Morphic Magic Theatre

This web log is set up to inform you of a powerful way of transforming communities and the people in them. It is a place where we research and present the leading edge of this new movement. It is the youth that lead it and we are thrilled to be able to give them a voice and foundation. The old ways that are not working are dropping away and the new ways of balance, harmony and collaboration are settling in.

12/8/10

On Big Leap Forward!


Today the urge to continue on with a Mission already begun in Mission BC is great. There is  a group meeting tonight  at the Cafetorium in Heritage Park school to discuss the interest and sustainability of Forum Theatre in that town.

I got whisked away from that home base in a tornado like force to the Land of very green OZ, the Emerald City of Eugene Oregon. I have letting my newly sprouted tender roots grow in this soil since September.

We had returned for a David Diamond event called Us and Them.  It was an investigative event researching for another show in 2012 that I hope to be apart of. (training is in February)  Press Article Participatory theatre breaks down the wall between stage and audience. It allows for a new community dialogue to emerge and a transparency in a group that can only be experienced. We have become so divorced from the reality of how art and theatre can be embedded in our lives, not a commodity to be consumed. This type of performance can truly inspire more awareness and peaceful, restorative relationships.

Have you heard the phrase Morphic Field? It is used when talking about Family Constellations. This is a modalitiy that I have been trained to facilitate as well. The evening of theatre actually explores the subconscious aspects of the group. It can be applied to an organization, a family or a city.


Morphic field

"Morphic field" is a term introduced by Sheldrake. He proposes that there is a field within and around a morphic unit which organizes its characteristic structure and pattern of activity.[12] According to this concept, the morphic field underlies the formation and behaviour of holons and morphic units, and can be set up by the repetition of similar acts or thoughts. The hypothesis is that a particular form belonging to a certain group which has already established its (collective) morphic field, will tune into that morphic field. The particular form will read the collective information through the process of morphic resonance, using it to guide its own development. This development of the particular form will then provide, again through morphic resonance, a feedback to the morphic field of that group, thus strengthening it with its own experience resulting in new information being added (i.e. stored in the database). Sheldrake regards the morphic fields as a universal database for both organic (living) and abstract (mental) forms.  However, most in the scientific community do not accept the idea and regard it as a fringe science or pseudoscience

Thanks to our sponsor company that can be found at www.cdgoodart.com. It's blog is www.rhiah.tumblr.com. 


Kathryn Reese from www.ohmhome.com filmed this silly diamond moment. She was asking me about God. And for me, that is where all this begins and ends, I was trying to describe how theatre can bring us closer to that Source of Love, Light and Truth.



Participatory Theatre from cdgood on Vimeo.

The Diamond Moment: Preview "On Big Leap Forward!"

We are Actors on a Stage.

6/17/10

Facets of Health

This month of June has flown by already. The natural movement focuses on Health, the bridge between Body and Emotions of this next project. Health means financial, mental and physical of course. Setting up a Healing Arts Cooperative is on the agenda for the month before I establish an office/home in Eugene Oregon.

I have been focused on a move to Oregon, but this does not mean abandoning This Diamond Community, it just means opening up to a growing circle of supporters who will carry on the work started here.

This month started with a David Diamond Workshop.  http://vimeo.com/11881086 We did an activity  called Cops in the Head and other sculpted images. In one of the scenes I got to experience what was happening for me in my social art work efforts in Mission. I was trying to hold together a tight circle of people rather than step back and let the larger community in. So it helped me let go, open up and not hold so much in fear. Create an open space my my leaving and rallying for business and ideas in Oregon.


Letting go, meant a move to Oregon, along with a call from my spiritual group to relocate there, a possible Masters in Community Arts at the University of Oregon and an environment that more suits us as a family. My sister lives there too and we can recouperate for a while  and begin to  sell my  Eco-fashion wearable art line, www.thebeadrollson.com that will be made with the cooperation of several non profit groups both here and Eugene ( I have dual citizenship ) Eugene is an artistic, green city and has poured millions of dollars into their arts education recently.

By November 1st, I suspect there will be a thriving cooperative set up to address the lack of a cultural director in Mission.  Pioneering Connections is what I am calling it for now. It would be good to have an office at the Mission Arts Center.

