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Amy Lenzo
Richmond, California, USA

Clear Light Communications

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What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How can I help to illuminate that which connects us all - each one of us to the other, to the elements of the natural world, & to the mystery that sources all life?

Lately I have begun to name this perfect 'whole' at the center of all things 'beauty' and have started a blog called The Beauty Dialogues to begin exploring her essence. I warmly invite anyone who is interested to join me in this conversation!

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I have been blessed in exploring group consciousness and collective wisdom for many years in a number of settings & contexts.

This diverse adventure has spanned my adolescence and early adulthood in the NE Kingdom of Vermont, as part of the back-to-the-land communal movement in the late 60s & early 70s, through to the blessing of my current online communications work with fabulous, conscious groups such as the Collective Wisdom Initiative, Heartland Circle, The World Café, & Resonance, among others.

My process of understanding and opening to the collective wisdom of the natural world has included the co-founding of RiverOcean, a non-profit organization for deepening environmental awareness, and my active long-term participation in ICE (the International Community for Ecopsychology), which is a virtual community of environmentalists, psychologists and philosophers. I am the editor for our online Journal, Gatherings, where I have published extensive work on one of my particular interests on how collective wisdom works between humans and nature, Art & the Environment .

For the last 30 years I have also been associated with the Arica Institute, a mystical school that recognizes humanity as one body. As part of a complete new philosophical method, Aricans meditate and work together to create a state of enlightenment dedicated to the good of all beings.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

I know that human beings exist as part of an interconnected, perfect whole. We are each a vital part of this dynamic whole. To recognize this, and be able to help foster that recognition in others, is deeply joyful and profoundly healing work. When we recognize our connection with all that is, we enter into a complete acceptance of ourselves, and begin to live in true relationship with each other, with the natural world, and with the Divine.

My own passion is in the power of creativity, and in using my creative expression - of word and sound and image and movement - to evoke and nurture this awareness of our place in the universe, our profound interconnection with all life. Another area that fascinates & challenges me, and is the focus of much of my creative curiosity, is the use of art as a language that transcends paradox, or is able to hold apparent paradox without contradiction.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I suppose it was the depth of my own pain that propelled me towards this path of healing, heightening my sense of compassion for others, and linking me to our common humanity.

As a child, I found a home within the world of books, where I learned the power of creativity; the ability of imagination to provide alternatives & offer vision, strength and hope.

My relationship with nature has also had a powerful influence on me, starting with the solace and sense of the sacred I found there as a child, and deepening as I consciously developed a connection with the elementals in my years in rural Vermont. These relationships have continued to deepen and find expression in my environmental work and explorations with ecopsychology and environmental art.

I have always had a strong spiritual sensitivity, and as a young adult I was lucky enough to find a language and school of knowledge I could continue to study and explore, & a precious sangha to meditate with.

In fact, throughout my life I have been blessed with the perfect companions and mentors, who have appeared as they have been needed in my journey.

How would you like to be available to others in this field? What would be a meaningful connection? Are you available to talk with others? What contribution might you be able to make?

My own work in the world continues to evolve, and as a co-designer of online communications that inspire, delight and inform, I am currently exploring the opening I see in the online environment for making visible this connection that lies between us as human beings. I am very excited about the art and craft of bringing the heart and spirit of in-person gatherings to the virtual sphere, and breaking down the old boundaries of geographic limitation to discover a new ways of essential connection.

I work best as part of a group, and am inspired by creative projects that deepen awareness of our mutual connections, and/or evoke light and healing and tenderness between us. Making common cause with others is always meaningful for me, and I am pleased when I can contribute my unique skills and sensibility to a project. I also bring a deep commitment to maintaining a state of grace between all parts of the whole and whenever I am called to work in groups I like to be working with others who see things similarly.

Links to this site or others:

My design work: Clear Light Communications
Beauty Dialogues Blog
Art & the Environment Blog
Ecopsychology eZine: Gatherings
Special Issue on "Art & Ecopsychology"


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