono, Lauren Hutton, Inèz de la Fressange, Angela Davis,,Betsey Johnson, Cicely Tyson, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Simone De Beauvoir, Audre Lord, Diane Von Furstenberg, Miuccia Prada, Anne Lamott, Benazir Bhutto, Kimora Lee Simmons, Smart. powerful, stylish, brave women. And they each have spoken their truth through a personal style that is decidedly individual and brave.

The question about personal style is one that is endlessly fascinating. Most actresses are taught from their first acting class that having "actress length hair" and a neutral palate of other personally identifying style attributes are a requisite for being a tabula rasa upon which a character may be drawn. This kind of makes sense of course, but the craft of the artist is to be able to be a chameleon when needed. Wigs exist..., but the imagination of the writer/director/producer/studio is not to be taxed . Actresses are to be blank canvases, clay if you will, through whom a character may be brought to life.

And actresses are basically an extension of the role of women in our world. Women...and children...and marginalized folks of all description, remain a canvas upon which the power games of the dominant androcentric imagination are played out...for better or for worse.

The artist Cindy Sherman has made a career out of looking at this idea of identity and women. She utterly transforms herself into myriad versions of a woman, through costume and make up and setting...all using herself as the canvas. She then photographs her creation.

"The personal is political" is a phrase that was collectively created during Stage Two feminism, and it motivates the opening of "private" or "social " matters .through the lens of ones' personal experience. It is a radical act to tell one's story, to assert one's experience. This is ESPECIALLY true for woman or anyone who is marginalized. The act of creation, of volition, is usually reserved for a dominant POV. And so we often feel more comfortable seeing ourselves through that lens too...but chances are, that ISN'T your real voice.

In other words, YOU getting to know yourself at a deep level, and then telling YOUR stories boldly should open others to have insights and 'ah has'...and to find their OWN voices as well. Of course, until we know our truth, it is impossible to speak it. Many, if not most, of the world's religions tell us how to look at ourselves, and there can be dire consequences for questioning the roles that supposedly come to us from God.

Even Goddess religions have internal systems of hierarchical oppressiveness at their organizational core! This came as a shock to a colleague of mine who was doing her PhD on the subject. So this means that you can dress up in a bunch of flowing gowns or gender bending clothes, and still be channeling a poison pedagogy or teaching method, and saying it comes from God! It is crazy!! Honestly? Our truth resides within...and the greatest gift we can give the world is to really get to know ourselves, and then tell our story in a way that frees others to do the same.

When you talk, whose voice do YOU use? Who are YOU?

That is always the question. Listening...

Jane

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Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour and YOU,

tribe-2 Hey T.R.I.B.E.!!

On May 17th, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC opened "Yoko Ono- One Woman Show 1960-1971." This is a show that could have been done years ago, and Ms Ono is actually much more interested in her current and emerging work.

See, in 1971, Ms Ono DID a CONCEPTUAL show at MOMA...even though the museum didn't officially recognize it ! She advertised the show, printed a catalogue for it, and posted a sign at the door of the museum telling visitors she had released flies inside (of course she hadn't), and that everyone was invited to track them down throughout the city!] So in her mind, her show was DONE! By the time the general establishment officially accepts an idea, it is usually a "yesterday" kind of thing.

One of my favorite art pieces of Ms Ono's was her "Wishing Tree", in the MOMA sculpture garden several years ago. It was a bare tree, with plain labeling tags and pens along side for observers to write their dreams and leave them on the tree. My favorite was "I wish to meet Anna Wintour" (editor of Vogue Magazine)

Conceptual art is about IDEAS...about conceiving in the Mind, fueling with emotion, and seeing as real. Some people call that metaphysics...others call it prayer. Ernest Holmes said "What Mind can CONCEIVE, you can achieve."

Doesn't matter how you call it.

Dare to dream your dream, to conceive your deepest idea, and then release it into the Universe with a feeling that it is DONE. Keep creating! Keep moving! Maybe MOMA will give you a show someday too, but by then? you will have manifested so much cool stuff that was attached to that dream, that you may or may not really care:)

Peace/out, Jane

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Fluxus—a name taken from a Latin word meaning "flow, flux" (noun); "flowing, fluid" (adj.)[1]—is an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. They have been active in Neo-Dada noise music and visual art as well as literature, urban planning, architecture, and design. Fluxus is sometimes described as intermedia."

"Like Burning Man- Without The Roughing It Part"

tribe-2 Hey T.R.I.B.E. Friends,

A million lifetimes ago I was in a hit Off Broadway show that started with the three actresses spending half an hour at onstage dressing tables "getting ready" . It was a genius concept, and allowed for a time that was actually my favorite part of the whole show...I got to watch the audience watch us, but I also got to just people watch, to SPY on people and get paid for it:) . It interested me SO MUCH to see how people interacted with each other, who was happy, what was happening with couples and friends and sometimes even with Secret Service agents if a political figure was in the audience.

