"The Earth is in trouble.” "The Earth is dying" "The Earth has only 30 years left"
Have you ever encountered such statements? Something is going on that will have a large effect on all of us.. But the Earth?
The Earth will be just fine. It's been around for billions of year and will be around for billions more. The Earth knows how to survive. The Earth knows how to prosper. The Earth knows how to thrive.
But do we? Will we be around to thrive with the Earth? Will the Earth be happy with us being here?
Any way you look at it, the Earth keeps humming along, keeps growing and evolving and does just fine. But the inhabitants probably won't find their lives as happy and comfortable as they're used to.
Thus, the question arises: how can I live on the Earth in a way that co-operates with the Earth? How can I know what needs to be done to assist the Earth as what is coming starts to happen? How can I live in balance on the Earth and know what to do (and how and when to do it) as these changes start to happen? How can I be a true friend to the Earth?
That last question is important. If you don't understand that the Earth is totally aware of everything happening on the surface (and underground, and in the atmosphere) then you really need to give up old beliefs and undertake to realize that the Earth is our wise host and humans are the (not-so-wise) guests.
Just like you are conscious and aware of your environment and your circle of friends and family, so too is the Earth conscious and aware of her environment and her circle of friends and family. A very long time ago, humans were able to communicate with the Earth and understand the Earth just like you communicate with and understand your circle of friends and family. Talking with the Earth meant talking with the Earth, just like I can talk to you. Now, once again, some humans are gaining the old wisdom. And becoming truly friends of the Earth and able to assist the Earth in ways that have been lost for a long, long time.
Anyone can become a true friend of the Earth. All it takes is desire. Once that intense desire is there, the next logical step is to find what humans are capable of – what YOU are capable of – that has been lost for many centuries.
The Earth is all about balance. Whatever is done to the Earth, all of the Earth's processes work to restore the natural balance. (And not just some things –everything!) When humans speculate and guess about ways to make the Earth produce more and more, all Earth processes are put to work balancing out whatever is done.
A simple example is insects "destroying" a crop. What kind of balance is it when insects descend on a field and eat everything? Why would the Earth do that, if the Earth is all about balance?
The "problem" is that humans see from the human point of view. They rarely make an effort to understand the point of view of the Earth, which is a much bigger picture than people let themselves see.
Farmers want to make a profit. The vast majority of farmers have the mentality of "mining the Earth" so that they can make a profit. (No judgment here – that’s just the way farms have evolved.) Healthy soil, healthy plants and healthy plant consumers are the least of their concerns. Vast acreages of a single plant type are the desired goal. When traveling in the mid-western USA, you see such acreages all around – mostly corn or soybeans.
But monocultures are not balanced. Nature works best when there is a community of different plants supporting each other. What happens to vast fields of one single plant type can be thought of as similar to what happens to royalty who marry within their own family. They don't allow outsiders. This causes plants to struggle and grow weak because of the lack of a supporting community of multiple plant types. When plants become weak, they attract insects.
Insects can be considered predators and the plants are prey. It is well-known that predators don't go after the strong members of a prey group. They attack the weakest, which culls out the weaker members and leaves only the strong to continue propagating.
Insects provide balance by removing the weak plants leaving only strong plants to propagate. But in a monoculture, they are ALL weak plants. And weak plants also cannot contribute to the health of the soil. Thus, the soil gets worse, the plants get weaker and the cycle continues. Eventually, we will end up with food shortages.
That is just one example of how human ignorance can create crises.
Note that this is NOT a crisis from the point of view of the Earth, although it may be seen as a crisis by humans. And whose fault are such crises?
Not the Earth.
So how do we work with the Earth to become a true friend of the Earth? How do we become aware of what is happening on the Earth? How do we actually communicate with the Earth? And get our own answers of how to live in such balance that we don't attract crises? Is it even possible?
The answer is unequivocally YES. Anyone can do it. YOU can do it.