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The People's Inauguration

10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love

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January 22–31, 2021

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Transition

Teaching and practice with Valarie Kaur

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In today’s teaching and guided inquiry, we’ll learn how to identify when we’re in transition, exploring how to name what is wanting to be born and how to summon the bravery to keep breathing and pushing to build a new nation.
Home Practice
1. Choose any piece of today’s meditation and step into it in a moment of quiet and solitude. Was it summoning wisdom, the horizon, the ancestor, or the roots? Spend a few minutes sitting and really exploring it. See what other images, sounds, and messages come through.

If you do not yet hear anything, that’s okay. Keep breathing. Keep listening. The words, the images, will come.

2. In your wisdom journal, let your wise voice tell you what you are learning and what you might want to do next to go deeper.

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Interview and live Q&A

with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III: “Transition”

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What awaits us on the other side of our labor? As a medical term, “transition” is the final and most dangerous stage of childbirth—but the metaphor is just as apt in our labors for justice. It is in this difficult, painful stage that we must summon the courage to continue pushing in order to birth new possibilities. Join Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III as they discuss why we, the people, are America’s greatest hope for transitioning to a better future.

Moderated by: Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Session Highlights:
  • Becoming attuned to our sacred inner wisdom
  • Finding our deepest courage to keep pushing, even when it is difficult
  • Asking ourselves, “What stories am I willing to let die in order for new possibilities to be born?”
  • Why transition must be performed in community, and how we can support one another in this labor
Compass of Revolutionary Love
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, is a marine biologist, policy expert, and writer whose mission is to build community around solutions to our climate crisis. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and co-creator/cohost of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet. She coedited the anthology All We Can Save and cofounded the All We Can Save Project in support of women climate leaders. Recently, she coauthored the Blue New Deal, a road map for including the ocean in climate policy. A former policy maker at the EPA and NOAA, Dr. Johnson was called “the most influential marine biologist of our time” by Outside magazine.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III has built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Dr. Moss has spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic equality. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum, which includes the viral video “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri, police. Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, and earned a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School and a doctor of ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Senior Fellows program and has authored many articles, poems, and books, including his most recent title, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair.

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD (Moderator)

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD, is the director of education at the Revolutionary Love Project and a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Canlas’s research and teaching focus on issues of educational equity and human rights. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Canlas believes that education should be directed toward learning to love and care for one another as we build systems where every person can live in wellness and dignity.

  • Dorothy says:

    Feeling friendship and connection to all who want to Reimagine our new America💜🌟💫🌟

  • denise forant says:

    I’m feeling enthusiastic and alive

  • Sheila Simpson says:

    Wonderful vision of all of us as trees, not standing alone, because our roots are nourishing us in connection beyond what we can see.

  • James Kozlik says:

    We listen to a peace meditation every night from and it dovetailed so nicely with your day 10 meditation and transition message.

  • smaroula says:

    Remember
    Thank you, You Superfantastic Vallerie!!! And All the Superfantastic others in the interviews. It helps me to touch on what I already knew, (what we all already know?) but I so easily forget.
    Wonderfull to remember 🙂

  • Vida Anderson says:

    WOW! Good thing I stopped when I did, yesterday, my inner was asking me to unplug & the rest. I also had to do some today as well.
    Thank you ALL who gave me a hand into helping me into TRANSITION -ING , even if it’s a small step. Everyone of you in this program are my ancestors ( including my partner in life). Thank you, thank you for being there for me.I also thank my inner self too! For I was able to continue the 9th day more easily, without feeling overwhelmed & exhausted. I Bless All Of You! I am so grateful!

  • Sophie says:

    There was something beyond beautiful about these words you and Dr Moss had for one another. at the end….And I agree… This is such a beautiful and powerful message delivered with so much genuine passion and compassion… There is so much value in this series I am surprised (and grateful) it is offered for free! And I just love it when you read how everyone felt at the end of each sessions… It shows just how many beautiful souls there are out there! Thank you Valarie, and to all of your guests, and thank you Sounds True!

  • ahmui cheong says:

    I missed some sessions and look forward to witness the whole series in its entirety. Thank you!
    Ahmui

  • Soma says:

    First darkness shows it’s puny might….THEN COMES THE LIGHT

  • VALARI J TAYLOR says:

    I will not be moved, I look to the future with great hope, with great expectation. We are in a time of great transisition and I am determined to see it to the end. I see a better world, a world of unity and equality and I will not stop pushing and breathing. I am in this fight for a better world and I will be until I take my last breathe. It has been a long painful journey, but we can not stop until justice rains down like a mighty stream.

  • gina preziosa says:

    relentless

  • Susan Auslander says:

    Excited

  • J O says:

    Isn’t the use of the words “white supremacy” racist language?

    • VALARI J TAYLOR says:

      white supremacy
      [white supremacy] NOUN
      the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.

      No.

  • Bewell says:

    My experience of birthing, which I did twice, never felt like dying. (I had no pain killers.) I hope people who haven’t experienced birthing yet won’t assume it feels like dying. I was smiling during transition because I knew my body knew exactly what to do. There’s a broad range of experiences in birthing, and I imagine this is true in social justice work too.

  • rachel says:

    this was a powerful and somewhat surprising visualization for me. it left me with so much to explore and a fundamental understanding of the importance of using the compass for learning about and healing ourselves; which then will lead to the critical mass of which valarie speaks. these teachings and this framework of the compass are relevant and thoughtful in all of the ways. i thank you, again, for providing us with the opportunity to learn about revolutionary love from and with you.
    thank you from the bottom of my very grateful heart.

