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Weaving People and Communities Together: The Joyfully Painful Labors of Lillian Lake

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Ours is a world run by those who use the simple rule, "divide and conquor." It is by this technique that we are locked into divisive politics that keep us mesmerized and hypnotized by the ruling powers that be. We all play it. Liberal and conservative. Right and left. Capitalist and socialist. Christian and Muslim. Thus, as Chief Seattle supposedly mused about us Europeans, "you have man against woman, parent against child and left against right, we think you people are crazy."

This divide and conquer strategy has been used throughout the ages both consciously and unconsciously. It is inherent in the masses more unconsciously, but by the rulers more consciously. Indeed, in a Wikipedia article, it is stated (1):

In modern times, Traino Boccalini cites "divide et impera" in La bilancia politica, 1,136 and 2,225 as a common principle in politics. The use of this technique is meant to empower the sovereign to control subjects, populations, or factions of different interests, who collectively might be able to oppose his rule. Machiavelli identifies a similar application to military strategy, advising in Book VI of The Art of War (Dell'arte della guerra), that a Captain should endeavor with every art to divide the forces of the enemy, either by making him suspicious of his men in whom he trusted, or by giving him cause that he has to separate his forces, and, because of this, become weaker.

As I read this, I think about the newscasters on the various stations, CNN, Fox, MSNBC. Of course, I take all their bickering points of view and see them ultimately as cooperators to a larger system, that of the corporation who uses the divide and conquor ethos to the hilt in controlling the world. I then gaze upon the corporate Barbie Dolls and Kens in hot debate on the topics of the day's "news". News indeed. More like a horror show of old reruns.

Yes, it works. Give people the drama of duality, competition, and ultimately war.. Do not let them see left and right wings of the world as being puppets manipulated by the same well paid, corporate puppeteers.

Then there are those that do not create drama shows. There are those that recognize that differences constitute diversity within an ecosystem (be it an ecological or economic system) which actually strengthens the unity of the whole. These leaders utilize the differences to foster growth and resilience within the unity. No drama for these folks. Peace is the word of the day; collaboration, cooperation, and communication are the technology of choice.

My wife and I were honored to interview one such spiritual persona inhabiting the body of Lilian Lake.

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As an interviewer, I love to flesh out the meaning of interviewee's names. I do this because names can be very insightful to the meaning of a person's life. Thus, let's take a look at Lillian's name.

Dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, these majestic flowers have long held a role in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word "leiron," (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower, and the 30th wedding anniversary flower. (2)

Springtime (May) is the time of a rebirth, which is thus reflected in the Lily being the May birth flower. Thus, it may be appropriate to see a more macroscopic birth taking place through people like Lillian which may be able to lift us out of these dark ages, which hopefully are soon to be behind us. This old age is what the Hindus call the "Kali Yuga," whose end promises us a rebirth into the springtime of new and vibrant life in the "Satya Yuga," variously called the Age of Aquarius and the Golden Age.

Mm, is it a coincidence that we interviewed Lillian in this month of May? Is this one of psychiatrist Carl Jung's synchronicities? As defined by Wikipedia, synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.

See the even bigger pattern? We interview Lillian in May soon after the end of the Kali Yuga which is to usher in a new age that relates to the past Yuga in the same way that spring relates to winter? Could there be a connection?

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How you conclude this is up to you. I just have fun in making connections. This is what I do in life. As a psychological test said of me, I tend "to relate seemingly unrelated events and things together." The ancient Goddess weaves webs, thus is Her name Spider Grandmother in Keres Pueblo Native America. I am definitely Her son for I weave a mirror image of Her web right alongside Her cosmic web. What appears to be disparate to many I see as tied together by a singular thread.

It is said by many that we are beginning to come out of the Kali Yuga (literally dark age). December 21, 2012 has been seen as a landmark to that turning. Perhaps it is through people like Lillian that exist as cells in that holographic movement of the various cells of our new Being and / or extinction. She gives me hope anyway that the Satya Yuga is dawning upon humankind.

Lillian is a Community Visionary who works to build community prosperity. She believes that collaboration, cooperation and comunication is the best route to using limited resources wisely. Lillian works for community prosperity in Western Maine and shares her thoughts, alongside a calendar of events through her blog (3).

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I must admit, interviewing with my wife women and ... by Burl Hall on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:11:56 AM
A lovely article on a lovely lady, Lillian Lake ... by Burl Hall on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:17:16 AM
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