Journal: Reason for Hope

(Written in August 2009)

I talked to Elizabeth who was bummed out because of developers desecrating a place she and others think is special.  She was needing to be more active, but too tired and overwhelmed to do anything big.  I reminded her of Paul Hawken’s book, and the number of small groups who are working for ecological sanity “under the radar.” (The book is called “Blessed Unrest”, and on Youtube is Paul Hawken’s address to the bioneers in 2007.  Worth seeing.)

I also reminded Elizabeth of the story at the end of Circle of Hope — about the living machine that rebalanced itself, and how all we have to do is keep doing what we do.  These reminders helped lift my spirits.

Circle of Hope was created in February 2004 when I sent a discouraged email to the Circle Dance elist.
This is the last entry:
I have just had the lovely experience of writing 27 email replies to dear friends, old friends, absent friends and people I haven’t even met yet who are now part of my electronic dancing circle.  My friends, we span the globe: I heard from Bali, France, and Argentina, not to mention Mexico and California.  I’ve copied all your replies into one document so I can read it again when I feel discouraged.  But I have to say that all together we are doing something more than just lighting individual candles in the darkness.

I was reminded yesterday of something that gave me great hope at the time, but there was a further lesson to be drawn from it:  there’s a business called Ocean Arks, that designs systems to deal with various kinds of water waste — like the Living Machines in Burlington and at Findhorn that deal with sewage.  John Todd designed a system for a candy company, to handle 10% of their waste… “One Friday a computer malfunctioned and sent 100 percent of the waste in to the eco-machine, overloading the system.  “A godawful mess — foam, fats, oil, dead fish — everywhere,” says Todd.  Disgusted employees turned off the pumps and went home for the weekend.  But when they returned on Monday, the eco-machine had rebalanced itself.  “They were so startled by this self-healing; thatís what turned the tide and allowed us to continue with other projects,” says Todd, who confesses surprise himself.”  (from story in Hope Magazine, Jan/Feb 2004, written by Sarah Tuff)

This is Gaia, in small, an eco-system that’s capable of handling an overload of toxic stuff.  Humans created the mess, but humans also designed the solution and when they did something magical happened: nature joined the fight. One-celled creatures and plants and fish somehow cooperated to deal with the mess. Guess what, everybody – WE ARE NOT ALONE.  Even the algae are fighting to save planet earth. Nature is on our side and ready to help the moment we open the door — remember the 40 pound cabbages at Findhorn, and the rainforest that’s regenerating under the pines of Gaviotas.  There’s this huge process working toward health, awareness, consciousness, compassion – and it’s bigger than we are, big as the planet, maybe even big as the universe (Today I believe for sure as big as the universe) and our circle dancing community is part of it.  We are part of how the human community re-balances itself — we don’t have to know how, all we have to do is keep on doing what we do.

So Keep dancing everybody.

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