Starting out 2015 with an Ode to Unity

New Earth

Today, tomorrow or the next, we will collectively look with our hearts, our minds will be idle. Connecting our third eye through to infinite intelligence, tethering our mind to the guidance of the earth bound resonance we all share from our bodies made from mud, made of this Earth.

This would then become the discussion and preoccupation of the mind: how to improve this connection, this growth, our expansion. This would be the passage for humanity, our quest, our “salvation”.

Then what a vision and a vista will be before us. Then, instant balance would ensue, at all levels, all relationships between all humans, all areas.Jeremiah Josey

Unity.

One.

Everywhere.

Ha! The stronger the mind, the more challenging the quest.

Only when the mind lowers it’s ever vigilant guard, and allows the heart’s soft utterances through to be felt and amplified by this wondrous body we each possess.

Then through all, and as one. Instant balance. Instant full potential expansive life for all species on this but a tiny speck of space dust. A speck of diamond, but a spec no less.

Our minds are brilliant tools. Connect that brilliance to the brilliance of our bodies and soar!

It is all within reach.Smily Earth All inside each of us.

Tether the mind. Release our potential.

Have a happy, happy 2015!

Earth Hands

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The Little Earth Book – Introduction to Second Edition

I’ve decided to retype this introduction here because it makes a lot of sense.  The balance between yin and yang – ancient Chinese descriptions for two distinct energetic states – is shifting.  It is through books like this, disseminated via the Internet, that will change the path of our civilisation, bringin balace and harmony where before there was none.

Since The Little Earth Book was first published in October 2000 the damage being inflicted on the planet by humanity has become more apparent.

Britain has been subjected to widespread flooding and government policies have led to an orgy of animal slaughter.  President Bush has relaxed restraints on the emission of greenhouse gas.  The World Trade Organisation has to hold its meetings outside democratic countries.  In the South there has been a widespread collapse of commodity process leading to an epidemic of suicides among farmers.  The obscene level of inequality within and between countries has continued to rise.  And now the stated policy of the US military is ‘full spectrum dominance’- which includes space.

Yet and interesting decade-long social study in America gives some hope.  It finds that their society falls into three main categories.  The US, like Britain and most countries, is still dominated by the ‘moderns’ – those that believe in growth, competition, control, confrontation and all the male yang qualities. A second small category is the ‘traditionals’, those who would like to turn the clock back.  But a third category is emerging: it represents the concerned, caring, co-operative, holistic, female yin qualities.  The study refers to these as çultural creatives’.  They are not a recognisable demographic group, but they now represent 26% of the US adult population.  Let us hope that the planet gives us time to redress the yin-yang balance, allowing world affairs to move towards sanity.

In this edition we add chapters at the end to show some positive developments.  We have also updated Free Trade and some of the marginal comments.

James Bruges 2001

Jeremiah Josey

The Little Earth Book – Introduction to First Edition

This is the introduction to “The Little Earth Book“, first Edition, written by James Bruges in 2000.

The content in these 167 tiny – only 145 x 135 mm – pages is clear concise.  Recommended reading to understand WHAT CAN BE DONE beyond the disturbing and  circular discussion on what has happening.

Juts before this book went to the printers, at the end of August 2000, the editorial of the New Scientist commenced: “Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are well on the way to those found in the Eocene period when the world was ice-free and England a steaming mangrove forest

Such news makes some of us deeply anxious.  Others will ask what they can do.  This Little Earth Book will, by shedding light on complex issues, help us to respond both constructively and creatively – rather than throw up our hands and leave responsibilities to ‘the experts’.

The book is about new attitudes and a change of direction, not doom and gloom.  And if we say some apparently dramatic things, remember that scientists – in many cases the majority of them – are saying dramatic things too.  They are beseeching us to look at the evidence and DO something.

This year, 2000, the Royal commission on Environmental Pollution advised the [UK] Government that: “The world is now faced with a radical challenge of a totally new kind, which requires an urgent response.  The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is already higher than at any time for millions of years.  There is no precedent to help us understand precisely what consequences will follow. The environmental consequences are potentially catastrophic.

