What people really need and demand from life is not wealth, comfort or esteem but games worth playing. -Thomas Szasz
 
 
 
 

 All questions of religion and ethics are really questions as to what are optimal game rules. 

-Alan Watts 

 
 
 

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

-Plato

 

"All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of  mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 
 
 

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

-Anais Nin

 
 
 

We work on ourselves then, in order to help others. And we help others as a vehicle for working on ourselves.

-Ram Dass

 
 
 

The purpose of Human life is the evolutionary development of each human individual. Therefore the purpose of society is the education and empowerment of its individuals. 

-Robert Thurman

 
 
 
 

A vision without a task is but a dream. 
A task without a vision is but drudgery. 
A vision joined with a task is the hope of the world. 

-Anonymous 

 

Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet.

-George Leonard 

 
 

The ideal social unit is a group small enough to allow intense face to face interaction, one in which members participate voluntarily, and in which each person can contribute to a common goal by doing what he or she does best.

-Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi

 

If you dream alone, it's just a dream.
When we dream together, it's reality!

-Brazilian folk song

 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. -Thoreau 
 
 
 
 

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

-Confucius

 
 

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of 
our civilization.

-Gandhi

 
 
 
 

Where do we put our time, our strength, our creativity, our love?  We must look at our life without sentimentality, exaggeration, or idealism. Does what we are choosing reflect what we most deeply value?

--Jack Kornfield

 

Don't worry about what the world wants from you, worry about what makes you come alive. Because what the world really needs is people who are alive.
-Lawrence LeShan

The Healing Carnival
Playing towards a world that works for everyone!  

What the heck is The Healing Carnival?

The Healing Carnival is a way of building community through the arts. We interplay juggling, dance, percussion and song in a shimmering pulsing flow. On another level we’re a grassroots social change movement, cultivating a transformation of character throughout society. The Healing Carnival is also  a metaphor for life—an adaptable strategy for liberating our highest human potentials. 

This website is an archive of writings that describe the work of the Healing Carnival in greater depth. Here you'll also find a collection of great essays and poems that inspire our efforts.

If you want to experience the Healing Carnival directly, come to one of our training camps or invite us to visit your neighborhood! If you'd like to stay in touch with our unfolding, send us your e-mail address and we'll send you occasional updates. 

The Healing Carnival 
www.twinoaks.org/carnival
email: seedsofharmony (at) gmail (dot) com
434 361 0154

This web site is still under construction. Here's an overview:

SOWING SEEDS OF HARMONY is our multicultural songbook and resource guide for Grassroots Dojo builders. Eventually the book will be available in its entirety on this site. For now we have the introduction and some other singing resources here.

JUGGLING AND THE HEALING CARNIVAL describes our project in greater depth. I (Craig) also share my own personal journey in relation to this vision. 

INTENTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS is an early expression of the ethical vision that underlies this project. 

INITIATION INTO THE JUGGLING LIFE is a (partial) translation of our introductory juggling workshop into cyberspace. We'd love for folks to take these instructions for a spin. Let us know how it went! 

ZEN AND THE ART OF JUGGLING  is a view of the Path of Juggling written by a friend our ours, Devon Sproule. 

JUGGLEDANCE lays out the basics of our approach to juggling in sync to music. 

THE WAY OF FLOW- a summary and application of the theory of Flow, with extensive quotes from the work of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. 

ON THE ETHICS OF EROS is a rumination on the nature of Ethics and the possibility of an ethic based on joy and spontaneity. 

WHAT ARE WE? is an essay addressed to members of Twin Oaks Community (written when I lived there). In it I explore the community's evolution from its original utopian vision.. 

THE JUGGLING SHOP  Herein you'll find photos and descriptions of the juggling equipment we make, featuring our revolutionary invention, the Jugglebelt! 

RECOMMENDED READINGS is an annotated list of useful books relating to our project. 
 
 

SOURCE TEXTS and CORE MYTHS

Here are some pieces by other writers that illuminate different facets of our project. (Some of these titles are links to different web sites than this one. To return here from them, just click on the "Back" icon on your navigator): 

CARNIVAL: A MODEL FOR CULTURE by Brian Eno. The sensibility of the Healing Carnival is succinctly evoked in this potent little essay.

GLOBAL VILLAGE GATHERINGS  by Mark Sommer. A brilliant challenge to the political left to move from protest to creation.

TO LOVE THE MARIGOLD- THE POLITICS OF IMAGINATION by Susan Griffin

THE JOURNEY TO THE EAST   excerpts from Herman Hesse's profound novel. 

IS IT SERIOUS? by Alan Watts. This essay offers a thrilling exercise in creative mythology. 

THE GREAT GAMING HOUSE by Kelly Yeaton. A provocative vision of participatory theater as a vehicle for transformation. 

THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF WAR by William James.  This essay, almost 100 years old now, offers a trenchant and inspiring vision of the road ahead for humankind as we struggle to grow beyond war!

A BETTER GAME THAN WAR an interview with Robert Fuller that updates nicely on James' essay.

WHY TRIBE- by Gary Snyder

THE ONES WHO WALKED AWAY FROM OMELAS by Ursula K. LeGuin

LESSONS FROM GEESE by Angeles Arraign 

THE PARABLE OF THE TRIBES by Andrew Schmookler

 

OUR TREASURE TROVE OF QUOTES is a collection of wisdom nuggets that illuminate our undertaking. 

SOME FAVORITE POEMS