**"Without a vision, the people perish." You are invited to help us envision "Cradling concepts" for "cradle-power". Become "enchanted" with the possibility of new ways to help build "better" life-ways and "law-ways", in other worlds a better world. Help us make these mere concepts "tangible". As of this morning, Feb.11, 2011, the "blog" here is on "Egypt Rising: Envisioning a Cradle for Humanity". Please join in the vision. **
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What are cradling concepts? It is a set of beliefs that we can help ourselves, individuals and communities to refocus on the principles of birthing healthy babies, growing healthy children and having healthy relationships as we grow and age.
It is about using "cradle power". It is not just for Mothers or Fathers to wield the "cradle power" .. it is for all humans. It should start with ourselves and spread outward, like most healthy growth. (Press here to access the WIP "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle")
We can make tangible, touchable, miniature or iconic "Cradles", (or nests, cradleboards, etc.). One's participation in Cradles for Humanity Project could be evidenced by jewelry, handmade or perhaps purchased from a cottage industry. Another person may choose to have a full-size cradle, filled with their choice of other items representing beautiful or healthy growth such as flowers, or pictures. These can provide a real anchor to the visions of healthy, loving humanhood on a personal or global scale. It is an innovative way to tap tried and true "cradling power".
Cradles for Humanity Project could help provide unity in a non-controversial, non-political, non-religious, non-class-limited manner. It is not tied to old arguments. All cultures and most humans instinctively have some knowledge of the love-power which generates by and from "cradling". Thus this global urge could be harnessed to make unity tangible.
Why the idea that adults may need or want a personal "Cradle"? What kind of Cradle would they want? For themselves?? For themselves and their family? Appropriate cradling concepts would concentrate on love, not hate; on faith and trust in the goodness of others around us. It would build on trust, not fear of differences.
Most of us can appreciate that we are dealing with a lot of stressful challenges in our lives. Some days a kind word or encouraging smile is hard to come by and we would all love to be able to feel "nurturence". We can all relate to the fact that babies need "nurturence" to develop to their full potential .. the better the environment and warm love and encouragement, the better the health and growth. Conversely, isolated babies with little or no social contact generally fail to "thrive". All adults still need to feel those same things.
Ok … so, some adults have fond, happy memories associated with Cradles, and perhaps with their own children, rocking their babies. Others .. not so! Cradles signify different things to a new parent depending on their situation. One does not know how to parent well unless there are some good examples around and have felt the same. This Project could help humanity get in touch with their own needs and feelings and thus help develop that vision of the better world .. without which we are just as likely to keep spiraling into fear, violence and hate as to go forward.
Have you ever seen an elderly person in a nursing home enjoying tending to a doll? I recall my first exposure seeing such an elderly patient at St.Peter, Minnesota's institution for presumably mentally ill persons when my grade school class was taken on a tour of the place. Seeing that little old lady rocking the doll, blissfully oblivious to her surroundings or the reality, made quite an impression on me.
Some people may not have happy memories of childhood, and perhaps arrived at adulthood convinced that it was "in spite of", rather than because of, their parent's child-rearing skills or love.
This project will encourage them to consider the love and comfort they wanted and needed and realize that they, themselves, as adults, can choose to provide that for themselves.
For them, the representation of a Cradle, or actually building one .. of many possible styles .. could bring to mind all that they want to be able to provide themselves in the here and now to be a thriving dynamo with a new self-assurance.
Cradles are universally recognized symbols of nurturing babies, regardless of the culture's particular versions .. perhaps a cradleboard in one, a sling in another, wicker, wood, etc., even "nests". But most cultures have recognized the importance of the Cradle to rock, comfort and help the parents help a new baby grow to the next stage.
Cradles for Humanity is meant to be a great project helping people everywhere "build" "cradles", "nests", "cradleboards", etc. for themselves, their families, (parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren,etc.); for friends, communities, organizations, nations!! These "cradles" can be merely patterns of development and creativity in the mind, symbolic memories triggered a psychological stimulus recognizing one's need for self-nurturance and energizing.
Or, as mentioned before, some may choose to make more tangible "icons" of the Cradle .. perhaps artwork, jewelry cradles, to serve to keep them in touch with the purpose of the Cradle to their own life .. or to gift to others. Others may choose to actually build realistic or miniature cradles.
It is important to the project that they realize the personal potential they can bring forth to become dynamos for self-generating empowerment!!
There are so many missed steps in childhood and beyond. Those missed steps actually hold people back until they can experience them by surrogate or proxy. Almost everyone has some sense of lonesomeness, neglect, abandonment, emptiness, which may or may not originate in childhood. Our world is harsh and few reach adulthood unscathed by insecurities.
This is why "bullying" can be so devastating, even when "denied" and glossed over. The ghosts of insecurity are there as negative forces.
What are the few things stronger than fear? It is faith and love. Faith in a power greater than oneself and a feeling of being loved. Building one's own "cradle" and learning how to "generate" enthusiastic and loving forces to help restore the childlike sense of wonder, awe, love, curiosity, generosity, the joys of sharing .. These are both tools to sharpen and use for the Cradle .. and a "result"!
