The Three Stories of Our Time

Joanna Macy on:  The Tree Stories of our Time

1. Business as usual

One way of thinking about our times is that we are enacting a wonderful success story. Economic and technological development has made many aspects of our lives easier. If we ‘re looking at how to move forward, the path this story suggests is “more of the sameplease.” We ‘re calling this story Business as Usual This is the story told by most mainstream policy makers and corporate leaders. Their view is that economies can, and must, continue to grow. Even in the face of economic downturns and periods of recession, the dominant assumption is that it won’t be long before things pick up again.

Expressing his trust in the path of economic growthin November 2010 President Obama said, “The single most important thing we can do to reduce our debt and deficits is to grow.”

For a market economy to grow, it needs to increase sales. That means encouraging us to buy, and consume, more than we already do. Advertising plays a key role in stimulating consumption, and increasingly children are targeted as a way of boosting each household’s  appetite for goods. Estimates suggest that the average American child watches between twenty-five thousand and forty thousand television commercials a year. In the United Kingdom, it is about ten thousand.’

As we grow up, we learn by watching ethers. Our views about whats normal and necessary are shaped by what we see. When you’re living in the middle of this story, it’s easy to think of it as just the way things are. Young people may be told there is no alternative but to find their place in this scheme of things. Getting ahead is presented as the main plot, supported by the subplots of finding a partner, fending for your family, looking good, and buying stuff. In this view of life, the problems of the world are seen as far away and irrelevant to the dramas of our personal lives.


Economic growth is essential for prosperity

Nature is a commodity to be used for human purposes

Promoting consumption is good for the economy

The central plot is about getting ahead

The problems of other peoples, nations, species are not our concern.






In 2010 polls for both CBS8 and Fox News9 showed that a majority believed the conditions for the next generation would be worse than for people living today. Two years earlier, an international poll of more than 6I,600 people in sixty countries yielded similar results. With so many people losing confidence that things will be okay, a very different account of events is emerging. Since it involves a perception that our world is in serious decline, we take a term used by social thinker David Korten and call this story the Great Unraveling.”

In our work with people addressing their concerns about the world, were struck by how many issues are triggering alarm.

Five common areas of concern, and most likely you have some others you would add to this list. Facing these problems can feel uncomfortable, even overwhelming, but in order to get to where we want to go, we need tstart from where we are. The story of the Great Unraveling offers a disturbing picture of where that is.

The Great Unraveling of the Early TwentyFirst Century

Economic decline

Resource depletion

Climate change

Social division and war

Mass extinction of species



Amazone, S. America, free picture internet

3. The Third Dimension: Shift in Consciousness

What inspires people to embark on projects or support campaigns  that are not of immediate personal benefit? At the core of our consciousness is a wellspring of caring and compassion; this aspect of ourselveswhich we might think of as our connected se/f- can be nurtured and deve1oped. We can deepen our sense of belonging in the world. Like trees extending their root system, we can grow in connection, thus allowing ourselves to draw from a deeper pool of strength accessing the courage and intelligence we so greatly need now. This dimension of the Great Turning arises from shifts taking place in our hearts, our minds, and our views of reality involves insights and practices that resonate with venerable spiritual traditions while in alignment with revolutionary new understanding from science.

A significant event in this part of the story is the Apollo 8 space flight of December 1968. Because of this mission to the moon, and the photos it produced, humanity had its first sighting of Earth as a whole. Twenty years earlier, the astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle  had said, “Once a photograph of the Earth taken from the outside is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” Bill Anders, the astronaut who took those first photos commented, “We came all this way to explore the moon and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.

We are among the first in human history to have had this remarkable view. It came at the same time as the development in science of a radical new understanding of how our world works. Looking at our planet as a whole, Gaia theory proposes that the Earth functions as a self-regulating living system.

