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New Paradigm: Indigenous Canadians leading the way

In Change, inspiration on February 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Haida Gwaii On the EdgeFrom the memorable first glimpse of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, to the hopeful, familiar and heart-warming last scenes of our neighbours to the North, the beautiful BC Northwest is lovingly revealed in the stunning documentary: Haida Gwai: On the Edge of the World. Gently revealing the heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, whose culture thrived for 10,000 years until its people were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging and industrial over-fishing, this film explores how, with humility and determination, the Haida Nation is recovering, and teaching others, like ourselves, essential lessons in community building and collaboration.

Award-winning director Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke, Peace Out), Haida hereditary Chief Allan Wilson, renowned activist Guujaaw and activists work alongside scientists, organic farmers, artists and quirky islanders to create a new vision of sustainable development. Yet, like the beautiful Cowichan Valley and the pristine coasts of our island, Haida Gwaii sits squarely in the path of the proposed Tar Sands seaway to Asia. The overwhelming and fierce desire to protect land and sea will inform and inspire the similarly challenged residents of the Cowichan Valley.

Duncan United Church Social Justice presents:
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (film screening)
Thursday, March 17th, 7pm
admission free or by donation

trailer: Haida Gwaii: film trailer


Growing a new Earth

In Change, Money on April 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm



The light of spring gently calls us forth from the quiet of our winter homes. While  busying ourselves with the work of the land,  we anticipate the growing gardens of produce, the blossoming and fruiting of trees, and the delight of home-grown food.  Likewise, let’s nurture our community with the same care and compassion, listening carefully to and supporting each other as we gently nudge ourselves along.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.Desiderius Erasmus
Meanwhile, springtime has me thinking of how our community grows, gathers and distributes food.  In the growing stage, we are reminded of Monsanto’s increasing influence in the ‘food industry’.  Have a look at this link to see what can be done in Canada: Non-Gmo project. More disturbing is the desire to criminalize those who would  reveal the cruelty of ag-farming: recording the abusers is the crime
I’m including this beautiful link to inspire you to collaborate in your projects: Virtual Choir heralds a spring rainstorm.  Also, in honour of spring, please watch this (36 minute) video on the The Ceremony of Original Innocence. This link brings together both issues: kids growing up in poverty in the US: growing up poor.
For those who are looking for reasons why the kids seem so unhappy, have a read of this article: here’s why they don’t like school.  This US article gives the real picture on unemployment: 63% working.
Thursday April 18th is Eye Opener Educational Film’s screening of Fresh-a film to inspire us all on the possibilities of achieving local, healthy and real food farming that nourishes both the body and the community.  Please come and share this uplifting and worthwhile message at 7 pm, Duncan United Church-admission free or by donation.



Three ways

In Being present, Change, inspiration on February 27, 2013 at 4:55 am


Each of us has something to contribute to the evolving group consciousness. We carefully nurture thoughts to produce right action and right communication; in this way we offer encouragement where it is needed, silence where it’s beneficial, and action where it’s necessary.  Sometimes, however, we get it wrong.  We offer silence when action is more appropriate or perform action when encouragement would have been better.  As we review our thoughts we can see clearly that motivation must align with clarity of purpose. Let’s keep our minds open, our hearts engaged and have faith that the right action or thought, or non-action, will arise as required.

