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An invitation to warriorship

February 27, 2013
By: 
Raina Delisle

Give up on saving the world, but don’t give up on your work. That’s Margaret Wheatley’s message in her new book, So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World. Instead of striving to be a savior, the bestselling author urges you to find your way as a warrior.

“For me personally, this is the most important book I’ve yet written,” says Wheatley, who will be speaking at Royal Roads on March 21 and teaching at the university on March 22 as part of Continuing Studies’ Mentors and Masters Series. “It describes how we ended up in this world that no one wants, a harsh, destructive world that’s emerged in spite of our best efforts to change it.”

In her latest book, Wheatley explores the world today through her experiences in many countries and through new sciences. Wheatley, who is now based in Utah, has been a consultant and speaker since 1973 and has worked with almost all types of people and organizations, from the head of the U.S. Army to Girl Scouts and Fortune 100 corporations to monasteries. She writes, speaks and teaches globally about how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships and step forward to serve in this troubling time.

“After probing deeply into this darkening world, I invite us to consciously choose a new role for ourselves, that of warriors for the human spirit,” Wheatley says. “As warriors for the human spirit, we discover our right work, work that is ours to do no matter what.  We engage wholeheartedly, embody values we cherish, let go of outcomes, and be vigilant with our relationships. We learn how to persevere, to remain focused and confident in service to the issues and people we care about, focused not so much on making a difference as on being a difference.”

At Royal Roads, Wheatley will guide people in finding their right work. On March 21, at the evening talk based onher book, Wheatley will delve into what it means to claim a new role for ourselves. On March 22, during the daylong workshop, participants will explore questions of self-discovery, motivation and purpose through a variety of practices.

“Meg dares us all to step more fully into who we are and what we are meant to do in contribution for the world at a critical time in our history,” says director of Continuing Studies Hilary Leighton. “Her particular genius manifests in her ability to eloquently articulate these notions as well bring experiential ways participants can make their own transformative shifts and embody a fierce yet peaceful warrior energy for the sake of all life.”

Those who embrace the role of warrior will begin to work from different maps and expectations with an understanding that this world cannot be saved, Wheatley says. They will open to the world as it is and discover gentleness, decency and bravery.

“We were invited to contemplate a new role for ourselves and accepted the invitation,” Wheatley writes in So Far from Home. “Perhaps it felt natural to think of ourselves as warriors for the human spirit, perhaps it felt like a stretch, but here we are, looking just the same on the outside, transformed on the inside.”

An Invitation to Warriorship is March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. $30. Warriors for the Human Spirit is on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $155. Best to register by March 7 as seating is limited, by visiting cstudies.royalroads.ca or calling 250-391-2513 or 1-866-890-0220.