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Rebecca Trobe- Impacting the Great Turning

Perimeters change as we contemplate who we are and what we can achieve.  Level the obstacles by mapping out a sure course and following the love inherent within your path.  Match unlimited aspiration with unlimited service.  We are the generators of positive change and benevolent reconfiguration.  The steel structures of binding separation weigh heavily on the shoulders of mankind. We are here to promote the memory of a balanced humankind with emphasis on the kind. To recognize one another and especially the role that women play for the true healing and reclaiming of this planet, we can shift away from our charade of domination and relax into a merging of our individual streams into an ocean that reflects the infinite.


rebecca-trobeYesterday Julia and I got to have lunch with our friend Rebecca Trobe who is incredibly delicious. Some friends give you a natural battery charge. My uncle Jeff used to say that if you run on your own, no matter how charged your battery is, you will run down. But if you plug into the wall socket you can keep going. Rebecca is plugged in. She is the founder of Impact Coaching & Consulting. She works with individuals, couples, families and philanthropic organizations to help them invest their wealth generationally towards things that will benevolently boost their communities and the world.

She talked about the circuit that is completed when folks with money who don’t know what to do with it are connected to things that really help foster positive change.  It not only lifts their esteem and gives them purpose but it ushers in hope. 

She talked about the circuit that is completed when folks with money who don’t know what to do with it are connected to things that really help foster positive change.  It not only lifts their esteem and gives them purpose but it ushers in hope.

Look at the Medici family in Italy. They might have been just a bunch of old rich villains but because of people like Rebecca, the Medici helped to bring us the Renaissance.

It’s all about using intelligence, charm and a juicy heart to direct people towards what is really possible.

She talked about the author Joanna Macy and The Great Turning, which is something that is taking place right now. It is a transition from Industrial Growth Society to a Life Sustaining Society.  The mindset of our society dictates what happens to the planet and all of us on it. This is determined by the way we set our goals and measure our success.  Success is measured in terms of growth and growth of what?   “Health, longevity, wisdom, beauty… or profit?” Ms. Macy points out that our economy is just trying to maximize one aspect, namely profit so we can’t sustain balance.  Actions that slow down destruction of the industrial society (soup kitchens, protest marching, legislation etc.) are not enough. We need alternative structures, ancient ways of growing foods, new education to wake each other up. But that is not enough.  Change must be deeply rooted in our values, in our belief of what is worthwhile.

The shift in consciousness is happening. Wisdom traditions are coming forward; science is coming up with new ways of seeing the interconnectedness of all life. (Quantum theory, Holographic theory, Chaos theory) There is a scientific and spiritual revolution that is bringing about this Great Turning and we are a part of it.

“It means that life can go on and that can be an exquisite reason to get out of bed in the morning.” – Joanna Macy


Knowing Rebecca as we do and how right on she is in terms of her authenticity and intention, we know that she is working for the Great Turning every day. Not only when she goes to work but when she is hanging out, wherever she is.  We are always encouraged and inspired when we see her because we remember that is our aim as well.

You are obviously a Great part of what makes life here so sweet.  Thanks for being here!  Let’s carry on together!

Wings of change

Opening the door to greater possibility for ourselves and the people we influence and care for feels like a weight-lifting session at times. With surrender, it can flow into us like a dream, like a poem. We invite our possibility in, forget that we have left the door open and are surprised when it is there.


Julia and I were listening to NPR’s Radio Lab on Saturday and they turned us onto something we didn’t  know about caterpillars turning into butterflies, namely that the caterpillar has its wings and antenna rolled up and tucked away in its body before it makes the cocoon.  If you were to peel layers away in the back of the caterpillar, you would see them.  When it makes the cocoon it places the wings inside the wall and then proceeds to break down.  It essentially becomes a primordial soup with it’s DNA floating around inside until it transforms and extracts the wings and antenna to complete its new form.

We found this fascinating, especially when we considered all the change that occurred this week.  Not only was the confederate flag taken down in South Carolina and Health care upheld but Marriage Equality was proclaimed for all in America. This is a serious shift in our humanity.  For some it may feel like our society is breaking down but like the caterpillar, we have been growing our beauty all along, it has just been tucked away. I am holding onto the picture of us emerging as a society that can transform and fly above prejudice, so that we can value one another above our monetary concerns.

May we recognize our intrinsic worth even in the midst of feeling like primordial goop.