I was interested in how people connected or didn't, and while I always love all of my creative work as actor, writer, director, community builder, ordained minister, counselor, educator, life coach, curator etc.., what I am really interested in is being a catalyst for connection!

A couple of years ago, I hired a marketing guru to help me get at what it is I do...and that is how T.R.I.B.E. was born. After the guru listened really carefully to me, she said "You are a kind of urban Burning Man, without the roughing it part." YES!! Love it! I then took some of her ideas to part of my fabulous mini tribe in NYC, and we got at the essence of what it is about to gather in the way I love to gather. The word tribe was all through the guru's suggestions, but I kept using it as an adjective like Tribal...whatever, My friend finally said "I like just TRIBE,", and then she came up with the idea of creating an acronym. We came up with those elements that make up the who, what, when, where, why of T.R.I.B.E. in that group, and I have been working with some of you, to create opportunities for conscious gathering ever since. The acronym is about DOING: Transformation, Realization, Inspiration, Belonging, Expression T.R.I.B.E.!!

See, I am interested in why people gather, and how we interact with one another when we gather. It is the coming together for a creative purpose that means something. I have found that people come to gatherings the way they show up for life. Some folks are down for the whole process of preparation and planning and creation and clean up! Others come late, leave early and send e-mails afterward:) Some engage and then retreat and then engage again. And others say how sorry they are to have missed an event...and then miss the next one too!

T.R.I.B.E. is a wonderful "Urban Burning Man without the roughing it part" umbrella for many expressions.. For now, I am very excited about my work with the 12 Step Nation, and am teaming up with Rev. Sunshine Daye on a great event on June 20 in CA. called "Rev My Recovery". We are all in recovery from something, and the idea of moving ON and IN and not getting stuck interests us. One of the areas that many people seem to have some struggle is the finding of a Higher Power that works. We will be looking at many sides of that search, and through this day long Recovery Summit, we will discover tools and ideas and ways "to be" that support us beyond Phase One Recovery. Sign up info coming soon!.

But about T.R.I.B.E, for anyone who really doesn't quite get it...I am all about using experience and relationships in community as the catalyst for Co-Creating an ever evolving reality for good. And artists understand what making "something out of nothing" is all about, so I am interested in appealing to the artist in you.

I LOVE one of The Promises in the 12 Steps- "You will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it." I LOVE weaving new experiences out of some of the strands of things that have maybe been painful or confusing. That IS ALCHEMY, spinning gold out of base metal:) My favorite thing to do!!!

So stay tuned to the emerging work of T.R.I.B.E., if you are interested that is. It is about community as a social/ spiritual/ artistic practice...and it keeps moving! You will see these changes reflected on the website as I figure out how to do that:)

What an exciting time to be alive! EVERYTHING is shifting...Some institutions are falling apart and some people are making swift transitions to the next level of reality. A LOT is happening energetically, in the quantum field, and we have the opportunity to be a part of that rather than trying to remain a fixed something in an ever evolving Universe.

So THIS is what T.R.I.B.E. is all about. Look forward to seeing you SOON at one or another opportunity to be ...an artist of possibility in community. in NYC or CA, or online or...

Sappy Spring...Finally! Jane

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TEAMWORK Rocks!!!

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends,

Last Saturday I took part in a truly inspiring example of Teamwork, and I wanted to share it with you. i Have been involved for nine months in a Leadership Program called Leadership Long Beach (CA). LLB is a principle based program for people who are already leaders, who want to be more effective in serving our city. Pretty much all of us in the program are Type A Plus purpose driven doers, and it has been a cool experience watching us all develop the skill of not being the only leader in a group.

Our end of year projects are upon us. My Team's effort was called AquaFest, and was a swimming clinic for young children, many of whom had never been in the water before. Long Beach Fire Department Lifeguards did a truly amazing job of introducing these kids to a lifetime of swimming.

The planning for our event was purposeful. We met for dinner and planning every Wednesday evening at the home of one of our team members. And as we met, each team member began to discover their area of contribution. Nine leaders became one team. And the way we did it had to do with a few things, but pretty basic to the conversation was that we all had the same goal.

We discovered that 3500 accidental drownings happen each year due to not knowing how to swim. And we recognized that children in the Westside of Long Beach are more likely not to learn this vital skill. We were all committed to making that statistic change- first in Long Beach, and then in the U.S,

I am including this article from the Long Beach Press Telegram so you can see some great photos of our event.

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And I am hoping to make this point too. What I learned, along with a thousand other things, is something I have thought I knew already, but now I really do know it, and that is that purpose driven teamwork ROCKS..

We work better together. It is even so at the cellular level! Dr. Bruce Lipton noticed this in his studies of cells in petrie dishes. Cells take direction from the dominant message of the central nervous system, and thrive, even if certain other conditions are not reinforcing this let's do it for the team idea. You can read about his work in "the Biology of Belief".

