A call to the truth of our connection
Our connection is the story of humanity, on our little blue marble of a planet, suspended in space. We have only this one little planet to call home. We have only this one time, perhaps 12 years, to restore this planet to livability. We have only ourselves to blame. And we have only ourselves to rely on.
Our planet needs us now. Each of us has a contribution to make. Each of us has gifts. The most important thing is for each of us to offer the gifts that fill our hearts: compassion, kindness, acts of love, forgiveness. And to offer our gifts, selflessly, wherever we are called.
I am called to teach people to communicate with nature. I hope by doing so, that we can communicate not only with the immediate nature that we can see and feel. Also to spread our consciousness, with love, to the entire planet. And also to all of humanity. Because truly we are one.
We have a lot of work ahead of us to learn that, however. And to learn to overcome the habits we created when we were deluded by belief in our domination of nature. And we have much pain to heal from our past domination of and exploitation of each other.
Noetic Sciences Conference, IONS, July 18-21, 2019
IONS, Institute of Noetic Sciences, was founded by Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. He had a “spontaneous epiphany experience”, on the way back from the Apollo 14 mission. When he saw our little blue marble of a planet suspended in space, he saw our fragility, our thin atmosphere necessary for life. He recognized our oneness, in every molecule, every living being. He went to Indian Vedic literature to find similarities to his experience of “unity, oneness, accompanied by ecstasy.”
I realized that the story of ourselves as told by science—our cosmology, our religion—was incomplete and likely flawed. I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discrete things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description. What was needed was a new story of who we are and what we are capable of becoming.
–Dr. Edgar Mitchell
This is the famous picture of our little blue marble. (Wikipedia)
In 1973, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Its mission “is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery, creating a more compassionate, thriving, and sustainable world.”
At the 18th International IONS conference, I felt like I finally landed.
For many years I have kept my spiritual experiences and communities separate from my clinical work as a massage therapist and researcher. And talking with Devas? Almost afraid to mention. Although I have taught clients so they could be empowered into a new relationship with their bodies.
Then, the spiritual side of life kept intruding into my nice neat tidy professional life. Like, recently, Mother Mary of Guadalupe appeared in my treatment room to direct me and the client to heal a severely painful displaced fracture in her foot. When the client told me who it was, I had to look her up on the internet. She fit the picture.
Many of my friends are environmental and social justice activists. I used to do that. But I have a different trajectory in the present. Nowadays, I am more concerned with strengthening people to heal themselves with compassion and love. And I have a deep conviction that love is more powerful than the forces that divide us.
I am just as deeply committed as my friends to make this world a better place, to heal our planet. But I am called differently.
At this conference, I felt like I came home. I knew no one before hand. Then heard dozens of researchers and scientists who echoed my own convictions. Who were talking about the interface of science, spirituality and activism.
Science is showing what spirituality and indigenous traditions have said for a long time. We have reached the end of an era. We can no longer follow the old pattern of beliefs that we are separate. It has destroyed so much of our environment and our hearts in relationship to each other.
Instead we must act out of love and compassion and kindness, in every possible aspect of our lives. And that every act of loving kindness contributes to uplift the whole. Our consciousness is shifting. That was one of the most powerful messages that I would like to share from the conference.
Consciousness and Healing Initiative, CHI
July 18 was a pre-conference, presented by the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, CHI, on Biofield Science and Healing. It was led by Dr. Shamini Jain. I have followed her Biofield research for many years. However it took until halfway through the program that I realized she was the same person. She introduced a program full of stunning speakers I have quoted from for years.
Later, other inspirational thinkers, researchers, social pioneers and spiritual lights joined in the chorus. And I will never forget the power of Rev. Paulette Pipe having us collectively bless the world with a Buddhist ceremony. Takeaway: our consciousness is powerful, when we are united in love and compassion, to change not only our bodies, also the world.
Hearts and minds in collaboration
I saw how, when we put our hearts and minds together, in a focused, collaborative way, we can experience the power to bless that comes from unity, a sense of oneness. We may never recover from all the environmental damage that we’ve done, but we can probably stop the decline from going further.
Altogether, it inspired me to be of greater service to our wholeness. I invite you to join me in Nature, or join with like minded others close to you, to heal the wounds in our society, in other people, in our relationships.
Paradigm change: domination on the way out
The old paradigm was about human dominance over nature, and separation from each other. Individualism and greed justified wars and violence. It excused the cruelty that many inflicted and the “othering” that sees differences as “the enemy”.
It was about separation of mind from body, of heart from soul. It seemed to have a lot of power. But it is eroding along with our environment declining. It was easy to be frightened by these changes. However, I am no longer frightened. Just determined to do my part.
New paradigm: our interconnectness, mutuality, Co-creation.
We can recruit our loving heart energy and deep faith as part of the solution.
Each one of you can also feel the power, the possibility of how we can make change by our loving focused intention, collectively. Have you ever experienced this before? What does this remind you of?