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singing for the sacred places

the earth is our shared dreaming

I've seen it written lately that the battle between rival political forces worldwide is a contest between progress and fear. But it seems to me that it's just the dragon and the troll fighting each other, and we're all transfixed, while the true battle for our world, our future, our very spirits, in happening in places like Standing Rock. There, people and animals are singing out to remind us that we should not be concerned with whether we're going forward or backward when we haven't yet learned how to care for the places we stand.

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So many people have long believed that freedom from working the land has meant progress, prosperity. But what really has it brought us? Disconnection from the mud and magic of life.

It shows in our addiction to meaningless virtual entertainment, personal isolation, poisoned environments, and desperate, mindless gluttony that can only be supported by the mass killing of animals and nature. And it shows in the sad and frightening belief that dragon and troll are our only real choices.

The people trying to preserve Standing Rock from a dangerous oil pipe call themselves protectors, not protestors. And they are faced by armed forces who will assault and imprison them for the sake of investors unwilling to move an inch. It seems to me this civilisation will only find freedom from dragons, trolls, disconnection, and despair, when it learns that those who would protect the earth which feeds us, the waters which are our very life, are not madmen or our enemies, and those whose only motive is personal financial profit are not the ones we should be fighting for.

I stand not only with Standing Rock but with the trees along the riverbank behind my house, and the sacred Maori burial grounds that are in line for a housing development, and the poisoned seas, and the clover constantly being mowed away, and all the sacred places in this world ...

Which means all the places in this world.


  1. Amen to that!
    And thank you for the beautiful wallpaper - it's the first ever to fit my laptop screen edge to edge completely!! A symbol, if I ever needed one, that EVERY inch of our experience is sacred...
    **Thank you**

  2. it is of interest to me personally that you reference standing rock in this post...just this morning, my daughter and i were messaging back and forth about going to protest there. i told her that i would support her in whatever she chose; and i told her that i had been wishing i could be there myself. but we were also discussing how there is a priority list of actions at any given time, and that perhaps, at this moment, it might be crucial to elect a leader who wasn't absolutely on the wrong side of things. we talked about evolution versus revolution, and how one is an easier path than the other, but that sometimes things can be so wrong that only a serious challenge to the status quo can effect real systems transformation. (big ideas...)

    and so, this post is very pertinent to me. dragon versus troll...i don't have all the answers. not even to my own questions! but i can unequivocally say this: i DO stand with standing rock. and yes, standing rock is everywhere, every place that is threatened, eroded, or destroyed by a sick system.

    that is real.

    1. I wonder if you can vote early and then go to Standing Rock? At the same time, I also wonder if you could organise a protest in your own town? (I would like to do that here but don't know how to start.) And I wonder too if you can suggest to your daughter that she gets a group of friends together and they go to a local waterway with rubbish bags, and clean up the rubbish that will almost certainly be there. Or buy some seeds and spread them in places where they can grow - herbs, tiny flowers.

      However, I wish with all my heart I could be in Standing Rock right now, it seems important somehow. I cant quite say why. It feels like a fulcrum, you know?

      I can't imagine what it must be like to live in a country where half the population are willing to elect such a person as their leader.


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