We need one another. Connection makes synergy. And trust me, your individuality will flourish better in concert with other purpose driven folks. Try it :)

Peace, Jane

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Being Jane Galloway

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In 1999 I saw a film directed by Spike Jonze, starring John Malkovich as a fictional version of himself, called "Being John Malkovich". In the film, actor John Cusack, plays Craig, an unemployed puppeteer who finds a portal/trap door in the office where he is doing temp work as a filing clerk. That tiny trap door leads to the inside of the fictional John Malkovich's mind (played by the real John Malcovich).

Craig enters the small door hidden behind a filing cabinet and finds himself in the mind of John Malkovich, able to observe and sense whatever Malkovich does for fifteen minutes before he is ejected and dropped into a ditch near the New Jersey Turnpike...beginning a weird obsession with the experience. He gets a side business going, selling access to Malkovich's inner sanctum: $200.00 for 15 minutes. Finally he gets the thing wrong and ends up permanently in a whole other character's inner life and unable to get out.

A little over four years ago I walked into a field of vast projections of many about a fabulous woman whom I had never met. She was the Co-founder and lead personality of a kind of phenomenon in New York City, a spiritual center/social gathering/inspirational home to many, and after a ride there of eight or nine years, left her role as leader.

So this is where I came in. I was hired, sort of, to be the Director and charismatic fictional replacement for this marvelous person, about a year and a half after she had left. I had no idea that I was walking into my own version of the trap door behind the file cabinet. From the second I arrived in NYC, where I lived and worked for twenty wonderful years in the 70's and 80's, I found myself entering a vast field of projections...most of them about the elusive previous leader..

I finally figured out that I was hired to fill in some space she had left empty, but what that space was about had essentially nothing to do with my gifts or talents or...well, it had nothing to do with ME! It was wild! I have short cropped hair, am a charismatic story teller/ actor who is also an ordained minister. I think that was the basic niche I was hired to fill...but content was not required...there were plenty of her tapes and CD's around so I could just stand in and...Hmmm, and do what?

See my thing was that I really wanted to be back in NYC, AND I had a gift to deliver to my many wonderful friends there in the theater, who had endured the AIDS crisis in the late 80's. I actually left the city for California in part because I was going under with grief all those years ago, and while I had a wonderful acting career on both coasts for many years, the undertow of AIDS pulled me into a new career of ministry.

I had a really cool and creative ministry in Long Beach, CA for eleven years, and weirdly one day a friend of a friend named Caroline R., came into my office after a service and said," You remind me so much of a friend of mine in NYC! You two should meet! You would love her!!"

So by the way, if anyone ever tells you that you remind them so much of someone and that you should meet because you will love one another etc...RUN!! I mean, you can either run or not, but my life experience has shown me that this kind of thing rarely works out.

Anyway, no matter what I did to break the spell, my experience as the character in the projection screen was a huge crazy lesson in saying yes to that little door behind the filing cabinet, and ending up stuck in somebody else! It was TOTALLY WEIRD to realize that almost everyone I was talking to had a kind of lens in their 3d movie glasses, or tinted contact lenses, or Persol shades, of somebody else's face..

I learned from being the screen on which many people's unfinished business with the founder of this super cool place was projected, who she was to THEM, to the many people who had positive/ negative/ aspirational/ acquisitional fantasies, agendas, hurt feelings, memories, unrequited love affairs Etc. with this magical mystery character. I was hired to be a holographic replacement for someone who had a real Hermes bag and was fabulous in many ways...

But see, NOBODY can BE somebody else. (although the Hermes bag part sounded intriguing). That projection screen was WAY too alive for anyone to walk into with a new idea...especially someone who was hired to basically be a body double!! And THAT was simply not my thing at all.

I did meet her once. I went to hear her speak at a weeknight gathering in Manhattan. She was all I had heard...charismatic, inspiring, cool in many ways...Afterward I greeted her and she said, "You look just like your picture." Mmmm Well I guess that is a good thing!! I mean, I hate those resume shots of people that look like they looked forty years ago. I left humming a tune from Chorus Line, "Who Am I anyway, Am I my resume...This is a picture of a person I don't know etc."

So, I am sure you got the point of this a couple of paragraphs back, right? We see WHAT WE SEE THROUGH...and that is a lesson about LIFE!!!

Another interesting thing.has happened this last year.  After a great four year's in NYC, I walked back into a different projection screen in CA...based on my OWN previous Jane Galloway self and my work in the community- as seen through different lenses. It has been a sweet and sort of weird ride to experience that too!!. I am super touched by some of it, a little uneasy about some of it, and aware in a new way that who I am ...and of course by extension, who YOU are, is ever evolving.

But I will own my projection screen. I guess I earned it!

I can tell you for sure though that I am Jane Galloway, not John Malkovich, Michael Beckwith or the mystery woman I was hired to , well whatever...not her either...you know, not a holographic stand in for anyone! And YOU dear friends, are YOU...not a second rate impression of anyone else. And that is the coolest thing of all really!!

