I had a dream: in February 2012 to start a centre for conscious lawyers.
What happened: 7 months later I launched the Centre for Integrative Law.
I had a dream I could one day meet Kim Wright, author of ABA best-seller Lawyers as Peacemakers. I emailed Kim on 7 June 2012.
What happened: Kim flew to Cape Town 3 months later to help me launch the Centre for Integrative Law and co host South Africa’s 1st Integrative Law Conference on 27 September 2012.
Here’s part of my first email to Kim:
Please let me know if you’d be willing to collaborate with me, all the way out here in South Africa. I’m struggling to get this “thing” to take form – but I can see that the right sort of people, in fact a powerful network of influential people are starting to come into my sphere.
I can’t wait to read your book – is it available on Kindle? I might try that although I must say I still like to hold an actual book in my hands! I would love to connect with you.
This is me and Kim, tired but glowing after hosting our conference.
I had a dream I could meet someone who saw the changes needed in the legal profession like I do.
What happened: I found Kim online and a a few weeks later, I discovered Pauline Tesler, Director of the Integrative Law Institute in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be in Canada in July and found that San Fran was a 2 hour flight so I hopped over to meet Pauline, who shares my views on transforming the legal profession to an almost uncanny degree. I’m planning Pauline’s trip to South Africa next year to provide training in Collaborative Divorce and neuro-literacy for lawyers as well as general training in Integrative Law.
I had a dream I could make some more friends who see the world like I do.
What happened: After reading every post I’ve ever written on this blog, Laly Mourenon from Monaco wrote me the most charming fan letter I’m ever likely to receive. Laly is a conscious lawyer wishing to spread the Integrative Law Movement across Europe. Laly and I are going on holiday together in December so that we can meet and talk about Integrative Law worldwide. Laly is half French and half Italian, and our plans to spread Integrative Law across Europe might be the reason the Universe ensured I chose to learn French and Italian despite growing up on the tip of Africa with no ancestors from either place.
Introducing Laly Mourenon – you’ll be hearing a lot more about her.
I had a dream I could go to Bali.
What happened: I’ve booked a flight and an antique Balinese “joglo” house for 5 weeks for the end of this year. Laly will be with me for 10 days before I become more of a yogi hermit and retreat in this paradise in the ricefields.
I’m learning that dreams really can come true. And all that stuff about “if you can dream it you can do it” actually have substance. Focusing one’s intention is a very powerful thing. (I attach this link, it’s not the best description of the difference between wishing for something and setting an intention, but it’s a good start.)
I have become aware that my powers of manifestation have increased to a startling degree. It’s not exactly like The Secret, where a guy thinking about a Ferrari suddenly finds one in his living room, but enough that I am quite startled by what’s appearing and so are those close to me who are witnessing it.
I choose to use this power for good. In fact, I believe that it can only be used for good. The Universe only helps out if it is for the highest purpose that something occurs.
When all these wondrous things started happening, it felt like everything was moving faster and faster and I did a little too much. I went to Tanzania for work in early September, where I conducted two simulated court cases:
Followed by a 4am start in Dar es Salaam and flight after flight until I arrived for a family wedding in France. It was the most beautiful wedding in the world – although it did require 8 hour work days for a week to pull it off! I can now add “international boules tournament organiser” to my CV.
This was followed immediately by delayed planes and 2 nights of little sleep in airport hotels (and bed bugs!) – which meant I actually missed Kim Wright’s arrival in Cape Town! But I made it in time to attend the 3 day Barrett conference in Cape Town, which was a glorious feast of ideas around raising individual, organisational and collective consciousness. Many tears were shared in open discussion as people were so profoundly moved. Kim and I presented on mindful or conscious contracts, a new movement in the way lawyers draft agreements.
Here I am with Gita Bellin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural transformation using her 50 years of study of Eastern and Western disciplines to assist people and organisations with Conscious Evolution.
A few days after the Barrett conference, Kim and I planned and then hosted South Africa’s 1st Integrative Law Conference, which I will write about properly in a separate post. Below you can see lawyers Alan Nelson, Mervyn Malamed and in the background, Advocate Jacques Joubert and law student Byron Schwartz.
This was followed by a road show of meetings in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria with Kim.
Here’s Kim and me meeting Judge Jody Kollapen.
What an incredible adventure it has been. These events and meetings have been extraordinary. I am profoundly grateful at the enthusiastic response and support Kim and I received wherever we went and spoke about the Integrative Law Movement. However, I tried to fit too much into this short space of time and my health suffered so that by mid October I was flattened. I’m working at a less frenetic pace now and trusting the Centre for Integrative Law will unfold as it should even if I don’t leap on and off planes and bang away at emails until late at night. And if this post is a little overdue, I’m not sweating the small stuff.
As I plan the next Integrative Lawyer workshop for 6 December I am aware that I cannot talk about balance or fulfilment or personal/professional alignment if I’m in poor health! I must walk my talk. There is enough time for everything.
When I look at all this year has brought me, I am amazed and astounded at my privilege, when so many are living in abject poverty and despair. I work often with the 7 levels of consciousness and am becoming increasingly aware that to be able to focus one’s time on how to be of service to humanity is a gift beyond measure – when so many are struggling with daily survival. I’m still figuring out what this all means for the way I shall choose to live my life going forward – and I wonder who will walk this journey with me as my life changes and my priorities change. But that’s a big topic!
Just for today, I shall hold immense gratitude for what has transpired thus far and keep my eyes open for what the Universe would like me to do next.