This follows consistent warnings from the scientific community.  Even back in 1992 1,670 scientists, including 110 of the 138 living winners of Nobel prizes in the sciences, issued the famous “World Scientists” Warning to Humanity”. It included these comments:

“We are fast approaching many of the Earth’s limits.  Current economic practices which damage the environment cannot continue.  Our massive tampering could trigger unpredictable collapse of critical biological systems which are only partly understood.  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.

In 1999 the chief meteorologists of Britain and the US issued a joint letter to national newspapers in both countries, including: “Ignoring climate change will surely be the most costly of all possible choices, for us and our children.

But politicians, vulnerable as they are to lobby groups, are – crucially – still dragging their heels.  Lawrence Summers, Secretary to the US Treasury and hugely influential in the World Bank, has said: “There are no limits to the carrying capacity of the Earth that could bind any time in the foreseeable future.  The idea that we should put limits on growth because of some natural limit is a profound error.

[Another organisation of scientists, the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), prepared a lengthy report in 2006 showing that ExxonMobil has funnelled nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organisations that seek to confuse the public on global warming science”.

“ExxonMobil has manufactured uncertainty about the human causes of global warming just as tobacco companies denied their products caused lung cancer,” said Alden Meyer, UCS director of strategy and policy.  “A modest but effective investment has allowed the oil giant to fuel doubt about global warming to delay government action just as big tobacco did for over forty years.”

Two United States senators, Republican Olympis Snowe from Maine and Democrat Jay Rockefeller from West Virginia, also joined in the growing effort to persuade ExxonMobil to behave ethically.  The two senators said that ExxonMobil’s brazen and outrageous effort to spread ignorance and confusion about the climate crisis “has damaged the United States’ reputation.”  saying that ExxonMobil’s ongoing misrepresentation of the science is not honest, they protected “ExxonMobil’s extensive funding of an ‘echo chamber’ of non-peer-reviewed pseudoscience.”

ExxonMobil’s motive for engaging in this extraordinary and ongoing effort at mass deception is certainly not mysterious. In early 2007, the company announced the largest annual profit for the preceding year, 206, of any corporation in U.S. history.

Excerpt from The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore, pages 201 and 202

The report can be read here: ExxonMobil Report 2007 by UCS]

Throughout this book you will find reference to the World Bank, for it is a giant player on the world stage.  In November 1999 its Chief Economist stunned the world by resigning.  He had been consistently overrules.  “It is not just the creation of a market economy that matters“, he said, “but the establishment of the foundations of sustainable, equitable and democratic institutions.

So, the scientific community is saying that we are exceeding the earth’s carrying capacity, and is being heeded by the United Nations.  Th World Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organisation, on the other hand, are still acting as if the world’s health will improve if we all consume more.

WHO IS RIGHT? Surely we should take scientists seriously when they are almost one voice.  We also have, all of us, the evidence of our own senses.  We smell the increase in pollution, see the countryside being overwhelmed by concrete, listen in vain for the song of once-familiar birds, are aware through our travels of growing inequalities, and know the futility of wealth creation for it’s own sake.

If the scientists are right, we face human misery on an unprecedented scale, much of it caused by the policies of the World Bank and the I.M.F. and the frenzied, headlong rush towards a globalised economy which seeks to make us all into consumers, customers and competitors.  Future generations will see us as guilty of the ultimate crime against humanity: allowing our Earth’s support systems to die while we enjoyed the temporary benefits of an unsustainable lifestyle.

We are NOT just consumers, customers, competitors.  We are, first and last, human beings.  And each one of us has enormous potential to change things.  This book has stirring examples of individuals thinking, acting and dreaming up new ideas.  Some may sound unrealistic but, if the scale of remedial action fails to match the scale of the crises, the crises will overwhelm us.  This book is a clarion call to each of us.  It shows us that there is hope.

Jeremiah Josey