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Happy New Year!

We are grateful to report that our fundraising campaign has brought in $2,000 which moves us forward in the development of several new programs. Thank you! And, we are still far from our goal. The good news: there is still time to contribute. Click here!

The new year is a time of reflection and looking ahead and high-lighting places of light and shining light into areas of darkness. It is also about finding and using the gifts of darkness.

May you use your power to be light for yourself, for others, and for the good of all.

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In this issue you will find:


There are six 3 CE hour courses in the new series:

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;
*This course deals with Leadership and Power Dynamics, Challenges, and Soul Work and World Service

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
Click here for more information

Boulder, Colorado

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

Presented by Cedar Barstow & Magi Cooper
Click here for more information

Featured RUP Teacher:

Jeff Coulliard
Jeff has been working with youth and families struggling with addictions issues for more than 10 years, and always had these nagging feelings that it was the relationship, not the programming, that had the most therapeutic effect. It wasn't until being exposed to RUP that he realized the full extent of how powerful (and fraught with challenges) the helper-helped, supervisor-employee, teacher-student, parent-child relationships can be. After experiencing 4-days of RUP training with Cedar and Maggie in July, Jeff and his colleagues at Enviros have set out to make power more visible within their organization and beyond.


I will light candles this [season],
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all year long.

—Howard Thurman

A Return to National Greatness

by David Brooks in The New York Times

The Library of Congress’s main building is one of the most magnificent
buildings in Washington, or in the country. It was built in a pivotal,
tumultuous time. During the 23 years in the late 19th century that it took to
design and build the structure, industrialization transformed America.
More people immigrated to America than in the previous 250 years combined.

The building articulates the central animating idea that held this bursting,
turbulent country together. That idea is best encapsulated in the mural
under the dome of the main reading room. A series of monumental figures
are depicted, each representing a great civilization in human history and
what that civilization contributed to the human story.

It starts with a figure representing Egypt (written records) and then
continues through Judea (religion), Greece (philosophy), Islam (physics),
Italy (the fine arts), Germany (printing), Spain (discovery), England
(literature), France (emancipation) and it culminates with America

In that story, America is placed at the vanguard of the great human march
of progress. America is the grateful inheritor of other people’s gifts. It has a
spiritual connection to all people in all places, but also an exceptional role.
America culminates history. It advances a way of life and a democratic
model that will provide people everywhere with dignity. The things
Americans do are not for themselves only, but for all mankind.

This historical story was America’s true myth. When we are children, and
also when we are adults, we learn our deepest truths through myth.
Myths don’t make a point or propose an argument. They inhabit us deeply
and explain to us who we are. They capture how our own lives are
connected to the universal sacred realities. In myth, the physical stuff in
front of us is also a manifestation of something eternal, and our lives are
seen in the context of some illimitable horizon.

That American myth was embraced and lived out by everybody from
Washington to Lincoln to Roosevelt to Reagan. It was wrestled with by
John Winthrop and Walt Whitman. It gave America a mission in the world
— to spread democracy and freedom. It gave us an attitude of welcome and
graciousness, to embrace the huddled masses yearning to breathe free and
to give them the scope by which to realize their powers.

But now the myth has been battered. It’s been bruised by an educational system that doesn’t teach civilizational history or real American history but instead a shapeless multiculturalism. It’s been bruised by an intellectual culture that can’t imagine providence. It’s been bruised by people on the left who are
uncomfortable with patriotism and people on the right who are uncomfortable with the federal government that is necessary to lead our project.

Read the rest of the article here.

Seven Gates of Light
by Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T.

On New Year's Eve every year our household has a "Seven Gates of Light party."  Each room in the house has a small self-reflective activity.  At the sixth gate, our guests write letters to themselves about the questions that they are particularly interested in for the year 2017.  I then mail these letters in the middle of December, 2017.  The seventh gate is soup, bread and conversation.   This year at the fifth gate our guests wrote their responses to two questions on post-it notes that they posted on a large sheet of paper for others to see. 
The first question was:  If you were President, what would be on your priority list for your first 100 days?  Early January is the time for looking ahead and thinking about what seeds you want to plant and tend.  Here is a list of some of the things that were of highest importance for our guests.

