Sacred Group Retreats to Make Change

Written by Douglas D. Germann, Sr.


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Sacred Group Retreats to Make Change

By Douglas D. Germann, Sr.

c Copyright 2004, Learning Works, Incorporated. All rights reserved.

There is a power that shows up when a committed group of people gathers. You have seen it: something clicks, something flows, enthusiasm grows, and soon something unexpected happens. Something good and surprising.

How do you consciously tap into this power?

My experience is that you cannot command it, you cannot give it a schedule. This something--call it spirit or even Spirit--blows where and when it will.

What you can do, however, is invite. And open.

What that means on a practical level is that you gatherrepparttar 132386 elements--seeds, water, air, earth and fire--and you providerepparttar 132387 space, as much of it as possible, for divinity to happen. So it requires trust, but only a little, for we know that when invited, Spirit comes.

The seeds arerepparttar 132388 people and their hopes, fears, desires, passions, ideas: allrepparttar 132389 highest and best you have. Earth is grounds andrepparttar 132390 great outdoors: choose a retreat setting that will allow people to get out in nature, for many these days see God in nature.

Air is fresh air to breathe. We need oxygen and allrepparttar 132391 trace gasses in order for our brains to work and our spirits to fructify. Fire is sunlight--plenty of windows and maybe even a skylight or two so we can see a larger world, reach to touchrepparttar 132392 stars.

Water: we told we are 98% water; still, we know more than our minds can know when we walk or sit by a sparkling brook or a quiet lake. Seek out a place which has water.

It is not all setting, however. There is work to be done. We invite and open inrepparttar 132393 very invitation we send to our people. We want everybody there who feels strongly enough aboutrepparttar 132394 change we want to see and be inrepparttar 132395 world to acceptrepparttar 132396 responsibility to act. So our invitation needs to touchrepparttar 132397 sparkling places in these people. It needs to be specific as torepparttar 132398 change, yet open torepparttar 132399 widest possibilities. For instance, "The role of St. John Church inrepparttar 132400 Future of Homelessness;" or "Improving Senior Healthcare in Manitowoc."

Inviting openness atrepparttar 132401 meeting is where you need to turn your attention next. How do you draw onrepparttar 132402 hopes and dreams of your people and still leave room forrepparttar 132403 spirit inrepparttar 132404 moment? Simple. Leaverepparttar 132405 agenda open to be written atrepparttar 132406 retreat. Sound scary? It usually is forrepparttar 132407 organizers. For divinity it isrepparttar 132408 best invitation.

American Women Really Donít Like You

Written by Steve Eyes


Any man who has dated Asian ladies who live inrepparttar United States, has witnessrepparttar 132384 wrath, jealously and prejudice of American women towards Asian ladies. I know I have, as have many of my friends. The stereotypical has some merit: American women canít compete againstrepparttar 132385 Asiansí sexuality, American women feel threaten and some American women simply think Asians are stealing their men. These all bear some truth.

My experience is first hand. I dated many Asian ladies and have heardrepparttar 132386 comments. If we frequent a typical American club, I have had my dates threaten by American women inrepparttar 132387 restroom. In time, Asian clubs sprung up inrepparttar 132388 United States. At an Asian club, American women are welcome. I have never seen an American lady being threaten by Asians in a typical Asian club. It just isnít their nature. The crowd in these clubs are usually Asian ladies and American men.

There are many Asian ladies inrepparttar 132389 U.S., especially fromrepparttar 132390 Philippines. A lot of these ladies arrived via meeting an American G.I. I really donít knowrepparttar 132391 percentage, but there is no doubt that most Filipina ladies have a military connection in some way. They met inrepparttar 132392 Philippines, got married, and came torepparttar 132393 United States with their military husband. Consequently, youíll meet Asian ladies in clubs who are married. If you mingle with Asian ladies that frequentrepparttar 132394 clubs for any length of time, you will eventually meet ladies who are unfaithful. This unfaithfulness is how Filipina ladies are branded as whores by American women. This doesnít carryrepparttar 132395 same stigma for American women who may dorepparttar 132396 same. Hypocrisy is always evident when behaviors ofrepparttar 132397 two cultures are compared.

Whatrepparttar 132398 American GI has discovered is now catching on with non-military men. Asian dating sites have sprung up all overrepparttar 132399 internet. Some of these sites try to exploitrepparttar 132400 Asiansí sexuality. However, there are many Asian ladies who want to meet a sincere gentlemen for a relationship. As attractive as Asian ladies may be, American men are also captivated byrepparttar 132401 Asiansí behavior towards men. A manís dream of having a wife who wants to please him, appreciates his love and treasures his efforts in making a home seems to have been found by American men inrepparttar 132402 Asian culture. Youíll hear American men call these values ďtraditional valuesĒ because at one time these wererepparttar 132403 values that heldrepparttar 132404 American family together.

The tired argument about these women being a servant to their husband, is one sided. Do these women like serving their husband? Yes, most do. But not as slaves. They are not forced to do so, but haverepparttar 132405 desire to please their man out of appreciation and love. These ladies are doing what they want to do. I repeat, they WANT to please their man, do things for him and show their appreciation. In turn, these men are happy, want to provide for their wife and have no desire to look elsewhere for this appreciation. Itís chemistry that once prevailed many years ago inrepparttar 132406 United States and has been lost inrepparttar 132407 myriad of women rights in American society.

Why do Filipina women want to marry a foreigner from another country? Iím not going to arguerepparttar 132408 fact that these ladies want a better life. Itís probably true. I will argue that most women, no matterrepparttar 132409 country, want to marry in to a better life. Again, it isrepparttar 132410 hypocrisy of who you are that makes a behavior negative or not. Most women, inrepparttar 132411 United States, need to look in a mirror before judging ladies from other cultures. Besides wanting a better life, most Asian ladies want better treatment. In a Filipina ladyís eyes, men fromrepparttar 132412 West treat women better then men from their country. Is there truth to this? The feed back I get fromrepparttar 132413 ladies at my website is yes or at least they perceive it to be so. Iím surerepparttar 132414 social status of your family makes a difference of how you are treated regardless of your gender, but Iím talking aboutrepparttar 132415 average Filipina lady. The difference is simple. In her country what she does for her man or husband is expected without appreciation. Here inrepparttar 132416 United States, most men come to expect a lady isnít required to serve him, to want to please him, and love him for who he is. When an Asian lady does, his appreciation is certain. For an Asian lady,repparttar 132417 man doesnít have to be super rich or look like a movie star, just treat her well and show his love. Itís a merry-go-round with respect and love as itís focal point. She wants to please him, he loves her for pleasing him, she loves him for showing he appreciates her love and so on.

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