Pioneering Connections cooperative set up to:
~ market local green and creative works
~ build collborative products blending several artist work in one
~ provide business training
~  create a hub for online promotions for locally made green and artistic goods and services
~ become the go to place for  compassionate and creative workshops
~ employ youth as an eAbassador team to promote online and create forum theatre community buiding events to allow all voices to "Speak and be Heard"  and gather community wisdom and resources.


This cooperative would be set up with the use of Smart Settle. www.smartsettle.com a revolutionary  online tool, based on the work of Dr. Ernest Theissen.

It is affliated with local positive news magazine called Fraser Valley Connector.

There is a public meeting planned on June 24th at Blackberry Cafe, 7 pm.

We are hoping to raise money to get David Diamond here in October as this second eight month cycle is complete November 1st bringing in a new level of community cooperation.

5/15/10

Spirit Square

Opening day for Spirit Square, felt like an opening for "new developments" as the Mayor said, but maybe not in the physical realm. 
That is a funny word : Development:  
development |diˈveləpmənt|nounthe process of developing or being developed she traces the development of the novel the development of less invasive treatment.• a specified state of growth or advancement the wings attain their full development several hours after birth.• a new and refined product or idea the latest developments in information technology.• an event constituting a new stage in a changing situation I don't think there have been any new developments since yesterday.• the process of converting land to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making use of its resources land suitable for development.• an area of land with new buildings on it a major housing development in Chicago.• Chess the process of bringing one's pieces into play in the opening phase of a game.the process of starting to experience or suffer from an ailment or feeling the development of brittle bones.the process of treating photographic film with chemicals to make a visible image.
I feel underdeveloped, in development… like a blank piece of photographic paper slowly etching out an image of something once seen. 

5/1/10

Come to Mission Song


Come to Mission by Rick Chadwick. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cdgood/2010/02/01/the-mission-song



I’m here today to tell you ‘bout a place that captures all who stay a while
A place next to the water of a peaceful happy river going by
That seems to stop and look at you, a look that almost always makes you smile
As the river song sings to your heart and joins the wind’s secret calling sigh.
Chorus.
I first came as a guest and was welcomed by the people who lived here.
The people, some are new, some are children from so very long ago.
Ancient people came here first, joined by others who arrived year by year.
They all felt what I feel now, a home and friendly people, a city where the heart lights up to
glow.
Chorus.
Have you ever felt your tears wash away with all your fears by the rain?
And see them slowly mixing in the gentle river waters flowing through?
So you could say goodbye to them and feel your lips begin to smile again?
Well it happened here to me in this place that I would like to share with you.
Last time Chorus
Come to Mission, where the mountains touch the river and the sky
Come to Mission where the sacred eagle spreads its wings to fly.
Come to Mission, where the ancient peoples lived and I know why.
There’s a feeling that exists here, it’s here for all including you and I.
Add to last time Chorus:
There’s a feeling that exists here, it’s here for all including you and I.

Elvis, Vision and Youth

Wooden tile work  by Wes Geisbrecht. www.wesgeisbrecht.com

This coming week is youth week in BC. http://www.bcyouthweek.com/  Perfect time to stumble upon a book that promoted a hiding Mission Diamond. Morris Bates. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7qY8VrzRgg "The Mission resident was hailed by Nevada critics as the best Elvis tribute act on the Vegas circuit since Presley’s death in 1977. Working with the Vancouver Police and Native Liason Society as a specialized victim assistance worker, Bates developed an aversion program called Reality Check for Indigenous People (R.I.P), sometimes known as Scared Straight.
Looking back on what he has accomplished in his lifetime, it’s the chances he’s taken that stand out.
He hopes young people recognize that in an era without computers he was still able to live by his wits and accomplish something – and hopefully, that inspires them to do the same.
Bates’ book, Take a Chance on Life, which chronicles his experiences, was released on Thursday.
Bates will hold a book signing on Saturday, April 17 at the Power House at Stave Falls, 31338 Dewdney Trunk Road, in Mission between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The book, which is being released internationally, will be available at Chapters, Coles, Indigo and at Murdoch’s Bookshoppe in Mission.For more information contact Bates at morrisbates@shaw.ca." www.bclocalnews.com

I ran into his promotions agent, Eileen, at the Blooming Marvelous show at the Arts Council that I was exhibiting the Kraggleys (spirit dolls) www.cdgoodart.com.  At first I was not interested in an Elvis impersonator book, but then when I found out that he has helped 8000 kids across BC work through drug and street issues, I wanted to hear more. I bought a copy of the book and will read it this weekend.  It seemed like he may be a great person to affiliate with youth inspiration here in Mission.

