Saturday, December 13, 2014

Conversations Project on Race Relations To Promote Coalition


Press Release

Contact: Anastasia Rosen-Jones
Phone: (240)409.5347

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            

New Horizons Conversations Project on Race Relations To Promote Coalition

Anastasia Rosen-Jones, executive director of the New Horizons Support Network, has announced plans for her organization to hold—along with other community leaders and groups—a coalition-organizing meeting around the subject of race relations in Frederick County. The objective of the meeting will be to discuss how groups and individuals in the county can expand current efforts to work together on this issue.

The program is slated to be held at Dublin Roasters Coffee, 1780 N. Market Street, Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Announcing this latest New Horizons’ initiative, Ms. Rosen-Jones stated, “The protests and violence that erupted out of events in Ferguson, Missouri; New York and elsewhere show us that whatever has been done to date on creating an equitable society in our country has obviously fallen short. We need an expanded effort in this regard. New Horizons, recognized in Frederick County as a model program for building bridges of commonality across lines of division through community dialogue, wishes to contribute talent, experience and effort toward the attainment of this goal.”

The coalition-forming meeting will be introduced by brief comments by Ms. Rosen-Jones and other community leaders. New Horizons’ conversations format, specially designed for the issue of Frederick County race relations, will then take center stage for the majority of the meeting, which will be followed by comments from the group at large. Follow-up plans for community involvement in the project will be the concluding step 0f the event.

Those interested in participating or attending should contact Ms. Rosen-Jones.

New Horizons Support Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers programs designed to teach community development and violence-prevention skills and strategies through the conversations model of its “Small Zones of Peace” Project. The New Horizons Conversations on Race Relations effort will develop out of this project. Information about the project can be found at: zonesofpeacenh.blogspot.com. Also, tune in to New Horizons’ “Possible Society in Motion” radio show: www.blogtalkradio.com/smallzonesofpeace. Ms. Rosen-Jones can be reached at: 240.409.5347 or zonesofpeacenh@aol.com.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri As A Door Opener

Your heart and mind have many doorways to personal and collective transformation. 

Here is a story of one of my own transformations, opening doorways in me from the personal to the collective.

Thanksgiving weekend brought with it moments of serious contemplation for many of us. The uprisings erupting out of the grand jury ruling to not indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown took center stage.

At a time when Americans customarily turned to the holiday and what it is intended to represent of our blessings, the ruling shifted attention, dramatically, from the holiday’s objective.

Perhaps it was intended to do that.

Why else position the announcement for this time, if not?

So, I, like many others were called to incorporate our responses to what was happening in Ferguson and elsewhere into our Thanksgiving feast day. Each of us, so inclined, having our own personal angle regarding how the situation was touching us.

As has become typical for me I sat down and wrote a blog article, using writing as a vehicle for sorting things out. What came of the effort was an article I titled: “Tribal Mindsets: The Light And The Dark Sides,” my name for it capturing how I was holding the subject.

Typically when I write as a means for ordering my mind I feel a sense of clarity and completion.

But this time was different.

In the article, I wrote of pondering particular things the Ferguson situation aroused in me.  As a result I found  myself drawn to revisit an incident that happened at a New Horizons’ Abkhazian Dinner event that has  left  still  unhealed  scars and  breaches. The situation, growing  out of  an occurrence  at the event of  verbal abuse that had, also, had strong racial overtones.

To  date the situation remains without reconciliation ,  almost  three  years past. But it  didn’t have  to  be this way; it still does not! 

I have always believed this.

Similarly, I was believing this of Ferguson, too. But what was best to do, now, I asked myself.

As I wrote the article, and then later continued reflecting on that earlier situation up against the current mayhem around Ferguson, I asked myself what had I learned from  my experience of the Abkhazian Dinner upset.

And what could I/we do with what we have learned from this and other past situations of racial tensions.

I had believed that  I  had  done  all I could  regarding  the Abkhazian Dinner  incident.   But maybe  I had not.  So I pondered that past with this present – and – wondered at it all.

Thus over the Thanksgiving holiday, I found myself looking again at my part in racial situations, past and present, that lack healing, to date. 

