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Your Unfolding Path
December 2000

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by Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.

Carol Adrienne's work and teachings have been a great inspiration to me!  In August of 1998, about four months after my father passed away, I read about one of Carol's workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the bookstore.  The themes of her teachings were familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before his passing.  Her books and workshops ignited my spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path, which led to the very creation of SoulfulLiving.com!  Carol's participation has been an integral part of SoulfulLiving.com, at its soul level!  Thank you, Carol, with all my heart!
~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com

"What You Can Do"

December seems to bring out the philosophical in many of us, when we aren’t busy shopping, cooking, making lists, or generally scurrying. Writing this column is a wonderful stimulus for me to review what has been catching my attention in the past few weeks. I’m grateful for this newsletter because it gives me a chance to integrate some of the rich images in the flow of my daily life. What about you? What are you picking up? Besides overdoses of election-madness and assorted holiday commitments?

I’ll share two ideas that caught my attention that remind me of how important it is that we show up in life, and that we remember that simple measures and small personal actions can have hugely profound long-term effects, both personally and globally.

Educate Girls Globally

The first idea is from an article by San Francisco Chronicle journalist, Joan Ryan jryan@sfchronicle.com, entitled "In Countries Where Girl Power is Nourished." She refers to a research paper written by Yale economics Professor T. Paul Schultz, which proposes that developing nations ought to spend more money educating girls than educating boys because it produced a higher rate of return. Schultz notes that "birthrates drop, infant mortality drops, maternal mortality drops, overall health increases, the incidence of AIDS drops, more women enter the workforce, wages increase 10 to 20 percent for each additional year of school, educated mothers are more likely to have educated children—all of which contribute to a stronger economy."

Economists from the World Bank as well as the International Monetary Fund agree that educating girls would vastly help to close the gap between rich and poor nations. The Grameen Bank, an innovative Bangladesh organization, is already committed to making "micro-loans" to impoverished people who want to start their own businesses. The bank director was quoted as saying, "When men were given a chance, they started dreaming about themselves. When women got a chance, they started dreaming about their family and community."

Think-tank founder, A.Lawrence Chickering, a libertarian-conservative in San Francisco, has teamed up with Alvin Duskin, a liberal-leaning entrepreneur, to create an international organization devoted solely to promoting girls’ education in developing countries—Educate Girls Globally (EGG). They launched their first program in Pakistan, where EGG is developing a scholarship program for a million Punjabi girls, and aim to expand into South America and other countries.

If this is an exciting idea to you, and you’ve been wondering what you can do to make a contribution, why not see how you could get involved!

The second thing that caught my attention recently is the movie, Billy Elliott, about an eleven-year-old boy in a coal-mining town in Northern England who has a flame within him that wants to dance. The most important character to me, besides Billy, was the raggedy, chain-smoking, local ballet teacher, who takes Billy under her wing. It’s her gritty, non-compromising influence that says to him when he’s ready to give in to the small-town violence and repression which surrounds his life, "Get up! I said get up! Do it again. Do it again."

The movie vividly reminded me of two things. The first is that our life purpose lives within us, often emerging at an early age, and that so often we must depend upon the support of others to help us develop it. And secondly, that even when people appear to have a not very glamorous role in their own lives (Billy once called the dance teacher a "failure and a has-been"), they may still be a key element in the blossoming of another soul. We can’t judge ourselves by our "covers." Everything we do or say counts, and may have ramifications we never even realize. Billy nearly forgets to thank is teacher for her role in his life. Is there anyone you can think of, to whom you owe a note of thanks for seeing to it that you’ve stayed on your path?

So be well, my friends, during this beautiful season. Give the gift of yourself to all those who share some time with you.


Carol Adrienne, Ph.D., is an internationally-known workshop facilitator and author whose books have been translated into over fifteen languages. Her books include The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, and Uncommon Sense; Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life, and The Numerology Kit. She also co-authored with James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide and The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision--An Experiential Guide.


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