Street Wisdom Reflections

By Chris Sollett

What happened?  This 90-minute session was very gracefully led by Fiona, there were 6 of us. Fiona took us through the tune-ups, and straight away people started to notice feeling present, grateful and relaxed.

What did you learn? My question was “How can I be useful?” which has been on my mind quite regularly this year (Covid) and also resulting from my decision a couple of years ago to stop making a living in corporate events. I realized that I was getting a bit old for the travel, the long hours and the resulting stress. But how can I be useful in today’s world? A 58-year-old, white male – yes, pale, male and stale – although I really don’t want to be stale. Who would?

After tuning up, my walk took me out across the descampo. There’s a custom here, that if people are clearing out ‘rubbish’ they tend to leave things out by the bins – in case they may be of use to others. It’s a good tradition, I like it. Recycling and upcycling the old – gave me some optimism that I still may be of use, despite my age, despite my grey hairs, despite the fact that the world has changed. I may still be of use.

How can you use what you learned? I’ve been interested in old technologies for some time now. Not that I have anything against the new technologies, not at all. But looking to the past may be of great benefit. The old technologies, of fire, language, ritual, divination. I feel more confident that these can serve us. (#Streetwisdom is a good example) I feel motivated to continue my study of the arcane and the esoteric. These things still carry their own stigma and taboo, but I’ll not let that stop me.

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

by Street Wisdom R&D, Chris Sollett.