Ferguson, Missouri prompted  me to do this.

Much more began to flow into my heart and mind once this process of personal de-cluttering began. Alchemy was at work again, turning the lead in me into gold.

Low karat or not, gold is gold!

The most amazing of it all was that in the process my mind, almost magically, shifted to a separation I knew full well I had created.

Irrational as it seems  now, out of these clearing efforts I came to realize that in my growing distress with President Obama  I had, without conscious intent, begun to develop a racist attitude toward others of color, turning away from people I love. 

Racism can be that subtle.

OMG! I could not believe it when all at once I grasped what I had done.

Never before a racist, I had, inadvertently, become a part of this country’s problems with race relations, instead of being a part of the solution. (Sometimes being born Jewish gives one a predisposition to social justice, you may realize.)

OMG! A doorway to a locked down area of my heart and mind opened.

What did do with it? I followed my own prescription for the cure of polarization!

Almost instantly, I began to lean in to friends of mine of color instead of holding back.

Since few were around who could meet my almost instantaneous shift in awareness, I used my re-newed passion for social justice and creativity to draft a plan for New Horizons that we, collectively, could carry forth, born of an idea of  conscious concern this Thanksgiving holiday.

An Executive Director can take such liberties, even on a holiday.

So --- what’s happening next at New Horizons?

Out of Ferguson, Missouri we are, together, initiating a new project, building on our Small “Zones of Peace” conversations model  ---

Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations.
We do hope you will support this new effort of ours. Details will follow.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tonight We Celebrate

“The Times They Are A Changing” for the better, if you look closely and broadly enough.

Months ago, I said it on our May 15 Possible Society In Motion Radio Show, “The times they are a changing.”

Ain’t we smart?  The ones who are catching on to this new, enlightened reality.

Those of us who somehow are able to lift ourselves up and out of the daily debris about how awful things and life, in general, are around us.

In spite of Ferguson, in spite of thousands of other problems, big and small, there is Light in the Darkness, if you look closely enough.

On that May 15th show Jack and I took a look at the positive changes we are seeing in the world around us and within ourselves. A focus of that program was on how the contemporary marriage of science and mysticism is affecting our everyday mental mechanics.

And, how shifts in perception flow forward, if we allow them, making their way into our personal, daily living and our general culture, expanding our perspectives more and more into the positive with attitudes and actions following suit.

Join Jack and myself tonight for our Possible Society In Motion Radio where we will celebrate the bounty of this type of “living in the Light” with



Thursday, December 4, 2014 6:30 p.m.

As usual the on-air, broadcast portion of the show is followed by a conference call forum discussion. 

Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original conference call discussion, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, at: zonesofpeacenh@aol.com for access code for the conference call recording.


Magic Is Afoot!  

Tonight we celebrate!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Introducing Your Personal Dark Side Warrior Assessment Inventory

Since Jack, my Possible Society In Motion Radio Show co-host, and I have recently been featuring the Dark and the Light as topics on our program so frequently, hopefully we have caught your attention on the subject. 

And, you are, thus, now quite ready to dig in to the personal applications of the matter.

Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure of A Lifetime  and learning to “Lean In” are partners when it comes to doing your best to help us all build the best “possible society.”

Are you wondering how you might take your next steps?

Visit our new Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure of A Lifetime blog site for an introduction to the topic. 

Then treat yourself to a personal inventory experience with at this link, the Do You Have A Survivor/Addict Personality? Inventory.

P.S. Survivor/Addict equals the  Dark Side. You need to familiarize yourself with this side of the Force so you can clear away any clutter you may be carrying.

Please contact me, personally, for special guidance on the interpretation once you have done the inventory.

For a personal consultation on this inventory, contact Anastasia at: 

Cell: (240) 409-5347, email: SuperSleuthDSW@aol.com.

Sometimes all it takes to reach the Light is to clear away the clutter of the Dark, to make room for it.

Also, check out my latest article on that site, The Many Doorways To The Force” to discover some of the entry points for the adventure. You are, no doubt, already working with these. Our input will assist you in being more deliberate.

