▪︎A LARGER VIEW OF TIME▪︎

Preparing for the most recent Active Hope session was an ecstatic experience for me… we explored the consequences of a narrow view of time with that of a larger and deeper view- the experience of widening our sense of self beyond our individual lifetimes… both backward and forward in time.
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One of the characteristics of the ‘Industrial Growth Culture’ is its short-sightedness, its inability to see the impacts of its insatiable appetite for resources. 
We prioritize short-term profits/benefits over long-term costs, and actually export the true cost of today’s actions to future generations.
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Not only does our system demand infinite growth to keep itself afloat, but it also demands increasing rates of growth which is made possible with technology.
For example, sonar and bottom trawling allowed the fishing industry to haul over 800,000 tonnes of fish a year before it went into overshoot and started to cause a massive collapse in fish stocks around the globe… We can see similar trends within many industries such as deforestation and extractive mining… and this is now coalescing, to put us in a state of planetary overshoot.
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Many of us also experience a dimishment of meaning, depth and purpose in our own individual lives due to this narrow and fast paced experience of time… the rat race, always rushing to keep up- constantly attempting do more in less time. Not having enough time and space to reflect and genuinely connect or nourish ourselves and our relationships… can’t slow down… if you slow down you might just collapse or so we may fear…
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Because its only when we slow down, that we begin to really see and feel into the impact of this fast paced, short sighted, growth obsessed lifestyle- both in our own bodies, our relationships and in our larger Earth Body… 
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As well as learning to slow down, coming back into connection with our ancestors and gaining an appreciation for the extraordinary journey of deep time that has led to us to this moment- can help to lift us out of the micro-plots of ‘business-as-usual’ and begin to weave us back into the story of the world.
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When we follow this thread of time far back enough, it can open us into transpersonal realms of experience- where we begin to experience a dimishment of the illusory boundaries that hold us apart from the rest of life and allows us to recognize that we are all part of an unfolding emergent process through time and space.
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“Our ancestry streches back through the life forms and into the stars, back into the beginnings of the primeval fireball. This universe is a single multiform energetic unfolding of matter, mind, intelligence and life.”
-Brian Swimme

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This naturally leads to a desire to take care of future generations and the Earth at large because both are seen for what they truly are… an extension of us through time.
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“Our own future is inseparable from the future of the larger community that brought us into being.” -Thomas Berry

**if you would like to explore Deep Time, the work of Brian Swimme is incomparable- I especially love ‘Canticle to the Cosmos’ on audible.

And for ancestral healing work check out Daniel Foor.

Artist: Alma Nungarrayi Granites, Seven Sisters