By Sheryl Goodwin, SEN Contributor and Honorary Advisor
Kway. Hello. First off let me state what an Honor it is to be asked by my brother Gregory and sister Suzanne to join the team. What a privilege to be among such fine people listed on the biography page of Sustainability Education Network. I know we are all missing our brother Hugh, upon the Earth Walk, with his words of wisdom that came from a heart of deep love, but we are grateful he was able to be with us for the amount of time he was. What lovely gifts he was able to leave for each of us and I hope for those who have not yet been able will take the time to check out his writings within the archives.
My writing style may vary from time to time but I always keep in mind that I‘m speaking to my brothers and sisters upon Turtle Island. I like to write in such a way that it would appear you and I were sitting across the kitchen table from each other, having a favorite beverage of some type and chatting. Although miles may be between us and we may not see each other in the physical sense, our words reflect our very beings, so in that respect we do meet.
There are many issues and events that are taking place across this Earth, as I write this, events that affect each one of us personally. Some of those events we seem to be aware of in subtle ways and others we do not seem to concern ourselves as greatly as we should unless they knock more forcefully upon our lives. The event that is playing out currently as I write concerns the earthquake in Japan.
We have seen the great forces of our Mother as she moves and shifts her position, as she sighs, and settles back to rest again. We need to remember, like ourselves, she is alive, she breathes, she moves too and we live upon her. As with our own bodies we move to change positions. Sometimes we move to do something, or to get away from something, this could be to make ourselves more comfortable or when there is an irritation of some type taking place. How might we be causing an irritation to our Earth Mother? Is she moving in a natural rhythm or is she moving because she is irritated?
From her movements other natural occurrences have taken place in the form of a tsunamie which has caused great damage. Those are natural movements upon our Earth Mother but we need to guide our lives and our actions to live in harmony with her on a more reflective and enlightened way. People gather and work in large numbers right upon the shores of known areas of earthquakes and tsunami areas. Is that wise to do so? The other issue at hand is the Nuclear Plant built right in an area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis that has caused a third occurrence, this one is man made. We as a species of humans need to consider what we do and how we do it, and is it a wise way to do things.
Great lessons are given to us over the historic life of each and every one of us. Our species has the ability to record historical conditions that go back to a past that we have not lived ourselves personally, but we can still learn from past events that our ancestors experienced. So what do we do with those lessons? Do we learn from them or repeat the same mistakes over and over again, and now with even more dire consequences. We must as a collective, of brothers and sisters to one another realize that we all share the same home upon Turtle Island and that it is all our responsibility to keep our home clean and in good order for us to remain in balance and harmony upon the living Being that we reside.
I thank each one of you who took the time to read my first article for Sustainability Education Network and I look forward to sharing more conversations with each of you.
Please feel free to send me your thoughts and feelings upon the matter as we all need to hold dialogue on these important issues that concern each living Being upon this Turtle Island.
Remember, we are not just brothers and sisters to our fellow human Beings but we are also related to our four legged Beings. The swimmers, the creepy crawlers, the Plant Nations and the winged ones all share Turtle Island with us. We are all made from the same Earth Mother and we breath the same life giving air; we absorb the same life giving energies that the sun rays offer us. So with that I’d like to offer a video made by the Hopi Nation to reflect upon and may we join in to offer our healing thoughts in whatever manner is comfortable from our own self.