Many people have lacked a "real, genuine, lasting love" from another adult person, a wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend. They have not been able to realize the joy of "creating" more "life" .. to be a "generator" of life and love.
Our whole vocabulary speaks to the power of "creating", even for self. Most people know the thrill of a "creative high" when discovering something new, when they get particular recognition, when they make something special. Our whole mind/body/spirit/emotions respond to make us operate at a different "level" (high!) without any drugs necessary. Sometimes the "creative high" can almost be a non-sexual "orgasmic!"
Have you experienced such a creative high? Perhaps it is an "internet" "find", an object or a new acquaintence who shares values, etc.
It can be such a creative high that one does not feel the need to compromise one's integrity "looking for love in all the wrong places", and instead one pursues more of the satisfying activity. One may even need to watch that the initial "creative high" doesn't become "addictive" such that a "crash" comes with the absence of the experience and fruitless further search.
So, what's all that got to do with "building Cradles for Humanity?" Think about this:
We've mentioned just a couple stages, or tools to building, (or restoring or rebuilding) a cradle. We've touched on the "creative high" stage .. that it is so satisfying it may be almost orgasmic .. once in a great while!
HOW does that "creative high" stage come about? What precedes it? First, is to become acquainted with someone, or an idea, a "concept" if you would! The concept may be just a "gleam in the eye" with senses newly awakened to wonderment, amazement or the anticipation of pleasure. (These stages are all featured in the gallery, (from top menu). After those stages, the gleam in the eye, the wonder, wondering "IF", what IF??
We can make this Cradle building for "Humanity" an even "sexier" sounding concept, (even if that humanity is your own). You're starting to get the idea. This can be yin/yang, both male/female, so you don't need another to do it right! But, perhaps it will be a seminal idea or work .. totally unique and original.
You may have the "morning sickness" if you're so inclined .. as you nest-build, or Cradle-build your project(s), (although we recommend a more relaxed approach)!. You will have to refer to and use "tools" to build this Cradle AND have a successful, healthy, pregnancy, (surrogate?) (E.g., regarding the "surrogate" .. if you are becoming "enchanted" with the possibility of a new love to share life with ..but you do not feel you have time to devote to actually building the "Cradle" of the type you envision, you may design it and commission someone to build the "Cradle" for you, (i.e., surrogacy!)
YOU may experience this almost as a pregancy, the labor, the birth of your Cradle and the "new human" (or new humans) you labor so lovingly to "create"! After the birth of the "new human(s)" you will, of course, "use" the Cradle regularly, to help the "new human" grow. You will sing it songs you would love for it to hear.
You will possibly even wish to adapt a new "name" for this new person, especially if it makes you stronger! (E.g., perhaps you would feel better if you started calling yourself by an alternate name to your usual first name, adapting the use of your middle name, for instance, or of a first name picked from the newspaper, or perhaps just a kinder "tone" used towards your given name. If you are building for a whole family, with their participation, that too is very adaptable … everyone needs their own cradle to work with, of course! But "junior", or "squab", (I used to lovingly call one of my children that), may be replaced by another name of mutual choice that will better fit the "new human".
Other "tools" needed to have a successful Cradle for Humanity Project is to recognize that other suffering humans need this also, the concept should be passed on. The "Cradle for Humanity" should eventually hold the world as in the picture representation, above.
As this concept developed in my envisioning, I became encouraged to acquire a couple of cradles .. physical, full sized ones. Used, but not to go to waste! Not with a suffering humanity "out there". One was a white wicker on rollers with a hood, but which irreparably broke. The other is an antique reed woven carrying Cradle .. all hand woven substantial basketry.
Part of my vision is sharing "showers" where cradles are given … and other gifts to newly emerging "humans" who need encouragement to participate. These could be beginning emblems of participation or graduating symbols.
Another part of sharing the vision is to possibly have workshops where unemployed "birthers" would be busy making beaded jewelry cradles for lapel pins, or tie tacks, bracelets, etc. or artwork for a wall in one's "birthing room" where meditations and perhaps nice music is played.
Part of this vision of Cradles for Humanity is to share the vision .. to have other carpenters and midwives attending so new "births" happen .. in all kinds of places, symbolically-speaking that is. I recall with two of my own 5 babies, I had nothing but a dresser drawer at the time to hold them. That will do .. if it has to!! If someone has a very small "home" or room available to them, they may be able to set aside a small box, or some such container, for their cradle project.
I have a vision that as good parental type love and grandparent type nurturing are envisioned and held in concept, meditation, labor, and nurturence through the tough, rebellious, challenging, adventsuresome teens, that the project will help everyone, the participating humans and humanity .. and those yet to conceive! Invaluable loving concepts will be carried through life to nourish and nurture others.
Please help us develop these visions and build your Cradle, decorate it, and help us develop dependable "tools" for others to use for theirs.!!