The sacred ritual at ALEF 2016

By any measure, the moment can only be described as remarkable. The identities matter not, as I neither know who the ladies in traditional attire are, nor am inclined to discover.

Circle of inspiration

At no moment was that made clearer than on that green quad, where we expected the group picture before moving on to the evening gala. But then we were asked to form a circle, for a prayer, they said. We obliged, of course.

“Sit or kneel and put your hands on the grass,” one of the indigenous matriarchs instructed. “Feel Mother Earth beneath you. We rely on her for so much, but thank her so little. So let’s take this moment to focus on her, to care for her, to caress her with our hands. And now put your forehead on the ground and give her a kiss. Kiss Mother Earth. Let her know how much you love her.”

All thoughts of dualism vanished at that instant. The ancient wisdom of Earth and human as one consumed us all. The reverence of planet lived and practiced by native societies since the dawn of humankind raised our collective conscience in ways unexpected, and unfamiliar, for it is a space occupied far more by the intuition we use far less, than by the zone of the intellect where we tend to feel more comfortable.

Conscience of love

At this late stage in the struggle to protect Mother Earth, after decades of toil both loud and anonymous by the world’s activists and sustainability change makers, scientists tell us increasingly, ever more urgently, with data that grows scarier and more certain by the day, that the odds of saving humanity from the worst ravages of climate change are now too high to conquer.

But the biggest change, from River of Gold and every action taken to counter climate calamity, is to do as the matriarchs did on the green quad that beautiful Friday evening in Denver.

Regardless of timing and outcome, and even more so now that we know the science and what is to come, the time has come to come together as one. One species. One ecosystem. One powerful will. A single higher conscience. United in spirit. Relentless in our determination to live, for the soul never dies. Committed to one another in service and love.

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