Monthly Archives: July 30, 2008

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    A World of Shape and Texture: American Sign Language and Navajo

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    To continue the conversation started earlier, about ASL’s animist/indigenous roots, I want to point out another really beautiful connection. But first, to sum up: I believe strongly that indigenous languages prioritize observation of action/behavior, skillfull mimicry, and the illumination of relationships and roles. This stands in stark opposition to modern languages that possess the verb… Read more »

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    Violence, Nonviolence, Protection, and Play

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    From my own community practice of movement and martial-arts, that we call SHIFT, I’ve discovered some fascinating things about how I experience assertive, risky, action. I hesitate to call such action by its much more recognizable name: Violence. My dictionary defines violence as “behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill”. When I… Read more »

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    Open Space Technology as Culture, Tradition, Identity

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    I’ve just finished up three days attendance at the 2008 World Open Space on Open Space, here in San Francisco. “Open Space Technology” refers to a method of coming together, having conversations, and moving forward with action, first developed by a fellow named Harrison Owen, over 20 years ago. Open Space Technology gatherings depend on… Read more »

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    Dreaming Q&A

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    Penny Scout emailed me some questions about issues of Dreams and Dream Interviews, and I thought it a good idea to answer them here, for everyone’s benefit. To wit: Some of my questions about dreams are: If you wake up to an alarm does it ruin the end of the dream? The ones that are… Read more »

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    The Dream Interview

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    In this episode, with the help of celebrity rewilder Penny Scout, I provide a real life, unabridged example of the Dream Interview, as Penny and I walk step by step through her dream. I didn’t edit it at all, because I wanted to communicate the very real struggle that even a (somewhat) experienced interviewer undergoes…. Read more »

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    Natural Teamwork

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    I did a free presentation on (my version of) Agile Teams at the Village Building Convergence here in Portland, about two months ago. I value the dispersal of this knowledge to folks that will put it to good use. Lo and behold, yesterday one of the attendees came up to me and told me that… Read more »

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    The Toxicity and Vitality of Rightness and Wrongness

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    Much of what keeps us imprisoned in modern civilization amounts to unarticulated webs of shoulds and oughts, rights and wrongs. I’ve written about this before, in terms of the Grave of Right and Wrong (and podcasted too). But the more I understand my own path of Rewilding, the more I understand a certain process underway… Read more »

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    Survivance

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    Author Daniel Quinn once wrote, “There is no one right way to live” [sic].  He doesn’t articulate its corollary however, “and every renewing and healthy culture has their own right way”. Without the corollary, “there is no one right way to live” sounds like more, new-agey, “it’s all good”, “we’re all one” (no, the profound… Read more »

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    The Mythweavers: A Storyband

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    How could I have forgotten to mention this? Some geographically diverse friends (Jason, Guili, Matt, Fen) and I have all connected up to storyjam over the internet, using skype audio. We’ve named our band “The Mythweavers”, and have chosen to record the jams so that other folks can get a good idea of how a… Read more »

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    Mythic Cartography: An Overview

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    In this episode I get chatty and try to pull together all the disparate skills of mythic cartography and rewilding into a coherent whole. Join the conversation…with myself.

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    Riddle Me This!

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    Learn the nitty gritty of making and solving riddles, and listen to me come up with a 10 minute riddle (while scratching my head and stalling for time!). Also, I talk about the possibilities that the poetic paradigm opens up, in terms of craftsmanship and experimentation. “The Making of A Poem: A Norton Anthology of… Read more »

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    Podcast: Rewilding the Body

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    What steps can we take to rewild our movement? What do indigenous peoples have to tell us about the use and expression of our bodies? How has civilization handicapped us to moving freely through other-than-human landscapes? Lets start the work that will create more satisfying lives, and safer communites, by rewilding our movement. “Ki in… Read more »

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    Animism: A Survival Skill

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    How we relate to the world determines our level of awareness and our ability to move through it. This impacts every aspect of our lives – from obtaining food to avoiding injury. Yet it all comes down to empathy, respect, and personhood. How can a simple choice have such profound impact? “Mammal Tracks and Sign”,… Read more »

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    The Sacred Question

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    Rewilding our innate ability to observe and ask questions of the world comes down to a very simple, but profoundly powerful choice. We all too easily pass it by… Tom Brown, Jr. http://www.trackerschool.com Also see here: Rewilding your ability to reason Reality Therapy