  • Alf Bashore II says:

    When I can, I listen in. I am in my 7th decade, a retired RN, studying to be a certified yoga teacher, am male, white. Last evening was powerful. The two panelists made powerful comments that prompt me to write. When I was actively working as a critical care nurse, my wife used to tell people that I was a nurse so long that I should be an honorary woman. I believe you will like that. Yet all my life from teen years to present, I’ve been aware of some of my roots, which are essentially white protestants escaping persecution in the Alcase-Lorraine region of Europe. But I;’ve always wanted to have some distant heritage links with Native American, Roma people (Gypsies), Persians, and continental Indians. I’ve not yet had a DNA test to see how I fit into this world picture genetically. One of my sisters-in-law is Black. Growing up we were always taught respect for others. Yet we still lived in rural white communities with zero or few Blacks. The very large rural hospital I worked at, though white, did and still does have many practitioners of other nationalities and color. One grandfather came from Sicily, where in the US in the 19-teens and beyond was persecuted because of his original nationality and his Italian accent. My grandfather allowed no discriminatory talk. I witnessed this, when I was a teen. My grandmother said a not nasty, but still a racial slur when we drove through a Black neighborhood in a nearby city. My grandfather said, “Now, Elsie.”She said no more. It took me a long time to realize that my grandfather had been stigmatized. I have a deep empathy for people of color, other religions, and cultures. Thank you allowing me to express my thoughts here. And for your dynamic program. (The sessions I missed, I’ll view later).

  • Susan L Chast says:

    In the morning meditation, I was nudged by a horse who WAS the inner critic. She let me ride. Then another horse came by–wise woman–and she insisted on carrying me, too. I rode on standing(!) one foot on each back, holding the reins of both horses! And here are Haiku 7, 8, and 9: https://susanspoetry.blogspot.com/2021/01/engagement.html

  • MARK S EKDAHL says:

    Thank you so much. I have such a fierce inner critic that sometimes makes me feel like I am disappearing into hopelessness. I summoned my maternal grandmother, who was an ardent feminist, traveler, very intelligent, and full of spit and vinegar. She was an English/Poly Sci major. I now live in what used to be her home, with my mom, and am so thankful for her every day.

  • Gabi Werkmeister says:

    Hi,
    I have been listening in last 9 days to all of the presentations and practices of Valarie and I’m so impressed. I like to get involved and like to find people near me who are inspired by this too.
    I’m working in the school system and I have been frustrated with the direction it is going! The push for academics in the early ages is pushing social emotional development aside and creativity is not getting the attention it should get! And so on….How are we supposed to make progress if we don’t teach your youngest to express and talk about their feelings.
    Thank you for all your great work!
    Gabi

  • Lorolie Andrews says:

    I treasure these practices and Interviews! I hope to use the content of these sessions with my tiny United Church of Christ Congregation.
    Last night I noticed for the first time, a Transcript button to click on my Zoom. The Transcript was amazingly helpful as I took notes for the times I couldn’t keep up. But I couldn’t COPY the Transcript.
    How can we have access to the TRANSCRIPTS, please? I’ve purchased the Update package but don’t see where Transcripts are listed.

    I also purchased it before last night’s offer of the music album was revealed. What arrangements for those of us who’ve purchased the Update before knowing about the music album?

  • Cindy says:

    Wow, that was a powerful and healing meditation for me! The best yet! I have been with you all the way, all nine days so far. And until today I felt I was learning but felt separate from some ideas: for instance, I am a white woman and have not suffered the same way as others have. Though I do share the vision of loving equity for each and every person and our gorgeous earth! Thank you for this amazing journey! You and your guests are simply amazing. I look forward to tonight’s guests, and tomorrow’s JOY!

    • Susan Auslander says:

      I think there is a lot of work that us, white women, need to do together. We need to help each other transition ourselves.

  • Dawn says:

    Echoing others regarding the deepness of today’s meditation – I laughed and cried for 15-20 minutes after hearing the words my ancestor had for me… Shaken & Joyful

    I’m hoping that maybe a compilation of Valerie’s guided meditations can be made? I can imagine doing them again and again as I find myself living/working different points of the compass.

  • Kelly Pennington says:

    I visualized my little critic as a wet blanket. It felt heavy and cold. My wise woman hung it on the line for the sun to warm and the wind to dry. When looking deeper I saw that it was a baby blanket. In the New World, every child would be swaddled, nurtured, held as precious.
    Much gratitude for this mediation Valarie.

  • Veronica says:

    Very powerful meditation today. Thank you!

  • Patrick Watters says:

    Evil still withers in the face of LOVE, but LOVE’s compassion spares the evildoer in grace. Transformation is the result. }:- a.m.

    Rather than attacking others, we must be reaching out in love to listen and to educate.

  • Carla M. in Reading, PA says:

    Powerful meditation today (and everyday). Instead of watching the video, I only listened which allowed Valerie’s voice and cues to reach deeper in my mind. I envisioned the ‘I can’t” as a pair of soft amorphous black hands in a butterfly pose forming a wall across the inside of my forehead saying “stop, wait, you need a break”. The Wisdom of ages was on my breastbone and the ribs were arms going around and over it (yes, like the song) but also cradling it. Then forming a ladder that used the hands/wall like a stepping stone. Not stepped on to crush, but to build upon. The voices of Valerie, Annette, Carol, Pat, Bernice, Rumi echoing around me.

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