The Good Life

Photo: J. Cammert

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The text „Creating a culture that serves life with heart and mind“ took me on a soul journey of reason. It speaks a beautiful language of heart-reason. It may sound strange, but I find it perfectly reasonable to be in a loving connection – to all that lives and feels. Ultimately, I believe that for the soul there is no contradiction between love and reason. If they are separated, the soul withers – and with it the land, life, the earth – with all our relatives.

So in any case it is reasonable to welcome the change – as the author writes – to get to the bottom of the causes – and to develop a new vision for living together on our home planet?
I understand the question marks at the end of the quoted sentences as an invitation to make up my mind. There is perhaps more at stake here than mere agreement – or a resolute like. „I decide…“ – is how the author’s blog post begins. It’s something any of us could do: decide.

Something crucial seems to be missing, it says in the very first sentences. A reason that lacks love lacks something decisive. But a love that is not capable of action, that cannot decide in favour of life, the earth, the connection with everything, is also missing something. Perhaps it is merely sentimentality. It lacks the reason to give the beloved a chance to thrive – and survive. …for it is not only the climate that is out of balance, but the entire living organism of the earth – and ourselves.

A soul journey, I had said. Perhaps it is also a pilgrimage. Its stations are striking questions. …do we want to or can we come to terms with this? …is it enough to leave our children and grandchildren a habitable earth?
And then the clear, unsparing view: If what we call culture… obviously no longer serves a „good“ life. – Then one can only go down on one’s knees. And want to learn to serve.

Our culture is missing something crucial. Who is surprised? It has never been a culture of unity, equality and peace – but a patriarchal culture of power. It seems the masculine lacks the imagination of love. We are what we imagine – the author quotes one of her inspirational sources. – Is this the loveless gaze of male culture and politics, science and economics. We are just waking up from a slumber – and startled by the shattered world that this gaze has „imagined“. – But this imagination lives through all our eyes. And so we are frightened one more time. Because it depends on us.

I choose to see the world with different eyes. Every day. So that my life becomes a soul journey after all, a pilgrimage of love to the earth. Lately, my reason even pays homage to a real goddess of life. She is female. She is everywhere and her love demands change. – Just as love always brings change and transformation. – She challenges us. We have to choose, I think. And we have to show up with what we have decided. – Just like the author in this blog.
If our love and our reason do not invent a future, there will be no future.

Photo: J. Cammert

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Putting our own rationality in its place is a Herculean task. At least for me. Rationality closes my eyes to the multidimensionality of life. It excludes what is not visible and tangible and experiential with the dominant external senses. It defines and stages an exterior whose interior seems lifeless, empty and meaningless.
If you want to open your eyes to this inner life, nature and earth, we recommend the books by Marko Pogaĉnik, the geomancer, artist and „mystic“ who has been exploring the soul space of the earth – and practising earth healing – for three decades. The titles speak for themselves: The Secret Life of the Earth – New School of Geomancy 2008 / The Transformational Dance of the Earth – A Companion through the Challenges of the Present Time 2019.
My journey with Pogaĉnik began more than twenty years ago with the two books Earth Systems and Christ Power – A Gospel for Becoming Human 1998 and The Earth Changes – Earth Changes from a Geomancy Perspective 2001.
However, I had – almost successfully – withdrawn from the wisdom gaze of Pogaĉnik’s narration and only faced it again when I was standing at a „personal“ precipice.

It is hard to escape the hypnotic gaze of our culture, enraptured and alienated from love and nature, wisdom and the soul. Only now, when we have to visualise the state of the biosphere, do we understand how devastating the claustrophobic compulsive behaviour of rationality is to everything that lives. And feels. Our thinking itself affects the water and the air we breathe. Rationality and thinking are wonderful in themselves. They are an expression of being human and of the capacity for free decision-making that defines human beings. They only become a curse and hubris when they lack love – and reason is limited to a calculation of power and a pursuit of profit at any price. – Perhaps we are beginning to sense how great the true significance of the human being is for the planet, the living soul space of the earth. We are asking ourselves how we can shape the common evolution with the Earth and all its beings in a co-creative sense of partnership – and how necessary it might be to „reasonably“ regard everything that lives as sacred. And to love.