Good luck on your adventure! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tribal Mindsets: The Light and The Dark Sides

When volatile, violence-threatening incidents occur such as this past week in Ferguson, Missouri, many feel prompted to give voice to the problems and concerns such events mark, as they see them.

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For me, when I stand back from the mayhem, most significantly I see it in terms of the Dark and the Light sides of the happenings.

What is the good of it? What is the corrupt, the merciless; the Light and the Dark sides of it all.

And what does my taking a position on it, should I choose to, represent of me?

Given the recent launching of New Horizons newest blog site, Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure of A Lifetime, I feel particularly compelled to think of the Ferguson situation in terms of how it reflects the responsibilities of the individual, myself included.

For  each of  us,  according  to  my  own personal values  and those  of  New Horizons,  a facet of  our potential  for adventuring through life is to be an  active participant  in it. Rather than a  bystander to, at least, pay attention to  situations  such  as this. Even  if all that we contribute  is the simplest  of  positions;  to be that of an observer with a viewpoint,  contemplating for  a  brief  moment the  potential for learning from  went right or wrong here,  embracing both with compassion and understanding.

Thus a grave  situation  in this present instance  might  pave  the  way  to a better outcome  another  time  in  a similar  situation –and – hopefully what pains  now,  might in time be healed.

As Viktor Frankl, noted psychiatrist and  survivor of  the Nazi concentration camps, enjoined, we always  have the freedom  to decide  how  to  think  about  things.

Whereas  we  may  not  affect  what  has  happened  now  in  Ferguson – and – are  too far away,  geographically, to reasonably contribute  to the  immediate  healing so badly  needed  there,  what  can we learn  from  this episode  to bring about something  better?   And,  how  might  our being like that infamous butterfly  in  New  York ,  affecting what may  be happening  in far off Japan,  be a contributer,  in some  small way,  to  what Ferguson  will need over time?

Is  it  not a truth we can trust that  if  one  is not a part of the solution than one  is a part of  the problem?

Today,  as I look outside my office  window  at  the  falling snow on  this  day before Thanksgiving,  I am reminded of a  New Horizons’ Abkhazian Dinner event  that has  left  still  unhealed  scars and  breaches behind  it. These grew  out of  an  incident  of  verbal abuse at the event, without reconciliation to date.,  almost  three  years later.

And, while the divisiveness that grew of this episode was subtle, it remains as a wound that still separates.

It  didn’t have  to  be this way; it still does not! 

What can we learn from  this experience? And  what can  we do with what we  might learn?

I believe, to date,  that  I  have  done  what I could  regarding  the  incident.   

But maybe  not.  I must  look again at my part  in this.  Ferguson, Missouri reminds  me of this.

So,  today,  Anastasia The Super Sleuth  offers  you this –
If  you cannot  be wholly  thankful  tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, for  all  that  has  come  your  way  (or  the  way of our collective) this  day,  at  least,  be  thankful  for the  lessons  brought.  In the  sum  total  of  your life,  the lessons you take  from whatever falls before  you, near and far,  are  as much  a  part  of  the  bounty of your life’s adventure  as  the  gold.

This is the summing up of the Light and the Dark Sides for each of us. Use it well for your adventure, especially for exploring whatever might be of the Dark in you, even if only from your seat as an armchair judge.

In other words, keep pointing that finger back on yourself. And, especially remember -- don’t sacrifice the Light of your inidividual responsibility for joining in with the tribal mindset on the Ferguson incident (or any others) that would have you polarizing on this Thanksgiving holiday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

On The Re-Humanizing Of America

I do not focus on the Light and the Dark Sides of humanity to simply be clever. And, I do not offer my perspectives on the subject without an enormous amount of substance from within, behind what I share. 

Quite the contrary!

What I know about the Light and the Dark, I know not only from diligent study but, also, firsthand; personally and professionally.
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I have been through the fire, so to speak. And, I am very much better for it. Thus everything on this site and the others for which I write has been influenced by these adventures and grows out of that wisdom, born of challenge, pain and personal evolution.

