Choosing our world

 

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Photo of Lake Shuswap in BC, Canada, close to which
runs the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Credits, Wikimedia Commons

“The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights. That’s the message that Kanahus Manuel, an Indigenous activist from the Secwepemc Nation in central BC, plans to deliver to banks financing the project as she travels through Europe […]”, reported the Guardian Newspaper in October of 2017.

This is wonderful news and a powerful message.

Many of us now fully understand that humans have to live with the earth and not “off” the earth. When human populations were nomadic, the taking of natural resources was possible without inflicting lasting damage to environments. At the same time, the wisdom of the Seven Generations practised by the First Nations, ensured that the land would remain in the condition that they found it. And for reason! The land is sacred to the First Nations and their spiritual home, not a ressource for exploitation and gain. As ever, the watch word is balance.

At this time, Pluto transits Capicorn, Uranus is about to enter Taurus. Capricorn is Cardinal Earth. Taurus is Fixed Earth. The combined effect of these two awesomely powerful planets in earth signs should give us a hint. Whilst I am not clairvoyant, it only takes a second to recall the school chemisty class where acid is added to a buffer. You can put in so much acid and the pH remains almost constant until you reach a tipping point… The atmosphere is a buffer. The oceans are a buffer. The icepack is a buffer. How far we have to push these enormous reserves before we reach a tipping point is anybody’s guess.

As the US Presidency is curently seeking to open the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante public lands in Utah, allow drilling off the Alaskan coast, as well as opening public lands in Alaska.

The First Nations will be in the forefront of a battle to save these lands from exploitation. The First Nations will be in the forefront of a battle to slow this endless pillage of the Earth. Things will change. I think we have not fully realised that the corporations are like automata, that simply register profit or loss to shareholders. Whilst I do not believe that they are inherently wicked., I do believe that they are fullfilling a ravenous thirst and hunger for natural resources and that they have lost control.

We have to support the First Nations and specifically in the US, the Public Lands. One way of doing this is through mindfulness and through offering healing at distance. It means becoming more and more aware of our use of ressouces. Of reducing our own footprints. Of voting each week and each month with oganisations like SumOfUs and Change.org and Avaaz, who are in the vanguard to save rain forests, insects, whales, lands and coastlines… We have to reflect deeply on what is happening, and what we are allowing to happen in our names.

If you visit the Assembly of First Nations website, you will read the following:

A Declaration of First Nations

• We the Original Peoples of this land know the Creator put us here.

• The Creator gave us laws that govern all our relationships
to live in harmony with nature and mankind.

• The Laws of the Creator defined our rights and responsibilities.

• The Creator gave us our spiritual beliefs, our languages, our culture,
and a place on Mother Earth which provided us with all our needs.

• We have maintained our Freedom, our Languages, and our Traditions
from time immemorial.

• We continue to exercise the rights and fulfill the responsibilities and obligations given to us by the Creator for the land upon which we were placed.

• The Creator has given us the right to govern ourselves and the right
to self-determination.

• The rights and responsibilities given to us by the Creator cannot be altered
or taken away by any other Nation.

The beauty and simplicity of this text give me a feeling of hope. For me, these words incarnate the essence of the word “civilisation”.

Sat Nam.

 

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