I dreamed I went camping on Table Mountain with a group of suburban housewives and their children. It may have been a school camp. I was very concerned with taking a large 20-litre water container up the mountain. It was empty. A vessel to be filled. It was a cumbersome thing. Yet I dragged it up, and we all set up our camp halfway up the slopes. Then I walked on up the mountain on my own to get some solitude and some perspective. I stopped and looked up towards the cliffs and was amazed to see bright blue luminescent energy like water consciousness rising in a large bubble out of the top of the mountain, it rose up above the cliffs, ballooning like a cup filling above its capacity and spilling over. Then brown floodwater came rushing down. We had to abandon camp and run for our lives. For some reason, I still hung on to the 20-litre water bottle as I was sure we needed it.
Since that dream we have had a lot of rain in Cape Town. The dams are at 80 percent, they say. That is a relief. Yet it is still necessary to be aware of collecting and saving water. The people of Cape Town have learned a new habit. There is a new normal. A new normal of not taking anything for granted. A new normal of realizing that there is no normal.
I am still trying to understand the metaphorical water and how it became a flood so suddenly on a summers day like a volcano, from the earth: water, not lava flowing down from inside the mountain. Perhaps it represented an awakening of consciousness. It felt as if the earth had something to say -it was an uprising, a bubbling up of something more than just water.
On a recent visit to my family farm in the Karoo, I witnessed the effects of climate change on the land. It is three years now that the rain stayed away from the Great Karoo. It is barren and stark, the animals search for sustenance in the sparse clumps of dry scrub. Farmers are forced to supplement their animals’ nutrition by buying food for them, a stressful time, this can lead to bankruptcy. There is less to go round. A time of scarcity, a time to reduce stock.
The trees are so dry that they snap easily, and the gale-force winds that came by a month ago left a carnage of broken limbs in their wake. This is a place of extremes and climate change takes it a step further. Usually, in winter there is some rain or snow, but this year there has been none. There is a tragic bleakness to the winter in this semi-desert landscape and a strange dry heat even in the winter days as there is no cloud cover. My father who has farmed this place for 40 years says the dry periods are dryer than he has ever remembered. The low rainfall is well below average, he told me as we walked through the dry landscape together.
I was horrified to find the sacred rockpool, which is fed by an underground spring completely empty. This was shocking. It felt like a sign that a heart had stopped beating. My father’s heart had been in trouble. That is why I made the trip. The land reflects it’s inhabitants. This pool has always shown me things about the health of the collective.
Everything is connected. We are all a reflection of the whole. On this road trip to my homeland, I discovered that this has been a remarkable year for Aloes. I had noticed them blooming remarkably Cape Town, but when I discovered that they were all out in the Garden route and also the dryest veldt of the plains of the Cambdeboo I knew my theory was true. They are out in full force to help the bees.
I believe the aloes are putting out pollen to help feeding bees and the sugarbirds and by doing that, propagating their species, it’s called resilience. Sharing sweetness, offering orange nectar at this time of bitter dryness. It is scientifically proven that when one tree in the forest is lacking in a certain nutrient, the mycelium network beneath the forest floor passes the message and gets to work sending the right ingredients to that tree to make it well again. The earth is a living body. The Aloes need the pollinators as much as the pollinators need them. They are all parts of the whole and each is a reflection of the whole and therefore understands the needs of the whole body. It is subconscious wisdom.
The Aloes are in full bloom all across the Karoo, just as they were in every yard and traffic island in Cape Town, and it’s nothing to do with whether or not they got rain. They are doing their part to save the earth, and so should we.
So what should we humans do? One might ask. Even though humans are the obvious cause of the imbalance, most of us feel helpless in the face of the crisis befalling the planet.
One activity that has become quite a trend in South Africa, is stuffing bits of plastic into two-litre bottles to make eco-bricks to build low-cost houses. This is very therapeutic and helps reduce landfills, which is great. I think that is a good step and it helps create an awareness of reducing plastic waste. I was surprised to find people doing this all across the Cape even in small towns like George and Graaff-Reinet. However, I do worry that it may be a bit of a distraction from the bigger issues but it creates an activity that helps people feel less helpless in the face of the environmental crisis every little bit helps.
Obviously, we need to all be more like Greta Thunberg and put pressure on the people who are causing the problem by keeping the petrochemical industry going. We have to do what we can. Uniting as a collective with focus and a clear statement is effective in shifting the systemic problem and changing the paradigm.
But the structure of our global economy is holding back real change and things may take their course unless we are all prepared to take a stand.
So apart from being an activist and joining a movement, there is something more we can do in our own human capacity as responsible individuals, we can work on our selves. It may seem self-indulgent, but if all humans working for corporate institutions, people in leadership positions in schools, civil service, government, all walks of life really became more conscious of finding true balance in their lives on a daily basis, it would affect the overall balance because people would be making better decisions.
