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Reconnecting with the Earth for Personal and Global Healing

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Earth Healing

This piece of literary artwork was brought to life through contributions by the following authors: Luke A Shootingstar, Craig (Rangi) Ahipene, and Oryx Cohen:

 

Some have said through crisis we sometimes see an opportunity, the chances of that are greater when there is enough hope and support present. Dawning awareness is growing into full light as the extent of our collective influence is put in perspective with sobering accuracy. Community leaders advocate bringing our existence back into balance with the environment around us, we have been calling forth a bridge for a Great Reconnecting with the Earth.

A webinar bearing this name was introduced in June 2018. It explores ways of healing for our bodies, minds, and spirits and weaves connections for repair—not only on the personal, but also on the larger scale level. Through efforts showcased in the webinar series, a supportive infrastructure is emerging, and very much needed for resilience, empowerment, and sustainable wellness in our communities.  This is what the practical philosophy of permaculture represents.

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In the webinar series, these, and related topics, are approached as innovative opportunities for peering beyond from an extra-ordinary point of view that has not quite dawned upon the larger humanity yet: that there is a link between wellness support and permaculture.  This Way is being illuminated as an additional career path for peers in the workforce who have valuable lived experience overcoming crisis.  The gifted among us carry a golden key to the process needed in order to bring us back to health on the larger planetary scale.

Soon a new role for employing lived experience in the restoration of wellness may be emerging, this new role represents wellness support and permaculture united: enter, the Community Wellness Specialist.  This new Way empowers many to find dignity and joy in service through their valuable victory.  Blessed are those who have experienced living through turmoil, suffering, and the hardships of crisis and emerged to rediscover quality of life for they have successfully restored peace.  

The voice of the Maori Tribe carries this message of revival through healing by a previous webinar presenter, Chief Rangi Ahipene of the Great Fish Maui (New Zealand):

“I resonate with the Maori understanding of medicine, ‘rongoa,’ which loosely translates to ‘listening.’  I believe in the wisdom of all living creatures to know what it is that ails them in times of sickness, disconnection, and disharmony.  In order to heal, we need to truly listen to ourselves, those around us, the earth, and the universe.  We need to rediscover ancient wisdom that is inside all of us, passed down through indigenous ancestors.  Indigenous people can help us with this, yet we all have this capability, as we all are ultimately indigenous to planet earth (as far as we know).

“After we truly listen, it can be quite overwhelming to feel and know that we are a part of such disharmony.  A few of us seek refuge in ‘crazy,’ or altered/visionary states, which many times can lead to feeling even more disconnected from others.  Most people find ways to distract themselves through work, smart phones, television, and other technologies so that they don’t have to deal with the pain that is all around them.

“But the ‘answer,’ may not be so complicated or difficult.  What if ANYTHING we did that led to more connection, more listening, more healing, was all we needed to do.  The answers might be a lot simpler than we might think.  Again, turning to our indigenous brothers and sisters and ancestors will help in this process.  If we listen, they are telling us to reconnect with the earth.  This reconnection can take many forms.  It can involve having a more authentic and loving relationship with your family and friends.  It can mean planting a garden.  Or starting an organic permaculture farm.  Or going for a hike.  Or eating organic foods.  Or turning the television off at dinner time.  It could mean educating yourself about climate change.  It could mean joining an environmental activist organization.  Any action big or small is a step in the right direction and can have tangible results in our lives.  We don’t have to give up and we don’t have to wait.

“The time for change is now. In this way, rongoa, or listening, can lead to the Maori concept of ‘hauora,’ or well-being for all.”

 

Reconnecting with the Earth offers a platform for healing on an individual level, coordination of local and global strategic actions, information sharing, communications, and education; this expanding Way offers intrinsic motivation in a rediscovery of purpose, engagement through taking initiative, and the mutual enjoyment in personal and global healing. You can play a role, in your own communities, by being part of the solution in this globally coordinated effort.

Our current roster of organizations united in the Earth Healing Campaign has grown too extensive to list here.  View our roster of allied organizations on its own page now.

 

The world is wondering which government will take the matter seriously and watching for who will manage to do something about it finally.  Our countrywomen and men are waiting for someone with a backbone to act.  Well, maybe we are the ones we have been waiting for to act in the interest of (and on behalf of) our planet Earth and the many species of life that inhabit it, skitter, walk, crawl, swim, and fly in this blue sphere we call home.  What out there in the world represents a piece inside of us also, as reflections, this is an invitation to Reconnect!

 

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Current and Future Developments in the Earth Healing Campaign: (.pdf) (.pptx)

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     ~ Omnipresence is a very tall order, possible for us

 through working and playing together...as allies ~

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In our initial talks about participation in The Calling, I shared my idea for a publication called "PR, Inc. A Digest for Planetary Repair" with Mark Lakeman and we have a tentative plan for his entity "Planet Repair Institute" to take on the endeavor of production for such an inspired publication, with many possibilities for collaboration opportunities by Global Community Designs and many other groups.  To feature exciting content from many organizations regarding substatial efforts in Global Healing and Repair in a massive undertaking. The idea has been sitting on the back shelf of ideas for more than a decade, so it is truly exciting to imagine it coming to life in the near future. 

