: a part or step in a process: one part in a series of related events or actions
: a short period of time during which a person behaves in a particular way or likes a particular thing
: the shape of the part of the moon that is visible at different times during a month



Phase (v.): “to synchronize,” 1895, from phase (n.). Meaning “to carry out gradually” is from 1949, hence phase inintroduce gradually” (1954), phase out (1954).

Phase (n.): 1705, “phase of the moon,” back-formed as a singular from Modern Latin phases, plural of phasis, from Greek phasisappearance” (of a star), from stem of phaineinto show, to make appear” (related to: phantasm). Latin singular phasis was used in English from 1660. Non-lunar application is first attested 1841. Meaning “temporary difficult period” (especially of adolescents) is attested from 1913.




“As I enter a new phase of life and my circle broadens, I start learning new things.”

Kapil Dev (b. Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj in 1959, cricket coach; former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup; and one of the greatest all-founders of all time)

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“Sometimes, you have to go through a phase whether you like it or not.”

Tina Weymouth (b. 1950, best known as the bassist in the band, “The Talking Heads” and co-creator for the Tom Tom Club and The Heads)

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“After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history.”

Hans Kung (b. 1928, Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author; president of the Foundation for a Global Ethic; notable for his rejection of the doctrine of “papal infallibility”)

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“Many of us are experiencing a phase of change, shedding outdated patterns and liberating ourselves from the old by moving on to the new. The year 2012 is an important one for mankind, a pivotal year. The potential for this exists in the mere fact that the majority of us are yearning for change.”

Shari Arison (b. 1957, American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist; daughter of Mina Arison Sapir and American-Israeli businessman Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines)

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“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

Noam Chomsky (b. 1928, linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, social critic, and political activist)

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“Every phase of our life belongs to us. The moon does not, except in appearance, lose her first thin, luminous curve, not her silvery crescent, in rounding to her full. The woman is still both child and girl, in the completeness of womanly character.”

Lucy Larcom (1824-1893, American poet, abolitionist, and teacher)

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“Over the years, I learnt how to strike a balance between both my lives and give quality time to my passion as well as to my family. Yes, it is tiring at times, and every working woman goes through the phase.”

Malaika Arora Khan (b. 1973, Indian actress, dancer, model, VJ, and television presentor)

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“In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued – they may be essential to survival.”

— Noam Chomsky


Sovereignty, freedom, independence and interdependence are essential tools we need as we evolve individually and collectively from one phase to the next.  In order to integrate these vital components into our lives we must learn to seed and nurture compassion, kindness, spiritual discipline, and humanity into our lives.

We must also at some point choose to simplify our lives and purge those life experiences and thoughts that imprison and facilitate unhappiness.

Upon embarking on such phases we will sometimes feel viscerally uncomfortable, out of sorts, and sometimes emotionally distraught.  That’s normal when we are thrown into chaos and choose to incorporate new paradigms of behavior.

Once we calm our emotional waters, we will then have the mindset and the wherewithal to manifest our dreams and align our thoughts to purposeful deeds.  But, we must hang in there and commit to the work through these rocky phases of our lives.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage, time, and devotion to love oneself, and it takes heroism to love others unconditionally and participate in community without manipulation, control, or agendas.  But, if we can work to do so then we transcend these turbulent times, ascend to new levels of consciousness, and be free and democratic citizens of our new world.

Stay strong, optimistic, and hopeful, fellow travelers.  Our brave new world is coming, even in the midst of the noise.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya





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