Climate and Consciousness: The Confluence of Two Living Systems
Ours is a time when the natural world has been weakened and needs our service and support. We turn our attention to the Earth in the awareness that this is the only home we human beings have ever known. From this awareness emerges an attitude of respect and deep regard: we feel love and tenderness towards this fragile blue marble spinning slowly in space, our mother, and think how well she has served us and wonder whether we have served her as well. Even in her weakened state, we see through our loving vision that she is extraordinary- a delicate interlacing of rivers and oceans – of mountains and plains – of sky and fire harmonized into a connected whole. We are drawn to act in careful ways, in thoughtful ways conserving the integrity of her delicate balance allowing her to renew herself and give birth to a renewed world. *
*The Brahma Kumaris’ knowledge offers a subtle trajectory to explain the movement between consciousness and the material world – the two living systems. In Hindi these words have a rhyming quality: smruti, vriti, drishti, kriti, and shristi – that is awareness, attitude, vision, action and the world. The vision above and the paper developed for COP 16 elaborate on the application of this subtle dynamic in the domain of climate and consciousness.