Balance Point - Searching for a Spiritual Missing Link; Book Notes
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Wicca - witchcraft, craft of the wise. They were the wise ones in villages that knew about natural healing, legal matters, and spiritual ones. They were doctors, lawyers, and priests.
They believe in a spirituality that is completely connected nature.
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Honeybee "Robbing Frenzy"
Humans are herd animals in small groups and hive animals in large groups.
When a hole is discovered in a hive that isn't guarded by resident bee's they start to steal all the honey from it. It's kinda like people looting a store during a riot. They become crazy. Their natural thinking of sustainability is thrown out the window.
The bees will steal until there is nothing left, or the hole is patched.
Humans are in the middle of a robbing frenzy with the earths resources. Someone who digs an oil well and finds oil is like finding a back door in the bee hive.
Like alcoholics we cannot control this illness. We're taught from a young age that excessive material wealth is what we should strive for.
Our population is growing exponentially. And is dependent on oil for food production.
Our stealing and burring fossil fuels is causing the earth to be sick and heating it up. The natural cycles can not overcome the excess heat/waste.
The ego acts as a barrier between humans and nature. It blinds us to the destruction we are doing to the planet. The ego allows us to think we are more important than the earth. It's pumped up by material wealth and social status.
Just like addicts.. we are addicted to consumption and afraid to admit and fix the problem.
Global collapse at around 2040 if we don't change.
Population growth, resource consumption, waste production are all growing at an exponential rate.
1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (1992)
Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written and spearheaded by the late Henry Kendall, former chair of UCS's board of directors.
Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.
The environment is suffering critical stress:
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops.
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world's surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some 80 countries, containing 40 percent of the world's population. Pollution of rivers, lakes, and ground water further limits the supply.
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world's food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural, and livestock waste -- some of it toxic.
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive land abandonment, is a widespread by-product of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11 percent of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded -- an area larger than India and China combined -- and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.
Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years, and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.
The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one-third of all species now living, is especially serious. We are losing the potential they hold for providing medicinal and other benefits, and the contribution that genetic diversity of life forms gives to the robustness of the world's biological systems and to the astonishing beauty of the earth itself. Much of this damage is irreversible on a scale of centuries, or permanent. Other processes appear to pose additional threats. Increasing levels of gases in the atmosphere from human activities, including carbon dioxide released from fossil fuel burning and from deforestation, may alter climate on a global scale. Predictions of global warming are still uncertain -- with projected effects ranging from tolerable to very severe -- but the potential risks
are very great.
Our massive tampering with the world's interdependent web of life -- coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change -- could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.
Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threats.
The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. Current economic practices which damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued without the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.
Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a near tripling of today's 5.4 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition.
No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.
We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.
WHAT WE MUST DO
Five inextricably linked areas must be addressed simultaneously:
We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's systems we depend on.
We must, for example, move away from fossil fuels to more benign, inexhaustible energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of our air and water. Priority must be given to the development of energy sources matched to Third World needs -- small-scale and relatively easy to implement.
We must halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of terrestrial and marine plant and animal species.
We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.
We must give high priority to efficient use of energy, water, and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling.
We must stabilize population.
This will be possible only if all nations recognize that it requires improved social and economic conditions, and the adoption of effective, voluntary family planning.
We must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
We must ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions.
DEVELOPED NATIONS MUST ACT NOW
The developed nations are the largest polluters in the world today. They must greatly reduce their overconsumption, if we are to reduce pressures on resources and the global environment. The developed nations have the obligation to provide aid and support to developing nations, because only the developed nations have the financial resources and the technical skills for these tasks.
Acting on this recognition is not altruism, but enlightened self-interest: whether industrialized or not, we all have but one lifeboat. No nation can escape from injury when global biological systems are damaged. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. In addition, environmental and economic instabilities will cause mass migrations with incalculable consequences for developed and undeveloped nations alike. Developing nations must realize that environmental damage is one of the gravest threats they face, and that attempts to blunt it will be overwhelmed if their populations go unchecked. The greatest peril is to become trapped in spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic, and environmental collapse.
Success in this global endeavor will require a great reduction in violence and war. Resources now devoted to the preparation and conduct of war -- amounting to over $1 trillion annually -- will be badly needed in the new tasks and should be diverted to the new challenges.
A new ethic is required -- a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many.
We require the help of the world community of scientists -- natural, social, economic, and political.
We require the help of the world's business and industrial leaders.
We require the help of the world's religious leaders.
We require the help of the world's peoples.
We call on all to join us in this task.
A shaman is a healer.
Cacao is a seed that gives great strength and stamina.
We're all the same. We are all connected. When someone harms the earth they harm all life. Our spirit is what connects our human mind to a higher mind. The more we develop the more we realize how connected we are to nature and the great mystery.
Our awareness of the true extent of life is very limited. So we have created myths to explain it all. Or religions.
We don't have the answers. We are just one life form in a vast universal, continuum of life.
The more spiritually evolved be become the more we notice that we are also a part of everything outside and beyond ourselves. We are just a tiny piece of a greater whole.
The key is reaching a balance of selflessness and self awareness. The people who harm the earth are out of balance.
The world around us is the only part of the unknown mystery that is known to us.
We are balanced when we live in harmony with the larger whole. With all of life and the earth.
A true spiritual relationship can only exist between you and something that actually exists.
Spiritual - We are all apart of a Greater Being. We are linked to it. Everything is connected. Awareness of that connection is spirituality. Nothing more, nothing less.
Our spirit becomes ill when we think we are apart from the rest.
We need to see that we are apart of an unlimited consciousness.
Oneness is the essence of spirituality.
Religion separates and is based on belief. Spirituality is based on awareness.
Being balanced leads to leading a healthy, productive, rewarding life that is without pollution, waste, greed that is common in our culture.
This point is different for everyone on one person may lean on one side or the other.
A spiritual person can participate in religion without actually believing the myths. Myths are dogma.
Churches provide charity, social connection, inspiration for many. But they need to get more into spirituality and based more on reality. People need to feel a connection to what they are actually apart of. You can't have a connection to some mythical human figure. We are apart of a living universe.
The life that continues after you die is the life on Earth.
The first step is to admit the problems exist and not feed our egos and deny it. Then use our brains to solve the problems.
GDP is measured by money spent. But we are not admitted we are losing wealth because the natural resources are not being replenished.
If we change our consumption habits it will cause huge shifts if it hits a tipping point and forces bad businesses out of the market.
As a business owner I can no longer pursue a simple goal of just profit. I have to think about the rest of the world and posterity when I have any interaction with the economy. As a consumer I can refuse to buy things that doesn't support this mission.
When you get in touch with this balance point you will know that you are in the right mix of selflessness and selfishness. You will feel it.
We who are alive today.. right now will determine the future of humanity.