Happy New Year

One of the many tools we work with at wildernessFusion is called "the ten powers of journey." The ten powers create a road map for both wildernessFusion and our students. These powers are similar to Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey or the story that all collective myth shares. The steps of the ten powers of journey and the steps of the hero's journey come from two very different and divergent perspectives; however, the teaching is similar. They teach the steps of each journey but also go beyond to embrace the simplicity that guides every journey. How does this inform the context of our wildernessFusion journey in 2018?

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The third power of journey is a tool called search/research. We access this step through the question: what am I searching for? Once we have taken that step, we follow up with the questions: what did it teach me? What do I need to research to focus my search on the next step? We can set the context of the search to a single day: what am I searching for today? Then, at the end of the day: what research do I need to do before tomorrow when my search continues? 

Today, however, I am sitting within the context of years. Perhaps it's the change of the calendar or more likely the snow and cold that have drawn me inward, leading me to reflect on the year past and the year that is about to unfold. What are we searching for in the year ahead? What can we learn from the year we have stepped out of? What research do we need to do to have more focus in the year ahead?

It is within this intersection of 2017 and 2018 that I sit. What do I need to research to empower our journey this coming year? Here are a few things I am refining within myself that will be reflected in the journey we will be taking at wildernessFusion in 2018. 

Focus is the key word. After years of expansion, 2018 will be the year of focus. We will be reflecting on all the teaching we do and how we concentrate it so that each of our students receives the contact they desire. I suspect this concentration will have an intensity to it that we have all experienced as we contract after a large expansion. Will the contraction or integration be a positive experience or a negative one? If we take our cue from the society we live in--a society that does not occupy the contractive steps of the journey--we will have a negative experience. Luckily, we will be using the map of journey that guides so much of what we do at wildernessFusion, the ten powers of journey. We will be looking at our journey from many perspectives, we will sit with each other in council, and we will reflect. 

Then, as we emerge from this reflection, we will begin the journey all over again. Yes, at the end of 2018, we will enter the edge of our tenth anniversary. Just like everything at wildernessFusion, even our tenth anniversary is an edge. It begins with the first class taught under the Tracker School umbrella in the spring of 2009 and ends with the forming of wildernessFusion, the entity, in the beginning of 2010. 

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let us fully occupy this year of focus and concentration. This focus allows us to enter our edges and our new identities. Are we ready to see how wildernessFusion has become a place, how each of us has grown, and who we each have become? 

I will leave you with a poem by my favorite modern poet, David Whyte. I hope his words help you embrace the search/research in your own lives.

Karl Direske

Karl Direske

Self Portrait
by David Whyte
from Fire in the Earth

It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling toward
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of sure defeat.

I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.

Sarah Moon