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RETURNING TO THE GARDEN:

We can create a love-based Reality here on Earth. This is not a frivolous or simplistic premise but rather one supported by the facts. If humanity lived like this once, we can do it again.

Though I do not see present-day humanity living off the land in tipis and small tribes, I think if we simply infuse the wisdom and worldview of indigenous cooperative cultures into our modern societies and technology, much human suffering can be alleviated, wars and exploitation can be greatly reduced and the environment can be brought back into balance.

In these ancient cultures we were cared for from cradle to grave. Each of us found our calling (food, shelter, child-rearing, care for elderly or sick, etc.) and we offered it to the tribe for free. And, most importantly, we felt connected to the Great Spirit not one hour a week but all day each day without sacred books, temples or an intercessory.

We have the resources to feed, clothe, house and provide health care to all people comfortably if we just instill wisdom and love into our technology and human endeavors by looking not only to the past but also to the future — a future of higher consciousness. — Robert Roskind

“The process of individuation has always been appreciated as the most valuable and important thing in life. It is the only thing that brings any lasting satisfaction to a man. Power, glory, wealth, mean nothing in comparison. These things are external and therefore futile. Experience shows that there are certain psychological conditions in which man gets eternal results. They have something of the quality of eternity, of timelessness, they have the quality of reaching beyond man. They have a divine quality and yield all that satisfaction which man-made things do not.”
~C.G. Jung, Dream Seminars, p, 289

It’s amazing what we can create when we put our mind to it. Catastrophes, disasters galore, or peace on Earth. Humans are nothing if not versatile. How we veered off the sustainable way of living on earth and developed a culture of wanton destruction is obscure. We don’t know how we got here or, for most of us, we don’t even know that we are here. We can only see a few inches in front of us as we try to navigate our world in the dark.

But that’s our norm. We’re on automatic pilot, like brainless machines. Can a paradise be made by automatons? Not likely.

Somehow we have to take a spiritual step forward. Just a small advance in consciousness, just a little increase in kindness across the board would open the gates of earthly paradise that we have somehow lost sight of. Can we achieve that, you think?

Will our much vaunted intelligence help us. I’m not sure, unless we’re talking about intelligence of the heart.

What do you think?

We’ve got no lack of intellectual brilliance among us. It can be proven with logic that there’s a better way and that we’re in the process of committing suicide, but somehow those arguments lack the power to change “hearts and minds.”

I think we are facing a psycho-spiritual problem in the world and we don’t know how to deal with it because it’s too close to home. Our situation calls into question, on an individual basis, how we function as spiritual beings. For most of us, that question would be answered by the phrase “not at all.” That’s where we are ignorant and blind to the fact that we’re ignorant. We’re technical geniuses, but we’re spiritual idiots.

That’s a dangerous place to be. We can blunder into a holocaust.

I’m all for all the systemic adjustments possible to inhibit the worst instincts of humans, but those are stopgap measures. Without a change of heart, without an awakening of deep intelligence, we don’t have much hope of realizing that promise of paradise.

If this current crisis can help us take steps to seeing the error of our ways, it will have served its purpose.

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