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The Evolver Convergence: A Report

I was privileged to help organize (along with Sophie Batchelor, Annie Derek, Chad Mosesso, all the fab people at Evolver HQ and a ton of volunteers) the first Evolver Convergence which happened in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Since I'd been sporeganizing for the past year I thought I knew all about the wonders that can come from bringing together gorgeous geniuses. I figured that the Convergence would be lovely and I'd have a great time and meet some grand people and business as usual, etc. etc.

What a vast, vast underestimation. By the end of the Convergence on Sunday, our outpouring of love and wisdom synchronously brought us an astounding quadruple rainbow which we all rushed out to see.

So how did we do that?

Energetically speaking - with so much deep heart opening and harmonizing. I felt not only that we were talking about evolution, but actively bringing it about just by being with one another in such an environment of intention and deep thought and beauty. I've been to a lot of spiritual retreats and festivals and parties in my lifetime, but I've never experienced so much optimism, joy and deeply personal connection at an event. From talking to others, I gather that this was a shared sense. I'm still so awe-struck.

Here's a loose summary:

On Friday at the Wherehouse (a freaky visionary art studio made extra-special with extraordinary and unique-to-the-Convergence art installations by Sophie Batchelor, Zev Rechter, Laurie Shapiro, Hannah Thompson and North Star), Jonathan Talat-Phillips activated our chakras and loosened us up with his own bold story of spiritual awakening and extra-terrestrial encounters. Then we heard the meltingly strange music of Ivory Weeds and Dean Cercone Jr.

First thing on Saturday, Charles Eisenstein led us to speak freely and deeply to one another of our most cherished dreams for the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible and also to name our own gifts and the gifts of the person next to us. And all of this occurred in the auspiciously super-golden and angel-crowned sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside (a very progressive church and community center that we in Pittsburgh are so blessed to have). With this help, we were vibrating and resonating and open at all levels, most especially at the heart level.

Throughout the day on Saturday we enjoyed workshops and panels from truly gifted leaders, teachers and healers that continued to ground us in our bodies and sense of connection to the cosmos and each other.

Daniel Pinchbeck anchored the day with a talk on enjoying the transformation of our world. What I got from Daniel's talk was a momentous sense of possibility and inspiration.

On Saturday night we returned to the Wherehouse Art Studio decked out in eye-popping costumes for the Inner Divinity Costume Party. I saw incarnations of Kwan Yin, Venus, Sai Baba, Adonis, Freya, Odr, and Artemis. Also present were Kabuki demons, wild wolf women, forest nymphs and glow-stick elves from the future. I was thrilled to hear a sumptuous spectrum of sounds throughout the night - everything from mind-bending electronica to progressive rock to conscious hip hop to psychedelic gypsy accordion brass!. I was most excited by Lungs Face Feet (the gypsy-ish brass band) who performed in red Mandarin suits and took us fully into another dimension.

The talks and panels resumed on Sunday at a leisurely pace as we were all recovering from the grandness of the party. For me the highlight of the day on Sunday was getting to participate in the Evolver Network Roundtable wherein sporeganizers from around the country spoke about what they've been doing in their city and what Evolver means to them. It was beautiful to realize that so many of us doing this deep work are brilliant and powerful women. Daniel and Jonathan-Talat both mentioned the need for us ladies to step up and do speaking engagements in more places and I could so feel the need for that.

On Sunday night we sporeganizers managed to get ourselves over to the lovely Verde Mexican Restaurant for a fantastic meal together (we totally took the place over and Evolver'd it up! I loved our raucous toasts!) and then, by a miraculous feat of spontaneous organization, got it together to have a bon fire over on the other side of town at the magnificently beautiful Bandi Shaum plateau. Bandi Shaum is a spot not many in Pittsburgh know about. It overlooks the city's downtown and it's also a quite glorious wilderness. Professional musicians from Chaibaba showed up and drummed for us.

Sitting on a blanket cuddled up with old friends and new ones I felt continually dazzled - between the beauty of the bright brilliant full moon, the fire itself, the vista of the city, and the faces of the incredible beloved evolvers all around.

On Monday we gathered together once more, now just the sporeganizers, to talk about our dreams and get help with our challenges. That conversation was so energizing - and so glorious for me as the lucky Pittsburgh sporeganizer deluged with new talented volunteers!

After the Sporeganizer's Summit I was treated to a dream massage by two pairs of loving and gifted hands. (Thank you Jeanine and David!!) Those of us still in town were treated to a beautiful dinner at Verity Grace's place in Highland Park.