This ITEM is placed around the 2-5 year range in the 10 year plan for the Earth Healing Campaign.

Rev. "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters, =ECE=

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indiGenious is both a record label being launched currently and a series of radio shows.  The multiple levels of meaning in the name represent delivery of media arts and messages that represent the free spirit of healing, and inspiration through the Great Medicine that can guide us through our time of confusion and distress which is an issue for all life on Earth.

indiGenious is a project housed within Global Community Designs that bridges both MUSE Media Arts and Armada Talent Alliance.

One musical complilation is now nearing completion to showcase talent which shares these messages so revitalizing for our times. It is available as a member benefit of our community organization.

THIS ITEM IS WITHIN THE CURRENT TIME PERIOD OF OUR TEN-YEAR PLAN

Rev. "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters, =ECE=

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The game plan for rolling out a new role in Wellness Support to bridge with permaculture is to start with promoting more awareness and expansion of the Peer Bridger role, which has a lot of potential to expand connection with local community, yet still within the realm of the behavioral health care and recovery world.  Focusing on this goal though, will serve to pave the way to introducing the new role of a Community Wellness Specialist (CWS) into the world of permaculture, community restoration and development, and governmental relations.  The CWS is envisioned to be more so within the realm of sustainability and permaculture, less so recovery and behavioral health, though still serving to bridge these huge fields...from the other side coming into the common ground of our growing platform for Personal and Global Healing.

This item is placed around the 5-7 year mark for realization within our 10 year plan for the Earth Healing Campaign.

Rev. "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters, =ECE=

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EarthWise—which is a business assistance program in Marion County, Oregon, helps businesses become more Green, through raising awareness by education and support for improving processes in business.  Programs such as EarthWise are important to work with for a Community Wellness Specialist (CWS) because they can engineer the ripple effect to take over after our simple effort of promoting awareness of sustainability and reduced impact (Triple Bottom Line philoosphy) is done.

Local Chambers of Commerce and Congress people are important links to prioritize connecting with.

As important as making relationships with government figures is reaching out to local businesses, non-profits, and community leaders to support and promote their efforts.  The primary purpose of a CWS is to represent the awareness of who is present and influential locally and link the network together where needed for increased collaboration and support for the entire process and experience of sustainable wellness.

THIS ITEM IS IN THE 2-5 YEARS FROM NOW TIME PERIOD OF OUR TEN-YEAR PLAN

Rev. "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters, =ECE=

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There are some things to elaborate upon from the NetWorks Earth pages that could not easily be through a sharing a brief glimpse of their site.

  1. NetWorks' Home On Earth page introduces a video series that provides instructionals in the application of Natural Building Techniques.  This may be very helpful for people looking to start applying Natural Building Technologies in their developments while operating on meager project budgets. One quote stood out that should be shared from this page: '"Crisis' in Chinese script is represented by two characters: one means 'danger,' and the other means 'opportunity.' There is certainly the danger that we'll keep consuming blindly to extinction... but the opportunity on the horizon is that as we take steps toward a healthier environment, our lives and communities will improve along the way."
  2. Return of the Village features many strong correlations with Mark Lakeman's presentation in our 2nd webinar: The Calling.  For people interested in learning more about supporting the expansion of this way of living together, I recommend visiting the Village Building Convergence page by City Repair Project and getting involved in your own area.  If there is not something massive happening around you yet--build it and they will come.
  3. One of the primary defining features of our Earth Healing Campaign as it relates to revolutionizing residential settings for mental health, recovery, and wellness is the presence of options for Nature Therapy. A concept is shared on NetWorks' page at Earth Mother Dwelling which is complimentary to the importance of a "burrow." In our ROWAN tradition here, a burrow is where a person can take refuge in when needed, far from the commotion of the modern busy world.  The significance of a burrow is that, dug down into the earth and surrounded by cob, a burrow resembles a womb.  Burrows are not present at facilities anywhere that I know of yet (in the United States at least) but they should be because the healing value is tremendous.  We can use this idea, applying Natural Building Technologies, to lead the way forward toward the Bright Beyond...A powerful quote from NetWorks' Earth Mother Dwelling page shares very nicely insight into the value of looking at indigenous cultures use of technologies that reconnect us with nature for our sustainable wellness: "Throughout my studies I had a passion for what I call 'primitive' (or 'indigenous') architecture. By primitive I don't mean backward, but quite the opposite — to be primus means to be the first. To be at the beginning. It is good for the mind to go back to the beginning, because the start of any established human activity is its most wonderful moment." The ROWAN idea of a burrow was adapted from the idea of a "hol-ka," introduced in the book "The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You" (also called "The Comforter") written by Dorothy Bryant.
  4. Lastly, in addition to the video series mentioned above, The Colloquium area of NetWorks' site has a wealth of information about Natural Building Techniques and a good introduction into the conceptual methodology of the practice.

THIS ITEM IS IN THE CURRENT TIME PERIOD OF OUR TEN-YEAR PLAN

Rev. "Luke A. Shootingstar" Walters, =ECE=

Prime Ambassador for Allied Circles of Excellence
     ~ Large or small, all of our efforts matter ~

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