And by the way, I am so grateful...I DID get to deliver the gift to my own T.R.I.B.E. in NYC last Spring...We collectively welcomed back so many dear, talented friends who left us during the AIDS epidemic. Graham Haynes played the coronet, and a beautiful guest artist played a sitar and we welcomed them back. We called their names and wrote their names and celebrated the coming together in the Invisible of the whole cast of characters.

And maybe that was what I went back to NYC to do.

So thank you talented founder of a phenomenon, for inadvertently opening that door behind the file cabinet for me to find my way back to some of my own unfinished business. And thank you to every soul who shared your journey with me. She sure magnetized some cool people!! You really are all so sophisticated and stylish and talented in many ways ...It was an honor to be your projection screen for a minute. I look forward to meeting some of you one day!

I am excited about the projects I am working on now. Stay tuned for Rev. Your Recovery coming in June, for a new book on 12 Step Spirituality and a prose poem/performance piece "Everybody's Talkin' 'bout Heaven Ain't a Goin' There", about St. Louis and me and Ferguson and you...

And while I would love to have a real Hermes bag for a day, I really hate having to carry a purse at all.

Only you can be you...and THAT is where the great trap door behind the filing cabinet opens for us...into the fullness of our own magnificence.

See you at the movies:) Happy Spring!!!

Jane

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Being Jane Galloway

Being Jane Galloway In 1999 I saw a film directed by Spike Jonze, starring John Malkovich as a fictional version of himself, called "Being John Malkovich". In the film, actor John Cusack, plays Craig, an unemployed puppeteer who finds a portal/trap door in the office where he is doing temp work as a filing clerk. That tiny trap door leads to the inside of the fictional John Malkovich's mind (played by the real John Malcovich).

Craig enters the small door hidden behind a filing cabinet and finds himself in the mind of John Malkovich, able to observe and sense whatever Malkovich does for fifteen minutes before he is ejected and dropped into a ditch near the New Jersey Turnpike...beginning a weird obsession with the experience. He gets a side business going, selling access to Malkovich's inner sanctum: $200.00 for 15 minutes. Finally he gets the thing wrong and ends up permanently in a whole other character's inner life and unable to get out.

A little over four years ago I walked into a field of vast projections of many about a fabulous woman  whom I had never met. She was the Co-founder and lead personality of a kind of phenomenon in New York City, a spiritual center/social gathering/inspirational home to many, and after a ride there of eight or nine years, left her role as leader.

So this is where I came in. I was hired, sort of, to be the Director and charismatic fictional replacement for this marvelous person, about a year and a half after she had left. I had no idea that I was walking into my own version of the trap door behind the file cabinet. From the second I arrived in NYC, where I lived and worked for twenty wonderful years in the 70's and 80's, I found myself entering a vast field of projections...most of them about the elusive previous leader..

I finally figured out that I was hired to fill in some space she had left empty, but what that space was about had essentially nothing to do with my gifts or talents or...well, it had nothing to do with ME! It was wild! I have short cropped hair, am a charismatic story teller/ actor who is also an ordained minister. I think that was the basic niche I was hired to fill...but content was not required...there were plenty of her tapes and CD's around so I could just stand in and...Hmmm, and do what?

See my thing was that I really wanted to be back in NYC, AND I had a gift to deliver to my many wonderful friends there in the theater, who had endured the AIDS crisis in the late 80's. I actually left the city for California in part because I was going under with grief all those years ago, and while I had a wonderful acting career on both coasts for many years, the undertow of AIDS pulled me into a new career of ministry.

I had a really cool and creative ministry in Long Beach, CA for eleven years, and weirdly one day a friend of a friend Carolyn, came into my office after a service and said," You remind me so much of a friend of mine in NYC!  You two should meet! You would love her!!"

So by the way, if anyone ever tells you that you remind them so much of someone and that you should meet because you will love one another etc...RUN!! I mean, you can either run or not, but my life experience has shown me that this kind of thing rarely works out.

Anyway, no matter what I did to break the spell, my experience as the character in the projection screen was a huge crazy lesson in saying yes to that little door behind the filing cabinet, and ending up stuck in somebody else! It was TOTALLY WEIRD to realize that almost everyone I was talking to had a kind of lens in their 3d movie glasses, or tinted contact lenses, or Persol shades, of somebody else's face..

I learned from being the screen on which many people's unfinished business with the founder of this super cool place was projected, who she was to THEM, to the many people who had positive/ negative/ aspirational/ acquisitional fantasies, agendas, hurt feelings, memories, unrequited love affairs Etc. with this magical mystery character. I was sent to be a holographic replacement for someone who had a real Hermes bag and was fabulous in many ways...

But see, nobody can be somebody else. (although the Hermes bag part sounded intriguing)  That projection screen was WAY too alive for anyone to walk into with a new idea...especially someone who was hired to basically be a body double!! And THAT was simply not my thing at all.

