Don’t you know, we’re talking ‘bout a revolution, sounds like a whisper.
So sings Tracey Chapman in her 1988 classic even if she despairs of so much empty talk that isn’t heard and even though the poor people still don’t have their share. It’s an evolution. (unlike the new Abbott Cabinet here in Australia, which in terms of female representation, is going backwards).
A whisper is very yin, not loud and angry, but gentle and persuasive…haven’t you heard, don’t you want to hear, don’t you know there’s a new way, the new secret, shared in hushed, sacred tones, and we are left inspired, awed if we will just listen.
We can say so much softly, in the silence that lets listeners comprehend, in the spaces between the words that we just have to let sink in, slowly, and then, slowly, ever so slowly, the tables start to turn (back upright, from where they were left upturned by war and violence and greed and we can sit together and share a meal, gentle conversation).
While I blog on about balance, the biggest imbalance in the world is way too much YANG. Far too much masculine aggression, achievement, accumulation, arrogance. When what we need is more feminine contemplation, connection, collaboration, compassion. We need a (r)evolution.
Strangely (or perhaps not) amongst the collection of confident, competent speakers at Problogger Conference I heard whispers @ #pbevent.
Of course they spoke eloquently and energetically but I heard in their yang expression the yin calmness, quietness behind it. They didn’t speak of success as much as service. Of getting offline, which would seem to run counter-intuitive to being well-known online. Of collaborating and cooperating rather than competing. Of community rather than markets. Of win-win rather than take-all. Of creating first, giving second, selling last. Of passion before profits (literally and always).
Problogger taught as much about making a life as it did about making a living.
And that, my friends, is the yin secret. Sounds like a whisper. Although when all of our whispers are harmonised together you won’t hear a shout, or a scream, a rant, or a roar, but our squeal, of sheer delight, of love, of joy. Sounds like childhood.
Bernadette Jiwa spoke of mattering to the right people rather than marketing to the masses. Of making a difference to those who count, rather than counting numbers.
Trey Ratcliff spoke of the gift of perspective that seeing out of only one eye has given him – he came across as having a bigger vision, born of his unique ability for close and careful appreciation, than most people you will ever meet.
His message was one of creating for the sake (love) of it, of living in the now and thus creating memories. Of always sharing (his thousands of stunning photos are available for download, at high resolution, on Creative Commons).
Hailey Bartholemew welled with tears when she spoke of her amazement that a woman who had lost her baby could be grateful to her for starting her 365 Grateful project – that this woman could be grateful at all!
And so we connected.
Amongst all of the wonderful speakers, the beautiful Clare Bowditch spoke (and sung) of bringing joy and telling the truth. Of a new balance where right-brain creating (yin) will start to rise up in a world dominated by left-brain thinking and planning and action, always action (yang). We need (yin) time just to dream, just like we did as kids.
All the world’s ideas come from the yin side of the brain, even if yang analysis and rational thinking have helped marinate them. Ideas are created, not calculated.
I reckon this world needs more good ideas and far fewer calculations.
And then when Clare took us back to childhood, that place of imagination, and sung to us so that we might dream again, it sounded like a lullaby, a soothing whisper.
Finally Darren Rowse left us with the challenge to use our ‘wobbly courage’ (which I reckon is kinda like wobbly balance) to go out and create the future we dream about. Not perfect maybe, but enough.
The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. John. H. Scharr
(Sounds like pretty yin-like advice – if we can just start creating where we are right now, rather than rushing to go somewhere, we might just get to that place we have always been!)
Will you join me on the journey to creating a more yin future? You can start by going inside. But first comments please!
(And did I mention the party, and the company, the QT Hotel, the food…..)
Oh and the charity, Love your Sister, is a very worthy one (go feminine, yin power). Brother Samuel Johnson gives new meaning to having a sore bum. Check it out.