We can sense the great turning in our marrows’. Many of us have detected a shift within ourselves and feel that things aren’t as they once were. We feel a connection with something deeper. We’ve begun looking for a way to become whole.
Look at your life – how you’re living, the projects you’re working on, the people you spend your time with, your habits and routines. Look at these things and you will get a sense of what the future – a life situation which is yet to pass – will be like.
It’s important to consider the future because we are presently going through the great turning – moving from one paradigm (an unsustainable one) into a new sustainable reality.
Creating a sustainable future for ourselves and for the generations who are yet to be born is important. To do so requires us to address three areas:
- our holding actions – which slow the damaging to earth and its beings
- our analysis of structural causes and the creation of alternative institutions
- a fundamental shift in world view and values
We are beginning to see these principles break into the mainstream – there’s an ad campaign for #veganuary running on the tube at the moment – although I’m against their guilt tripping tactics of enticing people to change.
We are also beginning to experience a shift in our collective world view and values as we sense that our present rate of consumption is unsustainable. It’s as though we are waking up and turning onto the awareness that something about our lifestyle and habits have to change.
Our view of how we develop through life is also evolving. We are beginning to recognise that an ecocentric culture – one which recognises the complex web of life and our place within that – requires us to see the world and relate to it differently from how we presently do.
To begin living from a soulcentric place, it’s important we become initiated into ways with our soul – in which we seek our ultimate place of belonging in the world.
In our great turning it is the creation of alternative institutions that On That Level is interested in. There are already a growing number of us who are waking up to the reality of our present global situation. We are performing our own holding actions and are beginning to relate to the world differently, although much still needs to change.
It’s important for those of us who are switched on and aware to begin finding each other and organising ourselves – so that we can design and build alternative institutions which can aid our efforts to restory the world and cultivate a regenerative culture. In this context, culture is an element which connects and bonds.
This is why identifying as a peacemaker primarily is so important. Relating to the term of being a village builder is also important, but is something I will go into at a later time.
Before we can even begin thinking about building our regenerating institutions, we have to address our understanding of and relationship to peace.
Without achieving personal peace, we can never achieve inter-relational or organisational peace. Peace is essential, because only with peace can we achieve unity and begin sharing the good message we were born to communicate with others. Unity matters, because we need to be connected with each other, working collaboratively, if we are to create the better world our hearts knows is possible.
On Saturday 16th December a group of 10 strangers met in a circle and spent time sharing silence, gratitude and authentic conversation – daring to be vulnerable – trusting one another. Together we built a container of peace and began to connect.
I’ll be holding space monthly for any one who is interested in finding and connecting with other souls who are interested and willing to commit to creating the sustainable, ecocentric, soul centric world the more-than-human community of life on earth needs to thrive.
If you are seeking, then please, come and join us. Details of the event can be found here.