Mystics in all ages and cultures describe the self as infinite, stable and ever-present phenomena. Modern physics describe the world as a self-moving, self-designing pattern, an undivided wholeness, a dance. We, as a society, relate to the self mostly as an individual, unique, time bound form. Our common sense, as individuals and society, hasn’t caught up with this picture and it still based on long-held biases and stories. The Earth is clearly round but we still act as if it was flat…
We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, every day brings new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science now gives us the detailed descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self.
Could it be this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings that is keeping us in this perpetual state of anxiety, scarcity, fear, dissatisfaction and leading us, as a society, at this very delicate point in evolution?
"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful people”. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. it needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and human, and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has defined it."
"Energy, power and vibration, is in every human being, animal and mineral. What moves more has more of it. The Earth and our solar system, all the galaxies, the cosmos itself has energy, power and vibration."
First Earth is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter — building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and living together like in the old days, by recreating villages. First Earth makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world; and that since it still takes a village to raise a healthy child, it is incumbent upon us to transform our suburban sprawl into eco-villages, a new North American dream.
This is the return, to the the Earth.
You can find me playing in the mud…
Thank you so much for posting this video! What an eye-opener. I can’t believe I didn’t know what cob housing was! The structures in this are some of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen. I seriously want to build my own cob house in the future. Living in North America, (and with these rigid, unsustainable ideals) really blinded me to so many possibilities… This is so organic and quaint. I feel that building one would be such a grounding experience. They are so lovely I could cry!
Is anyone else freaked the fuck out about the irreversible damage we are inflicting on our planet? In particular, about this photo?
You’re looking at this year’s projected number one source of imported oil to the US. This is a photo of the Alberta tar sands in Canada. There oil companies destroy vast amounts of forest in a process that environmental expert Naomi Klein describes as “terrestrial skinning”.
The surface mutilation caused by this endeavor can be seen from space. The destruction isn’t limited to the land; local indigenous people are reporting rapid increases in cancer rates. The oil extraction produces an average of THREE times as much greenhouse gas emissions as conventional oil production.
We must call on the oil companies and our governments that regulate and fund these projects to END THE EXTRACTION OF OIL FROM TAR SANDS IMMEDIATELY. Use the money saved from planet suicide to fund technological advancements in renewable energy and create jobs rebuilding our forests and constructing cars that run without oil. We have the power to change the course of our environment if we demand that change now!
"After the earth dies, some 5 billion years from now, after it’s burned to a crisp, or even swallowed by the Sun, there will be other worlds and stars and galaxies coming into being — and they will know nothing of a place once called Earth."