Why Guinea Pig C?
Living an Integral Life in a non Integral world has its own challenges. In 1927, at the age of 32, my hero, Buckminster Fuller set out to use himself as a scientific experiment designed to discover “what a healthy young male human of average size, experience, and capability with an economically dependent wife and newborn child, starting without capital or any kind of wealth, cash savings, account monies, credit, or university degree, could effectively do that could not be done by great nations or great private enterprise to lastingly improve the physical protection and support of all human lives, at the same time removing undesirable restraints and improving individual initiatives of any and all humans aboard our planet Earth.” (page 124, Critical Path, by R.Buckminster Fuller) He called himself the experiment, Guinea Pig B (for Bucky)
While I do not profess to even come close to the measure of Buckminster Fuller, his journey of integrity inspires me. Guinea Pig C (for Christine) is my attempt to document how I live in integrity against the tide. My hope is that you find inspiration from this.
I am 50, my daughter is at University, and I have only a 5 kg dog that depends on me. I do have a degree, and I have little capital. My real wealth is my mind, heart and physical health, plus the incredible relationships I have with amazing people world wide.
My personal intrinsic motivation in all that I do is to inspire, teach, support as many people as possible towards their own comprehensive integrity. In plain English, this means to move people ever closer towards expressing their own truth, and the unique gifts they have to offer the world in service to the greater health of all sentient beings and the greater environment called Universe.
The struggle I have had in my life has been to find the sweet spot between living in integrity and having that be profitable. I am not alone in this struggle. Many people are laying down the track to living an Integral Life in a world that is not, and in this process to redefine the way we experience, receive and accept value.
It is up to us, the pioneers and integral scouts to lay down the track, to experiment, fail and go again into the fray. The world of money and profit for its own sake is like a giant magnet that keeps sucking us back. There is a requirement for “success”, and not just any success, but for success to look a particular way. Lots of money, all the accoutrements of money, the car, clothes, homes and travel schedule. Unless this kind of success is evident, few people reach any kind of credibility, with the exception of a few messiah’s like Gandhi or Mandela.
Bucky set an incredible example of living an Integral Life way ahead of his time, as usual. He only pulled it off through a rigorous application of personal self disciplines.
In my personal blog (Buckminster Fuller called it a chronofile) I will be writing about this journey as Guinea Pig C , living in Integrity against the tide.
The purpose is to share what works, what does not, and hopefully to offer inspiration and some level of fast tracking for people wishing to undertake a similar journey of living an Integral Life.
I will also at times have other people on a similar journey share their experiences.
Part of my own journey, you will discover, is to be open and honest. One of my very favourite and most used quotes comes from “A Course In Miracles”. “In my vulnerability I am invulnerable.”
I have always believed, rightly or wrongly, that the sharing of my soul allows people to travel the journey with me in a way that is far more inclusive and supportive than if I held back. In seeing all of me, the good and the weak, people feel safe to be themselves, and this allows them to participate in a way that supports their own experience. It is also a way that I ensure that no one mistakes me for someone that I am not.
Come join me…and..as always, your comments and feedback, stories and lessons, are received with gratitude.