I get aboard the big bird tomorrow. Here I come. The main reason I’m going is to gather with members of the Evolutionary Collective Base Camp group. Our contact so far has been online, where we do the Mutual Awakening Practice and delve into the worlds of integrity, trust and giving. Now we get to see that each of us really has legs! The EC is a marvelous vehicle for exploring consciousness. We aim to spread love across the world, irrespective of religion, culture, race, gender or any other variable you can think of. Who knows what we can create during the upcoming three-day weekend?
Before the meeting, I have two days to explore San Francisco, and then two more afterwards. Jody and I were in the city thirty years ago. We loved sitting in a sidewalk café on Lombard Street, which was very steep. I remember seeing a gentleman push a woman in a wheelchair … from two blocks down, to us, and disappearing two blocks up. It was astonishing. Then there was Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, the basking sea lions, the sun on the ocean, the long loaf of sourdough bread.
What will beckon me on Wednesday? Right now it’s a mystery, like much of my life. Will I repeat the itinerary or branch out to parts unknown? Plan B sounds more exciting but I know I’d be fine with the Lombard viewing and biting through soft sourdough. Still .. a tour of Alacatraz at night? A stroll through Haight-Ashbury, the former hippie heaven? Why not?
Perhaps I’ll set off in the morning with my active brain decommissioned, wondering what’s around the next corner, and having no need to see a top ten tourist attraction. Maybe I’ll spot an old guy on a bench and talk to him for an hour or two. After all, that’s how I met Lydia and Jo – on an Alberta hiking trail, and look where I ended up (in Belgium and Senegal with them).
On my recent trips, I’ve enjoyed blogging every day, from Day One to Day End. There’s a rhythm there that I love. It’s not appropriate to share the specific practices we do in the EC but I can give you a general flavour of us being together. As for the world of San Francisco, the sky’s the limit for my words.
Come with me on the journey. I promise you surprises, laughter and a bit of communion.