Bold and Courageous!


Rose Sackey-Milligan, Co-Director

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.  — Nelson Mandela

There is so much wisdom, inspiration and courage in this quote!

All things considered, c-Integral had another productive year! And as Mandela reminds me, it was but a short journey on the long walk we’ve taken up. As we enter 2012 (after a short rest), our feet is still on the ground and we’re walking, pushing ahead, and staying focused on and committed to our vision and mission in the face of so many global shifts and changes. I believe this is certainly admirable for a small and humble organization that believes it can make a meaningful contribution. Last year we asked ourselves deep and honest questions such as, is c-Integral still relevant? It tugged on us a bit, but in the end we decided we are, and are boldly moving forward in the face of uncertainty. How daring is that!

I’m optimistic about 2012, particularly since it’s the end of the Mayan calendar. There seems to be something intriguing about the alignment of the earth, sun and Milky Way galactic center. My impression is that this does have deep cosmic meaning, although, I suspect, while we might not feel the impact of that alignment in our bodies or even witness evidence of it externally, the thought that this alignment may support the evolving consciousness that’s unfolding is energizing. It’s very clear that the old ways of being and thinking are collapsing before our very eyes, sufficient proof that something new is emerging.

Not too long ago I overheard someone say, “Live every day as if there is no future”. How do you do that, I thought? That pearl of wisdom caught my attention. Can I allow life to unfold just as it is and live without thinking about the future? What joy there could be in the knowing that there is something, the Universe perhaps, taking care of everything? As I thought more about it, in fact, life has been doing that all along. It has never needed my participation.  In my delusion, however, I’ve been thinking I had a hand in how life was unfolding. So in 2012, I’m going to really test this no (major) plans for the future; I’ll stay aware of life as it unfolds and trust. That too is bold and daring!

Bold and daring is the theme for 2012. At c-Integral we’re stepping into 2012 courageously by launching Spiraling Into Oneness, our first weekend retreat in western MA and looking into hosting an educational and research delegation to Cuba summer 2013. Stay tuned for more details on our website.

Wishing you a year bold and courageous year filled with full surrender, peace and prosperity,