I’m writing this on New Years Eve. The year 2017 begins at midnight. Most new years begin with
hopefulness and lots of positive anticipation for the coming year. This year millions of people are
traumatized and terrorized by the election of Donald Trump and all that he stands for, including the
people he has surrounded himself with to govern us. Embarking on a new year feels different than it
Conversations center around how we resist and how we play a role in protecting the most vulnerable
among us. In reality that includes most of us and our beloved Mother Earth. Many of us who are
committed to a spiritual path are realizing “dress rehearsal is over.”
The day after the election what kept popping into my mind was the phrase, “When the going gets tough,
the tough get going.” Later that day I stumbled across a facebook post that offered, “When the going
gets tough, the tough love harder.” I accepted that message as a synchronicity and moved my attention
inwardly more intensely.
What became clear to me that I had heard many people I respected, including Gloria Steinam and Gelek
Rimpoche advise that the most important thing we can do is to listen to one another. As I was already
immersed in the writings of my next book, Fierce Listening. I decided to return to what I had completed.
In going through old writings I came across “Listening as the New Weaponry,” This is not something I
wrote, but it was a transmission received on my behalf by my dear friend Victoria Hanchin on July 4,
2009. Victoria used a method of asking for guidance that she studied for many years and shared with me
the information that came through. This was done in response to our work on a project in 2009 called
“Women Waking the World.” In our process (with 2 other women) we meditated on discovering the
gifts each of us brought to the project. What kept coming to Victoria about me was “listening as
weaponry.” Being a pacifist she was reluctant to accept the word weaponry, but the word persisted in
her guidance. Several months later she returned to the question in guidance and the writing “Listening
as the New Weaponry” emerged.
In rereading it I was struck with the value this message holds for the times we are finding ourselves in.
The essay in its entirety is included as a free download. I hope you enjoy it and find value in it.
I believe it is crucial that 2017 calls each of us to discover and use the gifts we bring in the service of the
planet. Dress rehearsal is over.