Understanding the political systems and situations (East and West) is essential to shift into an alternative paradigm. I learnt about different political concepts, philosophies and their influences. We reflected on the world’s history with different leadership methods, the impact from the West to the East and different traditions/ideas from the East. Even there were some great Eastern political concepts, they failed through modernisation and changes of beliefs. I’m sure we can change our system through the power of people who work on alternative ways of living. A lot of alternative projects and movements already exists. We are on the way!
I learnt many things: I feel more trust, more confident and braver, the Vision Quest has been very important for me on this level; I developed compassion for people, even for people that struggle with me or I struggle with, and I love everyone equally, which is equanimity; I strengthened my commitment for the earth, for the needed changes in the world, which is something quite dear to me; I have new ways of seeing the world, due to all the different perspectives from participants, and of the planet; I think I experienced something close to true happiness during the training, and from that I can see the direction and the vision. It’s not always there, you have to work on it constantly, but I got a taste of that.
The change in myself is as important as the change outside. By changing myself is no less important that doing big campaigning work.
I got to learn the importance of being mindful and self awareness – knowing who you really are, learning how to heal yourself before reaching out to help others
It was incredible how much space the facilitators gave to us, and how much knowledge came from the group – the stories that were shared, the experiences that were shared, based on everyone’s own individual work, and how through facilitation, those stories and experiences came together, and all participants became teachers through that. That was really empowering for me as a participant – realising that participants are also teachers.
I liked the program because I could bear witness to lots of beautiful moments in many people, and oftentimes that was when I observed people really expressing themselves with authenticity.
When you look at each of us, we ourselves are the products of our culture, our nation, our education, our life struggles, and we brought that to the classroom, so the learning from each other was very rich. I found this is where knowledge really comes from.
One of the most important aspects for me has been how everything we learnt here is all interrelated. Learning worldview is where my own journey began, growing up in a consumer world but not knowing what was really underneath it. During our learning journey we got to spend time in nature by ourselves, explore our own inner healing, mindfulness and meditation. These all helped connect to this sense of interconnectedness and acknowledging that there is not just one path, there are many paths.
When I decided to join ALT, it was from this overwhelming sense of separation – I couldn’t connect to people although I am an extrovert. So my sense of love has grown in suprising ways. All of us are here with a common hunger to transform ourselves, and we can only do this in community, walking hand in hand together.
This experience was the most deeply I have felt that I was myself. It was a real gift to have the space to be myself, and I got a stronger conviction to work towards what I love and what I fear. In the West we talk a lot about doing what you love, but it’s also important to get closer and embrace what I am afraid of.
The more powerful learning modules were the ones where I became more aware of myself. I found no competition or judgement, so it allowed me to express my opinion, and that empowered me.