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Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Reflections, Resolutions, and Community: December’s Conservation Conversation

As we approach the solstice and the darkness shifts to light, it is time to pull all our forces together to work towards a new way of being on the Earth. We will take this time to gather in community to reflect, renew, and set intentions for taking action in the new year for the benefit of all beings.

If all Life is Sacred, then how shall we live?

Join us Wednesday, December 19th at 6:00 pm MST (5:00 Pacific; 8:00 Eastern) for this month’s online Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich and the Earthfire community. Our goal is to change the way people see, and therefore treat, wildlife and nature.

These Conversations are designed to create a space where we can support one another in the paradigm shift of living in harmony with all Life. The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.

All are welcome. Please join us as we work toward becoming a committed and supportive community of all beings.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Becoming the Other: Feeling into the Life of a Non-Human Being

A Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich  |  August 23, 2017 (Note Date Change)

View our August 23rd live online video Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich, How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth.  This month’s theme was “Becoming the Other: Feeling into the Life of a Non-Human Being.”

Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That holds true for our relationship with wild animals and our living Earth.
One way we can shift our thinking is to begin to see the world through the eyes of other species—and even through the eyes of an individual of that species. What riches might we reap if we try to experience life as a non-human being? What discoveries might we make? Where might that lead us?

Earthfire community members have been thrilled by this global conversation. “I loved the open, calm, respectful turn-taking that happened throughout—a great mirror of the connection with the animals,” said one participant. “I feel it is SO important and I loved the different input from different people,” said another.

This was the fourth conversation in our series of online video discussions with Dr. Susan Eirich. The next Conversation will take place on Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 6pm MST. View the Heartfelt Community Experience from August 23rd here: 

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth, Part 3

View our July 26 live online video Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich, How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth.

This month, we will be going deeper into one of the key questions we explored during our May and June Conversations:

When we connect with non-human species, we have the opportunity to integrate their unique intelligences and wisdoms into our journey forward. How can the intelligence of a wild animal be used to help us live sustainably and heal the Earth? What can we do in our daily life? In this conversation, we will share what we are doing to achieve this.

Earthfire community members have been thrilled by this global conversation. “I loved the open, calm, respectful turn-taking that happened throughout—a great mirror of the connection with the animals,” said one participant. “I feel it is SO important and I loved the different input from different people,” said another.

This was third conversation in our series of online video discussions with Susan and members of the worldwide Earthfire community. View this Heartfelt Community Experience from July 26th here:

“How Connecting with an Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth” Continued—Conversation 3 from Earthfire Institute on Vimeo.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

The Animals Are Calling Us: Being Supported in Ways We Don’t Recognize

We recently held another deeply satisfying Conservation Conversation again, the fifth in our ongoing series. Join us as we grow a creative committed supportive community. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to Wednesday’s Conversation. Your presence was warmly appreciated. This month in our Conservation Conversation Series we started off the theme “Coming Together in Council” with the September Conversation “The Animals Are Calling Us: Being Supported in Ways We Don’t Recognize.”

Deepening from our August Conversation, “Becoming the Other: Feeling into the Life of a Non-Human Being,” we came from the other direction to explore how animals communicate with us, and how they are perhaps calling us to come together in council. We heard about experiences where animals tuned into the needs of a human and offered their help. Animals often give us signs that they hear our deepest call for help, support, or love, but we often miss these messages through the distraction of daily life. We discussed the vast possibilities of what we might learn about ourselves and the world if we include their voices in our actions! Led by Dr. Susan Eirich, the discussion was rich with stories of nature perceiving humans, as well as the intricacies of opening ourselves to their presence. As special guest participant Rose De Dan said “If you call them, they will come. But if they come, you must listen.”

With the participation of the Earthfire community, we entered into a heartfelt discussion on grounded spiritual ecology and explored ideas for new ways of living on our Earth that supports all Life. As the season progresses we will be building upon what it means to create a community of practice, support one another through this journey, and develop on new perspectives. If you were not able to attend, please listen to the recording here:

Earthfire Institute’s Conservation Conversation Series is held the third Wednesday of every month. Registration is free, but limited. You can join our newsletter to keep updated when registration opens. Join us for the next Conversation on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 6pm MST. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Showing Up for Life on Earth

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich
November 15, 2017, 6pm MST

Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community came together to discuss the topic “Showing Up for Life on Earth” and what that means for us individually and collectively to benefit all Life. The online video conversation took place on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 and is available for viewing.

