There is a song rising up inside of me. As song singing deep within and I am just beginning to hear it. I want to know every note, detail and word but I have only recently become aware of its sound. It has to do with not only who I am but who “we” are as people on the planet earth. It is so life giving and free that it makes me yearn to know it more deeply so that I can share it and be part of bringing transformation to our crippled world. It has everything to do with who we are, creative, expressive, brilliant. It resonates so deeply within me that I know it will with you too. What is it about? Life, creation, energy, food, air, water, flow, joy, peace, justice, grace, regeneration. It is about not only restoring the planet but restoring ourselves. I know what you are thinking, this sounds a bit “cosmic” but I assure you it is as grounded and real as anything you know, if fact more grounded, real and significant than most things we give our attention to. The first thing is we can not damage the earth without damaging ourselves. The idea that we can pillage the earth and not effect ourselves is delusion. In fact one of the greatest delusions of the modern age or any age for that matter. It is about learning how things really work. In our bodies, in our backyards and in our world. There is much said about how things work but much of it is wrong. And just because it works for a short time does not mean it will work, really work for the long haul. We in the West think that because we have been doing something for 10 years or even 100 years it must be right and good. But that is a very short term focus especially when we are talking about matters that effect the ecology of both our bodies and the planet. This is about not only information but deep knowledge and freedom. Part of the reason we are so confused is that “They” have been controlling the information way too much for way too long. There are two issues here. One is getting the right information. The second is having ears and a mind and heart to be able to process it into knowledge you can act on and then as you “do” it turns into deeper knowledge that you live and becomes a part of you. Now don’t suppose that because it is lost its has not been all the time present within you. It has been present all along but it has been dormant. So how do we begin “Pollinate” our minds to bring this reality alive? How do we get re-educated? First we need to address for a moment what education is. I propose that it is more than just the assimilating information in our intellectual faculties. Learning, real learning is much more all encompassing. Learning is real about acquiring wisdom and knowledge. But knowledge for knowledges sake does not lead to life and real joy. There are tons of examples of people who are very intelligent and very miserable. So what is real knowledge and wisdom that leads to life? It is about connecting with the knowledge that resonates with who you are and what you are called to do in this life. Education turns to transformation when you have the information you need to take action and through “doing” you develop the knowledge to really live more fully. How does this happen? One primary way is by connecting with true Fathers who have not only gone before you but have a genuine interest in developing sons who can go higher and farther than they did. Father’s who are endeavoring to leave an inheritance for their children’s children. This Fatherlessness both in families and in the business and education worlds is why we have and entire system in the west that is not only unsustainable but it is quite destructive. If we had “Father’s” running our corporations they would never build companies that leave the earth and society worse than where they found it. If we had true “Fathers” in Education we would never put our children through systems that give them few practical skills for real, vibrant, regenerative living. Remember Father’s want to leave an inheritance for their children’s children. Not leave mountains of debt that cripple future generations, think US Government. So am I suggesting we take Washington by storm with political activism? No, real change will happen in a more grass roots way. It will work it’s way up to Government but it is by people being really changed and demanding that same change of the companies they buy form and the governments that serve them, or are supposed to serve them. In summary, I am talking essentially about paradigm shifts. One for a real understanding of ecosystems both in our bodies and in our planet. Two a restoration or perhaps a re-visioning of what education really is and should do. And three about real and lasting transformation. It is important at this point to point out the need for patience with ourselves and the process of making this transition. Don’t suppose that it will happen overnight. Chose the small attainable things you can do first, do them consistently, then move on to the next thing. It is no small thing to go against the thought systems that your entire culture and economic system is based on. It is revolutionary! And as such you will find parts of yourself reverting back to “the way things were” because part of you thinks it is the way things should be. When this happens do not stress out, just move gently back into your new habits and it will gradually reprogram your system. If you expect some opposition you will not be so shocked when it arises and will be better able to deal with it successfully. What new habits are you creating? More on that as the conversation progresses. Remember you are creating new neural pathways! Isn’t that exciting.