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A place and people calling for Real Democracy - Syntagma, Athens


The System Shift is On…!

In the Conversations

In the Hearts

In the Eyes

In the Hands

Of those who Care

To Dare

To Face

Full frontal

The Need for Change



To Rearrange the Matrix

So that the Basics

And the next level

Can find its Place

Of Balance

And Service

To Turn It Around

Like a Liner

On Course

Yet the Course has Changed

And the Movement is still Moving…



So the Pilot Boats are Out

With thick ropes and Strong Shouts

To Bring this Baby to Rest

So that the New

The One Who

Knows its time

Is Now!

Time to Anchor

The Banter that this cannot be done

‘Cause BOOM

The River has claimed its Course


And the Source that Inspires

The Route is Now Clear



Fit for a Planet

Who makes the Blue Prints for the new World

Who are The Draftsmen? The Architects? 

The Artists?

The Visionaries?


Look!  There they are!!

Stooped over the Drawing Board

Slide rule and pencil in hand


Tricky Business making Blue Prints…

Needed in Scale and Stature

The size of a Planet


Still – someone’s got to do it

Got to start

Drawing the base-lines – scoping possibility


Otherwise, we stay with the same Model

The same Ground Plan

The same Design


But the Design is Shifting

To house the Newness calling

To be lived and Loved into Being


So the Draftsmen, the Architects and the Others

Stoop studiously late into the night

Crafting the Ground Plan


Fit for a Planet


undefinedLater today...Wednesday 15th June - we gather with others in Syntagma, to encircle the Parliament - to call for real change and real democracy.  We invite you to hold the space with us - and to call in wise action, integrity, caution, protection and consciousness to encircle us all - people of Greece, People's living in Greece, people around the world, gathering together...

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Comment by Sarah Whiteley on June 16, 2011 at 5:30pm

We are home in Axladitsa for a night as we have been given the 'green light' by the Core Team of the Real Democracy movement to host a World Cafe in Syntagma at 11pm tomorrow night - with perhaps up to 1000 people - around creating the world we want, together.

Here in the outdoor kitchen with the moon rising above the hilltop, the nightingales singing, the owls screeching and the boar moving noisily through the stream beds - the movement feels a long way away.  Yet, at the same time, it is right here.  Time to step in once again.

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Comment by Charlotte Millar on June 16, 2011 at 5:00pm
Hi revolutionaries,

Wow, sitting here amazed at the grace and dignity with which the Greeks are holding themselves as they witness capitalism do what it needs to do to stabilise and as a result, break their livelihoods apart.

I keep thinking about this poem by Yeats, which he wrote about the dissolution of life he saw coming in the aftermath of the first world war. It feels like we are facing a similar threshold, in which we either evolve humanity or face the consequences of the ever increasing demands we place on each other and our home, just for more cash.

The line that keeps coming to me is "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold". This time things will fall apart but it is our work to hold the centre - just as the Greeks are doing with joy and compassion.

Bravo Greece!

With love and protection,
Charlotte xxx

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

William Yeats 1920
Comment by Sarah Whiteley on June 15, 2011 at 5:06am

People of Greece peacefully encircling the Parliament!

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Comment by Sarah Whiteley on June 15, 2011 at 4:17am can those in the subtle worlds and those who are the 'bridgers' or 'translators' of it, bring this realm of capacity into real work and service?  See conversation on 'Hosting the Subtle Worlds'  Today, people are gathering in Syntagma Square, Athens, to call in newness and transformation.  Already it is 'edgy' and yet, we still must gather.  This is the time for space holding like never before.
Comment by Sarah Whiteley on June 14, 2011 at 6:38pm
Our friend Odysseas spoke into a recent gathering at the Art of Collaborative Leadership in the UK when Maria asked him how he was feeling in his soul, (he is participating in the real-democracy movement - one of the people who are now living down on Syntagma and is part of the self organising group that is holding the People's Assembly every night) - "I am not sure we will change the whole system, but I know we are cultivating hope and we will be able to say that we began something that our children and their children saw through".  Odysseas is 26 years old.
Comment by Sarah Whiteley on June 14, 2011 at 6:26pm
Maria and I also met this evening with friend's Odysseas, Anthi, Georgios and our friend Steve (who leaves for Boston tomorrow) - to propose hosting a World Cafe, scheduled to take place in Syntagma at 11pm Friday evening - with around 1000 people.  The Core Team is considering our offering to host this space of dialogue - and will let us know tomorrow if we go ahead...!

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