Looking back over 2003, there have been some very significant events across
the Template Network - the theatre festival in Holland, a colour exhibition
in Copenhagen, theatre performance in London and the purchase of a homestead
in Tennessee, as well as many other not less significant activities within many
projects. The network extends to fifteen countries with over forty projects
ranging from education, the arts, science, health and bereavement, theatre,
children and research. In the same way as the young child’s growth is
rapid and measurable, so each year the young development that the network is
demonstrates consistent and tangible growth.
The Topaz magazine was inspired in 2000 by a vision or an image of what the
future might look like if we as a human race might pause and listen and respond
differently to what is happening. How many of us have experienced a moment when
we have stopped from our frantic, going-on, habitual pace to find a different
sanity, perception, feeling or knowing that was already there, but which we
couldn’t hear before? Our times are like this. If we can only quieten
down there are images and feelings to be sensed, that beckon us from the dawning
of a new time. As W.B Yeats wrote: ‘We can make our minds so like still
waters, that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own
images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer
life because of our quiet’. Quietness is difficult to achieve these days,
but somehow very necessary if we are to hear and live more fulfilling lives.
All the projects and endeavours written about in the Topaz have one thing in
common. They are all wanting to moved by and undertaken with a feeling and knowing
about a new tomorrow.
We wish you a prosperous New Year.