She also speaks to something that has resonated deeply with me for a long time: we simply have too many people on the planet - why have children? If you really want kids, adopt instead.
Read my blog entry here about the work of Redefining Progress
Personal fulfillment does not necessarily lie in having children. And for many of my friends, the drive to have children is held near and dear as life force. Yes, creating a family is magnificent, yet many of my family and friends appear to be overlooking their role in the planet's overpopulation - by either contributing to it, or not.
My friend Andrew Beath interviewed Barbara for his book "Consciousness in Action"
"When activism is motivated from the deepest level of consciousness, you are being activated at the soul level with a calling forth of your life purpose. This is your true vocation, your soul's code– that inner guiding genius that each one of us possesses. Its arousal is the next stage of your evolution as a person. If you are not activated to express that uniqueness through some form of ongoing service, then true fulfillment will elude you. James Hillman writes about this in The Soul’s Code.
And it is a very intimate relationship from a bio-evolutionary point of view, since only in the last couple of generations have people been told, “Don't be fruitful and multiply.” There are already more people than the planet can readily support. So it seems that there is a spiritual hormone turning on. It is stimulating us toward the fulfillment of our unique life purpose, in concert with others. The drive toward self-reproduction is expanding into the desire for self-evolution, which occurs through the expression of life purpose. The urge to procreate is becoming the desire to co-create, to join our genius and give birth to our greater selves and our work in the world. Many of us are responding with the same drive we felt toward reproduction.
Co-creation involves tapping into the universal creative life force that flows within us all and then joining one’s genius with that of others and learning the pathways of resonance together, loving the other as oneself, listening with compassion, learning how to speak the unspoken and not harboring hidden resentments."
For further reading - Barbara was interviewed in What is Enlightment Magazine on the topic of "Sex, Immortality and the Future of Women"