Deep ecological principles have had some strong criticism in the past, including that of being a movement which hates humanity. That is just one opinion. A fresh perspective is needed. Quantum science is a fast developing field connected to Deep Ecology, in the sense that humans are still evolving mentally and on a consciousness level rather than biologically. It is even possible that our cell biology can still change or be affected by a shift in consciousness.
Even today, there are countless cases of people that have cured themselves of fatal illnesses, disease or cancerous tumours by working through previous misconceptions about themselves and were able to heal and cure themselves, are they tapping into the quantum field for healing?
We have not stopped evolving, what we are doing to our environment, we are doing to ourselves, we need to respond to this with a shift in our human understanding that the environmental crisis is an indication that human consciousness has to change.
We could see this present time as a wake-up call and a chance to make changes internally and externally, in terms of learning from our mistakes, rather than being hateful to humanity. It is a true and popular analogy among environmentalists that we are like a cancer on earth at the moment; though with all illness and diseases, it is usually an indication that we need to re-evaluate how we live our lives on this planet. So just like when we get sick we need to change how we nourish ourselves internally, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically, we must do the same and change the way in which we live with the Earth.
We can seize this time as an opportunity to review our relationship with what we previously saw as a separate environment, and nurture a better understanding, respect and love of ourselves in terms of birthing a new a perspective on ecology at a spiritual level.
As discussed in the previous chapter, many of us feel anger and grief with the environmental destruction that human greed is causing; we can use that anger and grief in a constructive way, to motivate us to create change and take action. By embracing a more sustainable and ecological lifestyle, we create self-empowerment, confidence, nurturing inner nourishment and inner peace.
Deep Ecology is a blend of certain ancient indigenous concepts with modern concepts. We are part of the Earth’s consciousness and she is part of the sacred feminine and masculine, the deeper fabric of our consciousness in the web all life that flows through all beings.
The corporatization of the political world has become unethical and careless, ignoring its responsibility to protect the planet.
Unconsciously, some of us take on this violence imposed on the Earth, internalising it. Those of us who are aware of this, are carrying the burden of responsibility, grief, guilt and loss, especially when we see ecocide unfolding on a daily basis with destruction of key ecosystems such as our forests and oceans. At the other extreme, some of us have become so de-sensitised to this that the easiest option is denial. We need to find ways to understand why we are feeling powerless to affect the overwhelming crisis in which we are living.
We each have a responsibility to expand our understanding of
ourselves in relation to nature in the modern world, but with
re-acceptance of the ancient indigenous beliefs, that all life is sacred and intrinsically affected by our actions, and even our thoughts.
Only then will we evolve and start living more ecologically on the Earth. Implementing sustainability and human sovereignty is a human right and need, as well as a necessary way for Earth’s resources to be managed within Nature’s natural carrying capacity.
Many experts around the world are working towards reclaiming lost and ancient indigenous knowledge. Through transformation power of these concepts and how reclaiming the spiritual ecology with our connection with Gaia, Pacha Mama, Madre Tierra, Mother Earth and Cosmos are a step towards creating and mapping a new more harmonious world and reality.
Some ways in which to connect with Nature on a deeper level, are to work with the plant teachers through ancient medicinal entheogens with a highly experienced Indigenous Shaman. Other ways to reconnect with Nature is simply being in Nature as much as one possibly can.
Excerpt from the book The Silent Ecococide-The Environmental Crisis is a Crisis of Human Consciousness. By Carlita Shaw, an ecologist, writer, teacher and rainforest campaigner that lives in Ecuador.