Click on the above link to visit http://www.dark-mountain.net for Charlotte’s article, another powerful Zeitgeist piece at the end of a big, shadow-filled year:-
‘This alchemical moment has nothing to do with social justice, or environmentalism or any of the grassrootsy stuff I have found myself advocating during last decade. There are initiatives and networks around the world focussing on these worthy things, but none of this transforms anything if we are the same people inside, if we haven’t dealt with our stuff – as we used to say in the ’90s – if we haven’t uncivilised ourselves, made contact with the layers of dead under our feet, in the sky, in the rivers. If we haven’t stood with the Lakota, or with the yew trees, with the rainbow serpent, with the glacier, with the tawny owl. If we haven’t found a way to dismantle the belief systems that keep us trapped in the cycles of history, if we haven’t dealt with our insatiable desire for power and attention and found ways to live more lightly on the planet, we are not going to make it through this stage. And it is a ‘we’ because, in England at least, we are on a very crowded island and no matter how much we say we don’t like our neighbours, they live next door.’
Thank you, Charlotte.
The Dark Mountain Project feels like an important resource to the writer…. As Charlotte puts it, ‘a network of artists and writers looking at social and environmental collapse…’. Radical art; radical empathy and kindness; reconnecting with the land; engagement with personal and collective shadow; ‘doing our own stuff, at depth, so that work may radiate outwards into our lives; the practices of grief and gratitude; the medicines of flow and surrender – these are our ways into and through the dissolution of our cultural blind alleys now in train.
Here’s the book link:-
And here is Charlotte’s blog:-
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