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We are almost a week away from Weaving Webs webinar. I am feeling excited and a bit of awe that this topic has reached a point of sharing with the larger community.
As we near this opportunity to be together here are a few thoughts….
I have worked with both dreams and the earth for decades, but it wasn’t until I attended a dream retreat in the wilds of Vermont that I began to wonder about how our dreams were influenced by the earth. This idea is approached in various forms within the international dreamwork community however I have been unable to discover a model or theory which intersects the two as both personal and ecological. It was a conversation and then a collaboration with a dear friend and dreamwork colleague that sparked the idea of Dreaming Back to the Earth. From there is history, through further collaborations, conversations, and research I began to formulate a deeper sense of how our dreams guide us to personal wholeness and ecological awareness in tandem.
How this theory and approach can evolve our work with dreams and the earth is a radical challenge as we move forward. Is there research to back it up, I have search with no results. But I know from my own experience and the observations of other dreamers that the theory is plausible. And I wonder if this really matters.
The critical question is can we wait until the idea is verified or can we just begin the journey now? Do we have choice?
As a species our impact on the earth’s core resources is declining the ability to nourish and sustain life. So much is being done by environmentalists, earth-based teachers, and many others to change this direction. Yet to create change outside of us, to own the impact and make the critical changes needed for thriving we need to go within, heal our wounds, enlighten our fear, joys, passions, and grief to navigate the inner landscape of our hearts as we awaken relationship with everything around us.
I recently read that a high percentage of humans do not feel a sense of home whether they have a house, rent, lived in one place all their life or traveled from place to place. More and more of us feel exiled from the land and the deepest beauty of our being. We are challenged by the cultural, societal, political, economic, and personal uncertainties that have weaved themselves for decades among our communities and within our hearts. How do we heal and/or learn to be nourished and nourish others even in the mist of chaos? How do we develop resilience and hope?
I believe awakening to relationship on a multitude of levels in the path. And our dreams offer the map to navigate the terrain.
Spring in New England is slowing creeping across the landscape. In Vermont it has been an unpredictable winter, with an intense snow fall just the other night. The land stills shiver with ice, snow, and cold as we humans continue to feel our discontent with this unwavering winter that won’t let go. The land speaks to us, through its whispers, growl, or blizzards, trying to break through in the case of New Englanders our stoic temperament. Could the snow be the wisdom calling for our awakening?
The seasons are changing, plants adjust their growing season to the continued cold. Animals change their birthing seasons, and economies drift in and out of peril due to over consumption and need.
My dreams of snakes, bears, tidal waves, busy streets, love, conflict, and time refugees present a story of my internal life and the waking world. I struggle to make sense of it all. To find awareness in the possibility of my own impact on the land which reflects how I feel about myself. I sit with the dualities of yearning to be in relationship and my desire to consume.
How do we all maintain sanity, engage the world without living in a mentality of poverty and martyrdom? How do I live with humility and integrity without giving it all up? How do I love myself enough to love everything around me even in the conflicts and suffering? How do I live in balance knowing the balance shifts constantly? How can I explore how to be relationship even in the fear of loss?
For me there is a freedom in asking the questions. How do I fill the deep longing for a life in relationship, in wonderment, in enchantment with all around me?
The human species is a wonder, a beauty, and a gift. Our home is right under our feet, our home is in our body, our home is the feeling of awareness, connection and relationship with the mystery and enchantment of all life.
I feel hope. My dreams give me hope…