Steve Guettermann writes, “For many of us, a major part of any lasting solution to acute pain and loss resides with our relationship to the planet; or, more specifically, through an intimate relationship with the natural world. It seems it takes right action, within the contexts of time and space, for anything positive to occur, whether it is societal progress, healing or personal evolution, all of which are intimately connected.”
“It’s always darkest before the dawn” may be trite, but it has great implication at this time in our human experience. Guest-writer Steve Guettermann offers some thoughts about our ability to engage immediately in rituals of reciprocity, gratitude and right-relationship with the planet, and the power of those actions to restore collective consciousness and sustainable integrity.
Steve Guettermann suggests we live in a quandary: we are to care for our planet and one another, yet lack the mental capacity to know why. Conscious human evolution is the tool we have to unlock the secrets of life and release ourselves from this bind. Steve contemplates these ideas and more after a post-rainstorm walk, the Earth’s sweet smell filling him with joy and gratitude.
As Madalyn Aslan explains, the US is a Cancer nation, born on the 4th of July. The sign Cancer, more than anything, consists of memory. This is how Cancer, a crab, survives. The crab is our oldest living creature on earth – five hundred million years old. A survivor, above all. Memory is crucial. We must remember history. And that we have choice.
Guest-author Steve Guettermann writes, “Our time has many names, including New Age, Aquarian Age, Information Age and Computer Age. Those all sound positive. However, in other circles our time is known as Kali Yuga: the Age of Quarrel and Conflict, or the Iron Age. Whatever we call it, our time seems to be a Coming of Age age.” He explores what we’re here to learn, which may well be how to choose conscious evolution.
Using a documentary about the reciprocal relationship between the Mofu people of Cameroon and the Jaglavak ant as a starting point, guest writer Steve Guettermann discusses “sacred reciprocity.” That is, spoken and honest prayerful intent, offered from a place of gratitude and abundance (rather than “behaving to have”), even during a Dark Night of the Soul.
“I agree with your analysis and thoughts about what is fueling the social rupturing we are seeing today. I am an amateur student of history and there is a deep underlying pattern that I have seen that holds true for most of humanity’s experiments in social living, at least as we know of it.” Reader Sally responds to Eric’s letter about anger.