Basic Profile

Name:

Paula Guarnaccia

City:

Middlebury

State/Province:

Vermont

Zip/Postal Code:

05753

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

In joining the Deep Time Journey Network my hope is to contribute to the ever growing flow of consciousness toward an embodiment of the New Story of the Universe. I seek to help others experience a deep heartfelt understanding of this New Story. It is a story that is informed both by scientific advancement and understanding as well as through cultural shifts in consciousness, especially those evoked by the arts.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

Five years ago I began working with the National Peace Academy (www.nationalpeaceacademy.org) with the goal of supporting and promoting peace education. From that work I developed a strong desire to find and teach practices that help bring about peace. After learning of the profound scientific validation of the connection between the heart and brain, I became a HeartMath Educator (http://www.heartmath.org/). It had become clear that this practice contained information crucial for living in right relationship, i.e. for living in peace. I also became a teacher of the Connection Practice / BePeace (www.rasurinternational.org). The Connection Practice synergistically brings together the HeartMath science of heart/brain coherence and the language of feelings and needs.
Most recently, I have collaborated with my husband, Sam Guarnaccia, and Cameron Davis (visual artist) in the creation and premiere of Sam’s composition the Emergent Universe Oratorio. The Emergent Universe Oratorio (EUO) is an exploration and celebration through music and art of the stunning New Story of our emerging Universe inspired by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tuckers’ film Journey of the Universe. The EUO premiered at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont on September 15, 2013 to an audience of 1,200. I served as the Executive Producer of this event. (http://samguarnaccia.com/emergentuniverseoratorio/about.php

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

Paula Guarnaccia, M.Ed., had a 27 year career in higher education and healthcare administration. Among her many roles, she was the Administrative Director of the Fanny Allen Campus of Fletcher Allen Health Care. She was also the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. She help establish the National Peace Academy (NPA) serving as its first Director of Administration and Finance. She is a certified HeartMath Educator and teacher of the Connection Practice/BePeace. In collaboration with her husband, Sam Guarnaccia, Paula was the Executive Producer and creative consultant for the Emergent Universe Oratorio Premiere.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

I began the journey to this place from an interest in peace. Along with many others, I found the definition of peace from the Earth Charter to be most helpful. In the Earth Charter peace is defined as the wholeness created by right relationship. This begs the question of right relationship with what, with whom? In working with this definition over a period of time I feel I have finally found the ground upon which right relationship must begin — that is, in finding our right place in the cosmos. In the words of Thomas Berry, “Our present urgency is to recover a sense of the primary of the Universe as our fundamental context, and the primary of the Earth as the matrix from which life has emerged and on which life depends. Recovering this sense is essential to establishing the framework for mutually enhancing human-Earth relations for the flourishing of life on the planet.”
Arising from discoveries of cosmology and quantum scientific understanding, the awe and wonder of this New Story of the Universe and the birth of human conscious self-awareness within the Universe may provide the energy and resolve to ‘reinvent’ our presence on Earth.
For me, the significance and importance of the Deep Time Journey perspective is best expressed by Thomas Berry. “Throughout its vast extent in space and its long sequence of transformations in time, the universe constitutes a single multiform sequential celebratory event.——Because the universe is the only self-referent mode of being in the phenomenal world, it constitutes the norm of all reality and value. The universe is the only text without a context.” Thomas Berry, Evening Thoughts. It is the realization that everything must be seen from the context of the Universe. It is the primary “sacrament”, if you will, being the only thing that is “context free”…in that sense it is the ground on which we stand.
Joining the network brings connection to many others working to expand understanding of the deep time journey. It expresses my need and desire to connect with others who are working toward the same goals realizing that this connection helps us all.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

My interest and inspiration is to develop experiences and practices that open the heart to feel as well as intellectually understand the New Story of the Universe and the Great Work (Thomas Berry) that it evokes. The driving force of my effort is my concern for the emergency of climate change and the loss of habitat for animals throughout the world. Through this larger story of the Universe I hope that humanity will restore their right relationship to the Cosmos as well as all living systems.
Both through my support of Sam Guarnaccia Music as well as my own understanding and teaching of HeartMath (www.heartmath.org), the science of coherence and heart/brain connection, as well as the Connection Practice / BePeace (www.rasurinternational.org) I hope to contribute to this important work.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

2011

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Thomas Berry’s writing

Also inspired to do this work by:

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, and John Grim

Call this work:

Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Education, Religion/Spirituality

Are you a teacher/professor?

Yes

If yes, what institution?

Self-employed

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

No

Other kinds of programs:

HeartMath
Connection Practice
BePeace