Since the first Earth Day in 1970, many environmental activists have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of our air and water, to save endangered species, and to change the way we live upon Gaia. Yet we have only to look around us to see the continuing grave dangers to our home planet. After 44 years of Earth Days, society remains ignorant of its connection to the Web of Life, which noetic scientists like Lynne McTaggert are calling the Field. Due to this ignorance, our collective thoughts, words and actions continue to lead us down a path of global ecological collapse.
Join SacIONS at our April 25 meeting to discuss how our consciousness, energy, and love can heal and protect Gaia, the global organism we are all a part of. We will be discussing and practicing a technique pioneered by David Spangler, a world-renowned mystic, author, and teacher of Incarnational Spirituality. He calls it “subtle activism,” and it does not involve carrying picket signs, signing petitions or begging people for donations to environmental causes. What it actually involves is described in the next paragraph. In order to get us grounded in the science behind interconnectedness and how subtle activism can work, we will be watching IONS President and CEO Cassandra Vieten's TEDx Talk: “The Science of Interconnectedness." We will also be viewing a video recording of from the 2013 IONS conference that demonstrates the kind of group healing work that subtle activism exemplifies. Finally, we will round out the evening with group discussion.
Subtle activism creates a line of supportive energy between the individual and other people, animals, plants and geographical locations. As David explained it in a recent newsletter, we begin this work by centering ourselves in the sacred universal Presence of compassion and love. Then we unite our own capacity for compassion and love with the universal. Having established that first line, we imagine a line of Light extending out to another person, communicating that that person is not alone but is connected to the Source of love and support. Continue adding people by extending the line of Light to them. This creates a subtle web of energy filled with Light, attaching all of us to the “trunk,” or the universal Presence. This method of healing and co-creation is reminiscent of the Native American myth of Spider Woman, the Mother who created all life. She sits in the middle of the universe spinning her web connecting all living things to each other.
The idea is to support the arising of compassion organically and naturally within people’s hearts. We can radiate these supportive lines of Light throughout the environment, perhaps focusing on especially problematic areas in the world (because of armed conflicts, natural or man-made disasters like the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the resulting tsunami, floods or droughts). Subtle activism reminds us that not only is all life is connected, but that our consciousness and love can affect those bonds. Through meditation, energy work, intention and Love, we can consciously participate in the weaving of the Web of Life, thus transforming and co-creating the world around us.