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Roger Breisch

Gisela,

How wonderful to have reconnected with you in this way. Wish you were closer so we could talk in each others' presence.

This blog on Direct knowing is particularly unsettling...not because there is anything I disagree with, but because it reminds me how much my western trained mind does NOT know. I have been outlining some ideas for a book, and this makes me want to shy away from writing because I know that no matter what I write, it will be naive...because I know so little. Thanks for keeping my thinking active and alive.

I hope you are very happy and very well.

Warmly,

Roger

Gisela

Dear Roger,

So good to hear from you! How many years has it been since we have talked?

I am glad to hear you are outlining some ideas for a book. That seems so right given your long-standing interest in learning. I also understand your concern about being naive in the light of all of which we don't know about. I don't think the answer is not to write but to use humility in the claims we make. However, too much humility creates problems too. It can lead to us getting stuck and not claim what we do know, and it can lead to placating others.

I think writing is a creative expression that allows us to really know what matters to us and it allows us to share this with others. Reflecting on all of this, what comes to mind is the following quote which has been attributed to Nelson Mandela but was actually written by Marianne Williamson. I hope it grabs your soul.

Here it is:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Roger, I hope you to take this as an inspiration and I hope you let me know how the project is evolving.

Hugs,

Gisela

Christine Pronger

Mowaljarli's quote is amazing..I identify quite a lot with it..and its the essence of what calls me back to be with these peoples....I am printing it out to regularly read..such joy in this way of living..and yet we are so conditioned to not!

Robert Lawlor's book quoted under Mowaljarli's book in Amazon is also great.. I used it a lot when doing post-grad studies...and thought it would be wonderful to follow him up as he was wanting to utilise this kind of understanding for healing...

and finally, your brilliant message to Roger about too much humility creating stuckness..and not claiming what we do know...yeay! I've written that one down too.

Gisella; thank you for the beauty and wisdom you are creating here.. much love, Christine

Gisela

Hello Christine,

Yes, Mowaljarli in his book Yorro Yorro makes it clear that the natural world seeks to interact with us, not as we do with one another through verbal communication, but through listening with all of our senses and by allowing the expression of inner movements to guide us into action.

My experience, too, has been that being in the bush with Aboriginal women brings me closer to this way of knowing that Mowaljarli describes. I recall you and I observing three women 'hunting' for honey ants. It seemed they were highly attuned to the environment, listening with all their senses, and not only visual ques, to locate the nest of honey ants. As a result of participating in this experience with these three women, I feel so much more alive inside and I am excited about what I can discover by developing just a bit of the sensitivities they have for the natural environment.

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Gisela Wendling, PhD

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