Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko Churchill | December 20, 2012

Threshold to-morrow

Here we are at a threshold…..

A threshold so potent so welcoming so open…

Change is afoot.

 

Remembering:

Our conscious co-creation of a new world is possible.

Whatever we’ve got this far is only semantics.

Remembering our connection to each other.

Our connection to nature.

Our connection to our Environment.

Our connection to everything.

And the fact that we are the designers of our future,.

This is key…

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. . . A problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking (consciousness) that created it…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive.”
– Albert Einstein

According to the ancient Mayan calendar, on 21 December, 2012, the 13th baktun – a calendrical measure equivalent to 144,000 days – will conclude as the next one commences. Many have interpreted this epochal transition from one era of human civilisation to another as a harbinger of apocalypse. Others believe that the turning of the Mayan calendar will mark a qualitative shift in the human relationship with the cosmos.

More than a millennium ago, the ancient Mayans suffered their own “apocalypse” in the tropical forests of present-day Guatemala, Mexico and Belize.

Their civilisation withered, and its survivors forced to abandon their grand cities for small, isolated villages. Often no more than forest enclaves, made of primitive dwellings and living like the beasts they hunted.

Scientists believe that the Mayan collapse was due to population increase, exhaustion of soils and forests, and drought.

Mayan civilisation disintegrated because its leaders, while capable of empire building, failed to recognise and respond to climate challenges that included a damaged environment, shrinking natural resource base and a changing climate.

Today, a little of the Mayans’ ancient homeland is a 7,700-square mile protected area in Guatemala called the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

With an area greater than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined, the reserve protects the largest remaining forest in Central America.

Deep in the forest and beneath the canopy, monumental vestiges of ancient temples and palaces attest to past splendour. The sight of such elegant architectural relics of human civilisation takes your breath away.

 

When I saw this, the magnificence awed me to such an extent that an epiphany washed over me…

Saw jaguars with the same magnificence. The jaguar, being the ancient symbol of Mayan royalty, still roams free in this place. Because the reserve is one of Central America’s last wild places and the wildlife is truly stunning here. The forest is alive, albeit without people. No Mayans on sight…

As the 13th baktun ends and the 14th begins, human civilisation faces a reckoning around the world, too. Our environmental degradation and Earth debt are such that the resources we extract aren’t replaced within the year by Earth’s natural services ecosystem, and we are stopping her from addressing our needs being self indulgent to boot.

All the warnings are here. From the melting ice shelves, to sprawling deserts to our oceans turned acidic. The writing on the wall is crystal clear. Can we have a read – please…

Because;

If we cannot find the strength within our political, economic and social systems to address the realities of a degraded environment, diminished stocks of flora and fauna, and extremes of weather, human society may follow the ancient Mayans into societal collapse.

But if we can learn to respect our proper place within earth’s natural systems, we still have the opportunity to turn the calendar’s page and begin a new global era.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

We are ready.

Whatever the shift brings…

Today, to-morrow or in a hundred years.

We are ready…

Either way we win.

 

 

 

 


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