Another piece this week was a Circle Meeting at  the MRR new house/office. We call it the RIM Spinning circle. Restorative Intergeneration Mentoring--- We came up with some plans to gather together groups in town that are working with youth and make a google map highlighting activities. My kids cringe at the word "youth".  It seems to segregate people into a label that they are not comfortable with. Many youth I know are wiser than the adults I know. In indigenous cultures there was no such thing as a teenager. I like thinking of each person as a soul, a living being and not worrying about the age. Each person is valuable and precious. Together we make a grand design of joy and sorrow.

Care Club started this week too. http://www.cdgoodart.com/oktobus/TheCareClub.html My sons seemed to enjoy this, a opportunity to do something for others. We are painting flat rocks to stack and count with to give to the new Kindergarten Classes.

Had an appointment with Coffee News. We forget this valuable free resource to post non profit events in town. Ads are cheap too. I made a batch of Beads from it that will soon be a necklace for his website.  http://www.coffeenewsnet.com/what.html It is a world wide franchise! I had no idea. A positive news magazine trying to make people smile for a while.

Speaking of Positive News, here is Tracey Elias and I talking about her new magazine The Valley Connector coming out June 1.

4/24/10

Heritage Park Gets a Truck Load of Manure

Why is this big news today, in the Earth day buzz? What is so blogable about such an event? It is the nourishment of the residential school orchard. Once overgrown with 14 foot blackberry plants it is slowly coming back to life. Perhaps it is a symbol of these intense times, a symbol of the restoration that is taking place in Mission and in my life personally as well.

Jared and I went down to the Park today. For those of you far away, here is a video about the park that we are speaking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbMdBEV9EDM


Found a five leaf clover this afternoon when  thinking about "This Multi-faceted Diamond Community" and the visioning Mission forum that I was told about.


Heather Sterling the Park gardener, (I call her the GARDEN LADY),  took Jared and I on a tour of the park through her eyes. So many plants are edible there now. She has planted three mulberry bushes honoring the Japanese pioneers.

Taken the original wild strawberries from the orchard and planted them near the rose garden. You will have to listen to the  conversation we had about it.

 Of course the best was off air when i was more relaxed. But you get a sense of the greatness of this individual, her passion and complete dedication to making this world a balanced place.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cdgood/2010/04/23/education-and-sustainability-1 I would love to illustrate a walking guide to the park through her eyes. 


Heathers tour was completely fascinating. From the orchard, ( after the load of wormy steamy horse crap fell on the ground that a man name "ART" dumped).There were 13 loads that day.

We were driven in the back of her truck to the grotto.( a silo like structure with a cross on top= Mission's symbol) She took us into the grotto turning off the alarm. The  pews and floors were covered in bugs. Flies mostly, but bees and hornets and ladybugs from white to red. They were thick candles and marble table. Crunch crunch under our feet. She adds them to the rose garden for nutrition as well.  This composting idea took four years for it to be approved of and we witnessed it! How fortunate to be able to follow a whim and have it take us to such a destination.

Heather now is a leader in her feild and mentor for youth( worked with canada world youth)   and her work is becoming known and respected world wide for the non-pesticide rose garden and heritage seeds.

http://www.heritagepark-mission.ca/stmary.html Here is a link to learn more about the painful history of this park and understand the significance of restoring the original orchard. Bringing up the pain to be healed is part of the work of this new eight month Diamond cycle ending Nov 1.










4/17/10

Drive with Smiley!

Fridays are Random Acts of Kindness Day. www.mission.ca/joinme A member of Mission Circle of Diamonds posted an idea worthy of promoting.




