It takes a complex set of tools and practices to make a simple basket, moving from log to woven splints to its bent and polished handle. Every tool in this workshop has been carefully chosen by the master craftsman. He requires that it be powered by the human body, be beautiful as well as effective, and be proven by traditional use to do the job required. The integrity of every detail of the process and the practiced skill working with these tools are reasons why you can find this basketmaker’s work in the Smithsonian. The timeless beauty and ethic of care are why you can find people walking through his workshop with a look of joyous wonder on their faces. Watching him work inspires creativity and hope. A magical inner transformation takes place. George Kinder writes, “If you want a golden civilization, you must start with what is golden inside of you. If you want a civilization that will thrive for a thousand years, you must start with what is timeless inside of you.” The workshop of Golden Room and Golden Civilization needs to be like this workshop of golden baskets. We need to have the same kind of integrity and beauty in our process in order to work the same kind of magical transformation.
The Golden Room, A Golden Civilization: Four Steps toward Saving the World
Here is the outline of this series of related posts:
- Step One Recognize we need a new consciousness
- Step Two Strive toward the tipping point of 10%
- Step Three, Part A Follow the Map: Image, Metaphor and Introduction
- Step Three, Part B Follow the Map: Review and Overview
- Step Three, Part C-1 Follow the Map: Story and Sketch
- Step Three, Part C-2 Follow the Map: Structural Details
- Step Four Tools to help us get there
The premise of this series is laid out in Step One, expressed through the words of many leaders confronting a range of issues that threaten our civilization and life on earth. Here is another voice that sums up their consensus: Vaclav Havel said, “Without a revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing is going to change for the better.”
If all these voices are saying that we cannot make the progress we need to save the world and transform human civilization until we have a new consciousness, then doesn’t it make sense that we all focus in a serious, smart and expeditious way on attaining that consciousness? No one is at too high a level today—we all could help the world by maturing further.
Steps Two and Three have talked about what would be needed to move the necessary percentage of the population to this new consciousness, and how we could get there. Step Four completes the series by suggesting tools that can “facilitate the process of inner transformation,” in Thomas Keating’s words.
The tools and practices listed below vary in how much they require of us in order to be effective. Some take an investment of time, energy or money initially and then become incorporated into our daily lives with minimal additional exertion.
They all require a degree of commitment and discipline. This is a movement. Movements for social change require only small groups of citizens to change the world, but they need to be committed citizens. There is no getting around that. We see that this work is needed. We could be one of the ones to do it. The choice is forced upon us. We each need to decide to be part of the solution or not.
Below are some of the tools and practices that can help raise us to the new consciousness, higher developmental stage and deeper spiritual state the world needs. Continue reading