I did meet her once. I went to hear her speak at a weeknight gathering in Manhattan. She was all I had heard...charismatic, inspiring, cool in many ways...Afterward I greeted her and she said, "You look just like your picture."  Mmmm  Well I guess that is a good thing!!  I mean, I hate those resume shots of people that look like they looked forty years ago. I left humming a tune from Chorus Line, "Who Am I anyway, Am I my resume...This is a picture of a person I don't know etc."

So, I am sure you got the point of this a couple of paragraphs back, right? We see WHAT WE SEE THROUGH...and that is a lesson about LIFE!!!

Another interesting thing.last year, after a great four year's in NYC, I walked back into a different projection screen in CA...based on my OWN previous Jane Galloway self and my work in the community- as seen through different lenses. It has been a sweet and sort of weird ride to experience that too!!. I am super touched by some of it, a little uneasy about some of it, and aware in a new way that who I am ...and of course by extension, who YOU are, is ever evolving. But I will own my projection screen. I guess I earned it!

I can tell you for sure though that I am Jane Galloway, not John Malkovich, Michael Beckwith or...you know, not a holographic stand in for anyone! And YOU dear friends,  are YOU...not a second rate impression of anyone else.     And that is the coolest thing of all really!!

And by the way, I am so grateful...I DID get to deliver the gift to my own T.R.I.B.E. in NYC last Spring...We collectively welcomed back so many dear, talented friends who left us during the AIDS epidemic. Graham Haynes played the coronet, and a beautiful guest artist played a sitar and we welcomed them back. We called their names and wrote their names and celebrated the coming together in the Invisible of the whole cast of characters.

And maybe that was what I went back to NYC to do.

So thank you talented founder of a phenomenon,  for inadvertently opening that door behind the file cabinet for me to find my way back to some of my own unfinished business. And thank you to every soul who shared your journey with me. She sure magnetized some cool people!! You really are all so sophisticated and stylish and talented in many ways ...It was an honor to be your projection screen for a minute. I look forward to meeting some of you one day!

I am excited about the projects I am working on now.  Stay tuned for Rev. Your Recovery coming in June, for a new book on 12 Step Spirituality and a prose poem/performance piece "Everybody's Talkin' 'bout Heaven Ain't a Goin' There", about St. Louis and me and Ferguson and you...

And while I would love to have a real Hermes bag for a day, I really hate having to carry a purse at all.

Only you can be you...and THAT is where the great trap door behind the filing cabinet opens for us...into the fullness of our own magnificence.

See you at the movies:)    Happy Spring!!!

Jane

You Matter...Everyone Does

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E.,

So here is what is shocking. Being erased. 
That is what feels horrible about a recent mailing sent to 2nd District Constituents in Long Beach, CA regarding the new Immanuel Senior Housing Project. The letter from the Council offices would have the reader think that the almost 100 year history of this place is about a building, and was largely characterized by years of decline and eventual emptiness. This could not be further from the truth.

I was the Pastor of the Immanuel Community Church for the eleven years preceding the sale of the property two and a half years ago, and to ignore the years of life there, even in just those eleven years, but surely in the eighty before I arrived, is to not fully appreciate the gift and miracle of this new use of the property as a true community resource. Before I arrived, in October of 2000, the name of the church had legally been changed from 'Baptist" to "Community", in the interest of being more accessible to a diverse world.

I used the attempt to revive the church as a living community as the focus of both my Masters and Doctoral Projects at Claremont School of Theology. I scoured the findings from the 2000 census and tried to make sense of the rapid demographic shift in Long Beach from 1950 to 2000. At the insistence of my academic advisors, Professors Jack Coogan and Michael Mata, we contacted friends and foes, and community members across the city to gain some insight into how we might understand the role of a spiritual center like this in a changed and changing city.