During the past forty years, those Earth photos, along with Gaia theory and environmental challenges, have provoked the emergence of a new way of thinking about ourselves. No longer just citizens of this country or that, we are discovering a deeper collective identity,

As many indigenous traditions have taught for generations, we are part of the Earth.  A shift in consciousness is taking place, as we move into a larger landscape of what we are. With this evolutionary jump comes a beautiful convergence of two areas previously thought to clash: science and spirituality. The awareness of a deeper unity connecting us lies at the heart of many spiritual traditions; insights from modern science point in a similar direction. We live at a time when a new view of reality is emerging, where spiritual insight and scientific discovery both contribute to our understanding of ourselves as intimately interwoven with our world.

We take part in this third dimension of the Great Turning when we pay attention to the inner frontier of change, to the personal and spiritual development that enhances our capacity and desire to act for our world. By strengthening our compassion, we give fuel to our courage and determination. By refreshing our sense of belonging in the world, we widen the web of relationships that nourishes us and protects us from burnout. In the past, changing the self and changing the world were often regarded as separate endeavours and viewed in eitheror terms. But in the story of the Great Turning, they are recognized as mutually reinforcing and essential to one another.

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Future generations will look back at the time we are living in nowThe kind of future they look from, and the story they tell about our period, will be shaped by choices we make in our lifetimes. The most telling choice of all may well be the story we live from and see ourselves participating in. It sets the context of our lives in a way  that influences all our other decisions. In choosing our story, we not only cast our vote of influence over the kind of world future generations inherit, but we also affect our own lives in the here and now. When we find a good story and fully give ourselves to it, that story can act through us, breathing new life into everything we do. When we move in a direction that touches our heart, we add to the momentum of deeper purpose that makes us feel more alive. A great story and a satisfying life share a vital element: a compelling plot that .moves toward meaningful goals, where what is at stake is far larger than our personal gains and losses. The Great Turning is such a story.

  • J. Macy, Active Hope, Chapter One The Three Stories of Our Time. Page 13-33 ISBN 978 1577 319726
  •   Link to her website.please.


The Dream of the Earth

Thomas Berry on : The Dream of The Earth

…..We need guidance. Our immediate tendency is to seek guidance from our cultural tradition, from what might be designated as cultural coding. Yet in this case our need seems to be for guidance beyond what our cultural traditions are able to give. Our cultural traditions, it seems, are themselves a major source of our difficulties…. (DE, chapter 15, page 194)

It is a bitter moment especially because our hopes were so high, our arrogance unstrained even by simple modesty. It is a bitter moment, also, because the origins of our actions go so deep into our spiritual and cultural traditions, fostering a sense that we are the measure of all things….. We somehow did not belong to the community of earth. We were not an integral component of the natural world. Our destiny was not there. We deserved a better world, although we had not even begun to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of this world of its entrancing qualities….

The story of this dream vision and the manner of its transformation into the vision of progress has become the central story of the human community, even of the earth process itself…..The difficulty of our time is our inability to awaken out of this cultural pathology…(DE, chapter 15, page 204-205)

There are two radical positions – the industrial and the ecological – that confront each other, with survival at stake: survival of the human at an acceptable level of fulfillment on a planet capable of providing psychic as well as the physical nourishment that is needed. No prior struggle in the course of human affairs ever involved issues at his order of magnitude. If some degree of reconciliation has taken place, it remains minimal in relation to changes that are needed to restore viable mode of human presence to the earth…(DE, chapter 15, page 213)

… In relation to the earth we have been autistic for centuries. Only now we have begun to, listen with some attention and with a willingness to respond to the earth’s demands that we cease our industrial assault, that we abandon our inner rage against the conditions of our earthly existence, that we renew our human participation in the grand liturgy of the universe. (DE, chapter 15, page 215)

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DE: Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry, ISBN 0-87156-622-2

Earth Elders Speak

This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of North and South America, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings. This statement is written in black and white with a foreign language that is not our own and does not convey the full depth of our concerns.