Every Friday put your Happy Face up in your window in participation with www.mission.ca/joinme
Print off the PDF  at www.diamondcommunity.ca and give to your friends. Have some fun! 
Now you take the smile within.  This will cause you to smile on the outside.  By smiling on the outside you will become more relaxed and at ease.  This will cause you to drive more curtious-ly.   Feel free to smile at other drivers.  You will notice how good this makes you feel.  Enjoy your journey I know you will.
Thank you for making a difference and for supporting Mission in leading the way toward creating positive change in the world.   

Power to Decide

This post was written by Susan Naja, an individual in Mission Circle of Diamonds.

It was made to contribute to the conversation around the 8 powers of Kindness and how she perceived this power manifest in her life and the Mission community. Powerful message here.




Power to Decide

The decision making process is directly connected to our level of personal empowerment. The more we know ourselves and operate from our own best insight the better equipped we are to make decisions that support our well-being and happiness, as well as our families, societies and worlds. Whether a personal, family or business decision is in the making, any important life choice has an impact on our quality of life and the quality of the life of others and the environment. Big decisions are integrated into and influence all aspects of our lives, which is a good thing.


Think for yourself, outside the box.

There are no problems only solutions. With this approach we free our minds to think creatively in order to create more choices or alternatives. Get in touch with messages that limit, whose voices are behind those messages. Do you trust yourself? Decision making is a good confidence check. We are all diamonds in the rough and life is the process of polishing. No one is perfect, life is a journey of growth and learning. When you recognize a limitation within yourself, celebrate that you've identified a hurtle to your dreams, do not make any room for criticism or self defeating inner dialogue. Simply realize that the information or conditioning you have stumbled upon does not serve you and choose or decide to release it. Consciously replace critical limiting information with supportive messages.


Examples of critical inner dialogue


You don't know what is best for you.

A higher authority needs to decide for you.

No one has done that before, why do you think you will be able to succeed?

You are not good enough.

There is not enough....(money, time, energy, support..)


Examples of supportive inner dialogue-

You deserve to pursue your hearts yearning.

Your dreams are what makes your life an exciting adventure in the making.

You are not alone, believe in your dreams and connect with others who share your dreams.

YES I can.

I believe in me and the whole universe supports me.


Knowing what we truly want to create in our lives.


Unless you are young without children or parents that need our support, most of us have others that we are responsible for. Family is a responsibility that is often neglected in Western Society. Our children are raised by daycares, there are many single moms that struggle with the double burden of working and child rearing. In the process of determining what our dreams are we need to stay in touch with the realities and responsibilities that we have created around us. The worlds present capitalist economic system supports only a fraction of the Earth's population while exploiting the majority. 1 billion people earn $1.25 per day according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Although enough food is grown to feed everyone on the planet the in-equal distribution of wealth leaves 1 bilion people threatened with starvation today. Humanist values have been slowly eroding in the heavy advertising push for consumerist values. Be careful of what you wish for. We all want success but please question how you define success? The country of Bhutan for example defines success by the Gross National Happiness of its people as opposed to consumerist product sales. What makes you truly happy?


How do we get in touch with our own true goals?


In the assault of government/corporate marketing research and campaigns that amount to trillions of dollars of spending in order to establish North American consumerist values, (Naomi Klein, No Logo, 2001) it can be a daunting job to sort through the media programming to discover what is truly important to us. Asking ourselves: What do we find the most fulfilling? How can we live a wholistic lifestyle, that balances our personal time, family time and work time? In our age of globalization its crucial to act with an awareness of the effect that our spending capacity has the power to sustain and support through fair trade or exploit people and further damage the environment.

The better we know ourselves, the better we are able to answer the above questions. An effective way to clear the clutter and touch into self is though taking a few minutes each day for self-refletion or meditation. 10-20 min. can make a powerful difference. Sit quietly and comfortably, simply be aware of your breath with the intention of being in touch with your highest self and highest information. Get outside of your thinking mind. Imagine you are holding a gentle effortless attention.

This is your time to empty your mind of all ...to reveal your true self..this is a state of magic where ideas from the universe are seeded! Simply sit in awareness and watch in wonder.


