— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — There is something new brewing and we can all contribute to it… In our Conservation Conversations, we explore many aspects of how we connect to animals and nature, but this last conversation was an unusual one. We explored the idea that we humans are the source of environmental destruction, and the cause of our destructive behavior is trauma. Generations and generations of trauma. Trauma that closes us down and closes our minds to other options. Makes us compartmentalize our thinking to keep ourselves safe from the chaos of fear. Makes us focus on the present, and stops us from seeing the consequences of our actions. Because we don’t feel safe, we...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The Sacred Earth conference in Lucca was organized by Kamran Mofid, a person of great heart. This gave people the permission and sense of safety needed for the freedom to explore, together and without fear, as we all sought solutions to our current crises. Warmth allows us to open to new possibilities. It was so rich it will take a while to share all the ideas. Some I will share in the next Conservation Conversations and future blogs. But interestingly, one of the presentations that offered a beautiful, unique perspective on healing and moving forward was a project aimed at healing the trauma of the Nazi concentration camps. What does that have to do with...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “We long for a better world for everybody, not only humans but for all life,” says Nancy Roof in this conversation, “but to get there we need to be much more conscious about what we are doing.” As editor of Kosmos Journal, Nancy’s goal is to foster global transformation by increasing our capacity to think at a higher level so we can make better decisions, spiritually and environmentally. Part of this is thinking in a larger frame of reference than we usually do, including more information than our immediate human focus and needs, and understanding that all our actions have consequences. When I go out to a restaurant now, it is a double-edged...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “The Holy Fool is the most dangerous person on earth because s/he is willing to break from convention to take an action that is inspired from within.” - Joseph Campbell “Each of us was put here in this time and this place to personally decide the fare of human-kind. Did you think you were put here for something less?” Chief Arvol Looking Horse Having just come back from a wellness conference, I shared some of what we have learned about rewiring and helping us manage our wayward brains. One of the ways is toggling back and forth between two brain networks to get us out of negative thoughts and patterns (immensely useful!). Some others are...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Since we started Earthfire Radio conversations our audience has grown, and we in turn are receiving invitations to be interviewed. We are including one of those conversations here, with Carolyn Baker of the New Lifeboat Radio. None of us know what the future holds. We each have to take our best guess and do what we can to mitigate what we see. Carolyn’s mission is to “create islands of sanity in a sea of current and impending global chaos.” Earthfire’s mission is to work towards a fundamental paradigm shift in how we see life, with the belief that from there change will naturally follow. Who knows who is right, or if we both are for different times....

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich June 20, 2018 We all want to show up for Life but we often don’t know how. One way to discover how is to follow the principles of “voluntary simplicity;” to begin to explore what we need versus what we want. This “decluttering“ of our priorities gives us the ability to manage our own lives according to our own values. Making conscious choices with other beings in mind is essential as we move towards the paradigm shift of living on Earth in a joyous and sustainable way. How can we inspire and support one another on this path? In this month’s Conservation Conversation, we will discuss voluntary simplicity and explore how...

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