The Creator created the People of the Earth into the Land at the beginning of Creation and gave us a way of life. This way of life has been passed down generation-to-generation since the beginning. We have not honored this way of life through our own actions and we must live these original instructions in order to restore universal balance and harmony. We are a part of Creation; thus, if we break the Laws of Creation, we destroy ourselves.

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self- destruction. This self -destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and development continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life.

Powerful technologies are out of control and are threatening the future of all life

The Fukushima nuclear crisis alone is a threat to the future of humanity. Yet, our concern goes far beyond this single threat. Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world. It is the combination of resource extraction, genetically modified organisms, moral failures, pollution, introduction of invasive species and much more that are threatening the future of life on Earth. The compounding of bad decisions and their corresponding actions are extremely short-sighted. They do not consider the future generations and they do not respect or honor the Creator’s Natural Law. We strongly urge for the governmental authorities to respond with an open invitation to work and consult with us to solve the world’s problems, without war. We must stop waging war against Mother Earth, and ourselves.

We acknowledge that all of these devastating actions originated in human beings who are living without regard for the Earth as the source of life. They have strayed from the Original Instructions by casting aside the Creator’s Natural Law. It is now critical for humanity to acknowledge that we have created a path to self -destruction. We must restore the Original Instructions in our lives to halt this devastation.

The sanctity of the Original Instructions has been violated. As a result, the Spiritual People of the Earth were called ceremonially to come together at the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. These Spiritual Leaders and those that carry great responsibility for their people from both North and South America came together with the sacred fire for four days at the end of September 2013 to fulfill their sacred responsibilities. During this time it was revealed that the spirit of destruction gained its’ strength by our spiritually disconnected actions. We are all responsible in varying degrees for calling forth this spirit of destruction, thus we are all bound to begin restoring what we have damaged by helping one another recover our sacred responsibility to the Earth. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, offer our spiritual insight, wisdom and vision to the global community to help guide the actions needed to overcome the current threats to all life.

We only have to look at our own bodies to recognize the sacred purpose of water on Mother Earth. We respect and honor our spiritual relationship with the lifeblood of Mother Earth. One does not sell or contaminate their mother’s blood. These capitalistic actions must stop and we must recover our sacred relationship with the Spirit of Water

The People of the Earth understand that the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to threaten the future of all life. We understand the full implications of this crisis even with the suppression of information and the filtering of truth by the corporate owned media and Nation States. We strongly urge the media, corporations and Nation States to acknowledge and convey the true facts that threaten us, so that the international community may work together to resolve this crisis, based on the foundation of Truth.

We urge the international community, government of Japan and TEPCO to unify efforts to stabilize and re-mediate the nuclear threat posed at the Fukushima Dai – ichi  nuclear power plant. To ensure that the Japanese government and TEPCO are supported with qualified personnel and information, we urge the inclusion of today’s nuclear experts from around the world to collaborate, advise and provide technical assistance to prevent further radioactive contamination or worse, a nuclear explosion that may have apocalyptic consequences.

The foundation for peace will be strengthened by restoring the Original Instructions in ourselves

Prophecies have been shared and sacred instructions were given. We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994 the sacred white buffalo, the giver of the sacred pipe, returned to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people bringing forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. Since that time many more messengers in the form of white animals have come, telling us to wake up my children. It is time. So listen for the sacred instruction.

All Life is sacred. We come into Life as sacred beings. When we abuse the sacredness of Life we affect all Creation

We urge all Nations and human beings around the world to work with us, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, to restore the Original Instructions and uphold the Creator’s Natural Law as a foundation for all decision making, from this point forward. Our collective future as human beings is in our hands, we must address the Fukushima nuclear crisis and all actions that may violate the Creator’s Natural Law. We have reached the crossroads of life and the end of our existence. We will avert this potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster by coming together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths.

We are the People of the Earth united under the Creator’s Law with a sacred covenant to protect and a responsibility to extend Life for all future generations. We are expressing deep concern for our shared future and urge everyone to awaken spiritually. We must work in unity to help Mother Earth heal so that she can bring back balance and harmony for all her children.

