It’s a familiar story: #Capitalism, we are often told, can be made green. Incentives can be established. The corporations previously leading the way in pollution, plunder, and exploitation can, with a few adjustments, become the world’s leaders in the development of clean energy and pave the way to a sustainable future.
Category Archives: Readings
- The Spirituality of the Earth by Thomas Berry – In our totality we are born of the earth. We are earthlings. The earth is our origin, our nourishment, our support, our guide. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived. If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves. The human and the earth are totally implicated each in the other.
- This Existential Threat Is Not a Hollywood Fantasy By Keya Chatterjee – If they are always considered together, we have a chance of tackling the two greatest threats of our time: poverty and climate change.
- The Great Grief: How to Cope with Losing our World – The notion that our individual grief and emotional loss can actually be a reaction to the decline of our air, water, and ecology rarely appears in conversation or the media. It may crop up as fears about what kind of world our sons or daughters will face. But where do we bring it?
- Awakening Is a Destructive Process – Make no bones about it, awakening is not a walk in the park. It is a ride through hell. It is the tearing down of all of your cherished beliefs and everything you thought about yourself. There is no way around this.
- How To Exit The Matrix By Michelle Walling, CHLC – In order to exit the matrix, we must become aware of our goals as a spirit having this physical experience, heal the energies tied to the karma, and serve humanity and the planet in order to reach our goal of ascension.
- What Tibetan Buddhists, Andean Paqos can teach us about climate change – As Pope Francis is set to visit US leaders, experts advocate for more diverse spiritual voices in the global climate change discussion.
- Wendell Berry’s Thoughts On ‘Our Only World’ – Well known as a foe of thoughtless resource extraction, Berry takes on industrial farming and forestry in this latest work. He argues that the extreme technologies humans have now achieved “barter the long-term health and fertility, which is to say the long-term productivity, of local ecosystems for a short-term monetary gain.”
A Spiritual Journey
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
~ Wendell Berry ~
- Catching the Bug of Synchronicity: Synchronicity was one of Jung’s most profound yet least understood discoveries, in part because it cannot be appreciated until we personally step into and experience the synchronistic realm for ourselves. Jung’s discovery of synchronicity was in a sense the parallel in the realm of psychology to Einstein’s discovery of the law of relativity in physics.
- A Traveler’s Guide to Synchronicity: Jung suggested that the phenomenon of synchronicity seems to cluster around impactful, transformative, and important events.
- What Is Synchronicity?: Synchronicity has long been seen as a universal sign that one is on his or her true path. The classical Chinese theories on medicine, philosophy and even building are built on the science of meaningful coincidences. They don’t ask what causes what, but rather what likes to occur with what.
- Falling in Love With the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology: Pope Francis reflects on our various ecological ills. He reflects on anthropogenic/human-caused global warming, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, the dangers of unlimited consumerism, the dangers of unlimited and overused technology, “a misguided anthropocentrism,” economic growth, and the list goes on.
- Decolonizing Humanity by Reconnecting with the Earth: The invasion of indigenous lands has left many settlers without a real connection to place. How do we heal this and go about restoring balance?
- The Disconnection between Money and Reality: Money is such a widely-accepted phenomenon, but is it anything more than an abstract concept?
- Naomi Klein: We Can Save Ourselves, but Only If We Learn to Work With Nature: The author and social activist introduced a Vatican conference linking the Pope’s climate encyclical to the key U.N. conferences later this year.
- Robert Redford: Our Last Chance: United Nations remarks on the urgency of climate action.
- Craig Chalquist: Terrapsychology: “The Environment” is You!: Isn’t it odd that most of our psychologies treat the mind as entirely separate from the living world? That our standardized concepts of mental health make no reference to the health of our surroundings?
- The 11 Spiritual Truths of an Awakened Soul: We adults were born into a world saturated in an old paradigm of religious dogma. In many ways those teachings were very beautiful for their time. But humanity needs something more now. Why? Because we are evolving.
- Naomi Klein: People and Planet First – Naomi Klein spoke at the Vatican yesterday introducing People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course at a high-level meeting to explore Pope Francis’ encyclical, which was released on June 18.
- Can We Have Abundance Without Ecocide? – “Peace and the survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by human activities which lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction of nature and nature’s resources result from ignorance, greed and lack of respect for the earth’s living things.” – Dalai Lama
- Simone Weil on Science, Quantum Theory, and Our Spiritual Values – “If the algebra of physicists gives the impression of profundity it is because it is entirely flat; the third dimension of thought is missing.”
- Ecosophy from T to X: Jim Cocola – Only in the last few decades has ecosophy begun to assume its rightful place alongside ecology and economy, with ever greater numbers recognizing the folly in pursuing either of the latter without plenty of the former.
- Why we fight for the living world: it’s about love, and it’s time we said so: George Monbiot – The reality is that we care because we love. Nature appealed to our hearts, when we were children, long before it appealed to our heads, let alone our pockets. Yet we seem to believe we can persuade people to change their lives through the cold, mechanical power of reason, supported by statistics.
