As we look to the future and our relationship with the next
generation, we face a stark choice: a path

View Form the Sun – Eco Art by Denise Rushing

of fear, cynicism, denial and
despair, or one of hope, renewal, restoration and of co-creating
abundance for the future.  Our young people are already keenly aware of
the dire state of the world, with messages from mass media that lead to
desolation.  It is our task to offer a positive path forward even as we
help them, and ourselves, through the grief and despair over what we
have inherited.

The Universe has undergone 13.7 billion years of physical and
spiritual evolution. We find ourselves a part of an unfolding story, one
where we all have common origins and where we all are part of a whole
living system on planet Earth. To live in harmony with the planet
requires that we accept our position as a part of the natural system
rather than a consumer (or taker) of Earth’s gifts.  Sadly, awaken to
this just as we witness, and realize that we’ve caused, a massive
planetary extinction event.

The solution to global difficulties lies within Earth herself: in us.
Our human family must turn its efforts to restoring and renewing the
natural world. We must recreate healthy soil, forests, waters.  We must
recreate local communities together. We must slow and eventually reverse
our impact on the climate and the living systems of our planet home.
This will not only require political will, it will require individual
and collective awakening and resolve. An internal shift is required–a
change in our way of being. 

We need a life-giving and sustaining vision and spiritual
sustenance so that we can let go of the false promises that our culture
of consumption has ingrained so deeply within us. 

We need a New Story.

By observing, imitating and co-creating with the natural world, I
find myself living this new story. As I behave differently, I also
become a part of our natural world, instead of apart from it… I become
indigenous to the plant Earth once again. My daily work reflects my
spirituality, and my ideology–and all are consistent with a new
cosmology, a new story: that we are part of this living, breathing
planet and all life is sacred.

Today around the globe, many are learning the techniques of
renewal—skills and philosophies that will help renew and restore damaged
places, create healthy soil and grow food, and create resilient
communities.  These skills and philosophies are an important way to
survive both physically and spiritually: creating abundance in these
times and in the years of transition and restoration ahead.  Nature
offers wisdom and hope–for regenerating our soils and depleted Earth…
and our depleted human spirit.  We can design with nature, rather than
fighting against her.  Our human gardens and farms can operate like
healthy natural systems, abundant and in natural cycles.  We can work in
community, finding harmony and cooperation with and within Earth’s
living systems.

The good news– co-creating this new story together can be life-giving, satisfying, and even fun.