by Ruby Perry, PJC member
Tuesday, December 13, a brief introduction to and exploration of The Work That Reconnects at the Fletcher Free Library from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Joanna Macy describes the three great stories of our time. Business As Usual is the story of our Industrial Growth Society. We hear this from politicians, business schools, corporations and corporate-controlled media. It tells us that there is no need to change the way we live; in fact we will all be able to get ahead. Any economic recessions and extreme weather conditions are just temporary difficulties from which we will surely recover and even profit.
The Great Unraveling is the story told by environmental scientists, independent journalists and activists. It draws attention to the disasters that Business As Usual has caused and continues to create. It is backed by evidence of the ongoing derangement and collapse of biological, ecological, economic and social systems.
The third story arises from deep in our guts with a wordless growl escaping from between jaws clenched in fear. It’s the cry against the pain and suffering we see all around us. It is the sob that awakens us in the night, the warm tears that we feel on our cheeks when a moment of open heartedness brings us into connection with the beauty of the Earth, the preciousness of life. This is how the story of The Great Turning begins. It is the will towards a life-sustaining society. The central plot is about joining together to act for the sake of life on Earth.
Dealing with the pain of our times will require our greatest creativity and courage. Joanna points out that “the most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying our world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other. This awakening makes the Great Turning possible.”
The Work That Reconnects has evolved from 40 years of people coming together, finding common cause. The Work offers perspectives and practices from systems science, Deep Ecology, and spiritual traditions that “reveal our interbeing through space and time.” These are perspectives and practices that lead us, again and again, through the spiraling stages of our own coming back to life. And perhaps, along the way, we may reconnect with the world as “a sacred whole in which we have a sacred mission”. The Great Turning calls out to us — from within our own hearts — to take action to bring this transition into being.
Winona LaDuke, American environmentalist, economist, and writer, reminds us, as do the Water Protectors at Standing Rock that “Part of the mythology that they’ve been teaching you is that you have no power. Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.”
Check out Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown’s “Coming Back To Life” or find her at http://www.joannamacy.net/. Also Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone’s “Active Hope” On Tuesday, December 13, I will offer a brief introduction to The Work That Reconnects at the Fletcher Free Library from 6:00-8:00 PM. For more information contact: Ruby Perry, firstname.lastname@example.org