Of all the things we can do in any day, “showing up” for Life is the most important—for us individually, and for all beings on Earth.

How do we do this? By turning our awareness outward toward other living beings, we discover how all life is personally and intimately connected to us. Through this growing awareness of our deep connection with all life, our own vast capacity for creativity and action is nourished. Our next Conversation is Wednesday December 20th, 2017 at 6:00pm Mountain Time (5pmPacific, 8pm Eastern). Registration is free, but limited so please reserve your spot.

 

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

We Can Be the Light in These Dark Times, Part I

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich
December 20, 2017, 6pm MST

On December 20th 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: we can be the light in these dark times.

In Hindu culture, people greet each other with the word, “Namaste,” “The divine light within me bows to the divine light within you.” A light we share with nature and every living being.

In these dark times, we can nurture this light within ourselves, and help to cultivate it within each other. Love, gratitude, and joy—by cultivating these feelings in our own hearts and minds and in each other’s, we find our own light within, discover our purpose and passion, and gain the strength to lift the weight of these dark times for ourselves and all Life.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Becoming the Light in These Dark Times, Part II

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich January 31, 2018, 6pm MST

Our January Conservation Conversation picked up where we left off at the end of last year. During Part 1 of our Conversation in December (recording available here), we discussed how we ourselves could be a light to others in these dark times, reflecting the light and support we personally receive from our own inner wisdom and the Earth. This month, we explored the practice of becoming the light—how, in our everyday life, we can carry ourselves and act in ways that are an inspiration and catalyst to others.

Now is a crucial time for us to discover and hone the ways that we each uniquely can contribute to a paradigm shift that will lead us toward a new way of living on the Earth. As Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Join us for our next Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community on Wednesday, February 21st at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern). The cost is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Look out for the registration for that Conversation in our newsletter.

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Awakening Our Creativity and Resilience

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

Creativity and resilience are qualities of all Life. They feed our existence and reawaken hope when we encounter adversity. They reflect the deep intelligence that lives within every being. At a time when so much is up for grabs—when climate, environment, and habitat are all changing rapidly and unpredictably—how can we harness our innate creativity and resilience to imagine and then enact a positive future for humans, animals, and all Life on Earth?

In February’s Conservation Conversation Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined together for a special online video conversation to share stories of creative resilience within ourselves and in all Life on Earth. The online video conversation is available to watch here.

Please join us for our next Conservation Conversation on March 28, 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern).

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

Journeying from Love to Commitment

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich

“It was all the fault of seven wolf puppies. I fell in love. It changed everything.” —Dr. Susan Eirich

Falling in love deeply opens channels through which information can flow, and opens our perspective to see each living being—plant, animal, human—as a source of wonder. Opening ourselves to falling in love can be the catalyst for a rich and satisfying life dedicated to commitment and action. What if we make that our purpose? Our intention? Then we have made ourselves receptive, and have invited nature to reciprocate. This exchange helps us find our unique path forward to healing our Earth.

On March 28th, 2018 Dr. Susan Eirich and members of the Earthfire Community joined together to share our journeys from love to commitment and commitment to action. Due to technical difficulties, only Susan’s presentation portion is available for viewing. Please join us at the next Conservation Conversation on April 18, at 6pm Mountain time (5pm Pacific; 8pm Eastern).

Ecology, Spirit, and Action

“How Connecting with An Animal Can Help Us Heal the Earth” Continued

We continued our in-depth, heartfelt conversation from May, contemplating some key questions that arose in the previous conversation:

• When we say, “all life is sacred,” what does it mean for how we live?

• How do we connect with animals and nature?  What is our story?

• How can we support each other on our journey to healing our connection with wildlife and nature?

View this Heartfelt Community Experience here: