Invitation to Participate in the Revolution
Time is short people…the integrity of the fabric of creation is being compromised in ways that have severe consequences.Â Yet, while most of us are in agreement that something must be done, very few of have a clue as for what to do.
This is unsettling.
I for one have strong feelings about a number of alarming occurrences happening now from the poisoning of the oceans with crude oil, to deforestation of both tropical and temperate rainforests, cultural genocide, Transgenic manipulation of our food supply, consolidation of the seed industry by multinational chemical companies, climate destabilization and the looming spectre of peak oil.Â The list goes on and is certainly frightening enough to drive most sane, feeling people into their shells like so many turtles subsumed by a delirium ofÂ ignorant bliss.Â Arrested by apathy as the biosphere suffers.Â Well, like it or not, we too are woven into the tapestry of creation here…as our home planet suffers, so do we.
What to do?
Sit and wait for someone to lead the charge of revolution?
I for one feel like I see plenty of leaders standing tall and acting and speaking encouragingly and I am thrilled to co-create the emerging ecotopian culture that will be what remains as the corporate greed culture fails.Â I don’t seeÂ much sense in patching holes in the ruptured hull of the Titanic as it sinks.Â I’d much rather recycle the materials at hand into more lifeboats so that we can retain some sense of dignity as Babylon crumbles around us.
I propose a peaceful revolution of growing food!
And while we’re at it let usÂ delightÂ in the splendor of nature in Edens made manifest from the love and thoughtfulness of our intentions.Â Interacting with plants and animals in nature heals us in a way that mends the tears in the fabric of our subconscious biology.Â We are in many ways the dream of the plant world put into motion…we are what has sprouted from the seed of oxygen…
let us ponder photosynthesis if you will.
Solar energy from an unfathomably powerfully pulsing thermonuclear reaction 93 million miles away travels 8 minutes to reach leaves outstretched to take in this light food and transform it into cells. The primary fuel for this miracle is carbon dioxide, the lubricant is minerals from the soil and water, and the waste product is Oxygen.Â This is nothing short of a miracle!Â So when we breath, every cell in our body is being nourished with oxygen that has filtered through the cell of a plant somewhere, mixing with its own unique biochemical signature, swishing with alkaloids, essential oils, phenols and phytonutrients to help our blood and that of all other animals, run red.Â Consider this when you take your next breath.Â Can you identify the plants responsible for the air you are breathing, without which you would be dead in a matter of minutes.Â If you can’t actually see any plants, perhaps a change of scenery is in order!
Recently I was blessed with a poignant reminder of the miracle of air while visiting family in southern California.Â A few days in the horrendous smog of the valley had left me feeling congested and one of my boys had a cough, the other a sore throat…so we escaped to the coastal oasis of Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach.Â We climbed up a rough trail through coastal scrub to be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the sapphire blue Pacific and hills undulating beneath a cloak of sage, sumac and ceanothus.Â I was taking it all in while my 4 and 8 year old boys marveled at the crystaline structures in rocks newly unearthed by heavy rains, taste buds still buzzing from some freshly peeled and eaten fruits of wildcrafted prickly pear cactus; when I was over come with the scent of sagebrush during some deep inhalations and I was flooded with an incredible awareness of the interconnectedness of the plant and animal kingdoms through gas exchange that shook the very pillars of my being.Â Although difficult to describe in words as I try and massage them out on this keyboard, I felt as though I was gifted with a complete and instantaneous transmission, a desert download if you will, from those desert plants as to the importance of maintaining a gracious awareness of our inter-relationship through the simple and mostly unconscious act of breathing.
To expand on the saying, “you are what you eat”, in reference to breathing, consider, that “plants are what we exhale”.Â Put a little something extra into when you breath out, and go ahead and exhale a little deeper, you really don’t need that CO2 anyways, and try and spin prayers into our own contribution of CO2 going back into the mix as the plant world could certainly use whatever magic that we can muster in these challenging times.Â I’m visualizing this potentized exhaust compelling the plant world to bless us all with some extra special oxygen power to inspire us all to behave as though we are indeed another cell in the amazing organism of Gaia!