Today I quite unexpectedly and synchronously ran into Verity again while getting lunch in my neighborhood (she's a Pittsburgher but I'd never met her before the Convergence) and she took me to a Venus Transit Viewing party.

I can tell the synchronicities are just beginning to super-speed up for me. I'm starting to feel that Terrence McKenna was really really really right on when he talked about how the interconnections just start racing together in 2012. I can feel the shift evolving into presence - how about you?

I hope that everyone will write about their experiences with the Convergence - I've just scratched the surface with this summary, I could go so much deeper into my own personal reflections and processing - and I know I'll need to soon.

In the meantime, here's a video of us prepping the Wherehouse for the festivities - gives a sense of the scope of the amazing art present:

httpv://youtu.be/17sHWVrEGik

Deep Wisdom + revelatory Pennsylvania folk + free money

 

Here I go, continuing my new tradition of posting my email letter list updates from five weeks ago here on the blog.  I know you'll enjoy what's below. But if you want the hot and fresh stuff, you best sign up right here, right now:

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Hello, great wonder!

The Gems

Today I'm sending out 3 gems that have been helping me to stay sane and buoyant this week while there's so much change and excitement in the air.

 

Every Path Is - Collected Audio Recordings of Byron Katie

Byron Katie is a transformational teacher.   She lived, miserable and anxious, for 46 years before having a massive spiritual awakening in which she lost the ability to believe her own stressful thoughts and thereby became enormously happy. She offers a process called The Work.  The Work is a stunningly effective inquiry meditation which she developped to share her experience of awakening.  It completely altered my relationship to my mental stories and taught me to be much more open-minded and gentle with myself.  You can learn all about The Work at Katie's official website.  And you can also listen to hours upon hours of her going through the process with people at everypathis.org, a fan's free collection of her audio recordings which she sanctioned.  I like to listen to the recordings on everypathis.org while I do things like wash the dishes and / or play tetris.  Katie's utterly kind, utterly clear, grandmotherly love and radical wisdom have an effect of grounding me like nothing else.

 

The Awesome Foundation - $1000 grants that are super-easy to apply for

I was thrilled to see a link to The Awesome Foundation in a friend's facebook feed.  Their motto is "Forwarding the interests of Awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time." Clearly, this foundation and I share similar great taste.  It turns out that The Awesome Foundation is devoted to funding-- you guessed it-- awesome projects of all sorts.  In the past they've funded everything from public murals to re-creations of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

You just fill out a super-easy application form (it's the shortest  and friendliest grant application I've ever seen!) and they consider your project for a grant.  There are multiple chapters of The Awesome Foundation in cities around the world.  Each city chapter awards one $1000 grant per month, so it's something you could keep applying for if for some reason you happen to get passed over the first time.  What really rad and far-out thing could you accomplish for your community if someone handed you $1000? Time to tell them about it! The deadline for the next round of applications is November 15th.

 

Native -  an album of dreams and revelation by Ivory Weeds - free download

Ivory Weeds (aka John Chriest) is a soft-spoken young man from the forrests outside Pittsburgh who blushes easily and has improbably long brown eyelashes.  I have the joy of working with him at YOU=LOVE, a non-profit devoted to making everyone aware of the fact that they are, at their essence, pure love.  Native is the first album Ivory Weeds put out, and it certainly reminds me of the love at the core of everything.  Its shimmering, aching sound meets the grey-clouded sky of late autumn in the Pennsylvania countryside with perfect frankness and tenderness.  I recommend listening to it while drinking your morning coffee on dark mornings -- the music has a magic way of bringing out the mystery and glory in what otherwise feels only drab and cold and making one want to live to bring warmth into the winter.

 

The News

I've written a post which seems to be resonating and catching on with a lot of folks, much more so than my previous work.  You might check it out if you haven't already: The poetics of occupation: pressing reasons we need to occupy our own cities.

Also, the online gift circle forum is starting to get exciting, with participation from the wondrous Rhina, Abigail, Toni and Tabitha.  I invite you to come check it out-- all you need to do is write a post wherein you offer a gift of your own, express something you'd like to receive, and go ahead and even lay claim to something someone has offered so far (nurturing skype conversation, access to an amazing image library, writing services, graphic design services have all been offered-- don't you want this great stuff? come ask for it!).

Please feel free to write to me to let you know how these resources have served you or how I might serve you better in the future.

 

Love!

Carolyn