The word bonding has always been misleading. The real challenge is penetrating through the false perception that we are separate entities-objects that need to be artificially glued together. What we call bonding is a state in which this false perception of separation is dissolved, for a moment or a lifetime, with our children, with nature, with a kite, a kitten, surfboard, mother, husband, neighbor, or presumed enemy. Optimum states of relationship, Flow, The Zone, Original Play, Enlightenment are all “bonded” states. Life is one, unitary, whole movement.The mother and her unborn baby share the meaning of every sensation, of every hormone, every emotion, every environmental encounter, every thought. And were it not for a gross distortion in perception and consciousness we and our children would continue to share this meaning with the entire universe as we unfold and embrace ever expanding states of relationship. We are not separate individuals. We live in a uni-verse, one song, not two of ten billion. The child is born into the bonded state, and would remain there if it were not for the false fears that we adult’s impose, with the best of intention, on ourselves and them. Imagine a bonded baby encountering and being mentored by a truly bonded adult/environment. This is what nature expects and has invested billions of years to achieve.« Back to Glossary Index
What if the chaos we are witnessing in and around us today is a symptom, evidence even, of an Old Story - the belief in our separateness - breaking down?
Would our fears be lessened and our curiosity piqued if we made a conscious choice to turn our attention toward an emerging New Story? Could an expanding sense of wonder allow room for questions like:
What if babies are conscious? What if sustainability begins with conception? What if Womb Ecology Becomes World Ecology?
When we consider the way we create meaning has always been through stories, other questions arise, like, Who wrote these stories? Can they be changed? What steps can we take toward shifting our current, industrial story of a disconnected humanity to a life-affirming and empowering narrative, authored, as always, by US?
Our daily choices and habits are informed by the context, the Big Picture, whether we are aware we even hold a worldview, a personal mythology or a story of our own being and becoming. This revelation is no sentimental notion, but a scientific fact of human conscious development.
Kindred World, and it's nonprofit initiative, Kindred Media, have explored this New Story from the ground up - in grassroots’ communities - and from the top down - with frontier science researchers and social changemakers - for 20 years. FCL’s nonprofit work has been pioneered by families who have sought out insight and solutions to shifting their own awareness from the limits of the Old Story to the expansive, empowering practical wisdom heralded in the interconnected threads of the New Story. This New Story comes with its own language, phrases like Cultural Creatives, Bio-Cultural Conflict, Grounded Expansion, Harmonic Family Resonance, Phronesis and the Ecology of the Child.
What is needed at this time is a safe gathering place, a sanctuary, created with great compassion to inspire and welcome our imaginations to engage in open dialogue, create connected community and identify resources that support an adventurous exploration of holistic, peaceful and sustainable living.
Welcome to that safe gathering space.
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