Now is a good time to consider the global myth which Joseph Campbell refers to in his book The Power of Myth.
“Myths are stories of our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance. We all need to tell our story and to understand our story … the only myth that is going to be worth thinking about in the immediate future is one that is talking about the planet … and everybody on it.”
Who are the authors of such a myth? We are—we the people of grassroots, we the people who care about our social, economic, political, environmental, agricultural, and educational values and systems. And how do we write the myth? We write it by getting in touch with inner values. Getting in touch with my inner values, I’d like to contribute to the global myth.
Mother Earth has a right to clean and free-flowing waters.
She has a right to an aura, an atmosphere that is pure.
She has a right to breathe deeply through pores of open and green space.
She has a right to healthy soil from which to feed her plants, animals, and peoples.
She has a right to natural beauty of wetlands, forests, mountains, and oceans.
She has a right for her people to have wilderness in which to be still and reflect.
She has a right to a balanced population sustaining dynamic equilibrium.
She has a right that all life forms contribute to the vibrant ecosystem of life.
What is your contribution—your page—in the myth being created?
It is a page that only you can write. Write it. Share it. Be it.
Seeds genetically altering
Polar bears extincting
Honey bees vanishing
Is it too late to save ourselves?
Is it too late to save ourselves?
Fear to love
Greed to generosity
Anger to forgiveness
Addiction to balance
Despair to hope
Depression to joy
War to peace
Shift - inner environment and save ourselves.
The following article is from United Indians of All Tribes. If every grant, strategic plan and business plan included these sixteen principles we would witness a new humanity in a sustainable world.
These 16 principles have emerged from thousands of hours of consultation with Indigenous communities and many years of testing and application around the world. These 16 principles describe how it is necessary to work in order to achieve sustainable wellbeing and prosperity.
*Developed and published by Four Worlds International. For a detailed description see “Recreating the World” by Michael and Judie Bopp (2006), Four Worlds Press. Calgary.
1. Human beings can transform their world. The web of our relationships with others and the natural world which has given rise to the problems we face as a human family, can be changed.
2. Development comes from within. The process of human and community development unfolds from within each person, relationship, family, organization, community, or nation.
3. Healing is a necessary part of development. Healing the past, closing up old wounds and learning healthy habits of thought and action to replace dysfunctional thinking and disruptive patterns of human relations is a necessary part of the process of sustainable development.
4. Justice. Every person (regardless of gender, race, age, culture, religion) must be accorded equal opportunity to participate in the process of healing and development and to receive a fair share of the benefits.
5. No vision, no development. A vision of who we can become, and what a sustainable world would be like, works as a powerful magnet, drawing us to our potential.
6. Authentic development is culturally based. Healing and development must be rooted in the wisdom, knowledge and living processes of the culture of the people.
7. Interconnectedness. Everything is connected to everything else. Therefore, any aspect of our healing and development is related to all the others (personal, social, cultural, political, economic, etc.). When we work on any one part, the whole circle is affected.
8. The hurt of one is the hurt of all; the honour of one is the honour of all. The basic fact of our oneness as a human family means that development for some at the expense of wellbeing for others is not acceptable or sustainable.
9. Unity. Unity means oneness. Without unity, the common oneness that makes (seemingly) separate human beings into “community” is impossible. Disunity is the primary disease of community.
10. No participation, no development. Participation is the active engagement of the minds, hearts and energy of the people in the process of their own healing and development.
11. Spirit. Human beings are both material and spiritual in nature. It is therefore inconceivable that human community could become whole and sustainable without bringing our lives into balance with the requirements of our spiritual nature.
12. Morals and ethics. Sustainable human and community development requires a moral foundation. When morals decline and basic ethical principles are violated, development stops.
13. Learning. Human beings are learning beings. We begin learning while we are still in our mother’s wombs, and unless something happens to close off our minds and paralyze our capacities, we keep on learning throughout our entire lives.
14. Sustainability. To sustain something means to enable it to continue for a long time. Authentic development does not use up or undermine what it needs to keep on going.
15. Move to the positive. Solving the critical problems in our lives and communities is best approached by visualizing and moving into the positive alternative that we wish to create, and by building on the strengths we already have, rather than on giving away our energy fighting the negative.
16. Be the change you want to see. The most powerful strategies for change always involve positive role modeling and the creation of living examples of the solutions we are proposing. By walking the path, we make the path visible.
Capacity Building - Beyond service delivery, individuals and communities have a critical role to play in their own healing and development. Wellness and prosperity cannot be delivered to people through programs, no matter how well conceived and executed those programs may be. Development comes from within. Healing comes from within. For this reason, a significant portion of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives focus on building the capacities of individuals, families and communities to address their own sustainable wellbeing and prosperity.
Peshastin Pinnacles State Park is a 34-acre desert park featuring a group of sandstone slabs and spires called "the pinnacles." Climbable spires reach 200 feet into the air. Rocks and trails provide views of surrounding orchards, the Enchantment Mountain Range, and the Wenatchee River valley.
Look! A mountain there.
I don't climb mountain
Mountain climbs me.
Mountain is myself.
I climb on myself.
There is no mountain
moves up and down
in the air.
~ Nanao Sakaki
He Who Watches
With the great mountains,
With the great rocks,
In one with my body
And my heart.
Do you all help me
With supernatural power,
And you, Day
And you, Night!
All of you see me
One with this world!
~ Yokuts Indian Prayer