Welcome to the first blog post for the collective project "A Sovereign Land." Today there are three of us: myself, Ross Tayler and Kristina Jessen. Tomorrow who knows?
The intention with this blog and with the upcoming book "A Sovereign Land: A Rite of Passage" is to explore our humanness as it has been cultured in a colonialist paradigm in relation to our potential as sovereign, heart-centered beings. What is the difference? And how vast is the divide between these two very different manifestations of 'self'? To my mind, it is not a question of whether or not we are influenced by external expectations and driven by a feeling of "lack" in relation to the hierarchical colonial construct. The question is: to what degree and, what now?
As my colleague Ross Tayler and I continue to develop a road map to help guide both ourselves as well others inclined to take the journey toward sovereignty (excerpts of which I will share in this blog), I also look forward to deconstructing the "old colonial paradigm," exposing the collective "dream state" of our "post-tribal" world for what it is. I will also shed light on the relevance as well as the artifice of emerging contemporary ideologies, that to my mind have good intentions but are still shrouded in the same trauma that has plagued our civilization since time immemorial. Most importantly, my intention is to humbly share an alternative paradigm that I have learned from elders, mentors, ceremony and the land (all very much outside of contemporary culture and its encumbered institutions). This and more, all while attempting, with one baby step at a time, to "walk the walk." It will be a blast!
Here is an except from the upcoming book and a taste of what will be shared in this blog:
"Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the "first man" who aspired to create personal wealth by using a "power over" or "colonialist" system of control would have played a magnificent and entrancing tune that today permeates the air like an invisible mist the world over. He seduced all of those with a childlike mindset to follow him (and they did!), each learning to accumulate wealth, an illusive sense of security and dominance, the envy of others, and the freedom to do whatever they desired, all on the backs of slaves and anyone "caste" as hierarchically inferior. The elders of tribal villages across the globe must have watched this exodus with great sadness and concern but with the knowing that "They will be back." They would not have known how many years later, and on what terms, but today, thousands are being called "back home" to mentors, elders, ancestors and to the consciousness of the land, for help and guidance. By the Grace of Creation, this supportive, humble and connected way still waits for them. That said, it is clearly not a return to the "old way" that is our collective destiny, but to a "new way" that is yet unknown."