Read the rest of the article here.

As we enter the new year, know that we are not powerless

By Judith Barr

Even though we are witnessing people misusing and abusing their power
right out in full view...
Even though we know there are people misusing and abusing their power
in hiding and under the guise of something good...
We are not powerless.
Even if we are misusing or abusing our own power –
consciously or beneath our awareness –
as a defense against our feelings of powerlessness...
We are not powerless.
Even if we are working in the outer world
to keep from feeling powerless...
We are not powerless.
Even if we are praying for Divine power
to help us, or even save us...
We are not powerless.
Even though we are feeling powerless...
We are not powerless in the ways we are feeling.
Even though we are feeling intensely powerless...
We are not powerless in the ways we are feeling.
If we follow our feelings of powerlessness
to deep within ourselves,
to ancient times early in the history of our being...
We can find our ancient experiences and feelings of powerlessness...
We can feel them...
We can heal them...
We can tease them away from our feelings of today...
Bringing about a transformation
that enables us to feel the reality of today...
whatever feelings of powerlessness are actually from the current situation...
And even more, it enables us to feel...
whatever actual power we have in today’s world.
And even more still, in this communal journey we are on together...
it enables us to end our personal part
of creating powerlessness today and tomorrow
from our powerlessness once-upon-a-time, long, long ago.
We have the power of centered, grounded prayer...
We have the power of centered, grounded action...
The hope that springs from deep within...
unlike any other...
We have the power of doing our own centered, grounded inner healing work...
Of following that feeling of powerlessness
deeper and deeper
to its ancient origins within us...
Of healing that ancient feeling of powerlessness at its root...
And of leaving ourselves free to feel and use our power well...
From the inside out...
Individually and communally.
Free to use our power
Wisely, responsibly, committedly...
From the inside out...
In Truth and Love...
Many blessings in these times...
Many blessings as we begin our year of 2017
Individually and together...

To Make the World Better, Think Small

by Arthur C. Brooks in The New York Times

There is a legend about the comedian W. C. Fields as he lay dying in his
hospital bed, surrounded by family. It was winter in New York City, and
from outside came the sound of a newsboy shouting, “Wuxtry! Wuxtry!
Stock market prices fall!” Stirred out of his stupor, Fields signaled those
assembled to his bedside and whispered, “Poor little urchins out there —undernourished, no doubt improperly clad — something’s got to be done
about them, something’s got to be done.” He dozed off, but seconds later,
opened his eyes again. “On second thought,” he said, “Screw ’em.”

You are probably not a misanthrope like W. C. Fields. But as we look out at
2017, from the radioactive rage of national politics to a constant stream of
tragic world events, our problems seem large and intractable. It’s easy to
reach the Fields conclusion.

To throw up our hands in the face of tragedy is a normal cognitive
phenomenon that social psychologists call “psychic numbing.” Paul Slovic
of the University of Oregon shows in his research that when events are large
and remote, we become insensitive to them. For example, there was
concern, but hardly an outpouring of support, for Syrian refugees after half
a million people had died in the civil war.

Adam Smith wryly observed the principle of psychic numbing 250 years ago in his classic book “Theory of Moral Sentiments.” He asked readers to
imagine how “a man of humanity in Europe” would react to news of a
dreadful earthquake in China, killing millions. He may regret the calamity
in theory, but so long as he never sees the victims, “he will snore with the
most profound security over the ruin of a hundred millions of his brethren.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Own Your Power, Spread the Love

With the intensity of politics in our world today it can be easy to fall into a feeling of powerlessness. Even in our day-to-day lives we can become overwhelmed by misuses of power, unethical decisions, and broken relationships.

The good news: We aren't powerless and there are MANY things we can do to shift power dynamics everywhere we go.

Now is the time.
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