A Subud member has brought to our attention at SICA-USA this story about a member of a family with a historic Subud connection.
The linked Guardian story (click on the photo) is about Rosanna Arquette being one of the first women to step forward and reveal the predatory nature of film executive Harvey Weinstein and how it has affected her life and career. It touches on charitable work, her family, gender issues and there are several important quotes, including one about the nature of the #MeToo movement in which Rosanna says, aptly:
“The next step is the healing,” she says. To this end, she is “constantly” working on her trauma in therapy, and “talking with other women all the time, every day” about their experiences. Don’t these conversations require her to dwell in the moment of abuse?“It’s not dwelling,” she says. “It’s still really new. And we have to be diligent and on top of it at all times, because I think men think this is a phase women are going through, and we’re here to tell you, this is never going away. So many women have been abused, and it’s been normalised. We can’t normalise this. It’s not normal!” (The bold is our emphasis.)
In the effort to decide what news is under the auspices of SICA-USA, the dialog with the long-time Subud member who sent the link included their notion that:
I must say that I am unsure what the purpose of publishing this article in SICA News might be. If the idea is to prove how terrible are the risks in working in the movie industry, then we know that! If we publish it with a question about what SICA (or Subud) might do to help and support members trying to make a career in such an environment, then that might make some sense, but perhaps that should wait until SICA has some real commitment, “has made an intention”, to do something! As I pointed out the purpose of sending this to SICA was to try to give some tangible rationale to explain why Bapak proposed what he did as a function of SICA, in particular SICA USA in California.
The rationale for it is quite clear. Through the latihan, Subud is truly a brotherhood of humanity (OK, in California a “sisterhood” or something), of all of humanity, and we need to express that though the love and care we give to each other outside of doing the latihan. So, being a member is not about going to latihan, saying “Hi” to everyone and then going home. Subud is not something limited to the individual. It is a latihan of the whole of humanity. We have Subud children going to schools where the teachers know nothing about the true nature and inner qualities of the children under their care, so we need to start schools where the teachers are helpers and have received the latihan. We have older members who find it difficult to get to latihan or who need a place where the latihan can come to them, and they are regularly in touch with helpers, and (in the case in point) we have Subud members whose inner lives are effectively ruined by the nature of the work they are doing and the environment they live in!
This is what the Wings are for. Not to help those who do not need it, but to help the members with real needs. To do that the Wings need to bring the members who work or live in each of the environments we have Wings for – Culture/Arts; Business; Health; Social Work; Youth and they each make an Association of members that they register and where some can provide funding, others inner support, others outer support to those Subud members who need it (identified by local centers and helpers, and all supported of course by funding from the main Association including MSF and Subud enterprises). All that is needed to start is an understanding of the objective and a statement of a firm intention. That’s all you need to start. Then, once you have collected your Association of members in the Culture and Arts that group of members can come up with programs and projects according to need and inner guidance, that’s it!
Is this dialog important to you? Do you think this is worthy cultural news? Is it what you expect from SICA-USA? Comments are welcome, as is cultural news with a Subud angle. Feel free to respond to the weekly Saturday email from SICA-USA and thanks for reading.