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Visions for a World that Doesn’t Exist. Yet.

Fifth Sacred Thing, Jessica Perlstein. She also has some great artwork for City of Refuge (which I just finished reading. So good. Go read it).

As a visionary, I dream of a world that looks quite a bit different than what I see when I look out my window, or turn on the TV (which I’m not doing anymore! I recently cancelled our cable). Maybe the way I see things seems unrealistic, or we’ve come so far that a truly sustainable world seems out of our grasp, but I don’t think so.

Now, more than ever, we need ecologically inspired ideas to mingle with the ebb and flows of our society. We need people to become more aware of their options and more aware of the consequences of choosing not to consciously awaken. For this to happen, we need more pioneers to join the ranks, those willing to explore new paths and make way for the heavier traffic of those who might choose to live differently in the future. We need leaders to stand up and think apart from the crowd.

” . . . our problems will only get bigger and more difficult to solve. If we continue to ignore, fragment, and fracture nature, we will continue to do the same to ourselves. In our denial, we may not even realize we’re self-destructing, but we need nature just as we need oxygen.” Marc Bekoff, Rewilding our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence

To be that person means courage. Vulnerability. Dedication. It also means research, education, and deep healing. It means presence of self, showing up aware and NOT always having all the right answers, but having a basic foundation built on the right principles to know the difference. It means bearing witness, putting down your phone, and truly tuning into what is around you. Ask the hard questions, be okay making people uncomfortable with the real topics. Be okay being different. You ARE meant to be different.

Activists show up in many different ways, and I truly believe each person has something unique and special to offer the whole. It’s work though. It means peeling away the layers, removing the protective barriers we’ve built leaving us crude, judgmental, insecure, anxiety ridden. It means learning to show up open, compassionate, empathetic and whole. It’s painful work, but ultimately rewarding and powerful.

I saw a book the other day that had a title similar to the post I’m writing now. It really made me think critically about where we are, and how the visions I (and many others!) hold for the future means a long, bumpy road in re-educating to get there. There are many variations of how this can play out, but ultimately we need to strive towards an ethical future, inclusive of all beings. And I really mean all of them. NOT just the human beings. The animal beings. The plant beings. The elemental beings. There is a deep connection between all these entities needing to be respected and deeply cared for. The solution to many of our problems can be found in the intersecting places where we hold reverence for the whole.

The world I envision, while not being played out by the whole at this time, does exist. It’s in small pockets, being written, taught, built, dreamed, explored, lived. Are you part of that revolution? Are you channeling this future? Even if you’re not aware of it yet, you are. You are here for a purpose. You are here to heal and dream. As I say in the “about section” of this website, thank you for joining us (and even just reading this) as we create a more holistic, innovative and sustainable world! It is possible. And it is coming.

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. [S]he experiences him[/her]self, – his/[her] thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his[/her] consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and foundation for inner security.” –ALBERT EINSTEIN
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