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Earthfire Journal
April 11, 2018

Duck Sledding, Bear Blueberries and Very Annoyed Chickens

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Journal Entry: The chickens were mad. It was a dreary dark rainy morning in April and I didn’t get up at 6 am to let them out. Sally,...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Speaking with Jill Robinson of the Animals Asia Foundation makes me want to sell everything I own, give her all my money and live naked in a hut eating beans so she can continue with her work. She is a beacon of hope and inspiration to what humans can be, and can do. Her story begins in 1993 when she was visiting a basement bear bile farm in southern China with two friends in which the farmer kept moon-bears for their entire life in “crush cages,” so their bile could be extracted for use in traditional Chinese medicine. The practice still exists in China*. Surrounded by bears in horrible conditions, Jill suddenly felt a gentle touch on her shoulder....

— by Hope McKenzie — We are feeding our fleece to the fish. Microfibers have been found along shorelines from the poles to the equator. Oceans, shorelines, riverbanks, streambeds and lakes; none have escaped our penchant for inexpensive, synthetic clothing. The small, plastic fibers are shed primarily by synthetic polyester, which is the world’s dominant synthetic fiber, with more than 34 million tons produced annually. Synthetic polyester is created using a chemical reaction known as polymerization, which involves coal, petroleum, air and water. The polymers are extruded while hot into long fibers and then spun and drawn into thread, which allows them to be made into a wide...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The essence of Life is creative intelligence. Out of creativity comes resilience—the ability to envision and find a new path. Creative intelligence is a quality that physicists increasingly believe is inherent in the universe. Inherent in Life. And thus inherent in us.* This is what we need to solve today’s problems in a way that works for all Life. The question is, how do we tap into it? One of the ways we discussed this in the conversation is to unblock energy flow: flow within ourselves and on the planet; flow such as allowing free-flowing, undammed rivers; thinking in terms of ecological regions and watersheds instead of human-created political...

Next week I will be attending an invitational retreat of 25 change-makers in Santa Fe. I would like to invite you along metaphorically, so your voices can be heard too, as I carry the messages of the animals and humans who care about them. We will each be going as deeply as we can about what we can contribute to the essential paradigm shift we need to live in harmony on our exquisite Earth. There will be conversation, meditation, and ancient practices such as Qi Gong. I would welcome any thoughts or readings you would like to share, so please email susan@earthfireinstitute.org with "Thoughts for Santa Fe" in the subject line. The retreat is March 21–26 so I can receive anything you want...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I keep thinking of offering a duct tape retreat, where we place metaphoric duct tape across our mouths so we are reminded to only speak when something comes from the depths of us; and when we are with the animals, we do not speak at all. When I mention such a retreat some people look at me in horror; others with great appreciation. When we speak from the depths, what we have to say will be something that enriches the group. It comes from our own unique reception of an inner wisdom. Social chatter and informational questions remove us from direct experience. Speaking in general activates a different part of the brain than one that senses. Unless we are...

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