Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Let's imagine...

Imagine all the people living life in peace…
I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.

John Lennon

As we come to the close of 2016, a year of many challenges, changes and upheavals, some of us are challenged by how life is playing out here on Earth.

With the more frequent, extreme weather events causing loss of life and damage to the natural environment and to man-made infrastructure, we are reminded that our ecosystem is fragile and balance is threatened.

War and armed conflict, fear and fear mongering are ever present in life on Earth. (If not in our lives and in our backyards, then in our living rooms, on TV.)

A lack of hope and feelings of powerlessness are being expressed at the ballot box in democracies, with results that reflect discontent with the way things are. Surely the underlying foundation of life on Earth, the principle that is at the core of the Earth Trust ‘the interconnectedness of all life’ can help to inspire and inform our way forward...

For some, the ‘web of life’ is the language that expresses this fundamental principle of life.

‘a profound change of perception and thinking is needed if we are to survive’

The Web of Life
Fritjof Capra 1995

As we contemplate the dawn of a new year, this worldview, where we all live, feel and think of ourselves as being a part of the Earth and all of life being related, may help us create a more respectful, sustainable and peaceful world.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Scientific Guidance aligns with Ancient Wisdom

A few words of inspiration from an acclaimed scientist!

“Look deep into nature and there you will understand everything better.”

                          Albert Einstein

Is this not how the Custodial peoples on this Earth lived and learned and gained their wisdom?

Friday, July 1, 2016

Good News Story

The Earth Trust is currently offering support for a pilot program where investors can join with custodial people to grow a business while caring for their country, and handing on custodial ways of working with land and native plants.

The Aboriginal community, the investors and those interested in the wider world can all benefit, while protecting, respecting and caring for the natural environment. Remnant rainforest will be preserved while reforesting where rainforest once was… It is an innovative venture and is being developed in partnership with the Gumbaynggirr people and Galnyamba Ventures.

There will be more of this story to share as it unfolds.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Creating Change

As 2015 draws to a close I have pondered a way to address the tension that lies beneath all the conflict we experience at present on the Earth.

Today we have insight into a way of living in harmony through the ways of those custodial people who see all life as being their ‘relations’. Aunty Elaine would say ‘we are all one’, or as His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognises ‘the interdependence between the living beings and nature’.

With the awareness that ‘we will not find solutions with the same thinking that created the problems’, our future, if there is to be one, requires some change in our collective perception, thinking, values and actions.

The question is: How do we create a sustainable future that is healthy for all life on Earth? 

One fundamental thread in the tapestry that is the solution is (I believe), that we begin to value the wisdom of the custodial peoples of the Earth. If we share our first world knowledge and resources gained through our successes (and our mistakes) with these first peoples and they share their wisdom and knowledge of how to live sustainably with us, we just might find a way forward to a healthy future on planet Earth.

The next question is: How might we begin to do this?

Fundamental to whatever we come up with is ‘Respect’. Respect for the Earth. Respect for all life. Respect for the different ways of relating and of living. With deep respect in our minds and hearts and bodies we may begin to listen and learn how to begin living in relationship with all life, with land and waters of country.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Elder’s Vision for the Future

One of Aunty Elaine’s visions for the future was to hold a global gathering of Custodial Elders, in her country. The intention of such a gathering being to provide a platform where they can share their dreams for a healthy planet as a step towards strengthening them to provide advice to a world in need of their wisdom on caring for Mother Earth.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Experiencing land and culture with Custodial Elders

During 2014, Aunty Elaine together with her niece Aunty Shaa, continued to share their cultural ways of relating to the natural environment through Gumbaynggirr Dreaming. This program was first created and presented in January 2012. Participants again felt what it is to be in relationship with country. They find themselves feeling uplifted and exhilarated and totally committed to being diligent in their caring for country, as they step back into their everyday lives.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Earth Trust Can Make a Difference

Recently I have been exploring how the Earth Trust can make a difference right now, in our world. I have revisited the fundamental principles of the Trust while looking at what our world needs today.

In essence the Earth Trust is about healing our connection, our relationship with the Earth, with each other and with our own spirit. One old Aboriginal woman from the desert speaks of “healing ourselves, healing country”.

There is a way that we can live with respect and sustainably. It includes leading edge technology, the careful use of natural resources and good governance. However at the core of all that we do to live sustainably is the way we human beings live in relationship with all life, with the Earth herself.

Today we hear about the crisis with our bee populations around the world.

Bryan Walsh wrote 9 August 2013

“The plight of the bees illustrates our outsized influence on the this planet as we reshape it—consciously and not—to meet our immediate needs. But just because we have this power doesn’t mean we fully understand it, or our impact on our own world. We are a species that increasingly has omnipotence without omniscience. That’s a dangerous combination for the animals and plants that share this planet with us.  And eventually, it will be dangerous for us, too.”  
Bryan Walsh Senior Editor of TIME Magazine.  

Researchers are concerned with what they find. We know that if our bee populations fail to thrive we very quickly lose our capacity to produce food. The Earth Trust is concerned with the natural environment which is being threatened by those farming practices which use pesticides and fertilisers which compromise the health of our natural resources.  

The Earth Trust is beginning to work with Landholders to address these issues and redress the imbalance in the natural environment. We are supporting Custodial Elders to offer their wisdom and knowledge to Landholders and support Landholders to explore ways of working with the land differently and viably, which we hope will offer some real solutions to the future of life on Earth. 

This is a solution we are developing right now!