Be the Change.
Hi there. My name is Albert, and I am your friendly guardian and host, here at iThou.org. This is our little piece of the planet, carved out on the web. Things are still in pre-Beta, for now, so forgive all the construction going on. But stick around, 'cause we've got some really cool stuff in the works...
iThou.org. Our name comes from Martin Buber's book "I and Thou" -- a book that underpins a lot of the New Spiritual Consciousness of the modern generation. According to Buber and the I-Thou way of thought: People are not things. Love is not a commodity. All real living is meeting.
What I-Thou stands for. Truth. Freedom. Love. Some of the most important shifts in consciousness are fed from this river -- from new kinds of therapy to new forms of dance and art to new ways of thinking about social action and reconfiguring the world. Some places on the planet, like the Esalen Institute, Findhorn, Sedona, or Hollyhock, are thick with I-Thou. They swim in it. Carl Rogers, the founder of client-centered therapy and T-Groups, changed his entire approach to therapy based on I-Thou. Gestalt's famous line: "Here and Now, I and Thou" birthed a new generation of consciousness that is still shaking our ground to this day.
The Intention. To shake spirit into the world. In any way possible. Through the mind. Through creativity. Through compassion. Through action. Through art. Through intimacy. Through love. Through the body. Through truth. Through service.... and to have fun and circulate love, compassion, and kindness along the way.
The Process. Pretty simple... caring for each other, and loving each other -- even when when it's difficult. Especially then. This site aspires to give us more and better tools to help us reach out and love in a world that oftentimes battles against it. We become who we are meant to be through each other and through love.
Albert Wong – April 30, 2006 – 11:15pm
I have always dreamed about Esalen as a visionary leader in the world and see this program as an example. If we truly want to change how people treat themselves, each other, and the environment, we need to address them when they are forming their most basic concepts and belief about themselves and how the world works. This is during the early years of human development - 0-5 yrs, and particularly 0-3 yrs - and I believe educational efforts at these ages are an essential part of any effort to shift the paradigm we, as civilized humans, operate from. Until we all understand, and embody, the interconnectedness of all life and create our relationships from that understanding,, it seems we will continue on this unconscious and destructive path. Esalen has a history of making contributions in understanding and fostering the creation of new ways of being and communicating, with ourselves, each other, and our environment, that support a new paradigm.
Cath – December 8, 2007 – 1:35pm