About Inner Transition
About Inner Transition
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things… Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”
Robert F Kennedy, University of Kansas, 1968
What it is and why its important
If we are to transition to fundamentally different physical systems for living we will need a fundamentally different way of understanding the world. Changing our worldview from separate to interconnected, from scarcity thinking to enough for all, from competitive to collaborative, all form part of the Inner Transition landscape.
As individuals, we may experience a wide range of emotions as we imagine and work to build the future we want – or fear a future much worse. For many, the scale of the problems is simply overwhelming and distraction or denial feel safer. Inner Transition is designed to help support us face a world that is changing faster than most can imagine or absorb.
Coming together to take action, support each other, share skills, knowledge and resources is fundamental to Transition. Inner Transition offers tools to help us work together, bridge differences and depend on each other more as the resource intensive systems give way to more local lives and a greater need to share what we have.
Understanding the process of change and our responses to it helps us to return to a place where we feel empowered and able to take action.
Inner Transition began, along with the Transition movement, in September 2006. It attracts people with skills in facilitation, giving support, working with difficult dynamics, linking values and action, deepening into our self-knowledge, connecting with nature, creating ceremonies – those who wish to make a contribution.
A survey in 2012 showed many groups include as part of their purpose:
- Personal resilience and well being
- Connection to nature
- Community connections and cohesion
- Psychology and personal growth
- Spirituality, spiritual practice and faith groups
- Healthy groups, meetings and event design.
Like the movement itself, it has emerged in different forms around the world. In California, a group started a “gift circle” exploring what it’s like to give and receive without money. In London, there is a monthly gathering to supports leaders in local Transition initiatives -- other groups have mentoring projects. Many places have organised talks, films and discussions about the inner dimension of our global crisis and potential solutions. Some have reading groups, meditation or mindfulness practices, seasonal celebrations, retreats and downtime in beautiful places in nature.