Since these things cannot be grasped by the narrative of rationality, what is obviously needed is a new narrative and imagination – a living vision of being and its evolution – a vision of the future in which a deeper integral understanding of what we call creation and evolution is expressed. And thus a new understanding of ourselves.
As far as I know, this narrative has long been available – and it has numerous sources. It seems they would all lead to a common ethical understanding of the living and the sacred, whose incarnate form is revealed to us anew in, of all things, a great change and transition. The change happens whether we want it to or not – and invites us to recognise ourselves as human beings. – Who are we? Who am I? – I think we need to reflect on the fact that it is not just a cultural change that affects us humans in particular. Rather, it seems that what is happening is an elementary and evolutionary change that is affecting all dimensions of being. The times when we could feel like the rulers of this world are over.

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Actually, it seems to me that nobody really wants change. We just want more or less of something. Real change is not quantitative, it is qualitative. The author also points this out. Change confronts us with transformation, with the unknown and the unknowable. It takes away our control. Man’s insecurity in the face of change is tremendous – and it is also because our materialistic male culture has disconnected itself from the feminine principles of the cyclical, of becoming and passing – its universal laws and its soul-archetypal depth.

The rationality of our dominant civilised culture despises the feminine. And so it also despises the earth – our home. We are culturally blinded – and have lost our heart connection and home. This is bitter. The cultural mechanisms, technologies and narratives we have subscribed to do not give us direction in the terrain of evolution. Quite the opposite – they drag us into confusion and delusion. This is shattering. Especially now!
The author’s blog post points quite precisely to the two perspectives that emerge from the tragic dilemma as a challenge: The question of the causes – and the question of a forward-looking vision and narrative.

I think it is basically obvious that the indifference, cynicism and „no-alternative“ pragmatism with which our civilised culture carries out its work of destruction can only be rooted in a trauma, a collective traumatisation. (Unless one would want to start from the evil in man. – I don’t think that’s a good idea).
This massive traumatisation would have to be revealed to us so that it could be healed.
I sincerely believe that the collective trauma of the dominant civilised cultures is the disconnection from the soul space of nature and the earth that happened about 5,000 years ago. It is the beginning of patriarchal and rational cultural development. This disconnection has uprooted us psychologically and traumatised us deeply. It has betrayed the feminine. And has „had“ to constantly disregard and mistreat it ever since. We humans have lost our paradisiacal planetary soul home and with it our multidimensional soul identity and orientation – and have surrendered ourselves to a cultural development of rationality, domination and control. In many – perhaps even in all – „personal“ traumas this collective traumatisation is reflected – and so they seem to hold an access for us individuals to the great humanity theme of loving reconciliation with the feminine and sacred – and reconnection with the earth and the soul.

If we want to correct this – perhaps necessary – error, we cannot do it in the past – nor in the future – but only in the present. It needs a qualitative change – and it needs to happen in each of us. Every single day. Every single person is a site of change and carries within them the potential for renewal. – But the tragic and insidious thing about trauma is that it is constantly repeated. They are not simply relics of the past. They are effective in the present. Virtually from moment to moment.

Mindfulness captures these moments. Awareness makes decision possible. At any time. We can actually watch ourselves disconnect from all living things with just a single thought. From love. Empathy. Reason. – The future. We can watch ourselves do this so often. And we always have „good“ reasons for doing so. But a „good life“ would look different.

Photo: J. Cammert

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The error of patriarchal materialism might have been a necessary one, we had said. Necessary, perhaps, for the development of consciousness and for the emancipation of man from the paradisiacal dream state of symbiotic connectedness with „Mother Earth“ – so that the emancipated adult human being can fulfil his evolutionary task of striving for the lost paradisiacal state in a conscious and self-aware, new-creative co-creation – and thus prepare and realise the birth space of a new evolution and world. – Wonderful!

Whether this is the end of the pilgrimage or its beginning – in any case, it brings us to our knees. It seems that more and more people are reaching into the new state or dimension of an integral self – while on the other side the manifest „supermaterialised“ space of industrialisation and mechanisation, digitalisation and globalisation of rational materialism is contracting ever more tightly. As if it were turning into a birth canal through which a new world wants to be born.
This birth story would be a vision and narrative that unites change and re-creation. If the birth space of the new is the sacred earth, our planet, then we must learn to love it if we do not want to get stuck in the birth canal. But without reconciliation and union of the feminine and masculine, this new birth is not possible.

The New World. The NEW CHILD. If you become like children, the kingdom of heaven will be opened to you – says an amazing word of Jesus. That would be the end of rationality. But it would also be the end of man’s childhood. For in the „kingdom of heaven“, in the true life of beauty and goodness, we would really be adults.

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