Paula Guarnaccia @paulaguarnaccia active 4 months ago
|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.
|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.”
|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.
|Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:|
|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
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