Monday, October 12, 2015
The energy crisis in our outer environment reflects our inner depletion: we scan news about climate change on our smartphones, sipping a pumpkin spice latte made with coffee beans from a rapidly vanishing rainforest, while stuck in traffic behind the wheel of an SUV.
But it's unfair to tar everyone with the same brush (to use a macadam metaphor). Half of today's Millennials don't even bother to get their driver's license by age 18 — and many don't want to get behind the wheel at all! Social media has replaced the car culture of yesteryear.
Yet the car-detached may be exchanging one energetic fuel for another. Cars and cell phones each have the power to hold us in thrall... READ MORE
Friday, September 11, 2015
"We are stardust
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden."
~ Joni Mitchell, lyrics to Woodstock
In the classic, An Inconvenient Truth, Earth steward Al Gore laid out for us, cleanly and with humor, why the way we conduct our lives matters monumentally — and how we each have a stake in the outcome.
He wrote, "If denial is not a river in Egypt, despair is not a tire in the trunk." We're all canaries in the global coalmine: carbon-based life forms whose carbon footprint now resembles Bigfoot. This telescopes everything else — such as what to have for dinner, whether we'll contract avian flu, or where the latest war has erupted — into stark focus.
Gore says, "We're witnessing a collision between our civilization and the Earth. We can't just mindlessly continue the patterns of the past. Our moral imperative to make big changes is inescapable."
He understands the macro issue from a micro perspective. Gore's family used to operate a tobacco farm, and his sister Nancy, who began smoking at age thirteen, died in midlife from lung cancer. For decades we downplayed the Surgeon General's warning. Today, with the link between smoking and cancer well established, close to 100,000 young people worldwide still take up the habit daily.
The same holds true for our planetary body. If we keep "smoking" Earth, she'll soon be burned out. Then life as we know it ceases. Our planet, given an epoch, will regenerate, perhaps to support a more symbiotic life form.
"Environmentally sensitive" people (an estimated 10-40 percent of the U.S. population) are part of our global warning: a voice for the trees, the oceans, our animal kin. It's only a matter of perspective — and time — until we can no longer pretend that climate change isn't altering our reality more surely than any psychotropic substance. Architects in the Netherlands, which is located below sea level, have already developed floating buildings.
Re-Sourcing Ourselves from Life's Well
As we approach the second coming of Atlantis, we're being called to remember that we are all resourceful — full of resources — and that we can re-Source ourselves from the infinite well of creative energy.
Sustainable technology is within our purview. We need only engage more of our elemental mind. Solar (fire), wind (air) and hydro (water) power are available, viable, and affordable. So far we've only tapped petroleum (earth) to its potential — and this doesn't even include biofuels.
There is an Aboriginal axiom, "The more you know, the less you need." The most joy-filled people on Earth aren't the most consumptive. They're the ones who remember our connection with all life, and live that connection as a prayer to both the ancestors and future generations. What they "know" comes not from textbooks, but from ensouled wisdom.
As Gore reminds us, power without wisdom is extremely dangerous. Einstein said, "The splitting of the atom has changed everything save our mode of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophe." We've created a humongous microwave oven, and our collective brainpower is cooking inside it.
The question remains: will we choose to transform our errors of emission into values of volition? Can we regain a penchant for all species' survival, which was imprinted in our cellular memory eons before we grew the desire for more horses under the hood?
In a sense, it's a collective conscious evolution exam. We've already united as one planet in a moment of focused emergency: to ban CFCs and begin to close the hole in the ozone layer.
Now we're again at a global choice point. Because there is no greener grass, only greenhouse gas, and no one at whom to point the finger and pass the buck. Our 21st century dependence on fossil fuel, techno-lifestyles — and past patterns — is only fueling our drive to become fossils faster.
What You Can Do
Each of us is simultaneously a cause of and a solution to climate change. One aware individual can make a small difference. Times 7 billion, the impact is, to say the least, statistically significant.
Some sites to help you take action to reduce your carbon footprint:
http://www.ases.org (solar energy)
http://www.awea.org (wind energy)
http://www.green-e.org (renewable electricity)
http://www.freecycle.org (the ultimate recycling network)
http://www.nativeenergy.com (carbon offsets and renewable energy credits)
http://www.newdream.org/junkmail/optout.php (just say no to junk mail)
http://www.earthsave.org/globalwarming.htm (why what we eat matters)
http://www.weathervane.rff.org/Pages/default.aspx (research and policy)
http://www.graduationpledge.org (grads pledge to choose socially and environmentally responsible employment)
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/jobs/index.cfm (global green jobs)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
For many of us in Western culture, illness catalyzes and informs our awakening to life purpose, particularly in these evolutionary times. The summer I had pneumonia, I asked myself, "If I died, what would I regret?" The answer came quietly: "You haven't loved." This surprised me, and then I heard, "You haven't served." I began to understand how love and service are one — and that love, service, and prosperity all course from the same well.
In the business milieu, we (individually and collectively) are sick because we are dis-spirited — without spirit, or breathless. Spirit means breath: "inspire" is, literally, "to breathe in"; "expire" means to breathe out, or die. So spirit plays a key role in health/wholeness/wellness/wel(th). We say, "Where's your company spirit?" when we ought to start with, "Where's your personal spirit?"READ THE REST!
Monday, August 10, 2015
August is a fiery month; it's all about the sun, which ignites robust masculine energy. Yet we've just experienced the 8:8 Magdalene Stargate, a feminine portal to expanded consciousness, as light from the center of the Milky Way permeates our DNA. This is a potent feminine infusion, no matter what body we currently inhabit. The feminine is lunar energy, Luna is the Moon, and this is Moon Day (Monday) — a perfect moment to "womanifest" what we most desire, in concert with the cosmos. READ MORE