Answer the Call

carters trees
In awe of the Kahikatea Carters reserve

Be still. Listen. Can you hear it? The cry of the earth? My journey to date has been to arrive at the point where I fully believe that the only way we can have a hope in turning the environmental collapse around, is to reclaim the sacred. Now, if I have to write an easy to back that statement up, then you and I are probably not the right audience for each other.

The book to read, Spiritual Ecology – The Cry of the Earth – a selection of writers and their essay’s edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, is a book I find myself returning to time and again, especially on these long summer delayed commuter train trips to and from Wellington.

One of the writers is Chief Oren Lyons – a native American and  Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan he has said,  “In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred. Everything is for sale.” Susan Murphy writes about the price of “indefinite expansion turns out to be the forfeiture of climate conditions hospitable to our Species.” That the earth is “mere collateral damage in the pursuit of a single-minded, self-entitled idea.”

There are twenty-three writers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macey, Vandana Shiva, Thomas Berry, who says amongst many pearls of wisdom, “We have broken the great conversation… We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars.”

While the writers point out how bad we have made things, it is still a book full of hope. Read it and see how you might answer the call.

Upcoming retreat – Into your own Unfolding – March  22nd – 24th

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