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Joining in Membership with All Life

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich May 16, 2018 In May's Conservation Conversation, Dr. Susan Eirich and the Earthfire community explored joining in...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “We are being compelled...to take a quantum evolutionary leap. This leap could transfigure us and transform all social, economic, and political systems so that they honor equality, harmony with nature, justice for all sentient beings, and a sacred way of life that will bring peace to our earth. This is the Hope that illuminates my vision of Sacred Activism.”—Andrew Harvey, The Hope In this difficult time for all beings on our Earth we are called to speak and act from our deepest selves, our deepest wisdom, our deepest resources. We are called to lead, each in our own way, and to participate with others, all leading together. These times are...

— 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...

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