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The Call of the Wild

"My objective in creating this arena in cyberspace is to pool the wisdom of an underground of intelligence. I do this in the belief that shifting our paradigm – from outer-direction to inner-focus – could be a function of an alignment in thought, and that this alignment can be produced by cross-connecting my comments and yours."
-Suzanne Taylor, Founder of Mighty Companions-

Suzanne Taylor

"Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts...they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric...
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Call of the Wild, July 17, 1999
Thoughts on JFK Jr., September 1, 1999

And here's what it's all about:
Dear Lori [Marcus]: I just went to Suzanne Taylor's site and read your post (I'm there too). A few times in the last few days, I've sent some emails out to friends, scrolling through my address book, mentally 'categorizing' – who can I send the Lex Hixon quote to, and where will it fall on deaf ears? WHY is that, and how do we know? Are there just some folks with whom we have not yet entered deep conversation? Let us circle the wagons, build a very large camp fire and carry THE CONVERSATION on into the night. I scan Suzanne's site tonight for the first time – every hair on end, as an owl sings in my yard... Keep the candles lit for all.   Janet Weber, 9/2/99

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From: Anne Dosher, 7/19/99

The Call of the Wild makes my heart sing and fills me with hope.

From: Tina Lear, 7/20/99

Thank you for sending that bold call. I loved the call and am jumping in.

From: Tom Osher, 9/15/99

Its a beautiful call and I agree with it. But for justice, I look only to us. That is why we must be "unstoppable" in our efforts which are inspired by a clear vision – which I think we may share.


Suzanne Taylor

July 17, 1999

"A coalition already exists in spirit. It is coming together now in the social context by the attraction of its unconventional intelligence and compassionate form of high-mindedness. This natural coalition is drawn together by the recognition that the elevation of consciousness is our fundamental life work. This is a genuinely democratic, self-organizing force, flowing through persons of all descriptions. This force does not flourish as any highly structured form. It is not an institution or a foundation or a non-profit company or anything conventionally named. This coalition is a living organism – natural, wild, free. It is made up of individuals devoted to serving the world and developing themselves as finely tuned instruments of service. They learn to gather in the energy of will-to-good, from which authentic goodwill flows out subtly to the entire world."
-Lex Hixon-

I am searching for people of valor, with impeccable standards. I want to be of service to humanity with them. This will be the satisfaction of our deepest desires. A longing met.

I have been fortunate to count among my friends two heroes now departed this life, Willis Harman and Lex Hixon, who called for a radical sea change in humanity's consciousness and behavior. Living this radical difference is the nature of my enterprise.

With no fighting, no positioning, no cynicism, we will live in possibility. There is just information to share; it is all neutral. Hearts are open in the face of everything. This is a 100% affair, enabled by consummate mutual respect and total dedication to adventuring on the high road.

This invites an experiment to live out a different meme. The world needs a different idea, where people wake up and smell the flowers. If we did that, we would fix things so everybody had enough. Ending suffering would be axiomatic.

It's a big jump, and somebody has to go first. Your spontaneous response is invited.

FROM: Janet Kroboth Weber, 7/20/99

Your clarion call strikes many chords (chimes, bells, gongs, bowls...). Harman and Hixon – great bodhisattvas both. I have not supped with such great beings – you were blessed to know them. The Call: how many of us are waiting for such? (Longing Met: – you NAILED IT!) My 'lightworker' friends are walking in circles now for quite sometime, in the Great Waiting. We are waiting for SOME thing, sensed, unseen. We struggle with the HOW of putting our collective years of study/training/transformations OUT THERE into the world to gently assist those not yet aware they CAN smell the flowers. Let this be the Gathering of the Mighty Companions: when we are healed, we are not healed alone. Sign me up. We need a compass navigating the illusion. The Course says time will end, the illusion will end. Is it now? Shall Mighty Companions teach that the world is not quite what it seems, and yet can be different? To be continued, miracle of the internet.

Suzanne Replies:

You are after my own heart. I know if we are clever enough we can scheme some great thing into being. There is enough readiness now. But it still is tricky. I love everything you say. Takes my breath away. Let's keep at it.

Lex and Willis have been irreplaceable so far. They were giants. I was very lucky.

