to really live once again with the natural world and the wild on their own terms means to strip away almost everything and begin again.
And only when we do so will we be in the right mind to begin to contemplate what is next and
how to proceed on behalf of a future for all beings, including ourselves.
Deena Metzger

As we meditate in our circle together, we begin the descent from our heads to our hearts, to our souls, to our essence. We have prepared the ground by continually doing our healing and empowerment work. And now, to paraphrase wisewoman Judith Duerk, we…must descend to our depths…into a damp, echoing cavern, to sit and wait for that of our Selves which cannot be met in the upper world. We must trust the places of darkness where we can meet our own deepest nature and give it voice.

This is where we begin again. It is our opportunity for exploration and discernment, seasoned with playfulness and wonder, and with no coming to conclusions required at this time. We immerse ourselves in new and old ways of knowing that may serve as templates for possible ways forward. These include ritual and ceremony, indigenous mind, the arts, right relationship with the Earth, dreams, myths, and story.

Out of this darkness a new world can arise, not to be constructed by our minds so much as to emerge from our dreams.
Even though we cannot see clearly how it’s going to turn out, we are still called to let the future into our imagination.
We will never be able to build what we have not first cherished in our hearts.
Joanna Macy

And here we have another door: what we cherish in our hearts. As we share our many and diverse responses to what resonates most, we begin reweaving the web.

Join us in the Sanctuary (blog), sit in our circle, and share your thoughts. Guest posts (contact me) and comments are most welcome.


CEREMONY:

Cynthia Jurs – Earth Treasure Vase
Trebbe Johnson – Radical Joy For Hard Times
Loving Waters
EarthSongWave

INDIGENOUS MIND:

Pat McCabe – Woman Stands Shining
Ilarion Merculieff
Elder brothers – Columbia
13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Pachamama Alliance

THE ARTS

Daniel Dancer Art For the Sky In Concert With Nature.
Wild Woman Rising a free on-line magazine
Vijali Hamilton – World Wheel
The Roots Project’s art of the Earth’s indigenous peoples
Heather Jo Flores – “Writing Heroines”

Medusa’s Curse – The Necessity of Art in the Climate Struggle by Kathleen Dean Moore
Artists & Climate Change

RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH

Animas Institute
Ecology of Awakening
School of Lost Borders

DREAMS, MYTH, AND STORY

Buffalo Dreaming Lodge
Toko-pa
Charles Eisenstein
Michael Meade Living Myth, Mosiac Voices
New Story Hub