I am, after all, both the Founder and Executive Director of New Horizons, its head chef, bottle washer and window cleaner. I am, as well, sometimes the voice of Anastasia The Super Sleuth, New Horizons’ mascot. Lessons learned in the heat of the fire are how I got and keep these most honorable jobs.

And, please believe me, this is not a one-time effort. Trial by fire is an ongoing experience.

I wish you, no less, if you are up to the task.

So do, please visit New Horizons new blog site, ExploringYour Dark Side: The Adventure Of A Lifetime for the professional angle – and – Anastasia The Storyteller to bring yourself closer and closer to these truths I bring back from my adventures and to keep abreast of the bounty.

My personal prophecy, as I have begun to narrate its place and meaning in my life is now in the beginning stages of being recounted as I live out its manifestation in real time on the latter, Anastasia The Storyteller. 

The abundance I bring you can only grow fuller and richer. That is, “G-d willing and the creek don’t rise.”

Here, on the New Horizons Small “Zones of Peace” Project site I/we will continue to do our best through “Anastasia The Super Sleuth Says” stories, reports on the data collection of our Possible Human, Possible Society Study, suggestions on our ever-emerging programs, projects and perspectives on building small zones of peace in our personal lives and communities.

Community development related articles derived from principles and perspectives we have learned through our Beloved community development mentor, recently deceased, Murat Yagan, will also continue to be presented on this site. These focus on action projects such as our Bus Ride Story Adventure, written by Murat.

New Horizons is going through enormous changes right now. How we will implement these and continue to use this site to bring these developments to you, as well as the lessons derived from them, is very much in the formative stages.

We have never been satisfied that our mission could not be readily translated into concrete, readily articulated terms. Others have also been dismayed at this failing in us.

I/we can’t assure you, even now, this is going to change, at least not any time soon. We are about experiential learning. How specific can that be made?

We will do our best. But how can we know that which is still unformed?

Nonetheless, if you look closely you will ascertain this much about us; we firmly believe that how people treat one another on a day-by-day basis has an enormous impact on, not only our personal lives and relationships, but also affects our society and politics.

So do please keep coming back and drinking from our sweet fount of wisdom and experience insofar as the re-humanizing of America is concerned.

That, in a nutshell, is what we are about; the re-humanizing of America!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Adventure Begins

I (Anastasia, New Horizons Executive Director and sometimes mascot, Anastasia The Super Sleuth) have been posting articles off and on having to do with New Horizons’ “Adventure of a Lifetime.” We know our message seems vague and abstract.  Such are the limitations of that which can only be truly known through experiential learning.

To more specifically nail down that which can really be known only through experience, I have occasionally made mention of this adventure suggesting that it might be the climb to the top of the Mountain of Awe. Other times I have suggested our very exciting process might take place on our Bus Ride Story Adventure. And, on still other junctures I have spoken of the onset beginning by entering a labyrinth.

Each of these has been but a symbolic means of attempting, where language so often fails to capture the whole of the story, to describe a process of personal transformation that especially focuses on transforming the Dark sides of oneself into the Light.

Now with our new Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure Of  A Lifetime blog site, launched this past week, New Horizons has added one more vehicle through which we hope to more closely lead those who are interested in our very unique community development model to our defined destination; AWE.

Our new site is fully dedicated to educating and guiding listeners of our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show and blog site followers on how exactly, from a New Horizons perspective, to go about understanding and transforming the Dark Side into the Light in oneself, personal relationships, society and politics.

The Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure Of  A Lifetime blog site can be accessed at darksidewarrior.blogspot.com.

Please join Jack Slattery, my Possible Society In Motion Radio Show co-host and myself, tonight as we take one more step toward shining a light on darkness and transforming it to a higher good. You just come away from the experience able to make, at least, a modicum of difference by doing so in your life and that of others. Just by listening to tonight’s Possible Society In Motion Radio Show.





Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 p.m.


As usual the on-air, broadcast portion of the show is followed by a conference call forum discussion. 

Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original conference call discussion, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, at: zonesofpeacenh@aol.com for access code for the conference call recording.

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