From: Lawrence de Bivort, 7/28/99

I like what you have offered, and Lex Hixon's quote, as well. Right on target. I have longed for such companions, and have found no more than a handful. The idea of somehow forming a larger companionship is both exhilarating – and overdue! Also a bit frightening, in the sense that we might run into failures. How can it be decided who is one, and who is not? I have made too many mistakes in this regard to think it a simple matter. Yet, we MUST find a way to go down this path. I will be happy to be involved in figuring how. What is your sense of what the experiment looks like?

Suzanne Replies:

I like what you have to say. I use as my model for possibility the enlightened soul who works with me – 12 years now of intense co-creativity without a harsh word. I know this is possible. It can't be some people evaluating other people, but each person holding the space of absolute intention. You shake on the deal. Once you know it's possible, the rest is details.

Stay tuned...

FROM: Lori Marcus, 8/19/99

Thank you, thank you for this Call of the Wild. It caused me to well up with tears. You express ideas exquisitly. Your choice of heroes is inspiring.

I had just finished writing an email to send to a diverse group of people, some of whom I know, others are friends of friends. My intuitive feeling today was to begin to expand my communications with hopes of igniting confluence among an expanding network of like minds and spirits.

May I share your "call" with others?

Suzanne Replies:

You and I share the wavelength which I always characterize as fitting Margaret Mead's observation about the "small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who can change the world." I don't know why God gave me this job of diddling with mass consciousness, and I'm sure some therapists would try to talk me out of it, but here I am. Sounds like you're here, too, "with hopes of igniting confluence among an expanding network of like minds and spirits."

FROM: Ronnie Rubin, Mighty Companions Wisdom Advisor, 9/6/99

Admirable, doable, timely, already happening. Kudos to you for continuing to put your eloquent words into the sentient ether. The light body work of Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer is on the same path, dedicated to effecting a smooth and motivated human enlightenment. It is the high road, the only road and, once on it, the inevitable and effortless road. You are constantly reminding those ready to listen that we simply have to be present in the now, revere the divine design, and all flows from that eternal beingness.

Because of the demands on my time, I cannot promise to respond to all that you post, but please include me in any list you are devising. My spirit is always there, awake and deepening, even when my physical plane time is outwardly focused.

Suzanne Replies:

I don't think I ever said it so well. Thank god there are bright lights like you to make my world shine.

The idea of The Conversation isn't for everyone to become enmeshed in a big project, but to do what you did – little echoes, reminders, corrections, additions. Let's see if a few juicy cross-connections in this awareness you and I and others share can make some cosmic noise!

FROM: Robyn Wolf, 10/16/99

I think your Call of the Wild is a wonderful idea and I'd like to be a part of it. I write music, mostly songs about peace and Earth, and I'm engaged in my community with Y2K. I'm committed to starting what I call "Wisdom-go-Rounds" – circles of wisdom for wisdom democracy. I'm a grandmother, and stand for liberty and justice for all. I enjoyed your Website and liked the comments about Clinton. I hold him as I hold all people, a human being doing the best he can given their life karma, etc. He is still our president, and I've come to understand lately that he is the one that has to stop this nuclear insanity. I've written him and will continue to do so. Perhaps we could have a conversation about your ideas.

It is women who are leading the way out of this darkness into the light and we have a brilliant future. A few mountains to climb collectively before that happens and it helps to have that to look forward to. Do you know the statement (I think made by Matthew Arnold??) "If ever women join together, purely and simply for the good of humankind, it shall be a force such as the world has never known." And that is happening now. What a time to be alive – I wouldn't miss this for anything. My message to others is to create your life as a hero or shero for the sake of our youth. As Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

Suzanne Replies:

Let's hear it for Matthew Arnold. I hadn't heard he'd said that. I can see it happening with women. We are so different from the world we are in. Got ideas for what women could do? Lovely to hear from you. I like your spirit!

FROM: David Floyd [A participant in the CIVICPREP-Y2K Listserve and the Y2K conference call that I participate in. S.T.], 10/21/99

Thanks so much for The Call of the Wild. It's certainly nice to hear of some of your esoteric leanings. For me it started years ago with Baird Spaulding, then Yogananda, Theosophy, the St. Germain Series, Agni Yoga and Roerich's incredible paintings. Have you ever run across a book Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood, edited by Mary Strong, very accessible but with a very similar energy (and origins?) to the Agni books? Here's a quote:

"Hold the pearl of great price, hold the talisman – believing. The secret lies in the reality of this shining faith. Rest on it as you would the arm of a strong friend, realizing its a actuality. As fear attracts evil events, so doth faith attract good events. An act of faith is no idle thing, it is the first step."

