Why do I do this work?
It is pure passion
Following my heart, soul, and intuition
It is a conviction that runs through the deepest parts of me
That these trees, these mountains,
The lakes and rivers,
The monkeys and rabbits and tigers and whales
The morning glories and the sunflowers
The herbs and the weeds
Are as much a part of me as I am a part of them
And if we let them perish, we will have nothing left, and soon we too
Of a broken spirit
If nothing else
Money will not matter
A successful career will not matter
Retirement savings will be worthless
If my children and grandchildren
Cannot travel to the Amazon rainforest, if they choose
Or see a living polar bear
Or walk among the redwoods
Or hike the Himalayas
Or bask in a field of wildflowers in the summer, watching honeybees and butterflies flutter all around, performing their sacred nectar dances.
There are enough of us:
The ones who really care,
The ones who can see past the mistaken dream of the modern world.
And our numbers are growing,
We were at COP21 fighting for indigenous rights and a 1.5 degree Celsius limit to global warming;
We are working in the rainforests every day to preserve the previous life that still flourishes there;
We are standing up to government, battling the policies and the politicians who would endanger our collective future for their individual gain;
We are activists marching in protest of fossil fuel use, or rallying to raise awareness around climate change;
We are scientists doing research and work to find out how migration patterns, plant growth, biodiversity, and weather patterns might change ... And what we can still do to keep them the same.
We are shamans, dreaming into existence a new era of peace and creativity and the fullest life.
We are writing, singing, dancing, praying, loving, journeying, meditating, working, and hoping for a better future.
We are the strongest force out there
Stronger than the lawmakers
Stronger than big oil
Or the mega-corporations
Stronger than the ones who think climate change is not real
Or not influenced by humans
We are so powerful
Because we are on the side of Nature
We are inspired and encouraged and motivated
By the voice of the Source of all life
By the spirits of the winged ones, and the four-legged ones
And the tree spirits, as well as all the collective energy of the forests everywhere
We are driven by our own intuition
Our fierce internal knowledge and wisdom
Passed down by generations long ago
Who lived in harmony and respect with this planet that we love.
Now is our time
We have a great opportunity before us
To honor the ancient wisdom
To reconnect with nature
To rediscover our own limitless possibilities
To fully explore what we are capable of
To infuse this world
This modern society
With peace, compassion, and understanding
To end the violence and suffering
Which are just symptoms of the overall global sickness
To restore humanity's faith in our own selves
And to heal the Earth by healing the minds and hearts of all of the people living on it:
To make unprecedented, transformational change in the world.
The sages and Mystics have said for millennia
That in this time, a time of overwhelming darkness,
A small but powerful group of humans would break through all limitations
And using love and sacred inspiration as their only weapons,
Lead all humankind
To a new beginning
A new consciousness
A new way of living upon the Earth
Now we are here in this precious moment
On the brink of great change
Will you resist the changes that need to occur? Will you uphold the status quo, seeking comfort in familiarity?
Or will you throw down your shackles, release all doubts and judgments,
And join in wholeheartedly
On the side of truth
And a brilliant, beautiful, healthy planet for our future generations?
I invite you
Speak your truth
Shine your light
And change the world
Love and light to you in this promising New Year 2016!
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