Showing posts from January, 2019

Lessons from Pachamama - Coming Home

Coming Home Just days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire.  We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air. I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle--the gift of LIFE.... of breath, remembering how easy it was to breathe there. The comparison will inform my work for years to come. Which future world do we want to create? Charles Eisenstein (author of  The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible ) says this: “Is it too much to ask, to live in a world where our human gifts go toward the benefit of all? Where our daily activities contribute to the healing of the biosphere and the well-being of other people?” The lessons from Pachamama suggest that it is possible to live meaningful life and create a just and sustainable planet. To create "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible," we must commit to it and embrace the adventure. How wo

Lessons from Pachamama - The Third Gift

The Third Gift. On the day we were to leave the jungle, we awoke once again to a downpour.  Our flight out was supposed to be at 8 a.m. The plan was that we would hike there for a hour. so we would need to leave by 7 a.m.  Before we were to leave though, we got word that the planes would need to wait for the airstrip to dry before they would take off from Shell. 8 a.m. came and went, then 9 a.m., then 10 a.m.... and we had still not left camp. We packed and repacked getting ready for a quick departure at a moments notice... hoping that the planes would fly out that day. By 11 am we still were sitting on our packed bags. And it was still lightly raining. At noon we got word: the planes are on their way! Instructions were that we would all board the same planes we arrived in. So we set out through the soggy jungle, where now there were new bogs and logs. One doesn't rush a jungle hike. Once at the mud airstrip--we arrive in time to see the small plane that I came in on leave

Lessons from Pachamama - The Second Gift

"When the Self emerges, the ego takes a hit" The Second Gift I knew before the trip that the Aschuar interpret their dreams at four a.m. and we would be invited to join them. What I did not know was that we would face this same treacherous jungle trail --only this time, it would be in the dark and in a downpour . We retired early the night before in anticipation of a three a.m. wake-up and hike to the home of one of the Aschuar families.  We were instructed to bring our dream and they would interpret them. It rained all night long.. and I kept waking up, growing increasingly anxious about that hike through the jungle in the dark.  I told myself i was worried about Loretta (I was).  But i was just as worried about ME. I decided that if I did not receive a dream, I would stay at our camp with her should she decide to stay. At three a.m., one of our campmates reported to Loretta that the guides were considering cancelling the trip because it was too treacherous.  As

Lessons from Pachamama - The First Gift

The First Gift Once in Ecuador, after a couple days acclimating and exploring the city of Quito, we headed out by bus to the edge rainforest, arriving at the airport city of Shell where we were issued tall mud boots for our jungle adventure. Thanks to our guides and a talented bush pilot, we were deposited on a dirt airstrip in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. There, we gathered under a thatched roof and our faces were painted by one of the Aschuar women. Once our entire group  arrived,  we set off into the jungle on foot led by our Aschuar hosts.  As we slogged through on the muddy trail, the Aschuar women nimbly jogged by us with our luggage on their backs and were quickly out of sight. In the very first hour on the very first trail in the jungle, we came to a bog where we needed to make our way across via a series of narrow and slippery logs. I felt  confident, surefooted and agile in my new mud yellow boots, but I worried about Loretta who was less physically able than I. 

Lessons from Pachamama - Call to Change the Dream

Twenty five years ago, the Aschuar, an ancient indigenous dream culture deep within the Amazon rainforest in South America, began receiving warnings in their dreams. Their ancestral lands were at risk, not only potentially destroying their way of life, but all life, which depends on the rainforest, he lungs on Planet Earth. Receptive people in the North began receiving dreams of people with painted faces. When they eventually met these people, they knew them. The Pachamama Alliance was born. At the invitation of both the Aschuar and Sapura people, we set out on a journey in search of wisdom, a journey that would take us into the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to encounter the wisdom of Pachamama and our own dreams. I've always been fascinated by dreams, the unconscious speaking to us and offering insights and so was drawn to this journey. Pachamama means "Mother Earth" or more precisely "life force of mother earth." The mission of Pachamama Al

Listening for a New Way of Being

Meilin Ehlke gives us a way to listen for the New Story as it emerges within. It calls us and pulls us forward if we are willing to listen for it.