I saw the following video posted on a friend’s blog today and was struck by the deeply systemic view of life held by Jose Antonio Abreu, a Venezuelan who created a deeply influential movement to change the culture in his country through music. Please take a look at this 16 minute video for yourself and see what you notice about Jose’s view of culture and his method of bringing transformation to a whole country.

Click here to view the video at TED.com.

Who knew music could transform families, bring social justice, and influence a social system so profoundly?

What are you passionate about? How are your skills and passionate pursuits influencing your social systems? Or are they?

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Beliefs do not need to be encoded in words

Art, music and dance are alternative languages

Intuition, imagination and dreams are other ways of making meaning

Inspiration, empathy and transcendence are central to self-knowledge and to drawing attention to the affective quality and poetry of human experience

These words from Mezirow’s book “Learning as Transformation” (pp. 5-6) caught my attention! Especially to my own struggles to put my thoughts and intuition into words. Art, music, dance…what if I were to really utilize these communication methods (which I enjoy) to bring my message to the world.

To really embrace my gifts, abilities, talents as ways to creatively communicate and ENJOY life…this is the true gift. The living of myself. It is such a basic premise and yet totally flys in the face of what I have presumed the acceptable way to “be” to be successful, accepted…

This journey of learning is in huge part a learning of who I am and being not only at home with myself, but helping others be at home as well.