A New Earth

From Redwood Mary,  Co-Chair CAWA Environment Task Force

Some thoughts:

” Your goal has to be to get the greenest solutions to the poorest people”.- Van Jones (The New Yorker interview with Elizabeth Kolbert 1-12-09)

“You must not deal only with the symptoms. You have to get to the root causes by promoting environmental rehabilitation and empowering people to do things for themselves. What is done for the people without involving them cannot be sustained.” Dr. Wangari Maathai- 2004 Nobel Prize for Peace

Awakening to a different level of awareness is the key to

And lest we forget about the very life giving interconnected ecosystems that give us life.

We are all tired of the hierarchies, the snarkies, the hypocrites, the bigots, the shysters, the ghettos, the corporate loan sharks, the big man politics, the drug dealers and all the fighting for crumbs while the  wealth  gets concentrated in the hand of the few while the whole shebang is going down the tubes. Planet Earth is the Titanic – there are no life boats. It is time to stop re-arranging the deck chairs. It is not up to Obama — it is  up to us.

Here is a wonderful start: In order to create real deep change
look at our own insanity.
Eckhart Tolle presents in his book The New Earth one of the most honest explorations of the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.
Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one.

In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are-which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are-and learn to live and breathe freely.

How I wish to sound smart and intellectual and maybe write a book or two? But what is the point? We all know it is  time to end the fighting, the classicism, the racisms, the sexisms, the homophobia, the nature phobia, the greed, the selfishness, nationalism,  and our addictions and etc.

It is time for humanity to wake up, grow up and share and  clean up its mess, take care of each other and take care of our brother sister species all over the planet.  No awards–no 15 seconds of fame… just do it just because.

It time to honor Brother Sun and Sister Moon and  the miracle of a blade of grass and the fish in the sea and you and me. It is time to put down the bombs and the guns and the addictions and stock market ticker tape and  build gardens together and repair the earth.

It is time to stop blowing up mountains or digging deep in the earth for bloody oil  or for gold or for diamonds and build decent thoughtful  AFFORDABLE eco-housing  and eco-villages and solar energy stations. It is time to give up the Jaguars  and SUV’s and private planes and $500 night hotels.  And don’t forget the Arts!  How about armies of musicians filling the world with Samba and smooth Jazz?

It is time to stop making a buck off the back of workers and mother earth. It is time to put the Earth First and no compromise!  It is time to stop, think and understand that we have the power to change ourselves first then the world, our cities our villages own neighborhoods will change. Will it be easy? heck no. How do we start? With our words, the stories we tell oursleves and each other. The roots of peace and  re-connecting with earth start with a shift in individual conciousness, a willingness to look deeply at our habits and privelege and then inspiring each other, forgiving each other, encouraging each other, praising each other to step outside of our own fear.

It is the “end time” for using our words to continue to create separation.  OUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL. We need to take responsibility to stop the words of hate,  to stop the language of self depreciation and abuse that we fling around and time to start to create healing and peace through our words and actions.  We are all wounded all over the planet. No one is untouched by war and crime and hate and poverty.

“Teach this triple truth to all” said Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C..: “A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity”. Jesus preached “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. Do also remember that Gaia, Mother Earth is a living planet and she rules—not us.

“Imagine” (Thank You John Lennon), that you are Mother Theresa, Ama, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Mathaai, Jesus and Buddha, and Joshsua Bell, Angelina Jolie, Princess Di,  Bill Gates, Martin Luther King Jr.…Work together , dance together, heal and STOP WAR…close prisons and turn them into healing centers and make all Universities FREE….Just Do it !

We don’t need slave labor, wage slaves, sex slaves and unsafe working conditions. We have cheap stuff all over the place and we are fouling our nest with all this stuff and for what?  Ipod’s, HDTV, Big Macs,  Big Gulps, Game Boys, CD, DVD’s, computers—all more stuff to  stuff ourselves with and make us better and smarter species?

So it is up to us– to decide what we will develop, sustain and encourage.

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