How Can We Heal Our Selves and Our Relationship to Earth?

The Earth has been here, providing a home for beings who are barely conscious of her body under their feet and her breath in the air.

A few people hold the power to affect the day-to-day lives of the many – controlling resources, jobs, wages, and how goods and services can be acquired. However, the many do control the long-term future of the planet – their voices and will, when joined, can activate a power for unity at our most fundamental level – as the entire human race.

And yet, the many are bogged down by what each needs and wants, the few control the fear for survival, and the planet is there too – sensing our mass consciousness and interpreting it from its planetary view. Even the stuff of matter, the plants, and the animals, perceive us from their own perspective – and we them. From atom to planet – all is alive and interconnected. Nothing is dead or isolated, regardless of the vantage point. And all our perspectives interact in nonobvious and powerful ways.

More and more human beings are awakening to the need to coexist with Earth, animals, plants, the demands of technologies, and each other in balance. More and more people are waking up to the reality that how we live now and use the Earth’s gifts cannot last. And many carry guilt – conscious or unconscious – about their lack of action and the need to do more, ti support sime collective effort to finally bring about global cooperation. 

But it’s not that easy. What are the right actions to take by nations, groups, and individuals? How would we know these are the right actions? How will we agree on what to do at various scales? And how will the masses rise up despite the constant pressures of international and interpersonal conflicts, and unmet basic needs – hunger, thirst, squalor, lack of personal safety, and lack of freedom to ones perspective on life?

Wise men and women have come and gone, but not without leaving us troves of teachings about rising to being Love for all Life and about the fact that we are more than self-focused lumps of flesh, emotions, and thoughts – we have the ability to move our consciousness to different scales and vantage points of existence, from substomic life to cosmic scales to interdimensional awareness and participation. This flexibility of consciousness is why the human condition is unique and filled with so much potential.

At the current scale of the Earth’s population and with the complex dynamics among nations, it is unlikely that there will be one leader that will deliver a plan for how to cooperate with and care for the Earth and all of us. Even a collective of leaders of different nations, such as the UN, do not have a global plan that people know about. Still, the few are playing chess on a global chess board and treating the rest of the population as uninformed and disposable pawns. 

Ask anyone you meet – do they know what the plan is to get back in balance with Earth’s ecosystems and resources that serve us? They will not know what you are talking about, let alone know what part is ours to play. They may even say “it’s complicated…”. The bottom line is that all the crossnational, group, and individual agendas are clashing and no common strands have emerged to guide us collectively toward stabilizing and thriving responsibly in all our lives. Without unity in fundamental truths of living, caring for one another, and intelligently managing what we have, we will remain but flotsam and jetsam in stormy waters. 

So, how do we break through the perceived barriers of nations, race, gender, physical characteristics, and the belief that struggle for survival is fundamental? On what basis do we unite while preserving our unique and true qualities, which are our birthright?

I believe that people are not having enough of the right conversations right now. And a “right conversation” is about finding common ground without invading even with our thoughts and words. 

Our politicians are incapable of such conversations because they carry the belief that there is an “us” and a “them”. But if you directly talk to many regular people across nations, you will learn that they hold a unifying wish toward peace and goodwill toward mankind, being treated with respect by all, and a general view that harmlessness (lack of ill will) is needed more than ever across the globe. The energies of dominance, manipulation, withholding or hoarding, invasion of someone’s personal space, verbal and physical violence, indifference to consequences in relationships, and the fight to be “right” powered by self- absorbed intention are harmful to our intricate web of Life and disrupt the Life stream.

As individuals, few of us are harmless. It is ingrained in us that people will hurt us and take from us if we do not protect what’s ours. It is assumed that we will fight for superiority and win, or die. And that mentality stemmingbfrom fear is at the root of our dilemma of proactively seeking conflict. The harm we can do is more than physical – it starts as thought and will, it is fueled by emotion, and justified by a mind not yet trained to see how we are responsible for our relationships.

As individuals, we can start now to cultivate harmlessness for all Life – as much as current circumstances permit. We will still need to defend ourselves when threatened or mistreated while in transition, but our focus will be on doing no harm more of the time than planning an attack out of greed and envy. 

The good news is that not every person must become harmless at the root – only a critical mass of people. And then, the new paradigm will spread like wildfire across the globe – burning violence, greed, and corruption in its wake to ash.

We don’t really need middle-men and women anymore to tell us that we must live with Love and intelligent consideration of others – that message has been given and repeated over and over. We just need to make this paradigm shift our routine, until we begin to dream about it – that’s when you know you own it. Perhaps we can take responsibilty for reminding ourselves when we forget, and just calmly pick up where we left off. Perhaps we should aim yo learn the truth about other cultures and belief systems, and focus on what we share to build constructive relationships. Perhaps we should train outselves to see past agendas and propagandas and cultivate our truth-meter, which will train us toward no harm.

Our hearts hold all the power. In oppressive political climates (such as where I came from), we can hold our hearts secret and stay true. We can engage in daily conversations that focus on others and not just our own woes. We can always be prepared to serve another, who is in need, and in any way we can. And we keep doing this over and over, learning to see humanity as our nation and race.

This is the revolution and the call to action for those who are ready. We each take individual responsibility for harmlessness and service across the globe – just acting as individuals in our circle of influence, and that movement will transform into a power of a tsunami to influence those who are still stuck and remove them from power. We will need to unlearn many things, and stay humble and open to not being all-knowing.

Cultivating harmlessness is so fundamental that it brings forth many other gifts, such as communicating without arguing or shutting down, empathy for another’s perspective enriching our own, the ability to adopt a stance of collaboration, and a general feeling of happiness. Without harmlessness, these other gifts are impossible in their true and pure form. 

The action is clear – we need to mature as individuals:

  • Practice considering others and eliminate all traces of harmful will from yourself. No one needs 100% on this either – but only enough.
  • Have new, different, and supportive conversations with others.

You can do this in whatever regime you live in – no one can own your heart or fault you for caring. Have this practice on your mind every day and learn to dream about it. Then, watch the world transform from the ground up as new global paradigms emerges to no longer  threaten others or the planet. 

And what outcome do we hope for as we participate? Groups at all scales will be able to discuss and agree on courses of action to identify and do what needs to be done, which will allow all to:

  • Live without fear
  • Be fed, clothed, have safe shelter, and medical care
  • Have time to experience and reflect on the beauty of life
  • Relax into a mode of creativity that expresses each unique being, group, or nation
  • Explore who and what we truly are and enjoy the enrichment this brings of how we perceive Life
  • Love beyond the emotional state and learn from one another
  • Have fundamental and unquestioned respect for all Life

This will take time, as all important things do. It all depends on how many participate and their diligence. The practice of harmlessness is even more precious and attainable than enlightenment and transformation – it is paramount…..

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