Representatives of the Council

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Spiritual Leader The Great Sioux Nation

Bobby C. Billie

Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader 

Council of the Original Miccosukee 

Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

Faith Spotted Eagle, Tunkan Inajin Win

Brave Heart Society Grandmother

Headswoman & Ihanktonwan Treaty Council

Ihanktonwan Dakota from the Oceti Sakowin

7 Council Fires



Our Call in Evolutionary Perspective

Thoughts and reflections on Conscious Evolution

One of my teachers is Barbara Marx Hubbard. She has enriched my life by her vision that we humans have a conscious role to play in evolution. In 2005-2006 I participated in an online course on Conscious Evolution. It brought me so many new insights and most of all a much deeper understanding of the role of the human in the present time. We are the humans who by our own doing have arrived at the threshold of possible self-destruction. We are also the humans who can wake up in this moment in time and carry the evolution forward to a harmonious and sustainable Earth community, where Love will be the leading force. I offer you some insights and reflections as how to walk this path of consciousness step by step in your daily life.


From the beginning of the Universe evolution has developed from an innate dynamism and direction. It was all with a purpose says the human, who can see deep into the processes of the cosmos and evolution.

For most of the time evolution has evolved without any human presence on Earth. When the stars and the Earth were made, there were no humans around. Later on when the fishes opened their eyes and looked around there were no humans yet. When the first birdsongs filled the air, there were no human ears and hearts to enjoy. For most of the time of evolution, cosmos and Earth knew what to do without the presence of humans. The Universe invented revolution after revolution and life went on, also through the critical moments in the history of life and mass extinctions.

Since the humans came to Earth, evolution of life on Earth was and will be deeply influenced by what humans see, understand, decide and how they act. It depends on humans today if in the future there still will be birds and frogs. It will depend on us, if the last trees will be cut. It depends on us which values we teach our children and if future generations will safeguard the Earth and her beauty. If we humans like it or not we have become a partner of Earth in the processes of evolution, says Brian Swimme. This is new in the billions of years history of Life. The human will determine how the process of evolution will go on.

The human is therefore called to consciously participate in evolution. The impact of our presence in this time on Earth is much greater than to solve the problems of our time. We are not just born to be problemsolvers, for us is the path of the cocreator. If we have understood that Creation is a dynamic process, happening every moment, than by our presence we can resonate with the emerging evolutionary process. We can enter into the great mystery of the further becoming of the Universe. We call this cosmogenesis.

Conscious Evolution inspires us to be humbly aware that we are created and called into being as part of an enormous evolutionary process. Now humanity – we as humans – are in a process of transformation to take upon us our role as cocreator. “Millions of us are rising in more universal, holistic or cosmic consciousness in  self -centered world” .   ( BMH) Conscious Evolution is the ability to understand the innovations of the cosmic processes, so that with this new understanding we can look deeply into the ongoing evolution.

Some thoughts to express this in a deeper way I find in the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

” To see the world not merely as a system that is simply in movement, but as one that is in a state of genesis. Knowledge is not enough to understand the world , but see it, touch it, live in its presence. Drink the vital heart of existence in the very heart of reality”.

“The magic word  “evolution” which haunted my thoughts like a tune: which was to me like unsatisfied hunger, like a promise held out to me, like a summons to be answered”.

“The consciousness of each of us is evolution, looking at itself and reflecting upon itself“.


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The present ecological crisis can be seen and understood as an emotional, evolutionary driver and moves us into action. Calls forth the best in us, in groups, communities. If we look at the dangerous situation in this way, we do not need to sit down paralyzed and in despair but we can find there a great power and deep motivation. To a certain extend we can choose the future we want to have: step by step and with small but conscious acts.

