Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected

Mare Cromwell:

A well written essay on systems thinking by Christopher Chase… A way of thinking and living that could bring health and balance back into our culture. xoxox

Originally posted on Creative by Nature:

“Knowledge without deep comprehension, imagination and compassion is just a more complex form of ignorance. We need to shift paradigms, to grow wiser, all of us, especially the dominant cultures and civilizations. We are good at building machines, because we have learned to think mechanistically. Such thinking got us to the moon, but it’s never going to solve the social and ecological problems that it helped to create.”


Nowadays, most people seem to be aware of the ecological crisis facing our planet. We understand that our consumer lifestyles create toxic waste that pollutes the air, water and land. We understand that these come back to us and may account for the rise in health problems such as cancer, asthma and allergies.

We know that animal species are going extinct because of the forests we have cut down in order to raise cattle and grow popular “consumer” foods such as cocoa…

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The Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education

Mare Cromwell:

I have such hope for our future when I think about how these values can be integrated into our current dominant culture. xoxox

Originally posted on Creative by Nature:

“Anthropologists have long known that Native Americans reared courageous, respectful children without using harsh coercive controls. Nevertheless, Europeans colonizing North America tried to “civilize” indigenous children in punitive boarding schools, unaware that Natives possessed a sophisticated philosophy that treated children with deep respect.”The Circle of CourageCircle Courage Long

“The Circle of Courage is a model of positive youth development first described in the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk, co-authored by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern. The model integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based in four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

These traditional values are validated by contemporary child research and are consistent with the findings of Stanley Coopersmith who identified four foundations for self-worth: significance, competence, power, and virtue. These are summarized below:

In Native…

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Learnings from Hopi: What Is Your Blue Star?

Mare Cromwell:

I love Carla Woody’s work… deep wisdom and sharings here. xoxox

Originally posted on The Lifepath Dialogues:

Since 2007 Kenosis Spirit Keepers has been sponsoring Hopi Wisdom Keepers on my spiritual travel programs to reconnect with relations along their migration path from South America.* As much as it’s been spiritually meaningful to them, it’s been an extraordinary privilege for the rest of us on those travels to witness how they find proof in the common symbols, creation stories and even Indigenous language in Peru, Mexico and Guatemala, letting them know—indeed—those were their origins.

One of my favorite memories from Peru is when Harold Joseph met Don Miguelito, an Elder who only spoke Quechua. Yet Harold understood him. Another is when the reed serpent-shaped boats on Lake Titicaca excited Harold. He brought a replica home and showed it to his late father-in-law, the last Hopi oral historian of his clan. Char Joseph told me of her father’s response, “It made him so happy! It proved to him…

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A Talk with Writer/Mystic Mare Cromwell – Frederick News-Post, March 26, 2015

Originally posted on Messages from Mother (TM):

[originally published in the Frederick News-Post, Frederick, Maryland, March 26, 1015.]

In Messages From Mother … Earth Mother, self-described mystic Mare Cromwell communicated directly with Mother Earth and wrote the book as part of her spiritual work. Because she was too uncomfortable to be upfront about her communication with the spirit world — sometimes referred to as channeling, though she prefers the term downloading — the book tells the story of Sarah who meets Earth Mother. Third person just seemed easier at the time.

But for her most recent book, Cromwell essentially transcribed the dialogue between her and Earth Mother and sent it off to be published. The Great Mother Bible: or, I’d Rather Be Gardeningwill be released by Pamoon Press on April 22 (Earth Day), and although Cromwell thinks some people in the area will be open to it, she’s still a little nervous.


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The Great Mother Bible – Mother’s Day Weekend Kindle Special – $0.99!

Mare Cromwell:

to share on my main blog…

Originally posted on Messages from Mother (TM):

Big Announcement!
To honor all mothers, including our personal mothers, Earth Mother and the Great Divine Mother, the ‪#‎Kindle‬ version of The ‪#‎GreatMotherBible‬ will be offered on an extreme ‪#‎discount‬ for ‪#‎MothersDay‬ weekend. Sat, May 9th & Sun, May 10th – $0.99. ‪#‎Goddess‬

And yes, the hard copies are now out too… as of Earth Day, 2015 (April 22nd). You can purchase them online, at your favorite (locally-owned) bookstores or from me directly.

Here is the link to the Kindle edition of the book (USA – Amazon, easy to find the book on all Amazon websites also).

Hugs, bigLove to all,


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Message from Mother: What Are You Waiting For? May 3, 2015

Mare Cromwell:

A Message from Earth Mother today…
with hugs, bigLove to all!

Originally posted on Messages from Mother (TM):

Message from Mother:

What are you waiting for? What Are You waiting for? Do you see it is now? All you need to do is to take that shovel and start that garden. All you need to do is to knock on the neighbor’s door and invite them over for dinner. Maybe a couple of neighbors. Even have a potluck. All you need to do is get that bike out of the garage and clean the chain and start using it. Put a big basket on the front. Carry groceries home. Take fresh veggies to a friend across town, once you’ve gotten your shovel out and planted the seeds and loved those vegetables up so much your tomatoes are the size of a small melon. And the melons are the size of basketball.

All you need to do is get out of the dreams and grab the shovel. It’s good…

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To Really Be – poem

July 2014, at Pickets Fort, WV. (c) Tim Dicke

July 2014, at Pickets Fort, WV. (c) Tim Dicke


To really be
in Sacred Space.
To allow the mind to quiet
and bask in a stillness of whole.
To sit at the altar, candle lit,
and connect with the Great Father
and the Great Mother, and the Divine Love
they send us, all the time.
This is it.
This is the world
beyond thoughts.
Only feelings of Sacred Compassion
that rest in the heart
and then ripple out, a gentle lake
of still kindness and gratitude
to the ones that created us.
So long, long ago.
And in this moment.
Sacred Stillness.
Quantum Love.

April 7, 2015

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