The Empty Space in the Sustainability Equation
Tracks Around the Sacred Spring
It is said that you should write what you need to know, but what that really comes down to is to write what 'we' need to know... imagine that the Great Tree of Life is showing signs of blight that will lead to the destruction of all life as we know it. No, no, no, our mind says. We won't let ourselves do that but will admit to a persistent feeling of threat. And so we tout the idea of sustainability about without really getting to grips with the resources that might eventually make that possible, that might make the parts of the tree that surround us vibrant and well again. For the concept of sustainability is flawed. It is as though there is a hole in it, a leak, so that it won't float on the tide of existence. And this is not new: mankind has been coming up with ways to block up that hole by reducing the known dimension of life, but soon the hole reappears and looms larger than ever. So the hole is here to stay and yet, for the moment at least, our minds still may have the power to make use of the hidden potential in that space. We have it in us to imagine the creation of a microcosm of existence that might come to reflect the macro plane of existence.
Part of the solution is following the Way, doing the Right thing, but more than that is required. We still need to ACT; we still need to hunt and gather, but, in a way that doesn't cause permanent damage, but replenishes.
And so here I am, in the thick of it, trying to exemplify the process consciously while attempting to access the collective unconscious – the virtually infinite thought patterns that make up all known life. Jung pointed to archetypes such as Mother Nature, with a special focus on Animals, and the Green Man - the Ancient in us or the Old Man - and his relation to Creative Fantasy, which we may become progressively aware of by means of dreams and other means if worked through.
But as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. My 'pudding' is shaky and more at food for thought than physical nourishment. Wild boar churned up the Spring Garden the night before yesterday so that I needed to tend to it and make adjustments and improvements – make significant change a daily part of life, they would tell me.
Witness a self-fulfilling prophecy... one that heals!
Yes, we had just had the first heavy frost of the year, so the last thing I was expecting to see was a butterfly. How it had survived I don't know, but I quickly understood what it had been drawn to - the sweet perfume of a 'nespereira'. So you, too, can understand that perfume may convey the heavenly promise of transformation, a life giving fruit, a means to the future.
I felt this calling, a strange sense of emptiness and found myself walking towards an abandoned house. And NOT unsurprisingly, from nowhere out popped a kitten. I scooped her up and looked at her. She mewed repeatedly, but it wasn't until later that I recognized what she was saying, Give me new faces new faces! Smart kitten?
I am getting to work on Equine Assisted English Education - language and thinking to usher in the Post Consumer Era - it is my inevitable return to teaching:-)
The idea is to focus on process not product. I imagine thinking that reflects 'doing' rather than being 'done-in' by misleading concepts defining success and failure. The greatest functional linguist Halliday pointed out years ago that the way English is structured in the form of nominalization makes it inflexible and inherently conservative. It is highly likely that such product-based thinking is going to be the death of us, so it is high time to recycle it, unravel the processes focusing on meaning in an existential sense.
Blake portrayed humanity's evolution in the form of a child being carried by a giant, but what would happen if we substitute the giant for a horse? The horse in its truth-bearing role? Something WONDERFUL!
A few words about my vision and perspective of the estate: many years ago now, I was walking over the Downs in Bristol, feeling low and unhappy when my dog barked abruptly, and I suddenly became aware of EVERYTHING around me right down to each blade of grass. In short, the dog had opened my eyes to the beauty that surrounds us and the amazing future that each of us can experience.
The phenomenon described is written about in mythology around the world. It takes many forms like the three headed dog, Cerberus, or, in other instances, three separate animals that show us the past, present and future -the wolf, lion and dog, for example.
However, what the myths have in common is the role of the dog that ushers in the future by making us aware that we all belong to a unitary state of consciousness, whether man, animal, plant or mineral.
If you look at the outline of the Forest Garden Estate doesn't it remind you of a dog's head? Our objective is to 'usher in a better, brighter future' and, naturally, we'd like to include YOU.