To introduce some of the great thinking that is coming out of the Transition movement in this country, I’ll paste part of a wonderful article/speech by Micahael Brownlee Co-founder of Transition Colorado. It is a bit long, but very helpful in understanding this world-wide movement that is attempting to catch on in this country.
Here is Michael Brownlee’s list and conclusion.
“At Genesis Farm, in a rich and deeply supportive environment, working with Miriam MacGillis, Seanna Ashburn (another Transition Trainer), and others, we’ve held dialogues, presentations, and an ongoing series of two- and three-day workshops for Transition leaders.
Out of this exploration, several key themes have emerged:Seriousness and urgency. Emergence.
Self-organization. Permaculture principles and ethics. New Cosmology/Universe Story. Pattern Language. Inner Transition/Heart & Soul. “ He continues:
“It’s a long and intense process, but we’re beginning to see (and communicate) how the New Cosmology, the Universe Story, Permaculture, Heart & Soul, and Christopher Alexander’s work are very closely related—and how they’re just beginning to land together in the Transition movement. What this means, to me, is that we’re finally beginning to understand Transition itself as an evolutionary process, one of the most intriguing and promising processes to emerge on this planet! And it’s all absolutely integral with the 13.7 billion year process of the unfolding of the Universe—which of course is a continuing emergent unfolding.”
I loved reading the details here because I had the great privilege of attending the University of Creation Spirituality to study under some of the most innovative and spiritually alive members of our current society and many of them were mentioned in this article. Matthew Fox’s work in inventing Creation Spirituality is what led me there, but I think the most amazing part of my Master’s Degree program there was studying Cosmology with Brian Swimme. His understanding as a Physicist of the 13.7 year continual expansion of the universe from a spark to this current moment in time gives me a perspective that unites me with all that is and ever was. When my indigenous ancestors taught me that we came from the stars, they were so much more advanced in their understanding of the totality of life than most of us who are alive and so well educated today. Here is a trailer from Brian Swimme’s latest creation.
If you want the whole article by Michael Brownlee you click on the link below.