Creating, not Innovating

LA Race Praxis 2022
LA Race Praxis 2022

July 11, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
Weather:  expecting sun after morning overcast

 

Meeting with people who have gone through individual and collective suffering reminds me that the capacity for love and compassion comes from it.  That is the suffering is a source of great energy and potential for doing things that are unconventional, and even impossible in the eyes of those who live in comfort.

We work at the intersection of healing, art, spirit and this has led the Gift of Compassion to remarkable individuals and extraordinary encounters.  Those who have been on a journey of searching, know about this. In the most unexpected ways, the experience comes to you.

Relatives from Indian Country
Relatives from Indian Country

Last month, it was an extraordinarily generous gesture from a source that we had no idea cared about love, compassion, healing as a target of their funding interest.  Who funds work that manifests love and compassion?  Our experience has been – friends, and a few philanthropic leaders who might have discretion to offer a modest bit of support for the “wacky” (it is incredibly coincidental that wackiness actually leads to things that become manifest in the world).

This essay is about creating spaces and people able to take on the complexity and intensity of the times in which we live.  That is what GoCompassion is doing.  We are taking the gifts that we have been given, and sharing.  It’s a very basic act that is not reinforced or taught much it seems in the world of “charitable” nonprofit organizations that live today.  In fact, those charitable organizations have had to behave much like the uncharitable ones – that must operate to prioritize profit, not people.

Cannot Forget, Elders Still Working
Cannot Forget, Elders Still Working

This year, starting in June 2022 – Gift of Compassion is working on understanding what might come from sharing, from silence, from sitting together, and from telling stories from our experiences of suffering.  We invited people to come and seek healing from the art created by Tu-2.  We travelled to the Midwest to find ourselves immersed among thousands (literally) of people who are doing the work of racial/economic/spiritual healing in communities across the nation.  We are observing ourselves in connection with these events and occurrences, knowing that guidance is being provided by “it”.

And here are some of the people and places we have encountered – because we choose not to innovate, but to create.  We seek the wacky, the impossible, the caring and sharing that seems to have been forgotten in the pursuit of “power”.  We are reminded that innovation requires one to start with that which is;  and creation invites imagination to expand to think about the impossible, and work for it:  peace, care for the most vulnerable in our communities, compassion for those whose lives are confused by what exists and hurt by the absence of things that should easily be available to meet needs, basic needs:  food, shelter, a safe place to raise children and to find work.

Stone circle – prayers and blessings
Stone circle – prayers and blessings

We are grateful for those who have emerged as our partners in this endeavor of creation.  And we learn from artists – whose imagination translates into images, music, poetry, performance, and preservation of non-material inheritances in customs and teachings of generations past.

Joyful Connection – cherry and Zen teacher
Joyful Connection – cherry and Zen teacher

These are some of the images of our recent journey… offered as a way of imagining, inspiring, and opening yourself to the possibilities of what could be.  In short, creation.

Magic Gardenkeepers
Magic Gardenkeepers