After years of blood shed, loss, and sadness their came an era of peace to Middle Earth. Do you remember this moment ? It was at the end of "Return of the King" the last movie in the "Lord of the Ring" trilogy. Aragorn and the people of Middle Earth enjoyed a hard won unity; a unity that came with experience, maturity and faith in love.
Every legend leads us to this point; a time when "a hard won" happiness is reached. In a fairy tale ... it would be happily ever after. In real life it is more like the final phase of a cycle...until life blows her trumpet and we embark on yet another quest.
What does one receive in those hard years of reaching a place of peace ? Wisdom.
Wisdom has been shared from generation to generation. We used to tell stories around the campfires, then we had bed time stories by candlelight, candles were replaced by electrical bed side lamps, now we have Alexa, Kindle and audiobooks. The art of how to live and live well is shared in many different ways. Yet we need to translate wisdom into action and create systems that can support humanity to thrive.
This is when exploration, willingness to learn and understanding deepens our ability to comprehend the world and respond to it with greater intelligence. The story tellers and film makers could help us out here. What does an enlightened leader and society look like ?
If Peter Jackson handed Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler a script - "The age of the King and Queen" what would their government, policies and court look like. An era of peace suggests people know how to live with themselves and each other. A system which works is created, supported to evolve, and maintained. These times on Earth are about creating the frameworks. It is a process of bringing together a polarised world, with patience, and tolerance for a greater good. A recognition that it is up to us to create our own happiness. To lead ourselves towards a future we wish to live in.
Such a transition calls for maturity.
The maturity to disengage from our own fears and stresses that clutter our clarity of thought and drown the voice of intuition. A path of justice asks us to recognise our own biases and prejudice. It spot lights roots of human pain. We have to learn to let go, forgive, and free ourselves to choose again.
This freedom is the gift that allows us to create our happiness.
Our maturity will allow us to be responsible for our emotions, thoughts, words and actions to celebrate, sustain, and respect all life. A bad start does not need to bleed and tarnish the potential of tomorrow. We have the free will to choose. We need to know how to hold it together and choose wisely.
The foundation for such a society is wisdom.
Hence, the first pillar of the Heart of Gaia is - Wisdom.
It is my honour to have the opportunity to share the Mother Earth Song with all of you. This song is by my talented friend, singer, song writer and producer Lalie... I hope you enjoy it as much as we do...
as the day breaks
to capture the bigger picture at stake
with possessions few
across vast terrain
a sunrise quatrain
and head held high
has helped us thrive
to rustle through fall
while releasing to life's waltz
Its cold and chill
a necessity to be still.
free of any bills
with open eyes
and be willing to try
that sustains life
trusting sun, earth, water and sky
a vast expansion to the eye
that envelop your soul
to the ocean floor
a valuable prize.
We live in times where a superficial level of knowledge is easily available and consumed. The are many platforms which also enable us to share our opinions easily. We risk playing in shallow pool of expertise. To make wise choices we need to understand the depth and interconnectedness of life. Let us invest in depth.
Today we have more tools to connect with each other than ever before. These tools can empower us to collaborate across countries and bring the best of talent to uplift society. We can be happier than ever before.
Yet, loneliness, depression and lack of opportunity for some is a sad but true reality.
How do we optimise all that is available to us without getting lost in the quest. I believe the secret is a commitment to daily practices that support personal growth and allow us to become wise.