The below is a re-post from Genesis Farm, but first I want to share a 1 minute youtube that came out the day I did a presentation about how we need to apply the principles of therapeutic relationship and spiritual care to allow for the emergence of a new paradigm for agriculture (or a new paradigm of any kind!), as the third space (Agriculture 3.0). Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16 year old Earth Guardian, said it better than I could!
From Genesis Farm, December 2, 2016
Perhaps Paradise was never lost.
Earth can’t be lost.
She can be desecrated and abused.
She can be diminished severely in her beauty, health and creativity, yet still endure.
Prophets, poets and wise people from earlier times also mourned the loss of people, lands and things they loved.
They did their best to explain the mystery of change.
Especially difficult change that brought a sense of loss.
Maybe they told stories about loss that helped them to cope.
Maybe some of them thought Earth was originally a magical Paradise where there was no loss.
Then, a serious event happened which caused Earth’s very self to be degraded causing everything and everyone with it to undergo the same fate.
A sense of Paradise was lost.
Maybe there was a sense that Earth needed to be redesigned and re-engineered to create a better Paradise.
Hence, hard work and perseverance gave birth to industrialization, eugenics, war, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, torture, and bullying.
Maybe at some depth of soul, the eight billion of us in this human generation knows better.
Maybe Earth is Paradise. Maybe humans are sensing that the older stories need to be re-examined. Maybe the prospects of leaving Earth to go to Mars are producing some hesitation. And anxiety.
Maybe the indigenous wisdom arising at Standing Rock is an uprising of common sense, sanity and compassion for the planet.
Maybe the clear vision, love and courage in the people realistically facing the loss of their water is stirring something deep in all of us.
Perhaps we are looking into the severe differences being played out over the implications of some of those older stories.
Maybe that is why so many countless people at Standing Rock, day after freezing day, are
aligning with the common sense and love for life still enduring at the depths of our collective soul.
Perhaps we are remembering our own indigenous wisdom.
Maybe it has just been forgotten and neglected, but never lost.
Anymore than Paradise.
Perhaps it has taken the awful brutality done to those crying out to protect the waters of our planet, for the rest of us to gaze into the shadow of our nations’ soul, our collective self, and say:
No more. No more.
We all live close to the waters that we drink. Water is life.
Every water basin is a “shed” holding water. A watershed.
No people in their right mind would poison or contaminate it.
Common sense knows better.
Come home to a sense of place,
to the bioregional possibilities of the place where you live.
Think small, think local but carry the whole planet in your soul.
We can help to restore it, one watershed at a time.
Here is an article about that.
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