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The need to heal the split between spirit and matter — the need for the return of the feminine — is one of the most important stories of our present time. As we wake up to our ecological crisis, we sense the imbalance that lies at the root of our culture, the result of our loss of contact with the sacredness of the earth that is the cornerstone of all indigenous cultures. But few have dared to penetrate to the very foundation of this cultural split and to see how it has evolved over the centuries, to comprehend the real depths of the imbalance that now threatens our whole planet.’

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

“We may deny that an event occurred, or we may act as though it was unimportant. For instance, when someone we love dies, or when we are injured or violated, we may act as though nothing has happened, because the emotions that come with truly acknowledging the situation are too painful. In addition, dissociation may be experienced as part of the body being disconnected or almost absent. Frequently, chronic pain represents a part of the body that has been dissociated.”

― Peter A. Levine

“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” — Eckhart Tolle

There are still human beings on this planet who understand the proper relationship between people and Earth. They have long traditions of stewardship of our God-given Creation. They have a love and respect for it that goes back into the mists of time. But they have barely survived genocide by the Europeans and their native wisdom has almost been lost. They are attempting to reconstitute it now and shed the Christian ideas that were forced on them.

There are still pockets of uncontacted peoples in the jungles of the Amazon, but not for much longer, as the forces of “civilization” encroach. The people believe they are maintaining life on Earth through their practices and rituals. They are probably right. The world needs our loving attention.

Our culture is concentrated on subduing nature, using it where we can and killing what we see no use for. The idea of partnering with nature is measured against the time and effort required to profit off it. Guess what wins? Profit, of course. That’s our God. Money.

As the world turns (to coin a phrase) we are facing a time of lessons, of paybacks and karmic comeuppances. It will be a shock because we have lived off our inheritances until they’ve run out. The world is about to see a plague of locusts that will not bypass our spoiled society. We will not be exempt.

The best thing we can do is to live simply, kindly, and help others to do the same. It will still be possible to have what matters in life after divesting ourselves of the possessions and conveniences and perks of a materialistic lifestyle. Unencumbered minds can create beauty, I’m convinced of it.

I think that’s where meaning and beauty come from, a spacious and calm mind that is not pursuing either status or mere survival. A mind locked down into ironclad answers provided by the received wisdom of any system is a mind that has quit living, by choice.

A mind still alive is a mind still looking and leaving final answers alone. It’s a mind still learning. It’s a youthful mind, a creative mind. Only such a mind can contribute to the world.

The shamans and sensitives end up being artists and writers, it seems. They have the wakefulness to ask questions and look closely at life. They possess an inner liveliness that can seed itself in the culture. In societies where those folks are valued, there is a sense of connection and meaning. In places where artists are superfluous, there is an atomization, a falling apart, a loss of connection.

The world is wounded and we the brief visitors here can hardly escape being wounded too.

Things are shifting rapidly now in our society. I think I’m seeing an increasing interest in what artists and visionaries have to say. We need those people more than ever now.

Places like Medium, where anyone can create at practically any level of meaning, will become more common. We know things that we don’t realize we know until we start to speak. Communication between minds via words or any other medium will fertilize the growth of a new culture.

We have other paths we can take that may open up unexpectedly to give us a way to create a better world. I expect writers and artists to be at the forefront of this effort.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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