“The nagual is the part of us which we do not deal with at all ... At the time of birth, and for a while after, we are all nagual. We sense, then that in order to function we need a counterpart to what we have. The tonal is missing and that gives us, from the very beginning, a feeling of incompleteness. Then the tonal starts to develop and it becomes utterly important to our functioning, so important that it opaques the shine of the nagual, it overwhelms it. From the moment we become all tonal we do nothing else but to increment that old feeling of incompleteness which accompanies us from the moment of our birth and whichs tells us constantly that there is another part to give us completeness”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Indra Adnan On New Politics, Soft Power and the Feminine

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I am increasingly feeling disconnected from podcasts (and other materials) about subjects I care about (or think I care about!). I mostly feel that ideas are not well grounded and talk about (what strikes me as) disassociated fantasies. The latest wave of disappointment comes from this list from Richard Bartlett (whose work and person I admire very much!). But then I came across this podcast with Indra Adnan who talks about politics from a practical and actionable feminine perspective – a nourishing and soothing listening experience.

There were quite a few shimmering thoughts in the interview, but what stood out and stuck in my mind was an invitation to explicitly re-ask what politics is about – what are we coming together to do when we “do politics” … do we automatically inherit the (seemingly default) work of keeping the economic-growth machine running, or do we want something else … maybe the well-being of our society?

I also felt softly and intimately “seen” when she talked about people who have stepped outside of society and who have acquired tools and offerings that society needs. That also triggered some sadness in me as I don’t feel hopeful about that happening for me.

I am not currently engaged in anything political, but I did want to make a note of this so I can share with a few relevant people.

 

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  1. Robyn Marie Bors Veraart
    Posted January 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Ronan. Yes, unless consciously constructed, any work that we do, whether in politics or anywhere else, will, by default, end up going with the main stream… So happy to say that getting closer into political arenas is definitely on my agenda this year. Have been mightily influenced and inspired by our friend Elena Belloiu in Brasov and her new NGO “Femeile se Implica” and have plans with several women from the villages here to attend the meetings of the local government – just to be there and take notes! Just that witnessing, being there, breathing consciously, I sense can be a powerful act. Will listen to the podcast!

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