For years my congregation- along with holding weekly Sunday worship services and Wednesday Spiritual Growth Groups, offered counseling, bereavement support, visitation of sick and shut in members, classes of many kinds, and dynamic services to the Bluff Heights and Long Beach community. 
Councilman Frank Colonna worked with us and enlisted the Electrician's Union to re-wire an entire large room so we could collaborate with Frank and Fay Clarke of Educate the Children to install a computer lab for the students at Horace Mann Elementary. 
Rene Castro, Anitra Dempsy and members of the LB Human Relations Commission helped our community to host three neighborhood sessions to respond to some of the fears, agitations and antipathies of Bluff Heights Association members about the ethnic and economic make up of the Title One school, and increasingly the community. These sessions were in equal part shocking and explosive and eventually both revealing and healing and re-set a standard for a larger Long Beach conversation about diversity. 
Greg Pickens taught conservatory level Art Classes at Immanuel for Mann students as part of our h'ARTworks arts outreach...We hosted the 5th grade promotion/graduation ceremonies for Mann for seven years, along with their symphony and choral concerts. We also hosted the organist's guild twice as the spot for their yearly gathering and concert. We built and took floats to Long Beach LGBT Pride March yearly, and served as a site for community gatherings in association with CCEJ , The CENTER and the Anti -Defamation League, highlighting Gay Bashing Awareness- attended by then Councilmember Garcia and Superintendent Chris Steinhauser. 
We hosted forums on myriad health issues and offered senior "chair yoga", adult yoga, youth acting classes, Urban Rhythm...in cooperation with the Catalyst Community...we transformed six areas into professional artist's studios and hosted art openings for numerous sensational Long Beach Artists Joan Mueller, Melanie Gottlieb and Paula Burns and others... all the while struggling to repair a building that had been allowed to fall into neglect and worse; replacing the roof, ceilings, plumbing etc and PLEADING with elected officials, neighborhood association and and the school district to help us to find some parking solutions so we could operate and fill up the 500 seat sanctuary. 
We received almost continual resistance from community members and the neighborhood association, who had become used to this historic building standing empty...so that ANY life or activity as a church that served humans was seen as an invasion. 
We discovered historic photos of plays performed in black face in the 1920's in Immanuel's Cassidy Hall, along with the remnants of an earlier era in a basement wood shop and wooden signs giving times for both Sunday School and Woman's Temperance Union meetings held at the church during Prohibition. 
The history of the neighborhood is both troubling and fascinating...and includes at least ten years in the 1980's when the now "historic district" was populated with crack houses AND lovely residents who were trying to sustain a quality of life. Understand, acknowledging and affirming how things progress to a place,-so the new may emerge- means understanding the work of communities such as ours. Richard Florida, Roberta Gratz and Jane Jacobs, in their books on how cities change, teach about urban evolution and describe many of the moves that took place in Bluff Heights...including the early rehabbing of older homes by LGBT persons and artists, followed by gentrification and the arrival of developers.

We worked with both MHA and The Village to host informational and community fellowship gatherings to raise understanding of mental illness and the potential of community based models of support.

All of these strands of Bluff Heights history were looked at by Immanuel, and transformed into dialogue in the eleven transitional years from 2000 to 2011...even as the market crashed in 2008 and the loans we had taken out to finance both an early protracted lawsuit with the American Baptists, and major structural repairs, became crippling for us. Not everybody appreciated this work by any means, but for those who worked tirelessly to bring new life to this place, these years were creative, exhausting, heartbreaking and worth acknowledgement.

This is a fabric of human life...and to erase it is to lose an important understanding about the good, the bad, the ugly and the possible.

I showed a young, stylish Latina 'tween girl in the Starbucks line yesterday, the photo of the commemoration of the Selma march on the cover of the Sunday NY Times. I asked her if she had heard of Selma and she said no. I asked her if she knew the word civil rights and she said nope. She did like Sasha Obama's boots though. I did too...But I know what came before so that I grasp the miracle of this encounter. 
Buildings can support "adaptive re-use", but people and relationships change hearts and minds. I want to personally thank every person who worked with us at Immanuel, h'ARTworks, Mandala Center For Conscious Living. 
I continue to see you, to know your contributions and to understand your impact on one child or many children, on the life of an older person or in the opening of a door of perception or welcome to someone in need of inspiration or community. You made a difference. You existed.

We ALL matter. Tell someone today that you see them.

You will never know how you may have changed their life,

Keep creating, Jane

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What Do YOU Know For Sure?

tribe-2 Dear Friends,

Oprah asks a question of the people she interviews That question is: "What do you know for sure?"

I always love hearing what people answer to this question.

Really, the very deepest and most simple teaching of many wisdom teachings stresses that our work is always interior. The inscription over the archway at the ancient Temple of the Oracle at Delphi said simply "Know thyself." "DO YOU" is another way to say it. It is a message that resonates from classical wisdom east and west all the way to Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons and beyond.. But the process of becoming truly ourselves can take a lifetime..

The Latin root of the word Education means "to draw out", and speaks to drawing from our deepest selves the essential gift that is uniquely ours to share. Rather than pouring information or manipulative bromides into students, great teachers work to encourage life long learners. The philosopher Socrates developed a method of teaching through asking wise questions of his students. Knowing how to ask a good question is really an art form. So Oprah asks "What do you know for sure?" And that is a great question.

In September of 2014 I entered the 2015 class of Leadership Long Beach, pretty sure that I wanted to loop back around to a deeply cherished project of mine of several years ago, to address the high number of middle school dropouts by creating a Conservatory Level Arts Academy for under served middle school youth in Long Beach, CA. I know the power of the Arts to teach critical thinking, augment academic learning, to engage and empower..and I am still passionate about somehow opening the door to success through that medium.

I have always done work I love, so the concept of retirement has never really resonated with me, but I was fascinated when not one but several friends asked me- as I entered the challenge of a new program of skill building through the year long program of Leadership Long Beach-, "are you the oldest person in the program?" Huh? It never even occurred to me! But when they asked, I started to psych myself out. "AM I???" the oldest person?? Is that bad? Is that good?" You know...the basic madness of a paranoid moment.

