2012 in review

WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


seeds of freedom -or insanity

Stop! take the 30-min to tune into this vital look at the story of seeds from GAIA FOUNDATION and AFRICAN BIODIVERSITY NETWORK, narrated by jeremy irons . . .

( be sure to watch in full-screen. click on expand arrows between “HD” and “vimeo”, lower right corner of video window )

check the site SEEDS OF FREEDOM

The nonhuman world was seen as a collection of objects to be exploited not as subjects to be communed with. We have continued this exploitation in these past four centuries with such passion that the devastation has flowed over into the larger dimensions of the planet, and now we are at a planetwide impasse as regards human consumption and Earth limits. These two are on a collision course. ( thomas berry’s THE SACRED UNIVERSE: EARTH, SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, ipad kindle loc 1572/2110 )

from shattering earth mother warning . . .

This moving invitation to all the Americas -south, central, north- from the indigenous kogi people of colombia’s sierra nevada de santa marta, on this special calendar date of 12/12/12.

close by mother-in-full

( gift from amparo -my special gang-of-six colombian friend, i pass along this special invitation to you, dear blog reader, as my own pagamento in our mirroring internet firmament )

We Mamos ( shamans ) of the Kogi people invite you to sow Anugwe with us in Mother Earth (Seynekan), and deeply in our very selves too. It is our pagamento ( offering ) to her.

Anugwe cannot be maintained if it is not accompanied by commensurate behavior on our part. The spirituality that reigns in our Mother impregnates us and is tinged in turn by our own actions.

Plants or animals are not the ones that distort that spirituality, because they follow her naturally. We can too through our coherence, our unconditional love, our adherence to the word, our intentions, and our attitudes. When we sow the Anugwe in Mother Earth we harmonize with her, express our inner love -the unconditional one, the one that respects her laws of nature.

We align mind, soul, and inner self. We take an amethyst stone in one hand and an ambar stone in the other. We invoke Arwaviku, Father of Intuition; I’narwa, Father of Food; Sokakurwa, Father of Plants & Animals; and Geinigeka, Father of Energy and Spiritual Strength -present altogether in Kankurwa, our cosmic universal temple.

We ask these spiritual masters to cleanse and harmonize the energies of Mother Earth in the four directions, the four colors, the four elements, and the four essences of being- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

We invite you to follow this our Mamos ritual with us. Or prepare your own pagamento for Mother Earth using fruits, seeds, flowers, and / or personal belongings of your own choosing. During your meditation, keep that pagamento close. After the ceremony, sow it in the ground -your very own Anugwe– where it can remind you of the presence of Mother Earth- her harmony and her unconditional love.

watch BBC’s 1990 one-&-a-half hour from the heart of the world – the elder brothers warning, a deeply meditative consideration of kogi earth-wisdom.

Now we find ourselves in a period of the greatest disturbance that the Earth has ever known, a period when survival of both the human and natural worlds in their present modes of being is threatened. The identification of our human fate with the destiny of the planet was never more clear. . … Now a new sequence of liturgical celebrations is needed. Even more than moments of seasonal renewal, these moments of cosmic transformation must be considered sacred. … First among these celebrations might be a celebration of the emergent moment of the universe itself. This was the beginning of religion just as it was the beginning of the world. The human mind and all its spiritual capacities began with this moment. ( ipad kindle loc 1477/2110 in thomas berry’s THE SACRED UNIVERSE: EARTH, SPIRITUALITY, AND RELIGION IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY )

transition culture’s top ten films

Terrific narrated filmed reviews of where we’re coming from, where we need to be going. check each out in order on TRANSITION CULTURE’S UK SITE: 6 abbrev trailers, 2 5-6 min trailers, a 35-min animated film, and yet one more fine BBC documentary on living with Mother ( 50-min ).

but first, promised word on-topic from favorite commentator THOMAS BERRY

The story of the Western world is the story of how the peoples whose culture took shape through the religious inspiration of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the humanism of the Greek world, the political-legal genius of the Romans, and a brilliant medieval period became so entranced with a secular, scientific, industrial civilization serving limited human needs that it was willing to devastate the entire planet for the immediate benefits received ( by the few ). Their assault upon the Earth has been so violent in modern times, both to its geological structures and its living species, that we ( now ) face a tremendous crisis . . . This new situation is so inherent in cultural structures that it seems to be the inevitable consequence of ( those very ) religious, political, educational, ethical, and economic establishments of Western peoples. ( ipad kindle loc 1686/2110 of thomas berry’s THE SACRED UNIVERSE: EARTH, SPIRITUALITY, AND RELIGION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY )

here’s rob hopkins’ own review of his transition network’s chosen top ten films.

click on embedded trailers & films directly @ TRANSITION CULTURE’S SITE

here is my own favorite, their #2 selection, naturalist filmmaker / farmer rebecca hosking’s deeply honest, probe into her own farm of the future.

come home, earthlings!

