Zero Degrees of Separation

  • by Rev. Edie Weinstein

    According to Wikipedia: “six degrees of separation (also referred to as the “Human Web”) refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth.”

    All well and good, but in my life, the ratio seems to be far more intriguing. Chances are someone I know, knows someone else that I know. I come by that gift genetically since nearly everywhere we went, my father knew someone. I couldn’t figure out how he did it. Now I know. He befriended people everywhere he went. Simple as that.

    During a recent speaking engagement, II shared stories about the Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb trail that led me to that community, to my husband, to some of my dearest friends who at one point, I didn’t know existed on the planet. As I was regaling them, in walks a young woman named Ruthanne Wood. A visionary writer and life coach, Ruth is part of that web. When Michael and I met in 1986, we were introduced by a local artist named Ute Arnold. At the time, Ute had open house gatherings in her home. I began attending them and delighting in the kindred souls who showed up. One of them was a precocious 11 year old whose mother Catherine would bring her. A ‘grown up in a kid suit’, “Ruth the poet” as Michael called her, would read her creations to us. This was quality stuff, and it was hard to perceive that it came from the imagination of a pre-teen. I had the joy of watching Ruth grow up and a few years ago, when Ruth met Jason and decided to get married, she asked if I would officiate. I was deeply touched. I heard echoing in my own mind what my mother and others of her generation would say as they sighed “They grow up so quickly.” Apparently they do, since Ruth is now 34 years old.

    The social networking phenom known as facebook is based on the same principle. I joined it a few months ago and already, I am connected to close to 1386 people. Some I know in face to face life and some I know in cyber-land via contacts with other friends. Amazing to know that someone with whom I share thoughts and dreams, inspiration and fun is only a mouse click away. It brings to mind the Disney theme park ride song

    “Small World”
    It’s a world of laughter
    – A world of tears

    It’s a world of hopes
    – And a world of fears

    There’s so much that we share
    – That it’s time we’re aware

    It’s a small world after all

    Edie Weinstein-Moser is a colorful and creative writer, dynamic speaker, social worker, interfaith minister and self proclaimed Bliss Mistress. Her website is

    Edie Weinstein

    Edie Weinstein (Bliss Mistress) is a work in progress, like everyone else on the planet; the artist of her own design. She is a career journalist with 24 years experience interviewing some of the most amazing movers and shakers on the planet, including Joan Borysenko, Ben & Jerry,Shirley MacLaine, Ram Dass, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Alan Cohen, Karen Drucker, Judith Orloff, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Dan Millman, Wayne Dyer, Elizabeth Lesser, Arielle Ford, Debbie Ford, SARK, Bernie Siegel and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In addition, she is an interfaith minister, dynamic motivational speaker, opti-mystic, (seeing the world through the eyes of possibility), transformational coach, social worker and PR Goddess. From 1988-1998, she was co-publisher of Visions Magazine. She facilitates workshops; subjects include spirituality, transformation, recovery, weathering the winds of change, relationships, love, communication, co-dependence, stress management, time management, manna-festation, loss and grief, sexuality, re-creating your life. The presentations/workshops are experiential, interactive and lively. The style is conversational and dynamic. People laugh and cry. The workshops include music, movement, meditation, art, writing, small and large group interaction. She writes a regular column for Wisdom Magazine called The Bliss Mistress Guide, a daily blog for the interfaith website Beliefnet called the Bliss Blog and a weekly blog for VividLife, and a monthly column for Bellesprit. She is a contributor to Elephant Journal and The Whirling Blog as well as a growing number of other venues. She is the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary. Edie's weekly radio show, It's All About Relationships, airs on Vivid Life Radio each Thursday night from 8-9pm Eastern.

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