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Lucinda Winslow

Vistar Foundation
PO Box 16966
Stamford, Connecticut 06905
USA

(203) 968-1995

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Vistar's theater ensemble Voicepoint at the United Nations
(Lucinda is third from right)

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

How to redefine the relationship of individual to the group: how is it possible that in becoming One Among Many, an individual in a group becomes more oneself, more alive and awake to Self, even as the collective becomes aware of its transformational power for Unity and unlimited Creativity?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

For more than 13 years, I have been a member of Vistar Foundation, a Center for Collective Consciousness, in Stamford, Connecticut. For years up till then, I had been working in groups, mostly as a director of theater and opera ensembles, and also as part of a TV writing team. But Vistar focused inner yearnings for Self Knowledge, for Identity, and in this group setting, I have been privileged to the ramifications for working on oneself, with others and for the Source of it all…and the massive creativity available in this kind of work. Along the way this has meant exploring what it means to be mirrors for each other (very quickly one is challenged to look at oneself, and compare that picture to the maturity of what Rumi calls “A True Human Being.”) and to gradually wake up to the larger picture and the larger need for us all to work together for Self-Knowledge, for Unity, for Identity, even for the survival of this world.

As part of this sustained involvement with others over time, I have grown, through Grace, not only personally and spiritually, but have also moved with this band of wisdom wizards to unexpected heights of creativity, group awakenings and transformations …which include travel and settings and experiences beyond my wildest imagination. I am totally dedicated to the Vistar System, and the Vistar Method of Communication® (VMC) which makes true communication with others possible, while accessing one’s truest Self. And I am awed by the creativity which pours through the VMC…as it has for festivals and for Vistar’s theater ensemble, Voicepoint. And I am so curious as to the experiences of others in this field…especially where people are meeting face to face…we meet 3 times a week, more if we have a performance…year in and out.

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

Direct experience with the Grace that comes through the field that arises in collective consciousness…with the talents that are revealed hitherto unknown, and also with the maturity that arises when one sees what has been standing in the way of true growth. Ego cannot go on the trip unscathed, and it is actually ego deflation rather than “empowerment” which allows access to the field where newness and creativity are palpable and unlimited.

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

From the time I was 6, I was doing plays. Coming together with others to “make believe”, to sing together in choruses, to make music together…then to add sets, costumes, sparkly jewels…this has always been magic. Meanwhile…I was always present to a private sense of the Sacred: an uncle who was a Vedanta swami, meditating at our house….making stained glass windows in 5th grade with its opening to luminous sacred art, singing in choirs, the Christmas pageant and crèches, Quaker Meetings, A Wrinkle in Time, Gurdjieff’s In Search of the Miraculous…. And a yearning to bring the two worlds together without knowing how. Professionally, I tried to make theater the sacred space, to some success, but eventually ego took it: there was a dustiness and a draining. There were successes, but still a yearning, and dissatisfaction.

At one particularly dry place in 1993, I came across Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way, as have many, and started doing “morning pages.” Strange connections began to be made. A theater friend gave word of musician-metaphysician, Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, with unsettling “unfoldments.” The same friend mentioned Vistar was beginning. Knowing nothing, I brought my husband. We met founders Ron and Victoria Friedman. Magic. We met others. Magic. We stayed. Magic. That was 1994. We were home, and have been exploring awakening and the Field ever since.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

I would like others to know about Vistar, and the VMC. As a collective with experience in this field, we feel that we have much, individually and as a group, to offer the field. We are actively offering the Vistar Method of Communication® out as a tool which can breaking down the barriers in communication in groups, in daily life, and in relationships of all sorts. I would like others to visit www.vistarfoundation.org, 203-968-1995, or contact me directly to learn more.

Links to this site or others:

Vistar Foundation

The Creativity of Group Awakening - Dec 30, 2007


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