International Trauma Expert Dr. David Berceli wasn’t able to accept the invitation to speak at the 10th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference on Friday, April 22. Instead, he create a video. We felt it was a very important message about how the inner process facilitates outer paradigm shifts, so we have chosen to circulate it in advance of the conference rather than within it. You can view it here.
Since our defense mechanisms are designed to help us cope and feel less pain, we can be grateful that they work so well when we need them – and – sometimes their effectiveness works against us, especially when we get stuck in defensive patterns needlessly. In a defended state we lose the sense of being part of the whole, and too often harm our self and surroundings without perceiving the consequences of our actions. We lose sight that living life while numb isn’t really living life. Many of today’s problems can be attributed to this pervasive disconnect. It is really getting us into trouble.
When we have unplugged from our own inner state, we lose access to self-reflection and no longer experience our rhythmic, pulsating existence as part of the alive natural world we live within. We lose the perception of this earth as a self-regulating living organism that we are part of. We fail to experience that our planet cannot self-regulate well enough to compensate for how extensively we have interfered with its natural rhythm causing it to head toward a state of organismic chaos instead of life-supporting coherence. Within the disconnect, we lose some of the ability to step into someone else’s shoes, and that empathy, in a healthy state, has application regardless of species.
We need empathy to come back to life. We need empathy to reveal compassionate living. And we need each other to do what needs to be done in this life. We need to come together. There is too much at stake to ignore the crisis and the urgent need to change the paradigm for how we live life on this planet.
Please make time to join us for the Earth Day events listed below. I know you are busy, that is part of what is keeping us traumatized in this society. We are all too busy. We live with chronic overwhelm. Yet, this is an opportunity to participate in bringing about critical changes in this world. So, I am asking you to please make time to be there. It is important.
Online registration for both events ends Wednesday evening, April 20.
- Friday April 22 8:30am – 5pm
Golden West College 10th Annual Peace Conference – register here.
- Saturday April 23 9:30am – 11:45am (optional vegan picnic lunch: 12p)
Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur: Eating in harmony with our values –register here.
Also, Nicole Jafari has generously offered her beautiful Anaheim Hills home for a Fundraiser Brunch and Silent Auction for Farm Sanctuary (with Gene Baur) on Sunday, April 24, 11am – 2pm. For complete details, send me an email: info @livingubuntu.org. I hope you will come join us that day also and offer your support to the remarkable work Farm Sanctuary is doing.
Thank you for staying engaged,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings
Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) Meeting
Wednesday April 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
1151 Dove Street #210, Newport Beach
Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) – Group Shake
Thursday April 21, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Golden West College 10th Annual Peace Conference — register by April 20!
Friday, April 22, 8:30aam – 5:00pm
Earth Day at Soka University with Gene Baur — register by April 20!
Saturday, April 23, 9:30am – 11:45am (with picnic vegan lunch outside afterward)
Ahimsa for Our Plate and the Planet (w/ Gene Baur)
Saturday, April 23, 5:00pm
Private Fundraiser Brunch for Farm Sanctuary (w/ Gene Baur) – for event details or silent auction donations: info @livingubuntu.org
Saturday, April 24, 11:00am – 2:00pm
TRE Certification Training, Module I
Friday, April 29 – Sunday May 1, 9:30am – 5:00pm each day
Living Vegan “Social” at The Stand Natural Food Restaurant
Saturday, May 7 5:30pm
A Screening of Speciesism
Sunday, May 22, 6:30pm
A Screening of Love Thy Nature
Sunday, June 26, 6:30pm
Hike in Aliso Wood Canyon / Lunch at Native Foods Cafe
Saturday, July 16, 9:00am – hike, 11:00am – lunch
A Screening of PlantPure Nation
(featuring vegan nutrition expert, Laura Oatman) — save the date, more info soon!
Sunday, July 31, 6:00pm
Permaculture Workshop & Visit with the Animals — save the date, more info soon!
(featuring Jessica Due of Kindred Spirits Care Farm)
Sunday, August 14, 10:00am