In her book Conscious Evolution Barbara Marx Hubbard writes:

“The capacity for conscious evolution means that our species has become capable of understanding and resonating with the processes of creation itself. Already we can fathom the miracle of cosmogenesis – the story of the evolution of the cosmos-. We can reach into the heart of nature and see the invisible workings of creation – the atom, gene, brain, ecological systems, stars and galaxies. Spiritually we are attuning to the patterns of evolution within us as we begin to transcend the illusion of separation born out of the phase of self- conscious humanity…We rightly stand in awe of the magnificence of cosmogenesis as well as in reverence for ourselves as creatures of this monumental process”.  Page 59

Spirituality of Conscious Evolution

Through silence, meditation, observation we can become more aware of the evolutionary impulse in the whole history of life. We may feel a deep yearning and know of a great vision to connect the meaning of our life with the evolving evolution of ever greater wholeness and consciousness.

Personal spiritual growth leads to an insight of what we can be and urges us to go inside, so that we can get a sense of  the Divine plan of ongoing creation and express it through our personal call. We will begin to discover God as the creative intelligence in all of creation. We experience the creative Power in the universe as a personal power in us. We remember where we have come from and we remember our future with the full potential. Yes, we can “remember” our future. Think about what this means! This power is in every cell of our being. We are gifted with the intuition of what the future will be. And speaking from the insight of the Aboriginals, through us the world is constantly dreamed into being!

In the process of our spiritual growth we might notice that we become more sensitive and aware of the evolution of all life and we see it all around us. We feel the urge to grow, to know and see deeply, to help build a new world, to help the Earth and her life to heal and grow. We sense and feel our aspirations for peace, love and Oneness.

We are created in such a way that in our mind, spirit, soul we can see the patterns of transformation. How the human can become an universal human, aware of being part of the whole. We are being born, through a proces of transformation, as homo universalis, a cosmic human. B. Marx Hubbard describes this process in book  “Emergence”. In fact the medieval mystic Hildegarde of Bingen speaks from the cosmic human, living from a constant awareness of Oneness. This person is constantly guided by the Spirit. Enthusiasm, creative power, inner fire are the manifestation of the Divine. Br. Swimme speaks about the planetary human and says that only the planetary human can make the right choices for the future of the planet.

Persons with an evolutionary call are in a mysterious way drawn toward each other. Nothing happens by chance but through a process of synchronicity, guided by the cosmos, they will find each other in one or another way. Cosmic law of attraction is at work here.

Recognizing the evolutionary call

  • There is a deep sense of being attuned to the whole, in time and space.
  • They grow and are being guided from their Essence.
  • Intuition is strong and they can tap into that source of knowing and they are at the same time very pragmatic.
  • They are guided by the wisdom of cosmos and Earth and are attuned to the deeper intelligence of nature.
  • They have an insight in the present destruction and in the powers of co-creation.
  • They understand why this moment in time is so special.
  • They live more and more from a constant connection with pure consciousness.
  • They carry the present transformation of the world inside of them, like a mother carries her unborn child.
  • They know “the small inner voice in themselves”, the Essential Self.
  • They feel that they are called forth passionately to respond to the needs of the Earth, humanity and see pragmatic ways to do so.

I am homo universalis in the proces of becoming.

Some affirmations.

“I am not separated from the Source of creation. I am an expression of the creation of God, the proces of billions of years of evolution. I am the presence and the process of the divine within me. I am the voice I hear. I am the guide and the follower. I am the cocreator of new worlds, new possibilities for Earth and her life”.  ( words of BMH in her book Emergence. page 19)


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  • Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence   B. Marx Hubbard ISBN 1-57174-204-2
  • Conscious Evolution: Barbara Marx Hubbard

Elly Verrijt, July 2016








“Affairs are Now Soul Size”

“In the center of the storm

there is an immense quiet.

      Find that place within yourself

and live your life from it-

undisturbed, efficient, at peace”

Handbook for the Evolving Heart. F. Coppieters


In the midst of the worldwide ecological crisis, there is a call. This call touches the whole of humanity. Not to do more, but to be more. We cannot save the Earth nor undo the harm that we have caused and that brings disaster after disaster.