Suzanne Replies:

Have just been re-reading some of your CIVICPREP quotes and I'm filled with admiration. You have the clearest beam and the most intelligent, eloquent voice. Fit for the Wild, indeed.

So how's about a little conspiracy of Wild ones? Want to start an underground? We need that, it seems to me. You are very cheeky on CIVICPREP, and everybody who likes that as much as I do can belong.

David replies to Suzanne:

As people jockey for position, develop new Y2K initiatives, or make their last-ditch efforts, I'm struck by the profound optimism in the CIVICPREP group. We're crafting lengthy letters and ambitious plans in the hope that we can still somehow change policy resulting in an instantaneous change in public perceptions and actions. God bless us every one, but really....who are we kidding?

It seems those so inclined are called to inner work at this point. If any level of global hardship is really this imminent, our prayers, our invocations, our decrees and our affirmations are what's really needed. We need those Mighty Companions indeed right now...

As for your idea of starting an underground, it seems important to have a forum independent of the government sponsored one. I have to imagine many in CIVICPREP feel the same. Looking forward to hearing more about our new abolition movement.

Suzanne Replies:

In this crazed world, I keep my sanity by staying focused on doing my best, and not evaluating based on results. I always experience myself a bit askew from the other activists, where in the scenario I'm talking about what happens to humanity becomes a next thing which is outside of my purview. My scope is on making humanity aware of its options, not on getting it to exercise them. Another me is heartsick about the failed opportunity here – when we are aligned as one humanity we can work wonders, and we've blown our chance at that. It may still come, but in the midst of a devastation that might have been mitigated by what we could have done.

"New abolition movement" has a ring to it. Something is called for. Sparks fly when the right people do that. Our society is operating on short rations by letting everything be political, where we argue things into being.

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From: Cathy Seitz

I am sending your message to my group. Yes, Kennedy's death was a tragedy. I felt the same sort of fury and grief over the death of Princess Diana. In her case, it seemed that the people who had the most personal grief, besides her own sons, were the children she visited in hospitals. How many world leaders have such a following? In Kennedy's case, I read several issues of his magazine, George, and liked his effort to applaud good works, coming from whatever political party. That was a radical, but non-confrontive and constructive act, rather than all the reactionary activism I see so much of.


Suzanne Taylor

September 1, 1999
"Wayfarer, friend, let us travel together.
Night is near, wild beasts are about, and our campfire may go out.
But if we agree to share the night watch, we can conserve our forces...
Be careful not to step upon a scorpion, and warn me about any vipers.
Remember, we must arrive at a certain mountain village.
Traveler, be my friend."
New Era Community, the Agni Yoga Series

Many sacred traditions postulate there is a "plan," thanks to a designing intelligence, for the evolution of humanity. In this grand play, we are cast as god-children who are scripted to become aware of our interconnection in humanity's one soul.

At this time, with many people having a lot of insight into themselves, humanity teeters on the edge of a realization of this oneness. Old ways cling, but we can hardly go on any longer non-sustainably, impoverishing ever more people, spoiling our habitat. Something has to give, and please god it is mass-consciousness.

A couple of quotes caught my eye this week that paint the contemporary picture. A statement from the 8,000 religious leaders at the 1993 Parliament of World Religions starts with this cry:

"Our world is in agony. The agony is so pervasive and urgent that we are compelled to name its manifestation so that the depth of this pain may be made clear. Peace eludes us...the planet is being destroyed...neighbors live in fear...women and men are estranged from each other... children die!"
I found this answer from outstanding European social systems theorist, Ervin Laszlo:

"A person aware that he or she is part of the great web that links people to each other and to the biosphere does not act the same way as one who believes that he or she is categorically distinct and separate from others and the wider environment. With a fuller recognition of our deep linkages, people are likely to take more responsibility for the effect their actions and behaviors produce on others, as well as on nature. A more responsible attitude is sorely needed."
In a mythos in which humanity is coming to a "fuller recognition of our deep linkages" as it wakes up inside its divine plan, I have been struck since John Kennedy' s tragic plane crash with a sense that something happened to humanity at large because of that event . As in our personal lives, when hardship makes us rise above circumstance and breakthroughs occur in our consciousness, the jarring we got collectively over this sad situation could turn out to have afforded us a milestone in our collective awakening.