I have assembled some examples of encouragement, silence and action, and am allowing the presence of each to suggest its teaching to us all.  Let’s begin with encouragement.  Those among us involved with children and education will see the inspiration in creating a paradigm shift.  Here’s a good review: education shift.  In food production there are many wonderful stories that aren’t being told.  Here’s one of them:the Indian rice revolution.  A most useful tool is evolving with the Occupy energy: Occupy directory.  I’ve posted this before, but it’s worth repeating: Moving Art Gratitude, which also resembles this:Milky Way meets volcanoes
Silence is what may occur when we have reached a plateau of understanding:electricity from flowers attract bees. Sometimes we must stop thinking and allow ourselves to absorb the significance of what may have been known intuitively.  Silence may also emerge the moment we realize that something is deeply wrong: software tracking your moves sold to FBI ; who controls the world?  and this documentary which I recommend to all: apology of an economic hitman.  Silence can be the response when, despite knowing the problem, we are unable to respond: BC’s sacred headwaters.
Action can arise spontaneously in response to a situation:  take back your power, which is retired Canadian Navy captain’s effort to educate Canadians about smart meter, cell phone and EMR threats.  Or, action can be a more sustained effort to change an existing paradigm: alternative currency goes mainstream: bitcoins; anyone concerned with monetary reform will be inspired by bitcoin’s increasing acceptance.  Finally, action can be courageous and inspirational: gratitude for saving 669 lives
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.William Shakespeare

Change in Perspective

In Change, inspiration, Money on January 10, 2013 at 6:42 am


Deep in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter we are offered an opportunity to rest and, perhaps, review circumstances of life.  We may examine our behaviours, our environment or our goals for relevance.  During one of these introspective reviews, it may occur to us to discard an unworkable or outgrown thing, whether it be a physical object, an idea, point of view or relationship.  When we decide that something is no longer serving its purpose we make room for something else; all living things/systems must grow and change, and humanity’s constructs are no different.  Let’s use this reflective time to determine how we may affect the changes observed on our planet and in our human creations.
To assist us in our winter reflections, let’s begin with the fascinating subject of climate and earth changes from the perspective of the Canadian North: Inuit speak of changes. On another level, the provocation of change can take many form, however it seems to be the case that most of humanity’s change occurs through crisis not proactive change.  The following link details how the reverse of innovation and change has quagmired North America in a sea of greed-oriented non-action: the effects of lazy corporate monopolies.  Lest you feel unduly affected by ‘negative’ communications, consider how it may be possible that negative thought provokes positive action.
Discarding outgrown thought and action makes room for a shift.  Here is an artist’s film work which may assist you in appreciation of Earth’s wonder: time lapse landscapes vol 2.  As we evolve, there comes a time when an outward declaration of our new ‘selves’ is the right action. Have a look at this: declaration of consciousness.  There’s a time for destruction and a time for new creation.  There’s also a time for tweaking what is, in order to allow a gathering of energy.  Here’s a banking place-holder for those who have lost patience with the dysfunctional banking system: the Simple Bank.  Finally, inform one another of the excesses which cause dysfunction:overcompensating the Canadian CEO and forward this link far and wide: Back to our banking roots.
Finally, as a rejoinder to all of the electronic interruptions we are now experiencing: the price of interruption.
Make this film a priority: Resonance, Beings of Frequency a review of ELF and EMF and its effects on your life.  Join us at Eye Opener Educational Film night, Thurs Jan 17th at 7pm, Duncan United Church.
Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 

We live in a universe of change

In Change, inspiration on December 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

'A human being is part of the whole called by us universe ...' (Albert Einstein)

We live in a universe of change.  Consider how many changes we have individually and collectively experienced in the past year alone.  Adapting our natures to become friendly and open to shift is an important stage for many of us who have become inflexible in body or mind.  When we are open, the vagaries of a morphing culture are taken in stride, and our faith remains to fuel a confident and helpful spirit, ready to assist those less able.

Here are a few links to illustrate this open and flexible approach:the harmonic landfill and music for change.  It is a default setting for humanity to do what its heart desires; have a look at this link and consider the sea change that may result from the adoption of the gift economy.  A functional and caring individual will understand the natural emergence of many Buddhist precepts, most specifically the default for kindness, advocated by this modern social observer.  Finally, have a watch of this interview, discussing the price of civilization.
A worthwhile reflection for those who care to consider the course of humanity’s direction would find this read compelling:conflict and change in an era of economic decline.  Also, for those who are travelling, please consider this change and where it might fit with your perception of our society: TSA’s grip on internal travel tightening.  Meanwhile, complete the understanding of change by embracing the teaching of uncertainty.
Truth is living and therefore changing.  Bruce Lee