Process of clearing out others limiting information


Once you are clear upon your goals and have set your intentions you are ready to embark upon the journey of manifesting your dream. The birth of an idea can grow at rapid speed like bamboo or slowly and steadily like an oak tree. Remember the scenery on the straight paved roads are the most boring to drive. I always prefer the scenic routes, you never know what interesting people you will meet or amazing sights you will see along the way. "The journey is the destination."

The worlds old traditions of knowledge understood the importance of endings or completions and renewal. As with the seasons the winter prepares the ground for spring planting. Get in touch with and connected to the natural world, this alignment will ground and clarify your intentions as well as support your overall well-being and energy levels. Do your best to not fall prey to the frequency of anxious stress prevalent in our society. Immersing oneself in the natural world for walks, cycling, skiing...will also assist in releasing this highly unnatural and unhealthy social stress.




Integrity Check


Like seeds ideas need nurturing, touch into your goals daily implement your action plans steadfastly. To check in with the integrity of your decisions, a helpful affirmation/prayer/intention is "If it is in the highest good for myself, others, the earth and the universe, then may it be so."

3/26/10

Movement into Authentic

As I bumble along this funny little town, I am in AWE at how much the simple act of making money propels us into exactly the right choice we need to do to be a better person and use this process as a self refining tool.  After the ending circle for SPEAK AND BE HEARD…and the social planning commission presentation, I was hoping  for more inclusion, but instead the rifts grew and instead of activity, there was silence. That puzzled me, but was content to watch and  grow with what the next natural step is in this drama.

It lead me to an graphix/video contract with John Howard Society. Maybe you have heard about it. Communities Impacting Gangs Comments on the blog and video replies are encouraged.The main event/forum is on March 31 at the Cafetorium. We have some of the youth from "Speak and be Heard” asked to help and be interviewed.

At the Speak and be Heard event, the public came up on stage and a request for more alternative health information came up. In the facet month of HEALTH, last eight month action plan, holistic health practitioners began to gather. We have just posted a new website beginning these efforts.  www.missionholistichealth.com. I look forward to seeing the response.

The eight facets idea has come through me in my early morning dawn think tank sessions, training with MRR.  THIS DIAMOND COMMUNITY has always been about self transformation first. That being said,  it would be considered my intellectual artistic property although I have brought it through tuning into the energy of the community and in a collaborative way. These transitionary times are interesting. Any reference to " mine" is silly really. However to remove it from the entire vision and someone else’s would make for an interesting situation. 

I am working for www.smartsettle.com in the promotions/advocacy department. We presented to the AGM Silverdale Heritage Society. They went from a meeting of discouragement and silent distress to gathering together and making effort to work together. Was so nice to see neighbors do this.  They hold a seed of a dream as well that feels thwarted by Money. We are planning a public demonstration of this with the topic of conversation being the UFV and its integration within our community and a hypothetical situation set up as a conflict between the town and the university to show how online conflict can become Harmony and beyond WIN WIN. 

Today I felt called to the forest at heritage park. There I met an individual  with  his grand daughters if we had arranged it. He is a retired prison worker and in corrections and leadership with First Nations corrections. He told me how corrections and the residential school entwine and if we are going for a public event about Residential School healing,  he is willing to meet with JHSFV and Community Elders to see how best to go about this and several of us feel that the end result in these next eight months of investigations (November 1st) will be in public events around this issue. 

Talked to Youth Unlimited  staff about having a youth contest at the Illuminaries Festival so we can have stations around the park set up. Was so nice to see someone put an eight facet wheel on the hill last year. Bumbling into the staff at the festival revealed that they were looking for more exciting growth in the festival.

The Arts Council is considering MRR resolution to help solve the internal stuff going on there after a board meeting I was at. HURRAH!  I am teaching art to the Ferndale inmates set up to help with gardening to payback my debt to Arts Council for the office rental there. If we can collectively get the arts united with social and economic concerns, there will be no stopping Mission as a cultural destination. Also… The StreetHOPE group is planning an Arts Show ! Shelaugh is doing great work there. She feed 60 people there every morning on her pensioners income!! 

