The Dream Of Life

David Price
3 min readMay 31, 2021
Jacek Yerka

It turns out Darwin’s theory of evolution was incomplete. Evolutionary biologists such as Elizabet Sahtouris have concluded that the survival of the fittest is but one stage of the larger evolutionary cycle and that without intra- and inter-species cooperation built into the process, a purely selfish and competitive species is likely to die out.[1] Forest ecologists such as Suzanne Simard have demonstrated that trees communicate with one another through their underground root and fungi networks and when one of them is ailing, other trees push nutrients through their root system to help it recover…

…we now know that while the world’s 370 million Indigenous peoples make up less than 5 percent of the global human population, they manage and protect 80 percent of the global biodiversity because their traditional ecological knowledge reaffirms the inherent sacred value of nature and interdependence amongst all living beings. It is time for a paradigm shift. The beauty of knowing that the Earth is a closed system is to understand — without hubris — that we are all part of the same phenomenon, Life. We are all the same: We hope good things happen to us. We care for the people that love us. We are immersed in the communities that surround us. And we exist due to the biophysical interplay of nature…Embracing interdependence as the central organizing principle is to dissolve that boundary between ourselves and “the other” and to expand the circle of community so that there is no “other” left; there is only us made whole.

— /dekila-chungyalpa

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“Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion…Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have a positive intention during the dream…”

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

We humans inhabit a dreamscape, a theatre of slowed-down energy flows that appear solid but aren’t. The most real elements of life are our thoughts and emotions, which have an unsuspected power. We live in a magical paradigm we interpret in the most unimaginative and literal way possible. Older, indigenous cultures live closer to the truth. They see very clearly the underlying connections between everything and they work to aid and abet those…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.