Imagine if all the people chose to get into alignment with themselves and their environment? If people tuned into their bodies and their environment in the same sensitive way our tribal first people ancestors did. Imagine if the leaders and politicians making the critical decisions listened to the signs and respected nature instead of trying to control it. Imagine if people woke up to being truly response-able on a mass scale, it would tip the balance. It could change the paradigm which is holding up that economic structure.
The old institution which has been maintaining paradigm and social perspective which maintains the story of separation as opposed to integration. It’s the power hungry mentality that supports an economy built on slavery as opposed to the understanding that all is one and everything and everything is connected. I am because you are, we are all part of the whole story, what befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. This is native American thinking, it’s tribal African Spirituality as described by the Ubuntu concept. It is the ancient Celtic perspective of the paterns of integration and flow as described by Celtic design and music. It’s an ancient ancestral knowing. Many have forgotten it, but there is a remembering, an awakening taking place.
When viewed from a holographic perspective, each organism and each one of us is a reflection of the whole. The earth is like a human body. “On an energetic level, the energy pattern in the auric field of each cell contains our whole pattern of health.” Explains Barbara Anne Brennon in her book “Light Emerging.” So by “healing ourselves, we help heal the earth and the universe.” The environmental crisis is forcing us to wake up and take responsibility for the world beyond ourselves, the greater whole. When we think this way, we take action from a place of broader knowing.
Brennon points out that the word response- ability means being sensitive and aware of the symptoms and messages our body is sending and taking the right actions to create balance. (For example, if you feel thirsty, that is a sign from your body that you need water. If you are tired, it means you need rest.) In our digitized city lives, we become numb and ignore the signs our body sends us, this can eventually lead to burnout and other chronic health conditions.
What we do to our bodies as a matter of habit, we do to our home planet. Humans have taken energy from the earth without replenishing it, we have taken water out of the eco-system and now we are feeling it most in the dryest places.
We have been greedy because we are afraid of being without. It is a fear of lack. This comes from poverty thinking. So we have created it by focusing on it.
The bottom line is that we are afraid of lack because we don’t want to be without security. We want to know that there will be an abundance of all we need to meet our basic needs of shelter, food, water and ultimately love. However, holding on to things, hoarding and taking more than one’s share always creates more lack instead of more abundance, that is the nature of the eco-system. A river needs to flow.
“What’s the one thing all creatures have in common?” asked Uprise, my Bushman/Rasta DJ friend, (at a Love-Street event in Cape Town.)
“What do we all have in common?”
“Space!” We all have space between every cell and every particle of every cell.” He told me this standing in the crowded venue, and then he turned and stepped humbly through the crowd of people. I followed in his footsteps and as we walked through the thickly crowded dancefloor, finding the spaces between, I understood what he meant. We have to find have to flow into a place of remembering that we are all one. By doing this we are able to connect the dots and bring the pieces together that need healing and reconnecting. By stepping humbly through the crowd, finding the flow we naturally get into the rhythm of our calling to help heal and bring what needs balancing into balance. It must come from a place of good intention and not a place of ego.
The more we share, the more we care, the more love there is, the more breath, the more life. Time is not linear, it too is holographic so we have to work through our own personal healing and find ways to heal the collective unconsciousness by resolving past issues to be more present in the now and awakened to conscious living, in order to truly safeguard our future for our children and their children.
We are deep into the 6th extinction known to man and it’s exponential, so we better wake up, and do the work because this extinction thing is not a dream. It’s real and the innocent are suffering first. It is terminal.
There is a lot of despair and blame. It is easy to fall into negative thinking and as resources dwindle the mentality of fear and lack is a very real trigger for war. War is the last thing the planet needs right now. It would destroy the chances of restoring the eco-systems being threatened by climate change. So what can we do?
Barbara Anne Brennon (as a Channel for Heyoan) offers these are the questions to ask oneself: “What is the message the greater world (being a mirror to the self) is trying to tell me about what I need to learn?”
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix, the genius guitarist once said.
What is it that I am afraid of, both in my life and on the world scale? (What do they have in common.) These common fears are the origin of world conflict. (Loss, illness, death and lack of freedom. All these fears create war, and war materialises these fears as a horrific reality.) We create our reality by what we focus on. The more conscious this focus is, the more directed it can be into genius and miracle potential. It’s up to us to help create a miracle on earth by choosing to be response-able for the sake of our children.
Here is a meditation if you are brave enough to try it: Connect with your heart. Allow love to bubble up like that water bubble flowing out of the top of Table Mountain in my dream. Allow it to flow as love for yourself, and then share it with those closest to you and keep it rippling outward. Be like an Aloe in full-bloom: share your true colours with the world. There is nothing to lose. Nothing to hold back, the more you give, the more abundance you create. That’s Aloe thinking. Aloe-thinking is allowing. It works. Being in all your glory feeds the bees and the bees pollinate the plants and the crops and make honey on the side. The more you share, the more there is. That’s how love is.