Walking through the bush I see the magnificent Winter’s cream flowers of the Karri Hazel now co-existing with emerging Spring delights – new colours, flowers, dormant seeds sprouting life with renewed abundance. This winter has been so different and so challenging – confronting us and the entire world with climate changes, water depletion, dramatically increasing oil prices, and so many unbelievable wars of countries, races, ideologies and families.
In Denmark, this paradise at the edge of the world, it is perhaps easier to block out those threats to status quo, to life itself. We could just complain about water, petrol, wind farms or… something! But every day we see and hear of the Middle East, known as the ‘Cradle of Civilization’, on the path of utter despair and destruction, let alone Africa, Tibet, Timor, Indonesia, Solomon Islands…and Sydney!
More than any other time in our lives and planet we need ‘Whole Health’ – to turn back the ravages of increasing chronic ill-health, family conflicts, global dis-eases and destruction. Our challenge is to Change Now and rediscover sustainable ways of growing Wellness through Being, doing and living together in harmony – a true Spring. Let’s transform our hatreds, fears, limitations, and find creative ways of honouring and living where each human being and each environment is respected.
Ervin Laszlo, one of the most eminent scientists and futurists puts this personal and global imperative clearly:
‘We are far more interconnected to one another and to all the elements than we ever thought…So if this paradigm would begin to penetrate into society, we would have more solidarity, more humanity, and a better relationship to nature and each other because we would recognize…that we are separate on the surface but connected in the deep…But we’ve lost this interconnectedness in our fascination with technology, the economy, and power itself. Recognizing the subtle element connecting all of nature and its effect on our mind, our consciousness, could go a long way toward making us more human – and by the way, help us survive the crisis that we are now facing.’ (1)
- Will spring and summer no longer come? The Future demands a new worldview – An Interview with Ervin Laszlo. In What is Enlightenment? By Elizabeth A. Debold, Issue 26, Aug-Oct 2004, p. 22.