How big these hearts

December 13, 2010

We have big hearts. Big enough to reach around the world. So big we rarely give up on love. So big that sometimes sky and earth are not big enough.

Kate Amoss turned me onto The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit by Joseph Chilton Pearce. This 85 year-old elder shines light on neurocardiology and foresees a new brain that will make us more heart intelligent. The heart is smart- we have brain cells in our hearts! AND, Chilton Pearce hallmarks play as key to this evolutionary path.

Celebrating on the beachIn the center of the spiral is the heart. Our heart is in our hand. Hands speak for the heart.

Connections between us transcend theory. We engage electromagnetic currents that we sense most easily in the three feet of space around our body. But our hearts bridge greater distance, time, even life itself. Something about InterPlay enables us to open our heart a little more and consent to play. Is this why InterPlay is an international movement? Because love is happening, and if not love, some weird, delightful electromagnetic affection?

Evidence of hearts at work in the coming month include:
Masankho Banda, InterPlay ambassador, reunites with Shiphiwe, his love from 23 years ago in Malawi at Christmas.
The heart of Nika Quirk, InterPlay board president, travels to the UK to lead with support from Caroline Kiesel (Minnesota) and friends in the British Isles.
InterPlay India’s heart called Harriet Platts (Seattle), Sally Craig (DC), George Muedeking (Albuquerque), Peter and Jenny Batten (Melbourne), Trish Watts, (Sydney) Tony Hole (Adelaide) and Stephen and Cynthia (Oakland), to join Prashant Olalekar, Hazel Fernandez, and Jaime and Ligia in Mumbai, S. Gudjarat, Delhi, and Varanasi. Trish has been there six weeks coaching and playing with India leaders.
Phil and CathyAnn Beaty travel to Australia to deepen those reciprocal connections formed over twenty years.
Nadia Thalji from Brazil travels to the US for training. Her heart moved the first time she InterPlayed. This blend of creativity, community, and wisdom is her path.

I’ve barely started. It’s best not to think too much about zillions of connections and the wild ways of the heart. We can count some, but the truth is—-they workFingers in front of clouds by math we cannot calculate. In fact, someone discovered there are 50 trillion cells in the average human body. Multiply that by 6 billion people on Earth and you get about 300 sextillion cells which is also the number of stars believed to be in the universe. Unfathomable, but not to the heart.

What is body wisdom?

September 20, 2010

“Our biography is in our biology. Whatever goes in has to come out. If it doesn’t it gets stuck. Who wants that?”  Trish Watts.

Everything you experience is an aspect of your physicality. Yes, even spirit.

Are you aware of sensations, thoughts, memory, energy, emotion, tension, space, pulls, drives, tastes, imaginal states?

Are you aware of the little bits and overall gestalt of your experience?

Are you aware of the effect of other bodies, fields of energy, and places on you?

Wow. So much!

Though it seems like a lot. We can be aware of fleeting bits and pieces of experience.

In InterPlay we call this body data. I am focused, warm, and searching.

We can also notice familiar patterns: what kind of music, food, color, activity, etc. we like.

We call this our body knowledge. I enjoy reflecting and communicating.

We can notice what is good and desirable for others and us and create more of it.

We call this body wisdom. I am energized and am choosing to do this instead of other projects.

Body Wisdom is at the base of humanity’s move towards connection, growth, life and security. In the past some humans thought we might get beyond our physical nature. Now, brain science shows that physicality is basic. If we find ways to develop as whole persons in holistic communities we may have a greater chance to not only be wise, creative, and deeply connected, we may subvert disasters. We can listen to our body wisdom!

Enjoy this interview of how Trish Watts discovered that the body is wise.

The wisdom of the body is best discovered in community practice. Singing, dancing, story, and stillness give rise to creative states that amplify our wisdom. If your body is affirmed by others and welcomed, you can notice it and choose the wisdom and joy that is yours.

Flash! Wheee! Art Sends Messages

August 23, 2010

Who can resist the Knitted Bus seen at

And have you seen the youtube where InterPlay fairy, Leah, helped choreograph a lovely little ruckus at Target, one of the first corporations to pour money into American elections. The message? Target isn’t people.  I see a little walking stopping and running and a lot of spirit in there.
More on Leah at

On a similar note, this story “strikes a chord.” Columbian Ak-47’s are transformed into guitars!

And what about Phil Porter’s new blog There is no Future in Oil? Watch what happens when Ken gets oil poured all over him. Not good.

Artists! What’s Next?

One way to get messages out is through the power of your voice in an affirming group! Trish Watts will be in Oakland Thursday, Sept. 30 (7pm) – Sunday, Oct. 3 (noon) and Minneapolis October 14-17.

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