Some say climate change is nothing to fear; that we are simply experiencing a regularly occurring cycle and that all will change back in good time. Others say that climate change is primarily caused by humans.
Contrary to popular concerns, however, climate change is not the number one issue of our time. That would be facing, addressing, and changing the aspect of humanity that would allow such a thing to occur! Regardless of what is happening around us, what is truly needed is a “climate change” on the inside.
A Message for Humanity: The Cold Reality of A Global Warning
Everything that happens on Earth, like the economy, holds within it a message for humanity. It’s a global warning. Abraham Lincoln said,
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
This is not only true for the United States, but it is true for the human race.
Consuming More Than the Planet is Designed to Sustain
Climate change or not, we are consuming at a clip the planet is not designed to sustain. There is no need for debate on this. All you need to do is ask, for example, the West African black rhino. Oops, you can’t — it’s extinct. Through poaching. The earth simply could not keep up with the human demand for black rhino horn. Taking all forms of life on the planet into account, it is estimated that between 50 and 200 species go extinct per day, in great part, because of our ravenous appetite.
“Hunting and gathering” is embedded in our DNA as a survival instinct carried forward from millions of years of barely surviving. Because of this, over the last 100 years we have used our advanced technology to alter our surroundings. We’ve refined “hunting and gathering” to a science. Everything now comes to us — in stores, on display, in boxes, and sometimes frozen and packaged with preservatives. Canned, with a shelf life that seems, well, impossible. The deep-seated problem is... we haven’t altered our behavior to match our new surroundings.
Psychologically, in many ways, we are still dwelling in a cave, wondering how we will make it through another day. And then we wander into the supermarket or the mall and, I’ll be darned, everything is right there. Our instinct says, “Get everything now while it’s still here, quick.” The irony is this instinct for survival has become our demise. The time to evolve is now.
And, I think it has begun.
We Are One: How Will Our Actions Affect the Seven Next Generations?
When we hear “we are one,” it is generally said as a spiritual concept. And yet, there is a sense in which it is true even in our physicality. Hunting and the actual need for gathering played a spiritual role in our existence. It kept us humble and connected to the delicate and most perfect balance that moves through our planet. From this connection came a kind of wisdom that is just now reawakening.
Before making any important decisions various indigenous cultures would consider how their choices today would affect seven generations in the future: “How will what I am doing now affect my children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children’s children?” In other words, if I kill this cheetah for his coat today, I will actually be reaching into the future and taking this magnificent breed away from my children.
Reincarnation is an intriguing spiritual philosophy. In fact, most people on the planet believe in it or something similar. Consider this: If reincarnation or something like it is real, then you will be the seventh generation your actions today are affecting in the future.
Chotchky Challenge: How Ecologically Aware Are You?
On a scale from 1 to 10, rate your ecological awareness level, with 10 being the highest:
I turn off lights that are not in use. ___
I recycle everything I can. ___
When I brush my teeth, I turn off the water. ___
When I purchase things, I make sure they are healthy for the environment. ___
I consider how my actions could affect generations in the future. ___
I know that everything I do has repercussions, either creating peace or confusion. ___
If you scored less than 60, as I did, there is improvement to be made. Realize that these things we do are not an inconvenience: they are part of the curriculum of the soul here at the “University of Earth.” Everything is connected. The six things in this Challenge, done consistently, will help save the cheetah — and all life on Earth.
But What About the Cows?
Cows play a big role. In Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, why didn’t he mention the impact of cattle on the atmosphere? How can you not? Irrefutable scientific studies have shown that cow flatulence has a huge impact!
To make bovine grow faster and plumper, in an effort to keep up with our hankerings, we’ve introduced to the world “corn-fed cows.” Corn gives the cows gas. When you consider that it is estimated the average cow emits between 50 and 132 gallons of methane per day, and that methane is 23 times more damaging to the environment than carbon-dioxide emissions, it seems worthy of our attention. A friend of mine said it is because of our appetite for red meat that people aren’t ready to hear the truth. Just go for a walk in a pasture. Trust me, you will hear it.
©2012 by Barry Dennis. All Rights Reserved,
Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Hay House Inc. www.hayhouse.com
This article was adapted with permission from the book:
The Chotchky Challenge: Clear the Clutter from Your Home, Heart, and Mind...and Discover the True Treasure of Your Soul
by Barry Dennis.
Chotchky is the excess “stuff” that we’ve accumulated in our homes and hearts — the meaningless possessions, negative beliefs, self-doubts, and toxic relationships that drain our time, energy, and money. The challenge is to identify our chotchkies and understand how they’ve infiltrated our lives and lulled us to sleep. In this deeply insightful and often humorous work, spiritual teacher Barry Dennis shows you how to attain complete and total freedom from all of your chotchkies. Your soul awaits. Become part of a new paradigm that is leading the way to a more balanced and peaceful world. It’s time to take the chotchky challenge!
About the Author
Barry Dennis is a world-renowned singer-songwriter, inspirational speaker, and cutting-edge spiritual teacher. He is the founder of both Celebration Church in Portland, Oregon; and the groundbreaking “Coexist Celebration,” a movement without walls whose mission is to create peace of mind, heart, and planet through understanding and joy. The Coexist movement includes leaders from all the world’s spiritual traditions and is held approximately once a month in different locations around the globe. Learn more at www.BarryADennis.com