to the Integral Heart Family
The Japanese term gassho refers to a ritual gesture
formed by placing the hands - palms
in the prayer-position - in front
of the mouth - the fingertips at a level
just below the nose.
The bow / gassho implies recognition of the oneness of all beings.
the Integral Foundation was born, Mick and I
thought that we just had created a
the more I look back the
more I realize how naïve we were.
hasn’t even been two years but what a trip
it’s been so far. We came here, to
Guatemala, knowing we wanted to help, to do
something, to make a difference, but we had
no idea how. We knew teaching was important
and that we had many tools available, but we
really had no idea about how to use them or
where to begin?
we first got here we visited several
established non-profit organizations and we
did field trips.
Some did not ask us what we wanted to
do, others did not recognize our skills. But
some were very open
to the perspective we
were brining to the table.
Armstrong, the director of the God’sChild
project trusted Debora to teach his
philosophy classes when
he was traveling.
Mick began to do coaching with some of the
project directors under the guidance of
CasaSito. Little by little we began to work
and to fill up our agendas.
something amazing began to happen. People
started to send us money so that we could
keep doing our work and to support the
resource-poor families we had also included
in our scope. People trusted us, and to
manage this flow of support the Integral
Heart Foundation was born.
money wasn’t the only thing. Great
teachers began to participate in our program
and to teach our kids. Renowned authors and
actors began to spread our work and to give
I look at it today, what I can see is that
we are one piece of a much bigger process.
We are willing vehicles of the Integral
Heart. Our karma is to simply be here, on
the front line. And as in any other machine,
no matter how big or small the pieces are,
if one fails the whole machine stops.
have to say that I am very honored to be a
part of this emergence made possible by such
beautiful people. Every piece is precious
and I cannot imagine myself doing anything
but serving my karma and sharing it with
such a wonderful group. We are all one.
This work is a part of a larger Holon, and a
bigger and bigger one towards infinity,
until no time and space,
and then back to this incarnated
manifestation in this very lifetime.
is the bodhisattva vow manifesting through
all of us, where no one is more important
than the other, we just have different roles
to play, that is all. So we cannot help but
to make a deep Gassho to all of you, to all
of us, to I, for being willing vehicles in
making this project possible. And I, as
simply one more vehicle feel humbled and
empowered simultaneously, for eons and eons
and eons of timeless space-less manifesting
in this very moment.
Shijun Prieto Quinn
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