Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 15

Week ending 12/26/2020

We are All One. Everything We are doing, We are doing in concert with each other. Our reality is a co-created reality.

Neale Donald Walsch

Who ever said that unity had to be comfortable?

Michael Harrington, Animating Director of Amplifire Project


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

There’s always talk about how divided we are, as one political party or faction or another, as a nation, as a species. I understand it, I even agree with it on a certain level, some of the time. However, I have always had this knowing of how connected everything is and it is a lifelong frustration of mine that so many other people don’t know or won’t acknowledge this. It seems like an obvious reality to me and something life is constantly showing me. Why can’t everyone see it?

And then I listened to our Animating Director, Michael Harrington’s year end talk and blessing and when he said, “who ever said that unity had to be comfortable?” I began wondering if maybe this is why people can’t fathom our oneness. Have we been thinking that unity should be comfortable?

I’ve learned that our unwillingness to endure discomfort is actually an obstacle to unity. What’s more is often what we are clinging to is a false comfort; a comfort where we pretend to agree with each other or avoid conflict in order to keep the peace. This false comfort and false peace is what really keeps us separate. It is only when we learn to express our disagreements effectively that we are able to learn from each other and expose the deeper levels where we are connected.

This is why I feel it is so important to find the courage to have these difficult conversations. To talk about how we are feeling as well as what we are thinking; To share our vulnerabilities and our struggles as well as our strengths and gifts; To ask questions as well as share our knowledge.

My wish is for Amplifire Project to be a safe place for all of the above and a diverse community where there is something for everyone. However, I can’t make that happen on my own. The only thing I can do is keeping showing up to listen and learn as well as share my own truth here. If that is something you also might want to do in 2021, feel free to write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com and let’s talk about it.

A Year End Goal

It may be unrealistic but we are sticking to a goal we made awhile ago of having 100 Subscribers to our YouTube channel by the end of 2020 (we are currently at 46). It is free to subscribe. If you have already subscribed, please consider sharing the channel or our videos with friends and asking them to do the same.

You can also join our Facebook Group or follow us on Twitter where we hope you will generously share our content as well.

As always we appreciate your support and encouragement.

On the Amplifire Project Blog

In Anxiety Antidotes, Lorie introduces us to her friend, Holistic Health Practitioner and Author, Chris Cravens and their video discussion and demonstration of techniques to get us out of the “flight or fight” mode.

In her show notes for “Ask Jesse” Episode 31“, Victoria talks about one of her favorite Todd Rundgren songs and shares resources and links about the subjects she and Jesse discussed during the episode.

Victoria also wrote a poem for empaths, entitled, “The Tender Heart“.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri got curious about how context and culture affect our political perceptions in Psychedelic Politics.

From the Blog Archives, revisit a piece by physical therapist and mom, Melissa Mayer about Talking To Our Children Without Saying A Word.

On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

Our Animating Director, Youth Minister, Michael Harrington offered a profound and hopeful holiday message and blessing.

On this week’s episode of “Ask Jesse”, Jesse and Victoria talk about the latest Covid relief bill, the plot twist of Trump demanding much needed $2000 stimulus checks and how left activists movements might achieve more victories and momentum in the future.

Here’s a clip where Jesse explains how it is possible to push lawmakers more left:

And here’s Lorie’s conversation with Chris Cravens and a demonstration of one of her techniques for relieving anxiety and finding balance:

On the Amplifire Project Facebook Group

We hope you have or will join our community at facebook.com/groups/AmplifireProject and please feel free to share content to and from this public group. Here’s some of what was shared this past week:

Jesse shared this “sharp piece” by Benjamin Studebaker on: Jimmy Dore, AOC, and Medicare-For-All Strategy

Kerri prefaced the sharing of an Interview with American labor leader and founding director of Working America, Karen Nussbaum, with these thoughtful words:

Note – there are some political choices I don’t agree with in this interview, but I think it shows we can don’t have to always agree on everything to still have shared goals and that we can unite in action as women, men, any race, any political leaning, any class.

Victoria shared this livestream holiday talk by spiritual leader and former presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson in which she said, among many other inspiring things, that “the salvation of the world is a collaborative effort”.

Action Items

In an effort to keep this newsletter organized and further promote action items, we have given them their own page. We will just be sharing the newest items with you each week here.

I sincerely urge everyone to contact your representatives and demand that Congress get their act together in providing a stand alone bill for direct cash relief of $2,000/month retroactive to the start of this pandemic and lasting at least until the worst of it is over.

Sign The petition asking House Progressives to #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All Now – This country needs Medicare for all now. A floor vote is the absolute least we must demand. The progressive movement has shown huge support for this idea and we want to know: Will you stand up to Democratic Party leadership when we need it the most?

We would welcome your sharing of your efforts and experiences with taking action on these items. We also invite you to submit your own action items for consideration of being published in this newsletter. Please send all correspondence to Victoria@amplifireproject.com

You can also post your action items on our moderated Facebook Group.

On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:

Learn more about our growing team of contributors here.

Thank you for listening and Happy Holidays from us all.

Amplifire Project

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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