There are many avenues of personal empowerment available in today’s world–but none of them mean anything unless we put our abilities into service for other people. This teacher of powerful medicine ways shares his insights about the power of making ourselves available to people, and the path of humanity toward service and compassion. “If I could choose what would be really healthy for our communities, for our country, for our circumstances,” says Boyd, “it would be a dramatic increase in empathy. That’s a part of the natural human capacity that’s lacking right now.” Liberally spiced with reminiscences about the great Native American medicine man Mad Bear and others, this dialogue offers wisdom and heart felt inspiration for a more meaning-oriented life.
Boyd is co-director of The Cross-Cultural Institute in Manhattan, and author of Rolling Thunder (Dell 1974) and Mad Bear (Simon & Schuster 1994).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Empowerment for effective social activism
- Cultivating our natural personal power
- Why a spirit of service is needed in seeking personal empowerment
- Boyd’s original contact with Mad Bear
- Mad Bear’s party for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
- The humor and mischief of the medicine man
- The significance of “circle work”
- Moving beyond self-centeredness, to a sense of the collective self
- Seeing in a spiritual sense–as cultivating empathy and open-mindedness
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 3/31/1995 Program Number: 2520