If we plant seeds of fear, anger, and hopelessness then our inner garden and our inner earth will nurture these seeds without judgement. We must choose to plant what we wish our inner earth to nurture and grow. Sandra Ingerman
Well, it’s been a hectic, but miraculous journey moving to Nelson, B.C. In spite of the many breakdowns along the way, I have been graciously welcomed by the community and the land in this beautiful Kootenay paradise. I came not actually knowing if I had a place to live and relying on faith that all would work out, in spite of the massive housing shortages in the area. There are people here who have been looking for years, but somehow within three days of arriving, I was invited to be part of a lovely farm community. So this weekend I am moving into my new home on a 23 Acre farm with an amazing group of eco-warriors, and heart-centered revolutionaries.https://chuckleberrycommunity.ca/community/ I was looking for community and ended up with so much more. There were many times my mind would come up with all the things that could go wrong, but I was able to follow my inner compass and trust that all would work out.
It can be really challenging to follow our inner compass, to have faith and trust in life, especially in these times of uncertainty and chaos. We forget that our thoughts are energy that shapes, not only how we see the world, but how the world sees and responds to us. Many of us are tired and overwhelmed, we’ve lost so much and so many, yet we know in our heart of hearts that big change is a necessity if we are to survive as a species. The old structures, belief systems, and ways of thinking are leading us towards our own destruction. When we shift our attention from fear, anxiety, and hopelessness we begin to see that a new vision of what it means to be human has been emerging from the ashes of our disconnected, ego-centric, and disembodied worldview. What is emerging is an eco-centric, interconnected, and interdependent worldview. How can we become co-creators of this new dream of a world that works for all life?
The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done - challenging us to a realization of a new humanity. Jean Houston
It’s easy to be swept up in the news of the latest tragedy, the endless assaults on our humanity, and the fearful dystopian future we find in our social media, movies, and the profit-seeking media. But nature, of which we are an integral part, is speaking to us, calling to us to pay attention and listen to life itself. First, we must recognize how our thoughts are affecting our worldview, which in turn is impacting our relationship to ourselves, each other, and life itself. As I have said many times, “life wants to live!” We know that when we look at the hundreds of thousands, millions of ways that we have evolved and survived. The multiple crises of our time are awakening an evolutionary impulse within us, a calling to wake up and recognize our deep interconnection with all of life.
Neuroscientist and Psychologist, Rick Hanson talks about how negativity bias is built into our brains as a consequence of millions of years of evolutionary challenges and threats to our survival. Our ancestors lived in difficult environments, where even gathering food meant avoiding deadly animals, adversaries, and obstacles. These memories have been passed on through our genes. But, we have discovered that our genes are not the sole determinants of our future as used to think. What Hansen and other leading-edge scientists have discovered is that we can hardwire more happiness, love, and wisdom into our brains and our life with some very simple practices. The most important one is bringing awareness to how we talk to ourselves about our experiences. We do this by becoming more mindful and shifting our focus to more positive things like cultivating gratitude and beginning to recognize our soul’s original goodness. As our friend Lynne Twist says, “what we appreciate, appreciates!”
Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form ... You can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul. John O’Donohue
Negativity is a shadow on the human soul that originates from the undigested experiences of our collective past. It was an intelligent adaptation for the survival of our species that kept us alert and focused on the many dangers, threats, and challenges our ancestors faced. But, that adaptation has become our greatest threat to humanity and all life on this beautiful blue planet. Challenging our propensity for negativity bias by living a more mindful, meditative, and attentive way allows us to enter the stillness at the core of our being. There we can begin to hear the gentle calling of true nature. We were born into these times to discover our deep interconnectedness and the power of co-creation. We cannot solve the problems of the world from our self encapsulated egoic story. We can and must begin to recognize what Thich Nhat Hahn called Inter-being, that everything is interconnected and affects everything and everyone else. This condition can only be recognized from a deep state of presence.
All over the globe people are awakening to this new reality. We are nearing the tipping point, where a small number of awakened souls can shift the direction we are headed and bring about massive social change. It begins by challenging our negativity bias, becoming more mindful, and seeing ourselves reflected in everyone and everything we encounter. By doing this we plant, cultivate and nourish seeds evolutionary change. Ironically by working on our own shadow material and loving our true self, we transform our world. We hope you will join us in participating in some of the Well of Light programs that are designed to support you in this awakening process.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
With love and gratitude, Michael and the Well of Light Team