Our Collective Wisdom, as Elders and as Young

Time for a positive message of hope, growth and transformation to uplift us..  I hear lots of talk of doom and gloom these days.  I would like to offer you a different perspective, one that I believe strongly.  And that is:  I believe it WILL get better. Regardless of the outcome that we strongly desire or strongly don't desire, or assume will happen, or fear, there is a shift happening in our world.  A new way of being that many of us thankfully are choosing (do you regularly see 11:11 or 12:34 or any other number sequences on clocks or elsewhere?  This might help explain why.) I propose to you that we stay open to the outcome, not attached to it.  That we stay open to forces that are at play, that are inevitable in our time.  

How do we do this?  By quieting our mind, noticing our breath, allowing the quiet intuitive voice to show us the way. I have come to understand that this is precisely why I am doing this work. To help support people looking for a better way of being to get there.  Many are now doing this, I'm just one of them. It is an honor and a blessing for me. (And an opportunity to have a sample of transformation by diving in deep to what might be holding us back is coming up this Sunday afternoon at a workshop I'm putting on at Magnolia!).

I have learned a few things along the way as well. One is that i LOVE interviewing people. I am blown away by the depth of wisdom that each person, and every single one of them I mean, shares with me in these interviews. We have sages in our midst, people, and you may be one of them! Those you work with, you buy from, you are friends with.  There are so many people doing inspiring, brave, meaningful things in their lives. Sitting down and asking the right questions, eliciting the inner jewels from within our shared collective human consciousness, is a dream come true for me. If you're curious, subscribe to my podcast to get all the latest).

I have heard from many people that they enjoyed the interview with my grandfather, Ralph McGehee, who devoted his life to spreading the truth about his experience in the CIA and the deceptions of the U.S. government during the Vietnam War.  To me, his speaking out before it was widely accepted by the American public represented the epitome of courage in my "Courageous Path" podcast.

 I regularly visit him in his assisted living facility with the kiddos. Many times, when we are eating lunch together, other residents are also at the table with us.  I am always moved by the incredible lives and experiences that these older citizens have had. Our elders truly have some wisdom to share, stories to tell. We could learn, save ourselves some hard lessons, and grow along the way, by asking and listening to their voices.

As people age in their lives, they tend to develop a perspective that is different than one they may have had as a young adult. They tend to reflect, to muse, to understand a little more what their life was about.  They may regret, they may wish to turn back time.  I believe that they choose to impart wisdom to us so that we may avoid some mistakes that they made.  And while we may not avoid these mistakes if it's part of our inevitable growth and learning in our lives, maybe we'll listen for a while to what these elders have to say and make a change in our lives based on it.

Elders in many indigenous societies were revered, sought out for guidance.  My hope is that one day we may also do the same with our elders in American society.  We all have collective wisdom to share, both young and old.  Our wisdom is brought out the more we separate from our ego chatter and identify more closely with our quiet inner whisper, that well of universal knowledge.

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine.