In this interview, Reggie and Kent explore the role of “cultural givens” in how we engage in conversation.“Enough with the…Talking Points: Doing More Good than Harm in Conversation” Chapter 1 – Kent Frazier interviews Reggie Marra.
When in the course of Universal events, it becomes necessary for One People to transcend, while still honoring, the healthiest aspects of the political, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, racial, sexual orientation, national, age, health, height, weight and any and all other differences that seem to separate them in the manifest realm, and to assume among the powers of the Universe, the unified and equal origins of all that is, an integrated respect for all sentient beings requires that We declare the causes that impel Us to the recognition of Our Inherent Oneness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all beings emerge from the same Mysterious Origin, that they are inherently One with that Origin (since they could not have come from anywhere else, at least that We know of so far), and that the humans (and others) among these beings are, again inherently, blessed with a yearning for and an ability to thrive within the apparently paradoxical juxtapositions among connection, autonomy, mercy, interdependence, grace, responsibility, safety, risk, purpose, justice, change, stability, kindness, gravity, effort, rest, story, compassion, achievement, and Love. Oh, and by the way, the greatest of these is Love, and essentially no different from the Mysterious Origin.
We further hold that today We honor our ancestors’ and Our own historical sacrifices and movements through individual, tribal, national and international attempts to provide and guarantee these blessings, and We recognize the dignities and disasters perpetrated by each of these movements, and We further commit to remembering the first two paragraphs above, and more importantly, to using any means that does no harm to ensure that such recognition manifests moment-to-moment in Our behavior.
At every stage and in every nature of Our perceived separateness and difference, the best and wisest among Us have petitioned Us to see what We could not yet see, and to do what We were unable to do at the moment of their petitioning, and We now offer a deep bow of gratitude for the ability to step back and take perspectives unavailable to many long ago, and to see the painfully slow, albeit inevitable, progress that these best and brightest in every generation pointed to and petitioned Us to see and act upon.
We further recognize and embrace the bittersweet reality that whatever Good We now bring to this manifest world, at this time, in Our best years and worst moments, is no final arrival – no destination point, but simply another step in Our return to remembering Our Inherent Oneness, a step, which if those who come after Us are paying attention, they will not have to take themselves.
We, therefore, the Representatives of Mysterious Origin, the seemingly separate manifestations of Inherent Oneness, joyfully publish and declare that We are free and interdependent; grateful to and absolved from any and all allegiance to any unhealthy and unreal separations imposed upon us by occasionally well-intentioned, and often useful and necessary individuals and organizations that served an appropriate purpose during their specific historical emergence, and whose time or usefulness has now passed, whether they can see this themselves or not.
We further commit ourselves to act with the highest compassion towards those of Us whose conditioning or fear prevent a full embrace of Our Common Origin in this moment, and in so doing, remember Our own fear, and respond with and in Love, as We would want to be responded to Ourselves.
In support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on Our Common (and still Mysterious) Origin, We collectively pledge to Ourselves, each other and All That Is, to engage the work, play and practice required to live this Precious Human Life in Love in this and every moment.
Some months ago I was asked to write a “healing narrative” as part of a larger project with some Integral Coaching® colleagues. Through our work together, which is ongoing, I came to see that I have negotiated, and continue to negotiate, grief and healing in my life through 5 practices or modalities – writing, meditation, physical exercise, being/wandering in nature, and relationship/conversation.
The interview is just under 33 minutes, downloadable, and accessible by clicking here.
In upcoming blogs, I will explore each of the 5 healing modalities individually.
Thanks for staying tuned.