Leading Liberation | Ending Racism, Spiritual v CapitalismApr 13, 2023
In today's newsletter, we share a clip from a talk from the Evolving Eros Facilitation course by Justin Michael William’s on ending racism.
We invite you to read on and discover how we, as individuals and as a collective, can take meaningful action to truly dismantle systemic inequalities and build a brighter future for all.
So, get cozy and prepare to dive into this thought-provoking and inspiring edition of our newsletter, as we explore the interplay between personal growth, social change, and spiritual awakening.
Let's embark on a journey to challenge the status quo and make a lasting difference in our world.
With love and liberation,
The Sensual Arts School Team
We were inspired to share a clip with you from Justin Michael Williams talking about finding your authentic voice in the movement for equality. It’s an excerpt from his powerful and inspiring workshop from the Evolving Eros Facilitation Course.
In this clip he has many great points, one of them being about focusing on transformation instead of just change, since transformation is a complete renewal and there's no going back.
Justin shares some super important ideas to help us create a better world, like choosing compassion, connection, and empathy over shame, blame, and guilt.
He also encourages us to move towards our goals instead of constantly fighting against issues. He speaks about shifting from being anti-racist to actually ending racism by creating spaces where it hardly ever shows up.
He reminds us that the world is already diverse and that’s a good thing. What we really need is connection. Plus, he discusses moving away from cancel culture and embracing a more compassionate approach.
Watch the clip here.
Capitalism meets Spirituality
One of the biggest struggles for many of us in this field is that we are navigating capitalism at the same time as often holding collectivist and more regenerative belief systems that are at odds with our current capitalist system.
We want to focus on supporting others, creating epic experiences and helping create healing in the world, but we can't do it at the expense of our wellbeing if we're in scarcity and debt, struggling to get by and stressing over bills.
Often the more money we make, the more we can feel secure enough to allow our creativity to blossom, to offer things that are alive in us (not just what we think will pay the bills) and the more resources we can invest into our education, wellbeing and our services. Anyone in a leadership role also needs support like mentorship, coaching or therapy, which isn't cheap! And if, like me, you also deal with things like health issues, you will again need more money to invest in keeping healthy to serve others than just yourself.
In the ancient past, spiritual teachers were supported by governments and the people so that they could focus entirely on their path. They didn't have to not worry about bills and keeping a roof over their head.
Many folks get angry that spiritual teachers charge money (often a lot!) and believe it's unspiritual to do so, but we live in very different times.
Can we navigate capitalism and spiritual business in a way that keeps us supported and out of the endless anxiety trap of poverty in the modern world while still being able to give selflessly and openly?
Many people take it for granted, but social media and the online world are great opportunities to provide free content like these emails, blogs, podcasts, youtube, e-books and other goodies you've probably been checking out and enjoying.
We aim to provide many free resources and content in the hope those who feel aligned and get value from this work (which is a lot of work!) decide to invest money in our events and other offers if they can afford to. And those who can't afford it can still get a lot of free value.
We've also experimented with sliding scale pricing, pay-what-you-feel and other more flexible and considered forms of payment for our offerings.
How would it feel for you to view your online business, social media, website and other offers as not just marketing material and sales pitches but as sacred service (Seva) that allows people to get inspired, educated and connected to your community, even if they don't have the money to invest with you?
As our much-anticipated training is only a few weeks away, our dedicated team is shifting their energy towards creating and holding a beautiful, nurturing container for our participants. With a deep sense of purpose and excitement, we are preparing to welcome those eager to embark on this transformative journey.
Our passionate participants are already making plans and arrangements, filled with nervous anticipation for the opportunity to dive deep into refining their capabilities as transformational leaders. Each of them bringing their unique gifts and experiences, weaving a vibrant tapestry of wisdom and growth that will enrich the entire group.
The good news is that there's still time for you to become part of this magical journey about to unfold! Seize this chance to join a supportive community of like-minded individuals, all striving to elevate their skills and make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Embrace the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors, share your own insights, and co-create an extraordinary experience that will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.
Don't miss this remarkable opportunity to grow, expand, and step into your full potential as a transformational leader. The time is now - we look forward to welcoming you into our vibrant and nurturing container.
Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity
"Sitting in the Fire" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in conflict resolution, group dynamics, and fostering more inclusive and harmonious environments.
Arnold Mindell draws on his extensive experience as a facilitator and conflict mediator to explain how individuals and groups can navigate tensions and conflicts, transforming them into opportunities for growth and positive change. The book emphasizes the need to "sit in the fire," a metaphor for facing difficult situations and emotions head-on, instead of avoiding them.
Luna has just started reading this book and is finding it an incredibly inspiring read on leading groups and plans to add it to the schools recommended reading list.
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