Nevertheless the Earth calls us, the Creator touches us, the Divine Mother, who expresses herself in nature and all life, calls us. In the whole of humanity there is a movement, a vibration, a longing, a desire. A love never felt before is emerging. More and more people of all walks of life speak about a mystical life (a life of beauty and love) and their deep longing for spirituality and meaning. Their desire is for what is Holy, for what once was Holy. For what has gone and also for a place to grieve and to pray. The core of this is a call to connect with the soul, our soul. So many have lost the connection with their soul, with the soul of nature, with the web of Life. Life outside this deep connectness is empty and barren and there is deadness inside. Have we forgotten who we are?

There is NEWNESS: the call of today is at soul level. It is no longer about what we should do, but about who we are. How can we respond from our soul to the present situation of Earth?


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The human heart can go the lengths of God…

Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.

Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul men ever took.

Affairs are now soul size.

The enterprise is exploration into God.

Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake…

But will you wake, for pity’s sake

Affairs are now soul size. It is time to allow ourselves to listen and hear, at the level of the soul. Deeper than our thoughts and emotions.To listen to what is really happening.  One by one we are called, each in our own way and with our own gifts and potentials.  When Thich Nhat Than was asked once, what the most important thing to do is, he answered: “To hear the cry of the earth”. To hear the groaning of creation on its way to completion. Now is the time for great silence and deep listening. In the book of Job is suggested to put your mouth on the earth, if you do not know what to do. To listen to what the Earth has to say. Put your ears against a tree and hear the tree speak, touch the soil with tender love and know what the soil needs. Listen to the birds before they leave us for ever and greet the moon who reminds us of cycles and rhythms. We will discover the unconditional love that is poured out in Creation. Every created being and reality is Love outpoured, if you only can grasp it.

The Earth and her life at this moment in time of the evolution is entrusted to each one of us. It is not a too big affair to accept this responsibility. It is a gift of great joy! Let us give ourselves all the honour and appreciation for how we have responded already to our inner fire that has motivated us. Honour the good things we have been able to do in our short or long life. See it, cherish it and then let go. There is still so much more to come.

Are we ready to meet our soul, to listen to ourselves at the core of our being? Can we meet the soul of humanity today? Imagine that you can hear the soul of humanity speak, what would you hear? And you will begin to trust yourself and know that it is true. You know that you share in the Divine intention that called forth creation. It takes great courage, because you often do not know nor see where you are being led. You will begin to see the connectedness of everything and you knew it all along. Might be for the first time you know that you are guided from within and you will find your way. You see with different eyes and you will ultimately find a source of joy in yourself that is incomprehensible. You will be personally invited in ways you cannot imagine.

You can prepare for hearing the call, by opening yourself for complete new and surprising ways to find God, to name the deep longing in yourself. And one day the barriers and denial will be broken. Not because you can do it, but because you are touched by grace, touched by the benign powers of the universe. We will be shown how our soul looks like, that Divine-like person that we are in the world. And the rivers of praise and prayer will open. In a world that has taken away our deepest peace and rest and presses us in nervous activity as to save what still is left, we need to go deep and listen. We will find the eternal deep cohesiveness between God, the human soul and all life in the universe.

The mystical person speaks a full YES to God and creation. The deeper the yes to our soul, the greater the healing for the whole of creation.

Be not content with reflecting about God in creation, because if the reflection goes away, so does the deep felt intimacy with God. Go deeper than the reflection. The real gift is the deep awakening at the level of your soul. There you find a strength, a beauty, an intimacy with yourself, God and the Whole. With this power you will help transform the world. Now the time has come to open yourself to the guidance of the Spirit, in and through the present moment.

Our time needs people with a deep soul life

Our present time needs people with a deep soul life. People who converse and live with Source, God in the depth of their being. Those who see more than the day to day struggle, who receive visions, inner guidance and light on how to move forward. They are men and women, young people of great wisdom. With strength, power, fearlessness and unwavering in the sight of the confusion and darkness of our time. People who dare to face the most essential questions in the context of the present ecological crisis. Because our soul knows of the great Plan, the greater Purpose in the process of Evolution. Thomas Berry states in his vision on the Great Work of Our Time that the same Power that called the Universe into existence and gave stars and planets their place,  is at work in each one of us.