- You Are God: The True Teachings of Jesus: Brandon West – In this article we will explore how the true teachings of Jesus can be summed up by three little words: you are God.
- Satish Kumar: the link between soil, soul and society – We are losing connection with the soil. Satish Kumar wants us to understand the connection between soil, soul and society and drop ego in favour of eco.
- Life Is Sacred: Chris Hedges – I mourn for our future, for the fading majesty of the natural world, for the folly of the human species. The planet is dying. And we will die with it.
- Small Talk: Life on a Farm: Luanne Armstrong – Author Luanne Armstrong reflects on what happens when we engage with the natural world. (Associated Teacher Lesson Plan)
- Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time by David Korten – Is it possible that the human future turns on our embrace of a new sacred story that gives us a reason to care and with which a majority of people may already align, yet has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation?
- The Two Worlds of Magic by Betty Roszak – “What is below is above; what is inside is outside.” So goes the Hermetic formula, the origin of which supposedly lies far back in Egyptian antiquity. But it is probably as old as human contemplation of nature itself. This cryptically-compressed magical utterance is a motif running through human thought from the pre-literate nomadic religions to Taoism, Buddhism, and Jewish, Islamic, and Christian mysticism.
- Beyond Environment: Falling Back in Love with Mother Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh – Thay, as he is known to his many thousands of followers, sees the lack of meaning and connection in peoples’ lives as being the cause of our addiction to consumerism and that it is vital we recognise and respond to the stress we are putting on Earth if civilisation is to survive.
- Is Death An Illusion? Evidence Suggests Death Isn’t the End by Robert Lanza, M.D. – Consider the famous two-slit experiment. When scientists watch a particle pass through two slits in a barrier, the particle behaves like a bullet and goes through one slit or the other. But if you don’t watch, it acts like a wave and can go through both slits at the same time. So how can a particle change its behavior depending on whether you watch it or not? The answer is simple – reality is a process that involves your consciousness.
- Ensouled on the Planet by Marion Woodman – We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do.
- Love is the Connection that Makes a Future Possible by Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi & John Stanley – Perhaps the true depth of affinity with the Earth goes even deeper than an idea or feeling of connection, instead resembling the fully embodied state an ancient Zen Master pointed to when asked a pointed question about love: “I have already become like this,” was his provocative reply. “Like this”—meaning fully congruent with stars, earthworms, and everything in between, with no separation, no picking or choosing, and no possible hesitation in defending it from harm.
- Persian and Indian Visions of the Living Earth by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan – Spiritual traditions are often the deepest repositories of a culture’s knowledge of the ancient bond between person and planet, soul and soil. This is abundantly illustrated in the traditions of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam—traditions that, as we shall see, are sometimes intertwined.
- Spiritual Ecology of the New Planet: Seeing Nature as More Than a Resource By Kaleeg Hainsworth — “Spiritual ecology calls us to dismantle the powerful defense mechanisms we have developed against our impulse to listen to the sacred in our world.“
- The Call of the Earth By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee — “At this moment in time we are more and more consciously confronted by the reality of climate change, global pollution, acidification of the oceans, massive destruction of forests and wetlands and other natural habitats. All of it is contributing to the first man-made mass extinction of species that the planet has suffered, caused by industrialization and our addiction to a materialistic lifestyle. And we are all responsible—just by traveling in a car or a plane, we are actively participating in an ecologically destructive culture.”
- What It Means to be a Spiritual Ecologist By Jason M. Brown — “What is Spiritual Ecology? And what relationship do spirituality and ecology have with place?“
- Turning the Tide – A New Global Ethic Where Sustainability and Spirituality Marry By Giles Hutchins — “We live amidst shifting tectonic plates in our mythological, philosophical, scientific, cultural and socio-economic models. Core to this shift is a questioning of who we are, why we are here, and how we live sustainably. The dominant materialistic perspective of life as purposeless with organisms as separate entities struggling for survival in an innately competitive world has had its day. A new worldview is dawning whereupon we recognise that life is continually expressing itself through dynamic reciprocity, diversity and interrelatedness. The closer we look the more we realise that nothing is absolutely separate from anything else. Separateness is an illusion created by an out-dated mindset corrupting life itself.“
- All Life Depends on Soil by Vandana Shiva — “Indian civilization has sustained itself over thousands of years because it revered the soil as sacred and inviolable. It treated it as Mother Earth.”
- Spiritual Ecology: Hearing the Cry of the Earth By Thich Nhat Hanh — “The bells of mindfulness are calling out to us, writes Thich Nhat Hanh, trying to awake us and remind us to reduce our impact on the planet. But more than that, to avert environmental catastrophe we must awake others too, and create a revolution in our collective human consciousness.”
- Reversing Genesis: The Ransacking of Temple Earth By Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. — “If you were to enter a church, mosque, or synagogue determined to plunder it before burning it down, you would probably end up in custody. Do the same to Earth, temple and home to us all, and you might be eligible for a government subsidy. Isn’t that strange?“