SACRED UNIVERSE shows the way like none other i’ve read

one must-read

this is hard

yes of course, she moves me
beautiful shots of mother -the colors,
textures, sweep who can ignore

then those places loosely heard tell
someone now describing in moving detail
places where ma most hurts -those melting poles

there’s been undeniable science
pointing to horrendous overstepping
facts hard-&-fast, the evidence ever mounting

so much of all of that
to blog about here
to take in, digest

even breakthrough guides
like brave go-it-aloner james lovelock
father of holy cow, she’s alive!

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and then there’s thomas berry
1st thought: my god!
how come so long to hear this prophet?

talk about she moves me!
does mother ever move him!
words rung clear as chiming matins

THE SACRED UNIVERSE to be sure, but
not just religion any more
not even earth by herself

let’s start with alienation
ok, one hellofa way to start
but clearly the one we chose

here in the west straight from day one
say, so-called enlightenment day. and on those heels
industrial revolution: enslavement days

thence our god, our land
even our constitution, our very one-another
look around to see -what’s left??

but berry doesn’t leave us there
takes us back to places deep-known
a great looking back w/o going back!

no way i can summarize this work for you
so here on out, in blog posts to come
rattling-pillar quotes -as they have my own

meantime please, if you haven’t already, and
if still hobbling on this trek with me
do pick up thomas berry and see for yourself

insights original, work that glows
sure to change your life on earth
can’t now imagine other way to get going . . . !

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The future must be felt as already present. Humans cannot long sustain ecstatic bliss that is the culmination of all great cultural traditions. If this is not granted in the immediacy of the present in its legitimate reality then we will seek illusory fulfillment in whatever ways are available to us. We must live in paradise not tomorrow but today.

. . . The primordial symbolism and the spiritual disciplines of the ancient traditions were not ephemeral productions of passing human fancy. They are tough and enduring realities capable of carrying the weight of the centuries and the larger hopes and destinies of humankind. They are more real and more needed today than ever before if human life is to have the serenity and vigor required to move the peoples and civilizations of the world into deeper integration with earth processes.
( loc 575-579/2110 on my ipad kindle )

What is needed is a new pattern of rapport with the planet. Here we come to the critical transformation needed in the emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, and religious orders of life. Only a change that profound in human consciousness can remedy the deep cultural pathology manifest in such destructive behavior.

. . . The poets and artists can help restore this sense of rapport with the natural world. It is this renewed energy of reciprocity with nature in all its complexity and remarkable beauty that can help provide the psychic and spiritual energies necessary for the work ahead.
( loc 634-637/2110 )

” it’s time to stop the game ! “

This is what hope looks like
tim de christopher, bidder 70

read ACTIVISM IS AN ACT OF FAITH in tim’s own words
winter 2012 edition, UUWORLD.ORG

two favorite correspondents timely tackle climate change

Naomi klein in 32-min interview with bill moyers yesterday, as reported on BILLMOYERS.COM via ALTERNET

much present environmental activist, author of SHOCK DOCTRINE, currently co-presenter of DO-THE-MATH TOUR with bill mckibben, this alert canadian always with so much to say beyond those darn good looks

things are definitely getting hot . . . HELLO!

Four must-read articles on overdue wake-up politics
along with evidence of sandy-climate change connect . . .





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coming soon . . .
a look at three books i couldn’t put down


requesting donations for my 3rd climate ride

On the road again !  -for mother earth

your donation goes directly to mother via climate ride’s activist beneficiaries
we riders are only the mouthpiece, paying our own way separately
please be generous

look deep into nature

and then you will understand everything better

~ albert einstein

sierra club daily ray of hope for 10/12/12
photo by gabrielle miller, san cristobal island, galapagos