- There are exceptions: New Zealand has just released its first “Wellbeing Budget,” whose goal is not to boost gross domestic product, but to increase the happiness of the country’s citizens, focusing on poverty and mental health. There is also a movement for “degrowth,” “calling for a focus on wellbeing and pushing for a reduction of production and consumption in developed nations. A focus on sufficiency is demanded, rather than relying on the ability of technology and productivity gains to solve ecological problems. At its core the movement argues that growth is typically unjust, unsustainable for the environment and that there never can be such thing as ‘enough’.”(Richard Partington, The Guardian.)
- “Original Instructions” are ancient ways of living from the heart of humanity within the heart of nature—the simple guidebook of how to be on this Earth, that we have to“get along together” with all of creation.
- Our individual Self, or atman (imaged in esoteric Christianity as the inner Christ), the focus of much traditional spiritual practice, is a state of unity, is the universal Self. Sadly much contemporary spirituality has created an ego-based image of the Self, subtly subverting its true nature and the practitioner’s spiritual intention.
- For example, when the Pomo people of Northern California wove baskets, the women would go out and pray over the grasses before they cut them. As they wove their baskets they would put the reeds or grasses through their mouths to moisten them, praying over them. The basket thus wove together the physical and the spiritual parts of life. Indigenous peoples saw their life as a communion with Earth and spirit that nourished them and at the same time nourished creation, the two being so interwoven it would not have been possible even to think of nourishing the one without nourishing the other.
- As the mediator between heaven and earth, spirit and matter, individual consciousness has the potential to be the catalyst for alchemical transformation, a real transformation of consciousness.
Including the Earth in Our Prayers: Spiritual Practice as a Catalyst for Change