Presentation by Upgeya Pew, sustainability advocate and communication teacher. Upgeya has recently been working with leaders of the Occupy movement to encourage non violent communication and peaceful mediation. Join us at Kailash Ecovillage as we explore new concepts of listening and speaking.
A way of transforming our world from domination to partnership
What kind of world do you want to create? Is it a world that works for all, one that ends the corruption and violence of our society? Is it a world based in the dignity of each person and the primacy of human needs? Based on the inclusive participation of everyone? Based in our essential interdependence with each other and the planetary ecosystem? Based on having fun and thriving? Where we care for and respect one another, celebrating our differences?
If this is the world you want, then I invite you to come learn how to truly make the world safe for yourself and others. This process begins within each of us, within our hearts, and can expand in the way we communicate with others, to encompass the world.
The human soul hungers for the deep nourishment of understanding, connection and self-expression. And yet, most of us have been trained from birth to compare, judge, diagnose, lie, abdicate responsibility, blame, compete, control and demand. The domination system has outposts in our heads. Thinking and communicating in the above way is costly and ineffective, as it alienates us from our natural compassion and each other; conditions us into a subtle self-hatred that pervades our culture; has us deny our needs and our power to serve life; re-enforces our powerlessness and victimization; and often leads to misunderstanding, unnecessary conflict, and violence.
Compassionate Communication offers an alternative. One in which we can transform the judgment and criticism, the negative self talk, the denial of responsibility, and the attitude of demand that keeps us powerless and separate from yummy connection with others.
When this work is taken on sincerely and diligently, it can help you remember the “subtle, sneaky, important reason” you were born a human being – the unique gift to life that you are. It can promote a paradigm shift in how you view yourself and others. It can change your consciousness and your life.