— 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. — 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...

— 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...

— 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...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “Real change will only happen when we fall in love with the Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh There is a meeting this summer in Italy called “Our Sacred Earth…Responding to Ecological Crisis.” It asks, “How can we rise to the challenges of global environmental and ecological crisis?” The conference is intended as a conversation where people, already well informed, participate actively, engaging as widely as possible in dialogue and debate. A major focus will be “exploring how we can each make a difference and take urgent action to be the change in our daily lives, continuously echoing and reflecting on the question, ‘What am I going to do...

We welcome your thoughts and reflections on how we may together find a new way of living in relationship with wildlife and nature. We publish selected contributions from Earthfire community members as Notes from the Earthfire Community. Send your submissions to submissions@earthfireinstitute. Thank you! —by Miriam Trahan— May I speak to you for a moment of nourishment? Of the nature of deep energetic patterns? Of food of a different nature than that to which you are accustomed? Think of the bee. The sweet, small, busy bee, going about her work with diligence and stamina. What is the work of the bee? To gather the pollen and the nectar, to return to the hive, to make the honey...