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Active Being: Clarity from Remastered Tools 101 Webinar Participants

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Active Beings Speak the Truth!

Last night was our second session of the Remastered Tools 101 Webinar.  The brilliance, clarity, faith and bravery of the participants continues to rev my heart!!  By the way…if you want to sign up for the next Webinar series get details here. We talked about the difference between being used and being on purpose.  Check out these insights about what we believe is required to embody what Lorde calls “active being“:

“Interdependency…is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative.  This is a difference between the passive be and the active being.”

Audre Lorde “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”

Actively being embodies a way of life and living, continuous conscious decision making.   And that sometimes means you will fall short but recognize the “uh-oh” moments.

Active being is being okay with making mistakes, having compassion for yourself and others, not being perfectionist, sharing works-in-progress.

Active being means letting go.

Active being is hard when most of my days I’m on autopilot.

I cannot practice humility on auto pilot!

Active being is starting with creativity.  Asking what should we do? instead of

looking around at traditional models and saying how do we most quickly reproduce that?

As a disabled person and a survivor, part of my active being is doing enough healing & rest & self care & self-awareness that when I step up into being and doing I can actually sustain it accountably.

Active being is growing roots such that your vision starts unfolding in all ten directions, but the road has become one.

 

Radical self care is the foundation of active being for me.  When I take good care of me, I do good work.  Such simple things like drinking enough water, cooking good meals, praying, putting on lotion.

Active being is listening to myself and listening to my community and physically putting my body where it needs to be

 

Active being is trusting my intuition.

Active being requires creating and seeking spaces which affirm us completely.

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