— 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. — In the end all our troubles come down to not treating each other well. Between humans; between humans and other species. If we did there would be very few problems, if you really think about it. The question is why we don’t we treat each other well, when it would make everyone happier and everything would work better. There are many factors. Generations of unhealed trauma. Biological hardwiring for fear, territoriality, and status. Brains that grew too fast, so our forebrains are not yet up to the task of controlling our emotions at the same time as we have the brilliance to create atom bombs. Culture has not really been up to the job of teaching us...

— 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....

The official launch of the Earthfire Council of All Beings starts in April, when we begin to roll out this special year-long program, under the umbrella title, “Showing Up for Life on Earth.” The Earthfire Council of All Beings is a way for us to come together and share with each other what motivates us to care for our Earth and all the Life upon it; but it’s also a way for us to learn together what Nature is asking of us, through the voices and perspectives of the wild animals we’ve come in contact with in our lives. And it is a way for us to support one another in finding our personal path to taking action. The “All Beings” part of “Council of All Beings” is something...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — It is so hard to follow up on our good intentions and resolutions! According to one theory our forebrain, where our will is situated, is not yet fully developed to override temptations. In that sense we are not yet “grown up” as a species. Disadvantaged against the powerful pushes that are hard-wired into us for survival we fail again and again. Kindness and compassion for our fate! We didn’t choose our brain structure. Yet we have another kind of wiring as well – the capacity for seeing beyond the immediate and obvious; for overriding our innate weakness in order to live by our values instead of our drives. We also have the capacity to see our...

If you have been following Earthfire Institute this last year via our email newsletter, website, or social media, you know that we have been talking a lot about Conversation—that simple act of connecting with another being by offering our selves, our words, and our willingness to listen with an open mind and heart. In the introduction to Turning To One Another, author Margaret Wheatley writes, “I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well. If we can sit together and talk about what’s important to us, we begin to come alive.” We...