October 22, 2022
The Sacred Gardener Farm
Golden Lake, ON
suggested price $125
Travelling from afar and interested in camping, parking your van or staying in our dragonfly house? Send us an email.
Come join in circle with Steven Martyn of the Sacred Gardener, under a canopy of old Maple trees to hear stories and teachings from the land, about the transition towards a ‘good life’.
For many folks, while we may be conscious consumers and have some good practices in our days, for the Earth and for our health, the sum of our lives is still adding up in the wrong column; that of destruction toward the Earth. And while we can minimize our carbon footprint, it is not enough. We must start adding to the column of creation. Growing, making, giving, caring, teaching, healing and sacrifice are actions that lead to co-creation, adding to the column of creation.
This teaching circle is about how to deal with the wake of destruction and through co-creation generate a counter-wake, Personally and Culturally.
To really be “awake” these days is one of the most painful experiences one could have.
To be awake isn’t about being aware of things that have little to do with our daily lives, like corporations and governmental conspiracies, or even about knowing our own colonial history, it’s about being aware of your wake. A-wake.
In just going through our daily lives we create a wake of consequences, tied to each of our actions and thoughts. As you become ‘awake’ it can be paralyzing to realize how deeply we as consumers are unwittingly part of the Earth’s destruction. Almost everything most folks do is destructive toward the Earth, and this huge collective wake is destroying the self-healing, self-regulating living ecology of the Planet.
Upon becoming awake, the first question that often comes to us is “how can I stop or minimize the horror I’m unwittingly part of?”
The instinctive answer is DROP OUT, try to separate yourself from the wake of destruction. This is very hard to do because it is the only culture most of us know. You can do something drastic like become a monk, or ascetic and learn to live like First Nations People did in the woods. And this is exactly what I did forty years ago. I learned to forage, trap and fish and live with the land leaving a very small carbon footprint. Yet, I was basically hiding out from other humans. But then after some time, maybe four months, four years (as it was for myself), or four decades, you look around and realize “yes I can live in a good way but the destruction has only gotten worse”. And that what you’re doing IS NOT ENOUGH. Maybe in a simpler time of village life or when civilizations were young, living a wholesome good life was enough. But as the Buddha could see on the horizon of time in 500 BC, that time of innocence would pass and that during the next time period, that we now live in, it would no longer be the right course to just be passive and accepting. In this time the prophets knew the destruction of humanity and the world ecology would be at hand. And with the loss of the green world we will lose any chance to live an integrated ’natural’ life with the rest of creation. And so the Buddha said in our time we will not just have to become awake ‘enlightened’ and live a simple life, we must use what we know and enter back into the fray. Back into the places of conflict and destruction to heal humanity and the Earth. Which is to say it’s not enough to just hide away and live a simple life with the land. We must all give back now. Like hunters we must learn to stalk our own lives, that have gotten away on us. We need to stalk the path of change and then start moving toward it to reclaim ourselves and our Earth.
Our wake, must not just be diminished through correct consumerism but must also rebound back out to creation in a good way, cancelling out the destructive waves. As can happen when two boats pass in opposite directions.
And in the calm that follows culture will naturally grow again and rebuild a new shoreline.
So the question isn’t just how to have a small ecological footprint (although this is essential), it’s how can we create a counter-wake to cancel the wake of destruction? How do we help rebuild what’s been lost while supporting the beauty that’s still here on the Earth? And how do we do this when we are all under the constant stress and entrainment of the destructive waves?
In this time of great ignorance to live such a life is a warrior’s task, and may seem impossible.
But it is not. I know because while my life is not without chips and cracks I believe I live such a life. Where I co-create more then I take, with a family and kids, a healing practice and an Earth Wisdom school all in the equation.
Keep in mind it took me decades of stalking what is wholesome to get here. I had children starting at age 44, because it took that long for me to feel I had co-created enough abundance and beauty to warrant bringing another human in to this world.
In the nebulous calculation of what good I’ve done for the Earth, I see it as not just becoming responsible for our direct or indirect interaction with the ecology, but also with our fellow humans that make their own wake. My understanding is that by affecting people’s path, helping to educate and move them towards a life of healing and or co-creating with the Earth, that counts for something in my column too.
In a way I have a pearly gates ethic around this. I imagine at the end of our time, after our last breath is “taken”, everything is tallied and weighed. And if you’ve created and given away more than you’ve taken, you pass. This isn’t hard if you’re a functional human. In fact if you become conscious it’s harder not to live a good life, even with all the temptations of modern comforts. In the judging all animals pass, because just in living we are meant to cultivate our own environment through what we eat and the life giving waste we generate. A whale for example might eat five tons of food a day, and we might think how could that amount of taking be good for the environment? But as it turn out their tons of poop is the perfect fertilizer for the flora that is the food of the little creatures like krill that the Whales eat. So, in the end the ecology benefits and builds from the Whale’s presence in many ways. The Whale and every living thing adds to life, to the sum of creation, except us. Why?
It’s not because we’re the spawn of deeply corrupt Demi-gods or aliens. We just got too big for our britches. Over the millennia we have become so good at taking and so forgetful about giving this is where we ended up, at a dead end. Now its time to re-member and re-centre our lives around the sacred world that gives us life.