First Step...

EarthFlowerGaia is a living, conscious organism that has been breathing for billions of years. Gaia, evolving to greater self -awareness, helped bring forth, with Divine guidance, Homo Sapiens. Continuing the evolutionary process, man has been transforming the planet for countless centuries into a machine (cyber) and biotic/geologic (planet) hybrid. A transformation that has been dramatically accelerating in this century.

Mankind's watershed is the twentieth century. He now can destroy Gaia. Further, he is fully conscious of his destructive power. Yet, psychical evolution and karmic insight have not accompanied technological ascendancy. Hence mankind, lacking true appreciation for life's oneness, is consciously and irrevocably destroying life for immediate "gain." He races to Armageddon, with reckless and willful abandon- seemingly a victim of forces beyond his control.

Machines have helped transform Gaia into a global, intertwined and highly interdependent information nexus that has "replaced" physical with virtual space. Machines have also become harbingers of annihilation and Gaia is threatened with massive extinction of life.

Mankind revels in the illusion that technology will somehow shield him from the consequences of his mad rush. Technology can help renew Gaia if mankind makes conscious choices to self direct his evolution in accordance with the laws of Universal karma. Without conscious realization, mankind may encounter an Armageddon of his own making- perhaps without hope of redemption and forgiveness.

Human consciousness is truly resplendent, able to create and sustain realities beyond its' imagining. Renewal of Gaia requires abandoning the illusion of separateness and of materialistic pursuit. Mankind's psychical potential must ignite a critical mass transformation from a condition of isolation to oneness. Continued evolution depends on this transformation. The alternative is the extinction or the loss of so much that we now cherish and love.

This new transformation will help bring about a renewed world of supreme beauty. Despite man's shortcomings- violence, revenge, mistrust, jealousy, hatred, pettiness and intolerance are not integral to the human psyche. The future is not completely shaped by the results of past action. The crisis mankind faces avails the opportunity for his flowering. Positive transformation will allow the deeply beautiful exploration of our inner and outer universes. It will result in a profound understanding of Gaia and our purpose in the Universe. Transformation will replace isolation with infinite love. The good news is that the transformation can begin now. It requires no expenditure of money. No governmental proclamation. No leader- misguided, well meaning, deluded or evil. It demands, rather, a total giving of oneself. Seek and you shall find. Think anew. Remember the lessons of the past but do not be weighed down by what has been. Love one another. Break the Karmic chain of delusion and cyclical hatred and replace it with one of boundless and eternal love.

To start, resolve right now to do one, just one, good deed toward your fellow man. Ask what he or she needs and then go about fulfilling that need if it seems right. Trust in yourself, have faith in God's guidance. After you do one good act, do another and then another and so on. Eventually the act of giving will seem "second nature." You will always receive more than you give. Give even to those you feel are undeserving. Give to and love all of creation. As Kahlil Gibran, the beloved Lebanese poet wrote, “Work is love made visible.”

Wake Up! Take increased control of you life. Stop one instance of ecological abuse. Renew Gaia in some way. Start small, then build. "Think Global by Acting Local." Soon you will not be able to stop yourself from doing what is right. Gradually you will be unshackled. Seek possessions only as a means of sustaining giving. See the "Shakerstown Pledge," "Manifesto 2000" and  "Simple Savings Suggestions." As Wendell Berry wrote in his book, Sex, Economy, Freedom, & Community : "The real work of planet-saving will be small, humble, and humbling, and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding. Its jobs will be too many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small to make anyone rich or famous."

Some will mock you. Continue, persist. Sustain yourself with faith and love. You are never truly alone. Remember who you are. You are not the self-deluded, psychologically torn apart creature you sometimes see yourself as being. You are a manifestation of the Creator's infinite beauty. The majesty of the Universe is in you.

Live life with unceasing joy and adventure. Use technology to help explore the outer and inner reaches of the universe and time itself. Cure disease, eradicate hunger, restore life, shape your individual and collective fate. Never be complacent. Always strive to grow. The "enemy" has always been within. Exhaust yourself in serving others. Do not let increasing sensitivity to the world's cruelty weigh too heavily upon you. Do not judge. Remember, the path from darkness to light is taken one step at a time- for you and for your fellow man. Be patient. The path, though you did not see it before was always in you and the distance to be traveled much shorter than you thought. You must merely take the first step. Simply: Love God and all his creation and practice the Golden Rule. Recognize your imperfections and strive to make your life more Christ like.

Remember: “If you have 100 people who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One mind.”
— Shining Arrows, Crow. From, the "Gentle Survivalist"

Imagine if instead of 100, it was six billion!


"It seems to me that one of the most basic human experiences, one that is genuinely universal and unites - or, more precisely, could unite - all of humanity, is the experience of transcendence in the broadest sense of the word."


"I believe that we have little chance of averting an environmental catastrophe unless we recognize that we are not the masters of Being, but only part of Being ... We must recognize that we are related to the world as a whole and to eternity. We must recognize that, by failing to reflect universal, supra-individual and supra-temporal interests, we do a disservice to our specific, local and immediate interests. Only people with a sense of responsibility for the world and to the world are truly responsible to and for themselves."

Vaclav Havel,President, Czech Republic
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"I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy."

Black Elk's Vision


"Again and again some people in the crowd wake up, They have no ground in the crowd, and they emerge according to much broader laws. They carry strange customs with them And demand room for bold gestures. The future speaks ruthlessly through them."

