Monday, January 24, 2011

Companions on the Quest for a Viable World

By Deena Metzger
Co-creator of the Para PachaMama Global Community Network for Mother Earth.

Dear Companions on the Quest for a Viable World:

A dream took me to a soul vigil, a walkabout, 100 days of listening, 10 days of silence.
When I followed the imagery of that dream, I expected to be led from a shadowy and decaying European cityscape, the old, grim darkness of imperial mind and human hegemony, to sanctuary in the red, light-filled sands of southwestern cavers, kivas and holy places. That is not what occurred on the walkabout but instead, I was asked to bear witness to the extremity of our global tragedy. Awful as some of it was, I simultaneously experienced, as I have so many times in my life, the Presence alongside me/us, offering ways to heal ourselves and the great earth wounds that call for restoration and peace.
Attributing having had breast cancer to being over-radiated by fluoroscopy as a child, I immediately understand why a dream would call me to behold again and again, radioactive waste seeping into the watershed of the Reservations. But, also, each time I went to a site or did ritual, it rained in this dry land.
This was not the first time I made a pilgrimage to the Four Corners area of the Navajo Reservation. In 2008, a group of us accompanied Ki'na Dark Cloud, an Arikara-Navajo woman, to Tuba City. She had lived there as a child, had played in the uranium tailings and had contracted leukemia. We went to help her recover her health and to see what healing we could offer the earth. That time we were also accompanied by a 'dark cloud' guiding our ritual activities.  Afterwards, her medical doctor was amazed that her bone marrow is clear and she does not have leukemia. (However, the serious effects of chemotherapy remain.) A few years later she was diagnosed with “a Chernobyl-like thyroid cancer” that, thankfully, was removed surgically.”

In gratitude Ki’na Dark Cloud offered her increasing dreaming gifts to the community which direct us toward healing the earth.  Illness calls forth its right medicine. We make the offering and become the remedy. Affliction is one way we learn the story we are called to live; each of us has been given a path to walk. Everyone is called to bring healing to this time. How do we do it?

Before the end of the 101 days, I went into silence.  I emerged asking the unavoidable question: How, now, shall I live? What is Spirit asking?
Soon the questions were refined: How shall we live as we approach the opportunity and portal of 2012?
Many different traditions describe the end of one cycle and the beginning of another: the Kali Yuga; The end of the Piscean age and the beginning of the Aquarian; the millennium; the Hopi prophecies; the Maya Calendar Cycle - 2012 etc. Each transition challenges us. Who shall we each become in order to align with the possibility of the 5th World?

When I first began following the dream, I had thought I was being called to on-going silence and solitude. I thought my offering was to step away from community life toward the austere, but blessed life of a crone at the edge of the forest and toward the hermetic pursuits of a writer. Much of my time during these hundred days was spent completing a novel, La Negra y Blanca, (Hand to Hand, Spring 2011) about the on-going Conquest. Then future books calling to be written began to present themselves to me; Sipapu, is one of them, even as solitude eluded me and the extremities of our time and community demanded my attention.  
Spirit's wisdom came through friends, who commiserating with me,  said, "You can't write about Sipapu, unless you go through it yourself. Sipapu is the corridor between the worlds. To pass through it from one world to another, one must be entirely broken down in order to be reconstituted as another being, attuned to the new reality on the other side.  You cannot escape this process of transformation if you wish to write about it, if you hope that you and we will be sufficiently altered to transit from the 4th to the 5th World."

We are moving toward the end of a 5,125 year Great Cycle of the Ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. On 12-20-2012 there will be a strange and powerful alignment of planets with the black hole that is the exact dark center of the Milky Way, both the birthplace of our galaxy and the mythic entrance to the underworld, the sacred site of birth, death and rebirth. Shouldn't we pay attention?

I was writing a Training for the 5th World to help us honor the obligation to 2012, when I received an email relaying a dream from the same Ki'na Dark Cloud with whom we had made a pilgrimage to the Four Corners Reservation:

 “I dreamt that I had been walking for days, wandering perhaps, and came upon Creator. ...I was simply in the presence of Creator ... I had been brought here to ask my most urgent question. ...I was standing in air, no ground beneath me, no shoes. I asked "What is the 2012 meaning?" I felt that my question had been awkwardly phrased, but I could not phrase it any other way. Creator answered me immediately with "it is the point of no return."
I was fearful then, and asked how we could bear this; how we could even imagine trying to heal in this. Creator reached out with a foot and traced the word KNOW in front of me. I had been physically unable to lift my eyes to look at Creator, so I was looking down as this word was written. The point of KNOW return. That was my answer.
In a well paced lecturer's voice Creator told me that at this time, 2012, the knowledge that we did indeed have the power to destroy creation would be apparent, that at this time we had our last chance to cease and desist the destruction before the planet could no longer replenish anything. Even air.
Creator was not calm when telling me that to destroy creating for convenience and money was insanity. It was not what was expected of such soul-carrying beings as humans. I said that I did not know how to climb up this mountain of responsibility with no map, no shoes, no steps. I could feel a breeze on my feet and knew that I would be lifted and able to climb the unseen mountain.”

Immediately, another email arrived from environmentalist Carolyn Raffensperger, (Science and Environmental Health Network) who stated that saving the earth, providing for the future must be a community event if it is to succeed. Reading her words, I understand that through facing the challenges together, community, itself so ravaged, might also be healed.

Thich Nhat Hahn said "It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth."

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  1. ...
    Thank You )
    i am trying to re-member, ... so i will join y-our community in h-eart (eart-h), with Peace of Mind.

    May WE have the determination and clarity of mind, to k-now WE are a part of something beautiful.

    a GrebBear

    Peace Love Light TRUTH
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    ; -)

  2. Blessed sister, thankyou :)

    I KNOW.
    It seems that my life has become a journey of breaking the spell of inertia, stepping into a new dreaming, centred in Love's Truth...

    I am dreaming of this Buddha of many hearts and minds and hands, all beating as one.

    it feels our only hope, the one hope, lies in learning the Art of Unity. oh may we have the courage!

    thankyou for dreaming, for carrying the dream through your stories into the hearts and minds of our family.

    In Love Infinite Divine and Blissful :)

  3. Thank you...thank you all for bringing this out to the 'community'. I believe it is the best venue for this teaching/sharing --collective awakening. Thank you because finally there are more and more people coming together who are paralelling my mindset...I feel like i'm coming home. thank you.