“New Sharing & Return Rituals & Their Symbols in Transition”
by Willi Paul, openmythsource.com
One critical mandate for the Transition Movement in the present Chaos Era is to createnew myths and associated rituals that guide us. What rituals do you participate in now; as a child? Do your stories speak to a world in turmoil? Who controls the narrative? This is a call for new rituals: a universal sharing and return to family, city core, gardens, fields, water, soul and Nature.
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(a) A ritual “is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and designed to influence preternatural entities or forces on behalf of the actors’ goals and interests.” Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community.
(b) Semi-regular gathering of family or community members that share a Nature-based experience, value or dream often associated with formal roles and traditions. (W. Paul)
(c) A globally understood sign (i.e. – meaning) that mandates care for all cultures. (W. Paul)
(d) To come back home; re-integrate; initiate; honor and acknowledge the sacred in all things. (W. Paul)
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New Sharing & Return Rituals
The Return of Ivory to Native Lands
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, elephants are healed and cared for on farms for visitors and locals alike. The big mammals are protected from poachers and considered sacred. Are they our equals? Can we see that Asian elephants and all earthly beings are part of a global family? That the return of stolen tusks from world-wide black markets is an act of healing, honor and learning with Nature. Tusk revenue returned to the farms support preservation and education. This program of “international return” to local care is a ritual of love, sharing and support.
With neighbors we clear grass heavy lands with controlled fires and shovels as a safety precaution and for soil building, turning-over the burnt wood and ash, adding compost from the neighborhood bins and then re-planting. With permaculture, we share knowledge and resources to keep fire on our side and to obtain healthy soils and sustainable yields.
Together we celebrate both Nature and Permaculture calendars, our union of science and spirit at last. Picking each crop as it matures, teaching the youth to dance, to sort, peel, prepare and cook for their sharing dance, a seasonal celebration.
Taking Down the Fences
Localization in the back yard! From a pragmatic point of view, taking down your fences can mean better friendships with your neighborhoods, a heightened sharing opportunity! Property lines are gone, yielding larger gardens and shared yields! Here is a return to our extended family of humans and animals, increasing views and openings to a local horizon; building resilience, trust and sharing between often fearful and isolated strangers.
The New College is born! The Convergence is a spirit recharger, a fun zone, full of agriculture lessons, dancing allowed! The Convergence brain thrust propels our union, sharing tech and spirit alike; accelerating our paradigm shift to a new land.
Bring what you have, take what you need. Ask a question, make a friend! Extend the Good Will model? The Sharing Expo is a true “Win-Win”, building and sharing the new network all at once; dissolving capitalism with new rituals.
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Our swing dance in the mud
Measuring, carrying, dumping, folding
Packing, balling, throwing, spreading, smoothing
Sacred is choosing the long view, re-loving Nature’s spirit, the shared view
We are growing local heroes here
Excerpt: The Cinnamon Cob Dance. Lyrics & Poster by W. Paul
A ritual and dance can also mean discipline and loosening one's mind (and feeling the numinous). The best way see whether something has or doesn't have sense is to be involved. This process of emergence of something new reminds me of creative scenes with local bands (e.g. San Francisco and Seattle back in the day) appearing "out of nowhere" and suddenly becoming well-known. When one tries to reconstruct the process, it looks like a collective organism of intertwined causes and effects. The invisible space between parts is as much important (if not more) as parts themselves. We have instead (in the parts of society that are lacking for creativity, initiative, and sanity) egomaniacs who think they can understand and control everything. If you "understand" and control the process (though encouraging, setting an example, and nudging may help), you neither understand community nor are dealing with complexity. Even worse, you don't understand that you don't understand.
I prefer to see my role as "reporter of the processes." Nice feedback. Willi