When I was a kid we were constantly bombarded with fear of nuclear war. We would likely all die.
Then it was the hole in the ozone latter and acid rain that was going to kill us.
Meteors and comets made a brief appearance for a couple years as the monsters that would end the world.
Then it was pandemics.
Then it was terrorists. Terrorists were going to kill us all. I’m sure you all remember that one.
Now it’s the climate. The Earth and everything on it will be destroyed unless we act now!
The news is always feeding us something to be terrified of and there are always plenty of experts and scientists to legitimize the terror.
Don’t get me wrong, certainly creating sustainability and doing our best to reign in pollution is a good idea no matter what, that’s been true for a while now.
It’s also a good idea to understand that the people who own the mainstream news also own:
- The companies that make the the products you buy
- The banks that lend you money to buy them
- The oil you fill your car with as well as emerging ‘green’ technologies
- Most of the politicians who are supposed to represent you
- The pharmaceutical companies that can medicate your anxiety or depression.
So maybe it would be a good idea to turn off the news and tune into yourself and your immediate environment.
What does the ground under your feet tell you?
Do you know how to hear the actual Earth speaking?
Can you hear the messages in the wind and water?
Her voice is a lot softer than the TV, and it may require some work to quiet the worries poured into you. Usually we need to heal our own trauma before we can really hear her.
And just like it’s a good idea to try and heal the effects of stupid greed and thoughtlessness inflicted on the world at large, so it is also a good idea to heal the effects of the violence, neglect, stress, and societal programming that almost all of us have received in one way or another.
In fact, that might be the most important place to start.
So please, consider turning off the news and tuning in to the trees and the dirt.
The message from the Earth herself may be very different from what ‘the world’ is telling you.
What she tells me is this…
I will not be destroyed by you,
For you cannot destroy me.
I have been much hotter than this,
And much colder too!
I have been sterilized of almost all life,
And yet life has returned.
The changes now occurring are part
Of a cycle that is much bigger than you.
This civilization you have built will change
As all civilizations eventually do.
It may crumble and serve as soil for the next to grow from
Or it may gently evolve as more and more of you awaken.
One thing is certain and that it this –
There is a great potential for all of you to flourish
And step into your greatness at this time,
And doing so will mean first facing your own darkness.
So much depends on what you make space for
and choose to cultivate within yourself.
If you sow panic, fear, and despair then that is what you will harvest.
If you sow love, equanimity, and joy then that is what you will harvest.
So learn to listen to yourself and to my voice around and within you.
Heal your wounds and be of service to others as you can.
Throughout it all I will remain