Now we have invited God in our life to guide us, to make our life most fruitful and fulfilling. And what our souls knows will be unlocked and everything in us becomes a gift for the whole. All we need on our way will befall us. If we realize the gift of the call given to us, the power, creativity, courage and all that is needed is included. We may trust on that. We are in the flow, flowing with the Greater Plan.

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“Meditation and service are the pillars of a life dedicated to the Divine.

Doing nothing transformation takes place by itself.

When all seeking ceases

you and the Divine are One”.

From : Handbook for the Evolving Heart F. Coppieters

June 2017, Elly Verrijt










Letter to young Activists

We are made for this time

Mis estimados queridos, My Esteemed Ones:
Do not lose heart. We were made for these times.1

I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now. It is true, one has to have strong cojones and ovarios to withstand much of what passes for “good” in our culture today. Abject disregard of what the soul finds most precious and irreplaceable and the corruption of principled ideals have become, in some large societal arenas, “the new normal,” the grotesquerie of the week.

It is hard to say which one of the current great matters has rocked people’s worlds and beliefs more. Ours is a time of almost daily jaw-dropping astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

…You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so cruel against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking.

Yet … I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is – we were made for these times.

Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement. I cannot tell you often enough that we are definitely the leaders we have been waiting for, and that we have been raised, since childhood, for this time precisely.

…I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able crafts in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

I would like to take your hands for a moment and assure you that you are built well for these times. Despite your stints of doubt, your frustrations in arighting all that needs change right now, or even feeling you have lost the map entirely, you are not without resource, you are not alone.

Look out over your boat; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. In your deepest bones, you have always known this is so.…

We have been in training for a dark time such as this, since the day we assented to come to Earth. For many decades, worldwide, souls just like us have been felled and left for dead in so many ways over and over — brought down by naiveté, by lack of love, by suddenly realizing one deadly thing or another, by not realizing something else soon enough, by being ambushed and assaulted by various cultural and personal shocks in the extreme.

We all have a heritage and history of being made weak, and yet remember this especially … we have also, of necessity, perfected the knack of resurrection.

Over and over again we have been the living proof that that which has been exiled, lost, or foundered – can be restored to life again. This is as true and sturdy a prognosis for the destroyed worlds around us as it was for our own once mortally wounded selves.

…Though we are not invulnerable, our sense of humor supports us to laugh in the face of cynics who say “fat chance,” and “management before mercy,” and other evidences of complete absence of soul sense. This, and our having been ‘to Hell and back’ on at least one momentous occasion, makes us seasoned vessels for certain. Even if you do not feel that you are, you are.

Even if your puny little ego wants to contest the enormity of your soul, the smaller self can never for long subordinate the larger Self. In matters of death and rebirth, you have surpassed the benchmarks many times. Believe the evidence of any one of your past testings and trials. Here it is: Are you still standing? The answer is, Yes! (And no adverbs like “barely” are allowed here). If you are still standing, ragged flags or no, you are able. Thus, you have passed the bar. And even raised it. You are seaworthy.

…In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. Do not make yourself ill with overwhelm. There is a tendency too to fall into being weakened by stressing on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the Voice greater? You have all the resource you need to ride any wave, to surface from any trough.

…In the language of aviators and sailors, ours is to sail forward now, all balls out.

One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or despair – thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl. Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.

It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts – adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take “everyone on Earth” to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

…One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.

The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires … causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both — are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

…There will always be times in the midst of “success right around the corner, but as yet still unseen” when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it; I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours: They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here.

In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But … that is not what great ships are built for.

…This comes with much love and prayer that you remember Who you came from, and why you came to this beautiful, needful Earth.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.  Storyteller, writer , therapist, guide, Earth Elde

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