Rainer Maria Rilke


"Our new perceptions are that the Universe is alive, wise, and compassionate.  It is a friendly place, not the violent, merciless place that we have often made our small part of it.  Our new values are the values of the soul -- harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life.  Our new goals are authentic power - the alignment of the personality with the soul -- and a planet without conflict."

Gary Zukav, author of "The Seat of the Soul."


... The process of mechanization was furthered by an ideology that gave absolute precedence and cosmic authority to the machine itself. When an ideology conveys such universal meanings and commands such obedience, it has become, in fact, a religion, and its imperatives have the dynamic force of myth...

From Chapter 8 of  Transformative Vision
by José Argüelles



Today, humanity may be experiencing the beginning of self-directed neuro-genetic-social-machine evolution. Standing at a cross road- perhaps we are seeing the last remnants of a reality rooted in our biological/terrestrial origins. Yet, is future evolution possible if humanity fails to cherish and respect the dignity and oneness of Gaia? Will the biological sphere be sacrificed to the deevolution, of a human machine like consciousness that devalues its origins and loses compassion for all life.
 

Virtual Evolution

GaiaMind

Institute of Noetic Sciences

Radio for Peace International


Historical experience demonstrates the following: Earth cannot be changed for the better unless we achieve a transformation in the consciousness of individuals and in public life. The possibilities for transformation have already been glimpsed in areas such as war and peace, economy, and ecology, where in recent decades fundamental changes have taken place. This transformation must also be achieved in the area of ethics and values!

From, "Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration)"


"This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around. Here, you discard all belief in barriers to understanding. You put aside understanding itself. This universe cannot be seen, cannot be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions. It is the ultimate void where no preordained screens occur upon which forms may be projected. You have only one awareness here- the screen of the magi: Imagination! Here, you learn what it is to be human. You are a creator of order, of beautiful shapes and systems, an organizer of chaos."


A Vision

Reaching out from the abyss of space and time, a strand of white light from some unknown messenger reached my waking mind- and restored hope.

Venturing into the living cosmos, I dimly sensed my oneness with all creation. But as I traveled outward, I reached a translucent barrier and could go no further. It was as if humankind was inside a cosmic egg- angry, hurt yet evolving- one day perhaps to break the mantle and be born to the universe and another dimension. Now, however- isolated, dreaming and barely conscious- compassionately watched from without. 

Or in my outward search did I confront my inner self- estranged from the universe. Do not all journeys start from within? 

Perhaps in deep communion and love- mankind may break through the shell- reborn. And all that was before will be an inchoate memory and ahead the unfathomable richness of the universe, both within and without....


"Free will, however, is not an illusion. For example, in human society, the conscious creation of a peaceful, meditative state by the individual or the whole can alter the fractal unfolding, and manifest in free will and perhaps hope."

From , "The Fractal Universe"


“...To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves and not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring about a modified change through revolution, either of the left or of the right. It is important to understand that this is our responsibility — yours and mine — because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the extended relationship with others.”

From, "Selections from Krishnamurti’s Teachings", The Krishnamurti Foundation of America


When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and who knows, I may have even changed the world.

Written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop (1100 A.D.)in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey


Can humanity transform itself into a species that truly loves all creation? By definition, for such a transformation to occur, individual men, women and children must change- perhaps in numbers sufficient to reach a "critical mass." Is such change possible given the psychical makeup of human beings- there conscious and unconscious desires and needs? Can societal values transform individuals who see those values as hypocritical?

Ultimately self-sacrifice and compassion will be needed- a willingness to forego individual advantage to help heal the whole. When enough members of humanity are willing to make such a sacrifice, the critical mass may be reached

I do not accept that "enlightened self interest" will be sufficient to transform humanity.  Despite, for example, the "genius" of capitalism and the resultant accumulation of great wealth-there are still wars and great inequities in the distribution of wealth. The nature of work itself seems to consume the individual's life, sometimes stripping  him of his dignity. Gaia/The Earth seems threatened in every conceivable way. While men are more temperate when their stomachs are filled, a full stomach does not make them more compassionate, except perhaps in a way hypocritical to those whose stomachs are empty.


Mankind is destroying the earth- destroying beauty- breaking his connection with spirit- forgetting who he is. Much healing is needed for the earth- for all life- to heal the self-inflicted wounds and to restore an awareness of the connectedness of all life. Not an intellectual awareness- but an awareness that is at the depths of soul. The destruction of the earth’s beauty is a violation of spirit. The challenge of human existence is not only to evolve- to experience pain and separateness and then to reunite with the divine love- not only to become instruments of healing and light.

We also have an obligation to preserve what is beautiful on the earth. Part of our essence is rooted in the Earth. She is a manifestation of the divine mother. To destroy her is to destroy what it means to be human. The dream of the earth and of all that is and was lives for eternity. The dream is more real than the physical reality. Yet, the destruction of life practiced so willfully, methodically, thoughtlessly, without fear of consequence, so unmercifully- degrades human spirit. The earth then no longer becomes a spiritual school but an endless reminder of pain and suffering with out beauty’s solace. This is not the destiny mankind wants. Let there be beauty and let the confusion of the human mind end. Knowing connection there cannot be willful destruction.

Life & the Universal

Peace Torch

Earthflower Painting,
Copyright, 1996, Laura Dubois

 

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