Bury Your Head in the Sand and the Tide Will Carry it Away

bluefootedboobySo it seems that in order to protect their investment in land along North Carolina’s coast, certain folks are focusing their efforts on denying the rising tides. This article in the Washington Post explains the how and why. I chose the blue footed booby to illustrate this post because that’s how I see people who stand at the shore and bury their heads in the sand.

If I didn’t love my children, grandchildren, and the natural world so much, I’d just write this behavior off as the misguided actions of a flock of boobys. But I feel a sense of urgency about the enormous task of changing our habits and assumptions in order to live in greater harmony with the systems that allow life to exist (at all) on this finite planet. This is a pivotal time – the faults in ourselves and the limitations of our resources are obvious and can’t be “reworded” or legislated into submission. We’ve got to make the shift – now, not soon, now. And that means all of us.

I realize also that talking about the dire impacts of climate change, global social inequities, and economic limits makes people sad, scared, and defensive. So instead I encourage all those who, like me, can envision a simpler, healthier, more connected future paradigm to do what we can individually, collaborate willingly, and share the possibilities with compassion. Here is guidance from the Hopi elders on doing just that.

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

–Hopi Elders’ Prophecy, June 8, 2000