Gaian Connection: Our Relationship With The Living Biological Planet We Call Home (PART 4)
We can’t be trapped by old and outdated ways of thinking, it is time for us to grow and evolve. LIke Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” The problem is that everybody wants change, but nobody wants to change. We all preach change but are we willing to sacrifice for it? Are we willing to change ourselves in order to implement the broader changes we want to see in the world? We will all have to make radical changes in our lives if we wish to bring about the radical changes that humanity needs. If we can adapt to a new way of living our species will not only survive, but thrive. Time will tell. We’ll have to wait and see.
Destroying Our Gift
We need to understand the seriousness of the situation we are facing and once we do we can’t simply complain about our situation, we need to be stirred to action and make the changes we need, turn dreams to reality, and cross the bridge from crisis to sustainability. Regardless of what we each experience in our lives, we are all truly blessed to be alive. Throughout the ages humanity revered and stood in awe to “gods” of all different types whose powers created miracles but we sometimes forget that we are a miracle, Life is a miracle. We can’t let the despair of our situation consume us, like Robert Jay Lifton said, “if one does not look into the abyss, one is being wishful by simply not confronting the truth… On the other hand, it is imperative that one not get stuck in the abyss.” It is easy to fall into despair given our situation but this helps no one and solves nothing and despite the seriousness of our situation not all is doom and gloom, Life is still fun and amazing. We are here on earth to live and we need to enjoy all the wonderful thing that this life has to offer: love, family, friends, happiness, parenthood, nature. But we need to be mindful of our actions and aware of the situation which humanity is facing. Like Darrick Hensen said, “I am a complex enough being that I can hold in my heart the understanding that we are really, really fucked, and at the same time that life is really, really good. I am full of rage, sorrow, joy, love, hate, despair, happiness, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and a thousand other feelings. We are really fucked. Life is still really good.” I hope that no one is depressed by my words, i don’t want to cause apathy in anyone but rather the contrary, I want to motivate you and stir you to action. I want you to LIVE. I want everyone to understand to the depths of their being that we are all blessed to be alive. When you consider the immensity of the Universe, it is truly a miracle that we are alive. We have to cherish and enjoy this gift we have been given. Go on adventures, experience life, have fun, exercise, dance, dare to chase your dreams, celebrate your life in the world and the world in your life and do all you can to make life on this planet a better, nicer, more awesome experience for us all.
Life Force of the YOU-Niverse
I can think all the thoughts and write all the words I know to try to express and describe this, but i can’t really explain to you what, or who it is, that makes our hearts beat, that makes the ocean waves continually crash on the shores, that makes the sun shine, that makes flower bloom. But what I do know is that who/ever or whatever is responsible for all this is also responsible for you and I. The force that gives life to the planet also gives life to every single one of us. This life force is what gives power to every living thing and also what powers our minds and drives our imaginations. It is a mysterious and magical force way beyond our understanding. It has countless of names and faces, some call it mother earth, some call it Pacha Mama, some call it universe, some call it god. I think its all of them, in essence we are all describing the same thing. Maybe our role isn’t to understand but to appreciate, we don’t need to know exactly what it is as long as we realize that we are part of something much, much, much bigger than ourselves. We can live without having all the answers as long as we appreciate and understand that it is out there, in everything, and also within us.
“All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. It must be this voice that is telling me to do something, and I am sure it’s the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet–at least everybody who seems to be concerned about the fate of the world, the fate of this planet.”
-Wangar Maathai, In Context
Life is our planet’s most precious jewel and quite possibly the most important thing in the Cosmos. Our planet is a spark of light in the vast, pitch-blackness of the Universe. We are a candle trying to stay lit on a windy night and we can’t let the fire go out. Every single one of us is a breathing, walking, chest pumping miracle and It’s about time we start acting like we are alive, experiencing the greatest treasure in the Universe as far as my little mind can conceive. We need to show appreciation by enjoying and living lives with purpose and also most importantly by preserving life, the essence of it all.
As the system of economic,political, and military power continues to unravel the powerful will become increasingly oppressive and brutal to maintain a strong hold and avoid losing control. We have to stand up against the forces that control us, rebel against the masters, and build a new world with communities of our making. We are all powerful beyond measure and it is “We the people” who hold the real power, we just have to find it and unleash it. So find the spark of enlightenment within you, feed its fire and watch it grow. We can change the world as long as we change ourselves first. Like Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. We have to fix ourselves before we try to fix the world because by fixing ourselves, we are doing our part to change the world. At the end of the day we are all accountable for the breath of the human tribe, the life of our family. We must develop a new understanding of the true purpose of our existence on the earth. We have to establish healthy, real, fulfilling relationships amongst ourselves and with the planet.
“The Great Turning begins with a cultural and spiritual awakening–a turning in cultural values form money and material excess to life and spiritual fulfillment, from a belief in our limitations to a belief in our possibilities, and from fearing our differences to rejoicing in our diversity. It requires reframing the cultural stories by which we define our human nature, purpose, and possibilities”
-David Korten, The Great Turning.
Just because we inherited a beat up world due the the mistreatment of past generations doesn’t meant we have to do the same for the generations to come. We can get our shit together and become responsible. Let’s try to project into the future and think about the kind of world we would like to leave our children, great children, great-great grandchildren and all the generations to follow. Our generation will decide in which direction we want to take humanity, Will we rise up and meet our challenges? Or will we crumble and fall under their weight? One thing is for certain, if we want to succeed we have to re-invent our world and do it quickly. We ALL need to wake up and do something or we will ALL perish. I think we have the technical know how, the intelligence, the courage, and most importantly the love needed to remake our cities, our societies, and our world. We can build long-term sustainable communities in accordance with nature and create environments were health, happiness and joy are abundant. This isn’t a Utopian fantasy, we have the capacity to turn our planet into the garden of eve for everyone, building a healthy and sustainable world where humanity can thrive, grow, and flourish deep into the future. They say home is where your heart is. Well, we need to realize earth is our one and only home, so let’s put our hearts into making it a place that sustain life for eternity.
Regardless of how we react to our current situation a new world is coming and one thing is for certain, it will be different that the world of today. Wether we make it a beautiful and joyous world or a shitty one, a heaven or hell, is up to us. The birth of a new world is almost here. If you listen closely you can hear its pulse and on a quiet day you will hear its breathing.
Like Always, keep growing, in the Light direction.