1. Susan Lynne Schwenger

    Susan Lynne Schwenger The Final Synthesis - isbn 978-0-9939480-0-8 Staff Member

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    Does Friendship play a role in politics ???

    Found this today...

    Shelley Lorena Mowat shared David Whyte's photo to the group: Grand~mothership.

    The more we 'wake the more revealed.
    I am grateful for people being aware and for the opportunities for better innovation.
    Being receptive is necessary to hold the place for vibrational change.
    We are a generation of shamed, blamed and shutdown parts exhausting ourselves
    in futile attempts at exterior soothing.

    Let us be hope and use our powerful inner resource to notice the flow of things.

    Be not infected by processing of those energies that are no longer relevant.

    Everyone feels the struggle, and that overwhelm is the time for very gentle patience
    within and without to provide creative solutions.
    Be gentle with you.

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    David WhyteLike Page
    March 4 at 11:16am ·
    FRIENDSHIP
    is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness.

    Friendship not only helps us to see ourselves through another’s eyes,
    but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us
    for our trespasses as we must find it in ourselves to forgive them in turn.

    A friend knows our difficulties and shadows and remains in sight,
    a companion to our vulnerabilities more than our triumphs,
    when we are under the strange illusion we do not need them.

    An undercurrent of real friendship is a blessing exactly because its elemental form
    is rediscovered again and again through understanding and mercy.

    All friendships of any length are based on a continued, mutual forgiveness.

    Without tolerance and mercy all friendships die.

    In the course of the years a close friendship will always reveal the shadow in the other
    as much as ourselves, to remain friends we must know the other and their difficulties
    and even their sins and encourage the best in them, not through critique but through addressing
    the better part of them, the leading creative edge of their incarnation,
    thus subtly discouraging what makes them smaller, less generous, less of themselves.

    Friendship is the great hidden transmuter of all relationship:

    it can transform a troubled marriage, make honorable a professional rivalry, make sense of heartbreak
    and unrequited love and become the newly discovered ground for a mature parent-child relationship.

    The dynamic of friendship is almost always underestimated as a constant force in human life:

    a diminishing circle of friends is the first terrible diagnostic of a life in deep trouble:

    of overwork, of too much emphasis on a professional identity of forgetting who will be there

    when our armored personalities run into the inevitable natural disasters and vulnerabilities

    found in even the most ordinary existence…

    Friendship transcends disappearance: an enduring friendship goes on after death,
    the exchange only transmuted by absence, the relationship advancing and maturing in a silent internal conversational way even after one half of the bond has passed on.

    But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship
    with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self
    nor of the other, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone
    and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another,
    to have walked with them and to have believed in them,
    and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span,
    on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
    ...
    Excerpt From ‘FRIENDSHIP’ in
    CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment
    and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
    © David Whyte & Many Rivers Press
    ...
    STANDING TOGETHER
    Photo © David Whyte
    Grassington. Yorkshire Dales
    December 27th 2015
     

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