So over the months, I have really been working with my own ideas about aging, How do I feel about becoming an elder? I know that I will continue to be vital and alive, physically active and curious, open to new ideas and challenges.I have a lot of projects I am excited about, and am writing not one but two books too. I even helped to develop a curriculum for a gerontology program at a college in Southern CA some years ago, but I wasn't thinking about ME when I did that!

There is a lot of cutting edge work on longevity, and on what is actually a whole second adulthood many are experiencing. Jane Fonda calls this new thirty year extended adulthood our Third Act. It is a whole new developmental cycle that we haven't looked at before, because it hasn't existed before, and the possibilities are intriguing.We are living on average thirty four years longer than our grandparents did. (although my grandmother lived to almost 101 so...)

Anyway, you can imagine my delight and gratitude when Mayor Robert Garcia appointed me to the Commission on Senior Issues for the City of Long Beach, CA. Not only will I have the opportunity to talk about this stuff with others who are equally interested in the topic, but I will have the honor of being part of yet another cutting edge set of questions being entertained by one of the coolest 21st Century cities in the U.S..And best of all, I will truly be able to be of service, which is the best gift of all.

So what do I know for sure? One thing I know for sure is...that more is always revealed, if we stay open at the top. And another thing I know for sure is that I am a Baby Boomer. And the Baby Boomers are rapidly becoming older. It is my hope to also open opportunities for us to become not just older, but elders. Any healthy society needs elders to bring wisdom and balance to the community. We have some work to do in America to get a sense of this sacred role back in perspective.

And honestly, this Boomer generation is a good one to take this on. We have made new models in each stage of our lives. and I know this new frontier of transforming attitudes about aging is going to be no exception.

I read an article in New York Magazine years ago in which the author observed that you could ride the subway and see where people had "stopped' by how they were dressed. He suggested that you could see when people had become stuck in an era. and he thought this may have been the happiest time for them. There are so many adjustments to make and losses to grieve along life's path. It is easy to understand how we might become a little stuck sometimes. But with friends and community, and the all important self knowledge, there should never be a reason to have to stay stuck.

In the meantime, check out the work of the amazing and youthful eighty four year old Barbara Marx Hubbard, of Dr. Mario Martinez's Mind-Body Code and Jane Fonda's 'My Life So Far." You will love what you discover, I promise you that.

So...What do YOU know for sure?? I'm all ears.

Sending love across the quantum field,

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Who do YOU say that you are?

tribe-2 Dear TRIBE ,

Becoming a minister in an African American denomination made me extremely sensitive to how we as humans see one another. I honestly did it in part to challenge white friends and colleagues whose routine racism and ethnocentrism I was tired of hearing. I want there in part for that reason, but I re-discovered my own soul in the process.

The idea of centrism is something a lot of people don't think about at all....Afro-centrism is a totally different LENS from Euro-centrism, from Sino-centrism etc. We live in a Eurocentric country, and so most people who cross over into a different world are subject to projection (another film term!!)

What this means is that you project your way of seeing the world onto whoever you are viewing...So a Eurocentric person or cultural lens says that people of color are...fill in the blanks...you know the stereotypes... It is a huge challenge to even educate Eurocentric Americans to care about other possible ways of looking at the world. Trust me on this one!

Body type, gender roles, worship styles, styles of expressiveness, deepest values about individual vs collective cultural norms are all DIFFERENT in different cultures. I REALLY discovered this in attempting to lead any truly transcultural churches...forget the denominations...it is the race and culture factor that predominates, and the POV of the family of origin almost always wins.

As part of an exercise at a session of Leadership Long Beach the other day, various points of presumed "Identity" were placed around the room...Race, Class, Ability status, Age, Religion etc...and people were asked to go to the sheet with which they identify in a certain element of their life. I was so interested to realize that while at one point in my life I might have chosen one or another,  I say "might" because i really don't know, I related to none of the "definitions" that were presented as IDENTITY...which is how the question was posed. This has to do with a SPIRITUAL perspective, and many years of lifting of ones consciousness above the definitions society imposes...

It is CRITICAL for people to understand that "It is not who you call me, but what I answer to that counts" And this has to do with what we call OURSELVES, yes?

Your subconscious mind hears everything you tell it, and it has NO SENSE OF HUMOR. Don't answer to anyone's definition of you if it doesn't fit YOUR definition of you.

Identity is a BIG DEAL....HUGE.

So who do YOU say you are? And as you contemplate that...Ask yourself where you got that idea...Parents? Teachers? Media?

Who YOU say you are is what counts.

Here's lookin' at cha:)

Love, Jane zjaneg@gmail.com www.tribealive.org

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What Time Do You Keep?

tribe-2 Dear TRIBE Friends,

Time, my friend has said, can be a very fast illusion. I've been thinking about time lately, and reading about it too.

