“Speed and efficiency are not in themselves signs of intelligence or capability of correctness.” -John Ralston Saul (qouted from Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown)
"Measure of time, once based on changing seasons and wheeling stars, then much later the ticking of the clock, is now parceled out in nanoseconds. We have lost time as a biologically measurable experience...Both the legacy of our ancestors and the claims of our descendants become less and less real. Our culture’s readiness to demolish treasures of the past - and to permanently poison the aquifers the future ones will need - reveals a pathetically shrunken sense of time and a pathological denial of its continuity...as humans we have the capacity and the birthright to experience time in a saner fashion.” - Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown
In my own dark night of the soul, which I write about in my forthcoming book, it was literally a struggle for me to imagine my own future. And therefore, believe it or not, I couldn’t imagine developing relationships with friends and family into the future. I didn’t see the possibility of continuity. Ironically, this chapter in my life came after many years of disciplined focus on cultivating an embodied vision of a life-sustaining future for Humanity, Mother Earth, and All of Life.
My ”connective tissue” with both the ancestors who passed down stories, teachings, prophecies, and guidance for how to navigate this great time of transformation, and with the future generations, for whom we work, serve, persevere, and create, felt as if it had been severed.
As I emerged from the darkness, and re-membered myself within the magnificent web of life, I rejoiced in the ever-renewing quality of connection with loved ones - from the past, present and future. And, I realized, that the sense of personal loss that I had been feeling - a loss of connectivity with past and future, is a global phenomenon, being experienced by all humans, in some way, shape or form.
Our Global Industrial Society is acting in a way that does not believe in the continuity of life.
“It seems both outrageous and irresponsible that so few mental health clinicians connect the epidemics of mental distress in industrial societies with the devastating impact of our suicidal destruction of our own habitat and ecocidal elimination of whole species.” - Linda Buzzel and Craig Chalquist (qouted from Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown)
Deep Time: Accessing Courage through connection with Ancestors & Future Generations
Wednesday, Feb 22nd @ 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT
Register at www.themedicinetree.com/group-calls
In this call, we intentionally re-connect and re-member ourselves within the larger network of relationships throughout time, and in so doing, renew our source of purpose, inspiration, courage and conviction to stay focused on gratitude and connection to life.
I look forward to being with you on the call.
In grateful service,