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Issue: February Newsletter
One Hour for One World

By Manda Scott
We met Manda recently, having read her Boudicea series, one of the finest historical novels we have ever read. As she says below, we had met her many years before. She is an extraordinary being and we are glad to introduce you to her here and to a new project that we wish to support. With love, Ya'Acov and Susannah

Many years ago, when I was a young veterinary surgeon in Cambridge, beginning to explore the shamanic path and all things associated with it, I went on a local workshop in 5 Rhythms, dancing with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan. The dancing didn’t speak to me particularly, but the clear, compassionate, inspiring energy of the two people running it made a huge impression.

Fast forward over two decades and I’m teaching my own courses and writing of the things that might change the way we live. The Boudica: Dreaming books have travelled around the world, bringing the story of these lands and the gods who live here to explorers of many nations. I know it’s over two decades because I hadn’t begun writing when first we met, and at my twenty year anniversary of first publication, I decided to take a sabbatical and come down to Schumacher college, to study for an MA in Economics for Transition in an effort to work out how we can get from where we are to where we need to be in a way that honours the worlds of spirit and the dream.

And I find that the college is less than thirty minutes’ drive from where Susannah and Ya’acov live now, and that I share the postgraduate course with their nephew. Meeting again has been one of the great joys of the past turbulent year. And when it became clear that ONE HOUR for ONE WORLD needed to happen, it was a delight to share that first hour with Ya’acov and Susannah.

My hope –my dream– is that this is the first of many, many shared hours by many people-of-spirit around the world.

This is the offer that went out last week, and that comes now to you:

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Our world is in a state of flux and as the old order breaks down, many of us are pursuing our activism in radical ways. But we have a spiritual base to our lives and in this, numbers count: the history of humanity – and recent experience – teaches us that we work best when we work together. The power of focussed intent to bring compassion to the world is genuine, demonstrable and badly needed.

Whatever your belief system, whatever your form of contemplative practice, now is the time to act.

So: One Hour for One World

We commit one hour, once a month, of focussed practice, whatever that may be. We will gather, alone or in groups, on the first Sunday of every month at 7pm GMT (2pm Eastern Time). If Sunday is not an appropriate day for you, please pick the time during your holy day.

Please spread the word. There’s a Twitter feed at @OneHourOneWorld and a Facebook Page.

If you want to sign up to an email list for regular updates, go here: https://forms.aweber.

In the meantime, be kind to yourself and the world. Stay centered. Don’t burn out.

Thank you

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www.