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Follow Me

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I’ve just returned from a quick project in Singapore. While in transit at the Moscow Airport, I saw a “Follow Me” car. These cars assist and guide international landing planes to their proper taxi and gate. Naturally the “Follow Me” car driver knows his way around the airport runways and taxiways better than the pilots who fly into the airport only once in a while. It’s a pragmatic and effective Process to guide these metal flying behemoths when the pilot is in unfamiliar territory.

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The “Follow Me” car in action

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The “Follow Me” car in action

I like to think we could use Wisdom Wheel as a “Follow Me” guide on our Journeys. When I find myself in unfamiliar terrain, or meet strangers, go new places, or experience new challenges, I use the Wisdom Wheel principles to get back to basics. It’s my calibration tool, guide, my compass. Even when I make mistakes, which I do often, I can forgive myself, because I’ve learned to be in Right Relationship with myself. “Follow Me” is the Ultimate Reality of the soul’s voice, the inner voice I listen to. May it continue to serve me well on the Journey.

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Bernie Sanders on the Wisdom Wheel

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Today I’m rounding out a series of posts in which we put the 2016 presidential candidates on the Wisdom Wheel. Full disclosure: I’m registered as an independent. These portraits do not endorse any particular candidate. Instead, I want to see and share what the Wheel has to say.

Who are these politicians? What are their strengths? Weaknesses? What universal, human challenges can they expect in the upcoming years? A person’s Birth Law and their current position on the Wheel can shed light on these questions.

Nine months ago, when I wrote my first blog post about presidential candidates, I never imagined Donald Trump would trounce 15 other Republicans to become the presumptive GOP candidate. I’m still shaking my head over that outcome and I’m not the only one. This Cycle has taught me to expect the unexpected. Will we see a third party or independent candidate emerge? Who knows.

What if Bernie Sanders ran as an independent? He’s the longest serving independent in US congressional history. Born on September 8, Bernie’s Birth Law is Journey, like all other Virgos. This Law is situated in the southwest quadrant, between the domain of Teachers and Healers. So if Bernie lives to his highest potential, his Journey should both teach us and heal us. This Law is also positioned between Higher Purpose and Trust. Arguably, he is the most Trust-worthy candidate, staying true to his “socialist” stump speech throughout his political tenure. Old videos prove his consistency to his beliefs. Bernie getting arrested when protesting on behalf of civil rights. Clips of Bernie explaining why he refused to vote for the war in Iraq. This has been his lifelong Journey.

Bernie’s Journey and his politics are recognizable and resonate with more people now than ever. He’s for universal health care, ending corporate welfare, addressing income inequality by raising minimum wage, reforming campaign finance rules, offering parental leave, and protecting LGBTQ rights.

Surrender balances Journey. This means Surrender is his challenge. In Bernie’s case, we’re seeing this play out in his supporters who chant “Bernie or Bust”. Some believe the time is nigh for Bernie to surrender his presidential bid. Is it too early to Surrender? Too late? Who or what is the most noble cause or person to Surrender to? These are all important Surrender questions and it will be interesting to see how Bernie addresses them.

When he turns 75 this September, Bernie will live under the Law of Cycles on the spirit side of the Wheel. Fitting that he is now part of a moment where the flaws in our (political) Cycles are being exposed. Maybe it’s time for a radical re-write of the American political establishment. This is the message many voters are clamoring for on both sides of the party spectrum.

As citizens, it’s important to remember that we have a stake. With our ballots, we make our Choice.

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Mapping the Inner Journey

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Hello, I’m Malcolm Davidson, husband of Cynthia Davidson, the creator of the Wisdom Wheel.

The Wisdom Wheel is a remarkable tool to help us navigate daily life. With GPS and cell phones, we rarely get lost on our journeys anymore. Type in a destination and in a flash you’ll get directions. Yet it seems we lack tools for the inner Journey. For that matter, what is the inner Journey? I like to think it’s a place we go towards our deepest Self, a place replete with challenges, protected by ego and fear.

This inner Journey of mine has forced me to face my fears and battle my ego. A strong ego is a good thing, but like Power without Compassion it can be dangerous thing. As I’ve immersed myself in the Power of the Wisdom Wheel, I find all the Laws to be profound. Together, they make a great moral compass. Indeed, the Wisdom Wheel can be used as a compass for us as we sit quietly contemplating our lives. I use it as a focusing agent daily. It’s as if a Law pops up, at the ready, when required.

My watch word for the year 2016 is Acceptance. The Wisdom Wheel model will help me to achieve that, I hope. Happy New Year to all, and may your New Year resolutions be successful.

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Malcolm in the red sweater with the Glastonbury Wisdom Wheel graduate group

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Wisdom Wheel on the Road October 8 – 28

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Call me a dreamer (or something less kind) but I believe with the right tools, we can fix what’s broken. Even when the task is as big as the world, or as small as me. That’s why I’m hitting the road!

On October 8, I’m setting off from Rhode Island to drive to Los Angeles and all the way back again. During these 3 weeks (October 8 – 28) on the road, I’ll be speaking at Wisdom Wheel circles for any groups curious to have me in for a visit. If you want me to add you to the itinerary, please email me at wisdomwheelwoman@gmail.com. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.

I’ll also be attending the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City from October 15 – 18. But, if the past is any indicator, I bet the serendipitous meet-ups along the way will make this trip worthwhile. The image of the rider in Dances With Wolves comes to mind. I’m riding through the gauntlet, hoping to come out unscathed so another kind of life can start for others and me.

To all the idealists, dreamers, and refusers of violence, hungry for peace, justice and fuller lives: the Wisdom of the Wheel belongs to you. Perhaps like me you’ve intuited that there must be another way.

The Wisdom Wheel is a tool that can mend what’s broken. After 20 years, it’s roadworthy, ready to take on a life of its own.

I know the Wheel is loved. How? Because people’s hearts and eyes light up when they gather around it. There’s even evidence from people I’ve never met. Every time I discover a missing stone from the displays I set up in churches, cafes and art galleries — that’s a kind of proof that they were moved, too. At one cafe, I replaced the Love stone 11 times in 3 years. What does that tell you?

The Wheel has schooled me when I believed I was teaching it. It’s shown me that sacred witnesses are missing. We need to become them. It showed me people whose needs could be heard while it was making an offering of me. This road trip is my giveaway Journey. If I miss your town, I invite you see our offerings in our online Shop, where you can purchase packets on each of the Laws and one-on-one consultations with me.

It is my secret hope to return home empty-handed at the end of October having given away everything I have loaded into the car for this trip. Whether these sets of stones and cards are sold, donated, or swapped, I hope they land in the hands of those who need them and will share them.