I haven’t done a post in a while. I’ve been going back and forth between despair and hope. The despair comes from the current political struggle, the question of the Post Office, Mitch McConnell’s ability to stymie political action on bills that would help the situation, and fear that we don’t have time to struggle with this idiocy. The planet is burning. The hope comes from Charles Eisenstein saying that we are a part of a much larger process, and from reading in EarthDance that the earth has an intelligence that keeps the oceans and atmosphere in a balance that supports life, and feeling held by that intelligence. The author, Elisabet Sahtouris, a systems biologist, tells the story of how the first one-celled organisms created themselves by a process of self-organization, and then created multi-celled organisms by a process that started with competition but went on to cooperation. Knowing that humans need to get together to co-operatively create new systems, I have no idea what that will look like. But I can hold a container in which there is freedom and safety for a group of people to do this.
3rd cup writing from my journal for Thursday, August 13
I’ve been reading Deena’s book about the planetary crisis. She says when people realize the extent of the devastation they become disabled by fear. I realize that my work in this crucial time is what I did at Neskaya: to hold the container in which we can co-create, self-organize, a new way to get our needs met which will be regenerative for the planet. I realize I don’t have to do this alone. I’m part of a huge circle, around the planet, holding hands with those who are doing the lovingkindness meditation for all beings. “If you can’t go on any longer, take the hand held by your brother/sister… carry it on, carry it on.” I know that it can be done. I don’t know if it will be done. I don’t know what kind of health, economic, political, agricultural, social systems we will create. Only that it will be characterized by fairness, justice, generosity, diversity. It may even be different for different ecological systems. It certainly won’t follow the Western capitalist industrial white-supremicist model. That’s what’s destroying our chance for a future. There will probably be a huge number of deaths. Unfortunately, because of the mismanaged pandemic, right now those deaths are greater for the indigenous and marginalized people who hold wisdom we need for the future.
Deena Metzger’s book is From Grief into Vision.
I’ve often thought that we need to create new state boundaries which put a single watershed in the same political entity, instead of parcelling it out to different ones.