Earth and World Healing Meditation

I was walking down from Bob’s Enchanted Croft to Penpoll Creek, to check my kayak was alright, when this lady called Pam jumped out of the hedge and invited me to a party on her land to celebrate her husband’s, David’s birthday.

 

Before I knew where I was, I was involved in an Earth and World Healing Meditation in their cabin, which I reprint here with David Stringer’s permission because it was rather fun.

Earth and World Healing Meditation [1]

After such a seeming endless long dark night [2] of chaos, sacrilege and devastation,

Reeked across our planet by every Nation because of our blind human neglect

Of, for each other and all life, compassion through myriad wars and exploitation,

Of the precious soil, deforestation, global warming, near annihilation

Of untold species, we come to that brink over which so many into despair can sink,

So much to heal, so much harm to repair, we who, in these, our sacred sanctuaries, foregather

To dedicate our love and light and lives, to put an end to all further dearth and strife,

As, within this forest, consecrated to peace, to re-spread its sacred Light to within all men’s hearts.

Whereby we can all, at last, become a part of ways of life of non-violence,

Our lost primal Edens to restore, as made by our Creator, to last for evermore,

To remake, renew, Adam’s ancient covenant with Divine Creation, seeking enlightenment

To guide us along the paths of the restoration of wholeness throughout this and every nation,

To each do the little that we can do, to the spirit of all life’s sacredness true,

To be exemplars to all others till all living beings become as sisters and brothers

Again in one universal family in which all life forms respected be!

For our smallest action, according to how tis done, has its ripple-impact on all life’s karmic web

In time and space, causing either harm or good spreading the light or perpetuating night,

So may all that we do or think or dedicate with a prayer to our creator whose miracles we contemplate

So to bring blessings with all we do with our hands we who life’s interactions understand

Every plant or tree planted, sown or let grow, a microcosmic paradise to some creatures we know

Thus, millions of hands, guided by love can this our earth life heal wherever we move or be,

In our daily endeavors and lives till all for all shall become as paradise!

Let not this peace be but a brief respite from survival’s struggle’s terror stalked night,

But may it out from our sanctuaries flow out across the world to all we know

Who still the effects of harm we’ve done suffer and as we heal ourselves,

Even as we [3] heal each other empowered by the Great Spirits energy that flows through all the life that around, in us, we see!

Footnotes:

[1] I differentiate here between Earth and World, as while the former obviously refers to the billions of years old Planetary Creation, the latter no more than The Sphere of Men (Saxon – Wer-Old) no more than, at most, two million years old, and, once, but a tiny colony on a vast and infinite Creation, though those whose Consciousness is trapped inside its alienated-from-nature cities (Greek – poloi) and Politics can get mixed up in their mind-sets! This difference, in itself, can offer us help when we realise that our ‘destructions’ are an aberration, which can be healed and rebalanced by the former greater Infinite & Eternal Natural Sphere whence we draw all our creative powers for good or ill!

[2] Night can be interpreted, here on several different levels in body, mind, soul and Spirit, as either physical, ecological destruction, ‘dark attitudes of mind’ such as hatred, distrust, fear and prejudice of a ‘dark night of the soul’ as a cynical spiritual nihilism that can lead to more tangible manifestations of ‘evil’, an existential Inner Experience that could affect any one of us – again, ironically, a sign of hope, as if some can see the Light in darkness, so can others – indeed some only come to see ‘The Light of Guidance from Spirit’ once plunged into darkness!

[3] By ‘We’ I mean the entire human race, in all its generations, past and present, rather than those specifically gathered in our Healing Circles. We may, indirectly, in our own origins, have ‘benefited’ from the ‘poisoned fruits’ of ations and attitudes that have harmed both men and the Earth, as, for example, as a child, my comfort and security depended on the ‘Wages from environmental degradation’ on the fringes of a much-polluted town and city of coal mines and iron foundries (though this was hardly the choice of the toil-worn-out workers, our fathers and forefathers)! While I did not question, when young, the eating of slaughtered creatures as nutrition, this being made acceptable by the inherited habits of my elders, who were ‘good people’, so it would not be appropriate to be ‘holier than thou’ and seeing ourselves as somehow separate from the overall caste of out collective socio-economic and political dramas! This again offers hope in the sense that if we can change our attitudes and lifestyles from those that harm to those that heal and make whole, so can others.

David Allen Stringer (13.8.06)

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Website: http://www.universalalliance.org.uk

The Cut and Paste Generation

Cutting and pasting essays from the internet is a wholly rational response to an education system that is now an indoctrination system.
The word ‘education’ has its origins in the root word ‘educare’, meaning to ‘draw out and extend’. Modern education no longer does this. It imposes a curriculum on students that has its basis in making us look economically superior to the Germans. The purposes for modern mainstream education are built around economic objectives and are not about the development of human beings as individuals, their potential, values and identity in a changing world. Real education starts where you are, it is grounded in real, personal and lived experience. Real education gives you the tools to reflect on your own experience and make your own sense of it. It helps you to adapt to a new reality in the face of changing circumstances.

In contrast to this, much of our modern education is remote and distant from the real experience of students. It consists of predetermined material, often with extreme bias, which is tested by processes of examination, one of which is writing essay. Successful schools and colleges are now little more than ‘exam factories’, their main focus geared towards turning out the maximum amount of qualifications to secure future funding from the government.

A focus on industrial outputs has destroyed education in this country. In reality about 60% of the information we will need as individuals this time next year, does not yet exist. Yet we are still imposing on, rather than listening to our students. Where are the skills of learning how to learn in the curriculum, the skills of creativity, adaptability and versatility? Where are the skills of self-maintenance, of invention, innovation and self-motivation? These are essential skills for an economy that is now essentially bankrupt. These are the skills our children will need for the 21 st Century. We are imposing useless indoctrination on our students that has little to do with their lives and even less to do with the future we have made for them. Since it is the needs of our economy that is driving planetary degradation, nearly everything we are imposing on our children through a government led curriculum, is a preparation for a future that no longer exists. It is no wonder truancy rates in the UK are the highest ever.

Many of the students recognize this. They see schools and colleges as hurdles they have to jump on the way to a life. They know, at a diversity of levels, from ‘an uneasy feeling’ to real political insight, that most of what they are ‘taught’ is useless in the context of an economic system that is doomed to failure for committing the idiocy of using its capital assets as income. The students on the whole know that teachers and lecturers are so busy and stressed with the system that they don’t have a hope in hell of catching them cutting and pasting their studies. They want to get on with living their own lives, where in fact they learn far more than they do in the sterile centers of indoctrination and imposed conformity that our schools and colleges have become.

Current theory suggests that regurgitating material from one place on the internet is regarded as plagiarism but copying from ten is ‘research’. This is nitpicking when the whole concept of how we learn and the whole technology of learning has so radically shifted. Cut and paste is a rational response to a system that keeps on regurgitating the same old nonsense in a reality that has utterly changed.