Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there are still a few remaining uncontacted indigenous tribes, living in widely-dispersed hunter-gatherer societies. The people bathe in the tributaries of the Amazon, harvest yucca and mango from gardens cleared on the shores of the river, and hunt rainforest animals using spears and hand-made blow guns. Their children run freely through the jungle. Their shamans and healers are libraries of information about natural healing methods; their minds are catalogues of the properties and uses and immense healing powers of the rainforest plants.
Scientists, anthropologists, and botanists who have lived with recently-contacted Amazonian tribes say that the indigenous peoples of the Amazon are mirthful, happy people who love a good laugh, play with their children frequently, and enjoy meals together as a community. Their spiritual beliefs are rich and complex. They believe that by communicating with the spirits of the plants, they can find a cure to every human ailment; and indeed, research shows that 70% of our modern cancer-fighting drugs come from the rainforest. Their shamans shapeshift into rainforest animals such as the jaguar and the eagle, or converse with their ancestors who passed long ago, to bring important messages back to their people. Dreaming is very important to them, as a way of receiving messages from the unseen realms, and some of the indigenous cultures believe that the dream world is the real world, while the waking world is an illusion.
But these people are disappearing.
There is oil beneath their lands - billions of barrels of oil that is coveted by many in modern society. In some areas of the Amazon, oil drilling has been going on for decades already. Where this has been the case, the rainforest has been destroyed and the local indigenous people have either left, or for those who have stayed, their lives are a shadow of what they used to be.
What happens when a tribe of people living in isolation for thousands of years is invaded by oil conglomerates looking to drill beneath their sacred trees and gardens to find black gold? What happens when hundreds of gallons of toxic chemicals are spilled into their pristine rivers? Do the indigenous people have any recourse to fight back to defend their ancestral territory, when Big Oil and multimillion dollar profits are on the line?
My novel explores these themes and much more. How is the Great Cherokee Removal (Trail of Tears) of the 1830's equivalent to what's happening in the Amazon rainforest today? For those of us living in the modern world, how can our dreams carry us from modern beliefs of how the world "must" operate to help us gain an understanding of a much more ancient way of perceiving reality and right ways of living? And when the indigenous people engage with the modern world and legal systems to fight back against the injustice of having their land taken away, who will ultimately have the upper hand?
Based on actual and historical events, my novel The Worlds We Lost While Dreaming offers a perspective that runs counter to the common wisdom of our modern society and brings to the surface great truths about our historical treatment of the Earth and the resulting climate crisis. My book combines current events, politics, international finance, ancient wisdom, and history to create a groundbreaking new view of our collective past and future.
It is a journey from the bustling cities of North America to the impenetrable Amazon rain forest and ultimately to the international human rights courts of Costa Rica.
I am currently seeking an agent and publisher for my novel. If you are interested in speaking with me or receiving a copy of my manuscript to review, please contact me using the form below. Thank you!
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My novel comes at a critical time in history, when the urgency is high to raise awareness around oil drilling and indigenous rights in the Amazon. The battles currently being fought there will affect future generations to a degree that we cannot yet even fathom. The Amazon rainforest provides 20% of the world's oxygen - that is 1 in every 5 oxygen molecules that we breathe. The rainforest also provides a carbon sink that is absolutely imperative to keep whole, in order to balance the carbon emissions created by humans.
Jocelyn Mercado's Bio:
I am a Transformational Life Coach, Author, Holistic Health Consultant, and Environmentalist. I spent over 15 years in Finance and Project Management before taking the leap to begin my Life Coaching and Consulting career, and I have never looked back!
I have been studying indigenous wisdom, shamanic practices, and earth-based healing methods for years and I've experienced major shifts in my life leading me to develop a unique life coaching method based on the idea that we must heal ourselves, as an individual, first; then connect with others and help others to heal; and then we will find our innate power to change the world.
As a Transformational Life Coach, I have the incredible opportunity to work with visionary clients all around the world to help them discover their life's purpose, break free from everything that holds them back, launch their inspired vision or new business to the world, and turn their skills as a healer or teacher into a financially sustainable business. I help people to connect to their heart's truth and then redesign their lives so they can spend more time (or all of their time!) doing what they love & what they are meant to do in this precious & beautiful lifetime.
My website, Sacred Planet, was created to connect a global community of visionaries, revolutionaries, and thought leaders who are unified by the knowledge that we CAN and we MUST work together to create a brighter future for ourselves, our children, and the next seven generations of beings on our beautiful planet.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I draw on my fascination with magical realism and the intricacies of the Spanish language to bring depth and mystery into my writing.
I am a blogger for the Pachamama Alliance, an environmental and social justice organization based in San Francisco. I write about indigenous wisdom, the politics and economics that affect the developing world, solutions to mitigate climate change, and global environmental and social justice issues. My most recent articles for the Pachamama Alliance can be viewed here.
I host a monthly women's circle to raise the power of the sacred feminine vibration to accelerate global healing. I speak at events on topics such as how we can each make a contribution to reducing the impact of climate change; the importance of a global shift in focus from money and power to peace and sustainability; how to discover and dynamically pursue your life's purpose; and other topics.
In July 2016, I hosted an online summit featuring 26 experts who shared their deep wisdom about the Interplay of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science; how ancient wisdom and modern science are mutually reinforcing; and ways that we can leverage both to create the brighter future that we wish to see for our planet, ourselves, and future generations.
My next global online event will be called The Heartbeat of Mother Earth Global Summit, and will air in February 2017. Sign up for the Sacred Planet newsletter today to receive updates on all of my projects!
The Worlds We Lost While Dreaming is my first novel.
I live in Maryland with my husband and two young daughters, ages six and three, to whom it is my sincerest hope to pass on a healthy, sustainable, magic-and-mystery-infused way of living on the Earth.