Linear time is dominating the lives of a lot of folks these days. It is clock and goal oriented, We tend to wear out eventually running our lives by that model. Natural Time is what everyone went by until the electric light was invented. Parents of infants find that if they go by natural time, they are more in sync with their babies' circadian rhythms. Just one hundred years ago people would not have considered working after dark, because there were only candles to do that by. Then there is Spiritual Time. Spiritual Time isn't linear, draws from multi- dimensional layers of reality and past/present/future are all part of the mix. the arts deal in that zone. And Aboriginal people of Australia understand Dream Time, where communication with the ancestors and the multi dimensional universe happens.

This is a time, a moment, of transition according to linear time and certain cultures and calendars, and really another moment in the ever present Now according to liminal zone time keeping. There is great value in honoring moments like this, when times come together.

What time do you keep?

Sending love across the quantum field. Happy New Year, Jane

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Expectations- And Other Holiday Dead Ends

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends,

For many years I worked in the theatre, and was almost always working when regular people were on vacation, or at the least, were not working. While this caused certain disruptions in family gatherings, it worked well for me. My personality is pretty much set up to work as a slightly left of center participant in the general hum of things.

Maybe it came from being a child of divorce in the 1950's, when NO ONE we knew had that status. I spent all holidays shuttling back and forth between my dad's world and my mom's world...and it turns out they were pretty different worlds! I lived in a blended family before we ever owned a blender. Families in general are an enigma to me.

So increasingly, as I am not on a theatre schedule, I find myself hyper-ventilating as holidays arrive...and I thought I would just give a shout out to all of the artists, the outcasts, the people who see life through a slightly different lens...and who try to stay relatively sober around this time of year..

I don't know how you mother or father made stuffing, or whether you opened gifts on Hanukkah or Christmas. I don't know if you sang carols or spun a draydel or chanted at an altar...but I do know that in an increasingly multi cultural world, It makes a lot of sense to try to see stuff through Zen Mind/Beginner's Mind.

Happy right now my friends. Happy right now,

Sending love across the quantum field, Jane

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Let It Go- Let It Flow

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. fans, friends and family,

Feng Shui is both a gentle and powerful tool for establishing order, removing clutter, and clearing energy. It is an ancient Chinese philosophical system that means Wind- Water and is designed to harmonize people with the surrounding environment. It is also described as the art of placement, and is so powerful that it can literally pop mirrors off of walls as the Chi begins to flow after an adjustment.

Cleaning and rearranging your world can also involve relationship feng shui. All people come into our world for some reason. It is however, a powerful tool to allow old assumptions about people to move along as well, as a part of preserving inner harmony..

As this calendar year comes to a close, I am finding that many relationships and conditions in my life have changed dramatically over the last year. Some were surprises and seeming losses, and others have even been shocks! Others have simply involved my having the courage to look at the truth of a situation, and act accordingly. Through it all, I have been aware of the working of the order of things...toward simplicity, toward greater clarity, toward harmony.

The work of T.R.I.B.E. is finding a kind of form I never would have imagined. I am intrigued by it, and grateful, even as I have to remind myself that my inner artist is the one that is clarifying things.

If you would like to support the next year's work, events, newsletters, website, coaching, there will be a new way to do it after the first of the year. Pay Pal will accept your donations, which will not be tax deductible. They will be an investment in the service we provide.

Clear out a cabinet, re-examine a friendship, allow anything that is part of the past but not the present to go. It already has anyway, but you will be amazed at how wonderful the new is when it is unencumbered by the clutter of an old idea.

Sending love and gratitude. Can't wait to see what this next year will bring,

Jane

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Fashion Advice for the Spiritually Inclined

tribe-2 Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends,

My life has been spent in the pursuit of some language that crosses cultures and enables people to navigate our differences and discover where we are One. Although I am an ordained minister, I have found organized religion to be a challenge in this regard due to the "us and them" elements in so many walks of faith. And even Inter-faith or Inter-spiritual conversations take place in a cultural and economic context that tends to divide.

As my offering to you in this month of December, I would like to share some wisdom from the former editor of French Vogue, Carrie Roitfeld. This is the best advice of an aesthetic/spiritual nature I have read in a long time. Love yourself then love one another is great too...but that doesn't seem to be working out so well these days.

From "I Want To Be A Roitfeld" (regarding the basics of good style)

1. Stick to what suits you. 2. Highlight your strengths. 3. Don't shop the trends- only buy clothes [or gods] that you can keep forever. 4. Choose pieces with character 5. Dress from the head down.

I guess I would have to qualify the last one, as I think the heart and head are equally important...but without the head, the heart can tend to run amok. And I would add one more important thing...sing and make music...often.

We will be scheduling a NYC T.R.I.B.E. gathering for the new year, and I would suggest that perhaps the above guidelines would make a great starting place for that event.

Keep creating!! And try that loving yourself and then others thing too. Remember which comes first...We can't give it if we don't have it, BUT once you have it, you can't keep it unless you give it away. Mmmm...paradox:)

And pray for peace...That's good too. With love and appreciation, From the left coast,

Jane

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