Wednesday, 26 February 2014

We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For…Shake! 2014

Shake! intensive course as per usual - INTENSE and immense. 
Thank you to all the wonderful participants and facilitators who created such an imaginative, trusting and powerful space to be in last week. As Sai would say "Hold tight and hug tight" for some upcoming blogs on the week, our Shake! film and of course our Shake! Showcase.

Before then, enjoy this poem Maaike shared as part of her concluding thoughts on the Shake! week.

We Are the Ones
We've Been Waiting For

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?

What are you doing?

What are your relationships?

Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.
—The Elders Oraibi

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Marcina Arnold: Poetry and Music

The multi-talented Marcina Arnold is joining Shake! for the second time to collaborate with our poets, helping turn their work into beautiful and powerful musicalised pieces of spoken word or song.

As a contribution to our reflections on our current Shake! themes, “Remembering, Re-imagining, Reparations”, Marcina shared with us her poem Common Rumour, which was featured in her first album.

Common Rumour speaks of the struggles of being of multi heritage and dealing with other people’s perceptions and projections. Marcina’s poem, enhanced by a mix of enchanting sounds from across the globe, proposes that we re-imagine multi heritage, eliminating prejudice and assumptions that define how we see each other.

“It was a common rumour, that being mixed would be confusing…”