Power with Heart News - July 2016
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July 2016

Dear <<First Name>>!

Blessings of summer to you.  This month begins the season of intense political energy and focus on the election.  The theme for this month is right use of individual and collective citizen-power.

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In this issue you will find:


We are very happy to invite you to take the NEW continuing education courses.
We were officially approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer CE credits on February 18th, 2016!  This is the completion of a long process.
These new courses are based on the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics.  They are now completely on-line.  You can down-load all the material from the book or you can read the assigned pages in your own paper copy of the book.  The assessment questions are also on-line and your certificate can be printed out as well!  

There are six 3 CE hour courses: Overview Course (1 CE hour)--Power with Heart; Dimension 1--Be Informed and Present, the Guided use of power; Dimension 2--Be compassionate and Aware, the Conscious use of power; Dimension 3--Be Connected and Accountable, the Responsible use of power; Dimension 4--Be Skillful and Proactive, the wise use of power; Course 5:  The More Dimension-- Refining your Personal Impact and Becoming Ethically Proactive. There is enough new material that you can take the courses again!  Try it out!.

Find out more about the E-courses here.

Workshops & Trainings

Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Teacher Training
April 28 - May 1, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow, Magi Cooper, Amanda Aguilera
More information coming soon!

Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Teacher Training
July 22-25, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow & Magi Cooper
Registration coming soon!

Featured RUP Teachers:
Boulder Summer 2016 Teacher Training Participants

Here's a visual introduction to the 17 new Right Use of Power Teachers, trained by Cedar Barstow and Magi Cooper in Boulder, Colorado in July. Cedar and Magi are 2nd and 3rd in from the right in the bottom row.

An inspiring group, there was a higher percentage of men, diversity, younger people (30s and 40s), and international members.  Five of them were sent by one company in Canada.  Most of the 17 had a school or organization that they were bringing the rup information back to. 
Here are a few of their plans.: 
•"to create healthier, more inspired,  'right use of power' organizational leadership
• to integrate this framework into trainings on diversity, inclusion, and other forms of working with status power
• to hold workshops for women on empowerment
• to do one hour trainings at my yoga studio, my church, my work
• staff development, program culture, leadership
• to facilitate workshops at the treatment center I work at"

Quote of the Month

"I realized that I was the same person whether scrubbing a floor or writing a poem, that my dignity as a being was in no way dependent upon the role which I had at any moment to assume—for all such roles are merely that, and the person free of them all."

 - Kathleen Raine
(Submitted by Magi Cooper)

Book of the Month

Power Abused, Power Healed
by Judith Barr

Utilizing fairy tale and current life events, Power Abused, Power Healed explores a variety of potential outcomes of a child’s revelation, introducing us to characters in search of deeper healing for their childhood wounds suffered at the hands of an emperor whose own wounds had never been addressed. 

Readers learn, through these stories of wounding and healing, about the ways in which power was misused with them, and the ways in which they themselves have misused their power…and will begin to explore how to heal and transform these deep inner wounds…to help reach their full potential and use their power magnificently!

Order the book here.

4 Dimensions of Power
by Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T.

Compassionate and skillful use of power is based on four dimensions.  Each has a different focus:  information, self-awareness, relationship, and skill. Click here to jump to a printable summary of the wisdom of each dimension. 

Death in Black and White

By Michael Eric Dyson in The New York Times

We, black America, are a nation of nearly 40 million souls inside a nation of more than 320 million people. And I fear now that it is clearer than ever that you, white America, will always struggle to understand us.

Like you, we don’t all think the same, feel the same, love, learn, live or even die the same.

But there’s one thing most of us agree on: We don’t want cops to be executed at a peaceful protest. We also don’t want cops to kill us without fear that they will ever face a jury, much less go to jail, even as the world watches our death on a homemade video recording. This is a difficult point to make as a racial crisis flares around us.

We close a week of violence that witnessed the tragic deaths of two black men — Alton B. Sterling and Philando Castile — at the hands of the police with a terrible attack in Dallas against police officers, whose names we’re just beginning to learn. It feels as though it has been death leading to more death, nothing anyone would ever hope for.

A nonviolent protest was hijacked by violence and so, too, was the debate about the legitimate grievances that black Americans face. The acts of the gunman in Dallas must be condemned. However, he has nothing to do with the difficult truths we must address if we are to make real racial progress, and the reckoning includes being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed or discounted.
In the wake of these deaths and the protests surrounding them, you, white America, say that black folks kill each other every day without a mumbling word while we thunderously protest a few cops, usually but not always white, who shoot to death black people who you deem to be mostly “thugs.”

That such an accusation is nonsense is nearly beside the point. Black people protest, to one another, to a world that largely refuses to listen, that what goes on in black communities across this nation is horrid, as it would be in any neighborhood depleted of dollars and hope — emptied of good schools, and deprived of social and economic buffers against brutality. People usually murder where they nest; they aim their rage at easy targets.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Affirmations for the Political Season

(Submitted by Kathy Nunemaker)
  1. I only post to social media things that speak to what I am FOR, and only in a way that does not denigrate anyone else or their beliefs (disagreement is not denigration).
  2. I only post things that I have researched and reasonably believe to be accurate; not just anything that appears to justify my position.
  3. I scroll right by any negative or degrading posts about any candidate - whether they are my candidate or not. I am not responsible for changing anyone's mind.
  4. I speak my truth in political discussions, but I monitor my emotional self and stay in a sense of love, appreciation, and compassion.
  5. If I depart an online or an offline political discussion because it devolves into name-calling or other negativity, I will share the following: I am leaving this discussion for my own well-being as I choose to be in a place of discourse where all parties are treated with respect.
  6. I study the candidates and the issues, using as many sources as possible, including those that have different opinions than my own. I am accountable for what I post and how or whether I vote.
  7. I choose to participate in the political process. I support that which is closest to what I believe in.
  8. I hold the highest possible vision for the governance of the world, my nation, my state, and my local jurisdictions.
  9. I remain open minded and willing to give up a position when there is sufficient evidence to the contrary, or when my intuitive knowing clearly points in a different direction.
  10. I do my spiritual practices every day to reinforce my success at living up to these affirmations.


What are the five basic principles of patriotism? What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Click here to see the video by Robert Reich.
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