Spiritual Ecology

Tuning In to Life: The Art of Listening

On October 18th Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined for a special online video discussion on a topic at the heart of Earthfire’s mission: the art of listening.

Hearing is something we do involuntarily, but listening requires that we bring our complete attention to the subject at hand: ourselves, another being, Nature, all Life. To learn to speak the language of Life, we must first learn the ways that Life speaks to us. When we learn to listen deeply, we can begin to include the voices of all living beings in our considerations about how we live.

Spiritual Ecology

Beauty Heals

We need to radically reverse how we value things. Instead of seeing beauty as a nice sideline in one’s life, or in the world, to give it real weight in our thinking and value systems. For many reasons, from natural brain wiring oriented to danger, to media that plays on that wiring, we attend instead to disorder and disharmony. Beauty heals. Beauty gives a sense of order to disorder, harmony instead of dissonance. As we tune to beauty our brains change, calm and we make better decisions, personally, culturally and environmentally. Join Dr. Susan Eirich, Earthfire founder, to explore how can we make this value and perception switch.

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Spiritual Ecology

Rethinking Our Journey to Earthly Dominance and Beyond

Join us for a fascinating, provocative “big” journey through human history with Jon Schwartz.  Explore where we came from, what tipping points brought us to where we are, and where we are empowered to go from here. We will reflect on various milestones of human development – our achievements and our “oops!” moments alike – and how each pivot led us to who we are today.  From there, we’ll explore “what’s next” for humanity  and we’ll shatter the myth that “there’s nothing we can do” to shift our direction  from life endangerment to life preservation.

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Spiritual Ecology

“How Connecting with An Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth” with Dr. Susan Eirich

We humans are coming to recognize that our ecological crisis has at its core a spiritual cause. If we begin to treat all Life as sacred, whether or not we use it for our own needs, and make decisions that flow from that frame of reference, all Life, including ours, can thrive.

The first step towards this way of living on our Earth is a joy. It is to connect deeply with whatever part of nature that speaks to us, and through that exchange discover our unique gift towards healing the planet. In this first Online Conversation we explored how to make that connection; how to support one another in those connections, and with the strength gained through this, what we can do.

The conversation was led by Dr. Susan Eirich, Founder of Earthfire Institute.

Listen to the recording here: