Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formally Marcia E. Rosen), New Horizons Small “Zones Of Peace” Project Executive Director and Founder.
A personal and professional blog exploring the vision behind the New
Horizons ZOP and how it reflects my journey from blindness to recovery.
“I wear a thousand masks – and all of them are me.”
Anastasia, the storyteller, with editor, Marge Hulburt, prepare for a storytelling event at New Horizons Harpers Ferry Retreat Center, July, 2006.
Anastasia Rosen-Jones (formerly Marcia E. Rosen) is a retired psychotherapist with more than thirty-five years in the mental health field. Now a community development and violence prevention coach, consultant and trainer, she is the author of five books in progress, including "The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard" and numerous articles.
Anastasia makes her home in the mountains above Harpers Ferry where she is happily nested with the birds, the trees and the squirrels. She is at her most fulfilled watching the sunset from the deck of her home -- and/or -- sitting around a campfire in the woods telling and listening to stories.
In his passing, as in his life, Murat showed
all of us who called ourselves his “students” a certain and highly disciplined
pathway to Divine connection. With patience and persistence he guided us as to
how we might live abundantly, individually and collectively, with or without
material riches. At its foundation his legacy is one that is as earthbound and practical as it has
been lofty in the learning.
The earthbound and practicalwere always prime agendas for New Horizons. Through New
Horizons’ relationship with Murat and his community of students in Vernon,
B.C., this organization that I founded and direct advanced its capacity as an,
already impactful, community development approach. Originally focusing on
overcoming relationship and personality addictions, with Murat’s tutelage, we
evolved a non-chemical addiction treatment model into a broad-application, community
development and violence prevention model.
We moved beyond solving
problems, handling, at times, the worst tendencies such as domestic violence
and threatened suicides and homicides, to reaching for possibilities. We
shifted our priorities from treating co-dependency problems to guiding individuals and groups to the higher planes
of human attainment.
Training in community unity-building and
conversation skills replaced Inner Child and trauma work with collective
problem solving skills. Overcoming cultural divisions; interfaith disparity,
racial separation, civic and political differences, as well as national and
international cultural bridge-building, became our focus.
personally, however, given the circumstances of my blindness, at the time Murat
came into our lives, spiritual development was critical, if not primary. Blind, I was living in the realm of the seriously challenged. An advanced spiritual life, as Murat taught
it, based on his Abkhazian heritage, within the framework of a healthy
community life suited me as an extraordinary gift. Most significantly, within
Kebzeh community I could be a student rather than a teacher; a much needed
respite at this time in my life.
The story of how these riches came to be
realized can be found at this link, as excerpted from Murat’s most recent book,
Ahmsta Kebzeh: The Science of Universal Awe, Volume II. We hope you will
read this contribution of our’s to Murat’s final book. And, draw inspiration
from it so that you can share with us the adventure to the collective potential,
now, awaiting us. New Horizons’ blog site is, additionally, abundant in
articles and guidance on how to apply the principles we derived from Murat’s
teachings to everyday life.
We are pledged, now, along with our many
Kebzeh sisters and brothers, world-wide, to honor Murat’s life by following his
example, daring, fearlessly, to embrace our fullest human potential. Diane
Wilson, one of Murat’s closest and most devoted students, expressed this shared
commitment, thus –
“….one day you (meaning Murat) will
say with joy, "These are the seeds I planted and they have claimed their
Murat, Kebzeh tradition equates “birthright” with “fullest
Our promise is made. The riches of the inheritance provided.
are we to realize this grand potential?
to Murat and the traditions of his Abkhazian heritage, I believe we will need
to live it, to dance it to create it.
ask myself how to do this, I am reminded of Murat’s “Seven Ways To Knowledge." I will begin looking here
for answers to my query. Then go on to wherever else I can find them. The answers will reveal themselves, if I stay open to them, I trust.