In the story we will tell some day of how universal consciousness emerged, it's not a stretch for me to see John Jr.'s death being recognized as a sacrifice in its elemental meaning, "to make sacred." Days of profoundly moving TV replay of the three Kennedy brothers at the height of their nobility were a revelation to many born after the two assassinations, who grew up without examples of such high-minded public service. And they were a reminder to older generations of a deeper sensibility we once had hearkened to.

Arthur Schlesinger, noted historian and Kennedy family friend, set the stage for mythic thoughts when he spoke about the media blitz. On "Face the Nation," nine days after the plane crash, host Bob Schieffer asked, "What did this week mean and why, really, did it happen?" Schlesinger said, "Because people feel a great pent-up need for a larger measure of idealism, concern for others, the kind of thing for which the Kennedys have consistently stood...I think there's a great feeling that that kind of idealism is missing in American life today...John Jr. lived a secret life of good works. He did generous things by stealth, lest people think he was doing it for publicity."

If the story we will tell is that losing our prince helped save our kingdom, the tale also would remark on images of trucks burning and people looting at Woodstock, right after the Kennedy crash. Something that symbolized 60's idealism going up in flames in the 90's could not have been a more searing underscore of the urgent need to rediscover our noble selves in the blueprint of humanity's grand design.

FROM: Tom Osher, 9/5/99

It's more than idealism that is missing, it's character development. We are a nation of dysfunctionals. I don't believe the Kennedys were/are noble. Schlesinger was a hack for the Kennedys (IMHO). All politicians are opportunists and corrupt. To be a politician you have to compromise yourself to such a degree that you can't help but be corrupt. Corruption and compromise are built into the system. Noble men wouldn't seek office. People who believe in the Kennedys are believing in something that doesn't exist, and have little regard for reality. Every one of us is caught in an existential dilemma, and our integrity is diminished simply for survival.

Hamlet is the perfect example. Upon adulthood, he discovers all is corrupt – his mother, his uncle and the whole state of Denmark. He's then faced with the dilemma of what to do about it. We all face this at some point.

People constantly make the wrong choices because their visions are clouded by fear, greed, and ego – things which the current paradigm perpetuates. So we are caught in a vicious catch-22. Self-sustainability is a path out of this vortex. Sure its been going on in a way, since the sixties, out in the country. Now, it needs to be done in the city. We need to build what we want now, wherever we live. We need to make community viable and real by building a viable and real community that is autonomous, through self-sustainability.

The internet makes it easier than ever to do build these ideas. I'm starting to do aquaponics. People on the internet are helping me avoid many mistakes with their kind advice. With an aquaponic system in my backyard, I will be independent of grocery stores, poisoned food, and other corporate crap to a large degree. My neighbors on both sides are considering doing the same thing. Schools would be perfect for this.

I hope you find my comments valuable. I am not cynical in the least, except when it comes to government or the behavior of people when under a stressed, unfair, and idiotic system.

Suzanne Replies:

Thanks for the juicy reply. What excites me is this place where we meet, searching for a better way. Let's compare notes to help to get out of the cultural entrancement. That's the way it goes with cultures, and we are on the tail end of the massive myopia of ours. I believe what people who see through the illusion – "strange attractors" in the parlance of the day – do with their awareness can be valuable to the whole.

I wasn't thinking that American politics as practiced ever was ideal, but that there is a founding mind-set of America being the land of the free, home of the brave, which younger people don't identify with and would have to be present for us to right the wrongs of our day. Whether the Kennedys lived up to the highest standards or not, what they espoused was uplifting. People need to have a vision – let's say of oneness – before they act out in the humaneness of sustainability. Here's a speech Bobby Kennedy made – to the young people of South Africa on their Day of Affirmation in 1966 – that Teddy read in his eulogy for Bobby. Doesn't this have a resonance that thrills you?

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Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky a meteoric shower
Of facts...they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun, but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric...

-Edna St. Vincent Millay-

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