Other info discovered... that the waterfront issue was just a newspaper reporting on something they have no idea about  and fell for an old trick. 
The property has not even had an application on it. Talk about getting the town in a stew… so they can manipulate the situation. EDUCATE ourselves about what is really going on...

Well, thats the First facet report as this first month ends!  Lots--- more happening too, really focusing on the EDUCATION / Power to Introspect this month.  Mostly on my son’s self design. www.selfdesign.org and my own, going for a Masters? Online school out of California. http://www.ciis.edu/ 

Other groups and individuals are saying that they are tuning into the Introspection power and reaching out to educate others about what they do, adding courses etc… how does it relate to you?

3/17/10

Forward MARCH!


We march on, ever forward into the blank canvas of our lives. It seems like a blank canvas this month anyway. The end of the eight month investigation into the Mission community brought its rewards. More than changing or healing anything in this city, my efforts changed and healed me.

Springing ahead, I perceive another eight month enquiry ahead. This time though it is a little different. This time it is deeply personal and even more public than ever before. The possible way this could take form is so varied. Following is a sketchy outline that several of us have looked forward into a dream of community evolution. I have shared it with several organizations and presented to the social planning commission. I wonder how it fits into your life currently? What we focus on expands.

March

Learning and Education

- Power of Introspection


April

Environment and Sustainability

-Power of Knowing what to keep and what to let go


May

Local business highlights

- Power to Tolerate


June

Health

Power to merge and accommodate... adjust


July

Family

Power to discern and discriminate


August

Sports and Recreation

Power to decide and act.


September

Heritage

Power to face


October

Arts/trades

Power to co-operate



What will your life bring by November 1st? What will mine? Perhaps we are in for some big changes that will encourage us all to drop our differences and connect to common ground and see the diamonds in the rough, the sparkle will come out and we will all feel a little closer to Home. People say, "If only Mission could work together better they would be such an amazing town". There would be more funding, more good will, less depression, more understanding. The youth in Speak and be Heard we saying the cliques at school were unbearable. People judged each other so harshly. One thing that Speak and Be Heard brought up was the "Pain" in myself, and in the community. It is healthy, for once seen, then it can be addressed and set free. If it is always under cover it festers and becomes increasingly uncomfortable until it is finally recognized. The youth are the ones who feel it, see it and need avenues to express their joy and sorrows in a safe place.





2/20/10

Speak and be Heard

Who do you want to be? Where do you want to start?

The workshop with Andrew Burton and 9 of Mission's bravest youth sent us on a new trajectory of connected community. It was filled with impact in a experiential way. To really feel safe in a group of strangers, to be yourself and just play a role from your heart.

Go to Speak and be Heard Facebook page to see more and soon the pictures will be up at wwwgaiapix.com.

The night was like a pebble in a pool of still water. The ripples will grow and we will now be able to do more of this kind of work with the team of people established by this event. " We are all Actors" says Andrew. They youth learned about energy, trust and shifting dark to light.

The evening did not have as many solutions arise as I had hoped. However, sometimes the real solutions begins when pain is acknowledged, and that was how the evening ended. Knowing that we all have pain and we all escape from it in so many ways... people were riveted. I will be curious to here the comments as they surface.



2/14/10

Hand in Hand

Lyrics by the MACL ( Mission Association for Community Living) Choir to be performed February 18th, 7 pm at the Clarke Theatre.

Hand in Hand


Verse:

Everybody has an equal voice
a chance to speak
to make a choice
speak up and let it be heard
let your thoughts ring out at last
take a stand no uncertainty here
trusting others will be stirred


Chorus:

rights and responsibilities, rights and responsibilities
We need em both to go hand in hand


Verse:

We all dream our own dreams
reaching for the place we see clear in our mind
dreams are possibilities
creating the kind of life we seek
you know what to do
believe and leave your
fears behind


Chorus:

rights and responsibilities, rights and responsibilities
We need em both to go hand in hand


Verse:

Believe everybody does belong
children of the earth
one with wind
like the sun
warm and bright
shed their light on everyone
we all need help along the way
put our differences away


Chorus:

rights and responsibilities, rights and responsibilities
We need em both to go hand in hand


Final Chorus:

Today hand in hand towards a better day
a better day
a better day
yes, a better day