By Kosha Anja Joubert
Beyond You and Me is the 1st quantity within the 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence and is a pragmatic anthology for somebody looking to rebuild current fragmented villages and groups, identify new team businesses and ecovillages, and heal the injuries of clash and social department. it really is for these trying to reside cooperatively and in peace with fellow people and the Earth.
Since the start of human background, now we have lived in groups. that's, besides the fact that, till the mid-twentieth century, whilst affordable fossil-fuel power has enabled many folks in industrialized nations to dwell extra socially dispersed and remoted lives. yet now, escalating weather swap, top oil, and the necessity to greatly lessen our carbon intake dictate that this unsustainable lifestyle can't proceed. We needs to relearn the artwork of neighborhood development and clash resolution.
Beyond You and Me bargains talents in verbal exchange, clash answer, management, facilitation, and consensus determination making, and an inspiring standpoint on fixing worldwide difficulties. Written through a world staff of social and ecological pioneers, it contains the voices of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Wangaari Maathai, Starhawk, Azriel Cohen, Hildur Jackson, and Helena Norberg-Hodge.
The 4 Keys signify the 4 dimensions of sustainable design—the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological, and the industrial. This sequence is counseled via UNESCO and is an legit contribution to the UN Decade of schooling for Sustainable improvement. the opposite books of the sequence are Gaian Economics, Designing Ecological Habitats, and The music of the Earth. The 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence used to be accomplished in 2012 and is now to be had within the U.S. for the 1st time.
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In every relationship, every day, even every hour a human being seems to move across the Wheel: a steady process of pure emotion, doubtful inner searching, responsible clarity and detached wisdom – South, West, North, East. One is following the other, just like the seasons and the four directions, even if some phases seem to last forever. All those familiar with community living know from experience that almost all intentional communities dance around the Medicine Wheel as well: the euphoric and effervescent love for all at the very beginning (South) is followed by a phase of disillusionment, blame, doubt, criticism (West).
Surrounded by uninhabited snow-clad forests and fields, we truly felt like creators of a new world. We were delighted to be together and that our efforts were starting to bear fruit. Golden candlelight flickered in windows frosted over with ice. Setbacks And then there were the humdrum working days, when John, a great optimist and a master with his hands, took to drink, not from despair or disappointment, but simply from an inability to deal with deep emotions. This was something new for us.
The doubts and blaming, judgement and sadness that The power of Introspection in Nature Fe e li n g Co n n ec t e d Th ro u g h B e in g Alo n e 31 come up, arise from within us. There is no one to hold responsible. We see that the negative aspects of our lives are linked to our perceptions. There is more than enough time to battle our own demons and shadows. There is no escape from our naked self, our will and wanting. No guru is there to save us, no priest to pray for us. It is up to us to do this.