Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Rachel Naomi Remen -

I want to present some of what Rachel Naomi Remen said at the Writing for Change conference.  It is best to see her vibrant spirit in person, but I share with you a few of her words and thoughts as I remember and as I heard them.

She says that change happens because of stories, not because of facts.  Stories touch people's hearts.  Stories help us live.  They are like a compass, pointing to something that is true.   They make a difference by freeing us from beliefs.  We have a chance to change our own story of who we are and what we are here to do.  We can collaborate with our dreams.  She says we each should commit to nurture and see and hear the hidden wholeness.

Most of us live too small.  Most of us function below our wholeness and potential.  She says that violence is thwarted potential, violence toward ourselves or others.  We change when we witness ourselves, when we listen to our own potential.

When she was fourteen, she saw grass growing up through the cement in New York City, through the cement, not through a crack in the cement.  That showed her the power of life force.

She says the web of connection is only seen with the heart.  We can weave the broken web by telling stories.  They open the heart.

She says we are good enough as we are, and we have all made a greater difference than we realize.

We cannot waste potential now.  We all are needed.  Choose to make a difference.  The seeds of needed change are already present.  The future depends on us remembering the wholeness of the world.   The wholeness of the world can only be restored one heart at a time.

She works with medical students so that they create a personal Hippocratic oath, a personal dream of service.  She read what one young man wrote.  We all sat wet with tears.

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