The "Holistic Vision"
"I am a thousand winds that blow, I am
the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the
gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning's hush, I am the
swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft
stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there;
I did not die."
As we awaken to planetary
issues, as much as at moments of
personal crisis, we may find ourselves being stretched,
facing issues that seem too big even to be real. We
may start to doubt all we've ever been taught, we may
ask inwardly for some kind of direct experience of a
beneficent spiritual reality - or we may find ourselves
encountering unknown, unexpected paranormal experiences.
This can be exciting, fulfilling, liberating. It can
also be scary.
I know (this is Lucy
Skywalker). I've been there - and I still return regularly
to an inner desert, a wilderness of failure, doubt,
fear, you name it, I've seen it - yet every time I face
it in its raw truth, its nature, without allowing judgement
or judgementalism from myself or anyone else, I've found
precious wisdom and strength. Though I'm not an alcohoholic
but an Asperger-in-recovery, carrying the Magdalene
energy, I understand how the Twelve Steps apply to the
planet now, calling the whole of humankind ...
I know that Spirit
is aware of our planetary situation, and I still believe
that Spirit can help us, IF WE ARE IN REAL NEED and
if we ASK, but I also believe passionately that Spirit
will not help us SOLVE our planetary problems until
ALL of us are using ALL our human abilities in ALL the
practical issues, as far as we can... We need to build
solidarity, to face the ugly facts with equanimity,
to build up our inner resources...
"Most of us
have been caught up from birth in ways of life belonging
to a civilization which cannot continue in its present
forms for very much longer, insofar as it is in danger
of destroying, for good, resources upon which these
ways of life depend, either through pollution, or through
harvesting faster than Nature can replace, or through
exhaustion of non-renewable resources. Since the Industrial
Revolution, Man has acquired an increasing dependence
on limited resources, without realizing or accepting
that such a lifestyle is wantonly destructive and possibly
suicidal for mankind altogether...
"One reason that most people
do not see the need to feel personally responsible for
the crisis today is the way it has been creeping up
insidiously, so that in a sense we are all accomplices.
The fact that the scale of the crisis is unprecedented
in textbook human history is also very difficult to
accept or imagine, and frequently a glimpse of it threatens
our sense of security so badly that we find it too painful
to go on looking, and refuse to acknowledge what we
"Yet there is a growing number
of people who are waking up, a growing body of information
about the seriousness of the situation, and the opportunity
for spiritual re-integration at a higher, more conscious
level which the crisis is offering..."
From "Apocalyptic Vision",
written in 1981.
The holistic vision affirms:
the essential importance of being positive; the interconnectedness
of all life; the notion of this existence as a school
of learning; the reality of the spiritual worlds, both
accessible to our direct experience, and able to touch
the densest physical levels (there is masses of well-referenced
evidence); the primacy of our inner resources; the search
both "within" and "without" to find
whatever can best deal with whatever problematic "realities"
are most pressing. Thus the holistic vision can embrace
the partial truth and partial usefulness of materialism,
while not accepting it as the essential Reality.
See holistic booklist here
We can support each other,
and draw on the wisdom of others. There are facts on
the ecological breakdown from scientific sources and
the "good" media; helpful spiritual material
on the apocalyptic shift and planetary awakening is
available; help in coping personally can come from many
sources - psychology, Life Coaching, dreams, friends,
teachers, Christianity, in fact any positive religion
or spirituality. The concern of this website is to enable
all these to work together for the good of all.
We hope to collect something
of the best of inspiration available, right across the
spectrum, practical, poetic, wise, friendly, and spiritually
sensitive material. A Quotes page
has been started! Read The Celestine Prophecy
if you haven't already done so - it is not a perfect
plot, but it is excellent as a "fantasy" describing
the very real planetary challenge. And the Harry
Potter series is even more relevant and incisively
perceptive of the global challenges.
We started off small with Dragonfly Trust.
First we were slow and earthbound and even our vision
was limited, then we grew wings... then we saw others
growing wings too... We can call this holistic vision...
response to a growing awareness
of the many planetary imbalances today: the population
explosion, the arms race, nuclear and financial
secrecy and cover-ups, exhaustion of resources,
extinction of species, pollution, the widening
gap between rich and poor, breakdown of social
cohesion, and "the Seventh Enemy", apathy.
of responsibility for beauty and
life on this planet; a responsibility that begins
with ourselves as individuals who are prepared
to change ourselves in response to the needs we
between individuals, groups and organizations
working for healing at personal, local and worldwide
and adaptable to local needs and resources.
to all who see the immense problems facing humankind
today, who may be aware of the many signs of spiritual
breakthrough which also exist, and who wish to
do what they can to help.
to be open to truth
in whatever form it presents itself, inside or
outside Christianity or any religion.
...learning to practice
discernment, guarding above all
what is essential, the "pearl of great price",
at each step of the journey.
is the theme of re-awakening and transformation;
that what was feared dead is alive; that the Great
Spirit of the Universe, the Right Hand of the
Power, the Christ Spirit by whatever name, re-awakens
and transforms, but does not destroy, the enduring
ancient wisdom that is still with us in many forms,
under many names; that as many are said to have
prophesied, the time of this reawakening is our
own age; and that the place for it is here in
our own community and within ourselves.