Healing Our Relationships with the Ancestors opens a powerful channel in support of “Coming back to Life” for European Americans. This course addresses people’s desires to forge vibrant ties with their Ancestors along both personal and cultural lines. An underlying theme is the exploration of ways we can spiritually reclaim the understandings our indigenous forebears had about the essential linkage between generations throughout time and many related states of consciousness, lost to European Americans since the birth of industrialization, that are our birthright. Learning to live into these states of consciousness once more makes us available to connect profoundly with other peoples. [Read more…]
Leonard Higgins speaks in detail how “The Work That Reconnects” (initiated by Joanna Macy) was crucial in transitioning him out of climate despair and into real action — action that he describes as being surprisingly “blissful.”
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout
Photo Credit: Joanna Macy, deep ecologist, systems theorist, Buddhist scholar, author, speaker, teacher, communing with the Earth at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, January 2017. (Photo: Lois Canright)
We are living in a time of the convergence of multiple cataclysmic forces: runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD), chronic wars and the most grotesque economic inequality ever witnessed on Earth. And all are worsening by the day.
Humans have changed the chemistry of the oceans and altered the very atmosphere of Earth. The planet’s largest ecosystems are in free-fall collapse as ACD proceeds apace. Racism, sexism, xenophobia and myriad other structural forms of hate are amplifying around the globe as a fascist authoritarian has ascended to the US presidency, the most powerful office in the world. This reality-television star, failed businessman, sexual predator, and hate-and-fear monger is clearly aiming for the fast track toward totalitarian rule.
Dear Friends in the Work that Reconnects,
If you’ve been with me in the Work That Reconnects, chances are that you danced the Elm Dance, and heard me tell how it connects our work to a band of valiant Russians protecting life in the poisoned shadow of Chernobyl. Perhaps you read their story in my memoir, Widening Circles, or my little book Pass It On, or chipped in to help them buy radiation monitors for their farmers and school teachers. [Read more…]