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Harold Linde Harold Linde producer. creator. storyteller.

Film producer Harold Linde creates stories for our culture about living in harmony with the planet. [www.freetheslaves.net]

I like my word. It has three double consonants in it. I invented it myself.

The inspiration comes from the more masculine “Godspeed” – may God prosper (you); a salutation of success – another word I like.

As an adult, I often find myself drawn to wise women – those connected to their intuition and the sublime vastness that lies beyond it. Maybe this is because I don’t remember having much of that as a child.

When I look around the world today as an adult I see so many of our decisions guided by a misaligned masculine drive to control and consume.

We need more feminine wisdom in our lives. I know I do.

My word also reminds me of a bygone era when men like Sir Richard Francis Burton sought out the source of the Nile by going into the parts of their maps that had been left blank.

I guess I was born with an explorer’s disposition. Three days after graduating from college I was on a plane to Hong Kong. A camp of Vietnamese “boat people” needed teachers. Some inner guidance system had led me there.

Then I was off to Burma, then Rwanda, to Cambodia, and eventually Minnesota. Not just to see new places, but to do something while there. I changed bandages. Taught human rights. Trained environmental activists. Stood up against ravenous corporations.

I volunteered with the Peace Corps. I worked for the UN. I guess Kirk, Luke, and the Doctor (Who) never seemed like fiction to me. Their stories of epic adventures required my own heroic efforts.

So I charged, forward.

After two decades, my questing started to turn inward. Tools of internal exploring – like shamanism and spiritual psychology – became my compass. I delved into the real heart of darkness: my own. The descent was long and excruciating. Fortunately, there was eventually light behind the despair.

These days, I start each day by calling that light in. As I cultivate the divine, that part of myself I’m told resides inside each of us, I notice my own native land looking more and more foreign. Vast parking lots surrounding high-volume super-stores. Fast food drive-thrus. Range Rovers.

Where am I?

Meanwhile, the inner route I’m following keeps getting less and less defined. I have no idea where I’m going. But that somehow seems the point.

So Goddesspeed to everyone embarked on this journey with me.

Goddesspeed to us all.

– Harold Linde

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