Good News from COVID-19 by Kristin Flyntz

March 22, 2020

Stop. Just stop.

It is no longer a request. It is a mandate.

We will help you.

We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt

We will stop

the planes

the trains

the schools

the malls

the meetings

the frenetic, furied rush of illusions and “obligations” that keep you from hearing our

single and shared beating heart,

the way we breathe together, in unison.

Our obligation is to each other,

As it has always been, even if, even though, you have forgotten.

We will interrupt this broadcast, the endless cacophonous broadcast of divisions and distractions,

to bring you this long-breaking news:

We are not well.

None of us; all of us are suffering.

Last year, the firestorms that scorched the lungs of the earth.

did not give you pause.

Nor the typhoons in Africa,China, Japan.

Nor the fevered climates in Japan and India.

You have not been listening.

It is hard to listen when you are so busy all the time, hustling to uphold the comforts and conveniences that scaffold your lives.

But the foundation is giving way,

buckling under the weight of your needs and desires.

We will help you.

We will bring the firestorms to your body

We will bring the fever to your body

We will bring the burning, searing, and flooding to your lungs

that you might hear:

We are not well.

Despite what you might think or feel, we are not the enemy.

We are Messenger. We are Ally. We are a balancing force.

We are asking you:

To stop, to be still, to listen;

To move beyond your individual concerns and consider the concerns of all;

To be with your ignorance, to find your humility, to relinquish your thinking minds and travel deep into the mind of the heart;

To look up into the sky, streaked with fewer planes, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, smoky, smoggy, rainy? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy?

To look at a tree, and see it, to notice its condition: how does its health contribute to the health of the sky, to the air you need to be healthy?

To visit a river, and see it, to notice its condition: clear, clean, murky, polluted? How much do you need it to be healthy so that you may also be healthy? How does its health contribute to the health of the tree, who contributes to the health of the sky, so that you may also be healthy?

Many are afraid now.

Do not demonize your fear, and also, do not let it rule you. Instead, let it speak to you—in your stillness,

listen for its wisdom.

What might it be telling you about what is at work, at issue, at risk, beyond the threats of personal inconvenience and illness?

As the health of a tree, a river, the sky tells you about quality of your own health, what might the quality of your health tell you about the health of the rivers, the trees, the sky, and all of us who share this planet with you?

Stop.

Notice if you are resisting.

Notice what you are resisting.

Ask why.

Stop. Just stop.

Be still.

Listen.

Ask us what we might teach you about illness and healing, about what might be required so that all may be well.

We will help you, if you listen.

-Kristin Flyntz

Message from the Mamos to the younger brothers and sisters

October 21, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE MAMOS OF THE ARHUACO PEOPLEOF THE SIERRA NEVADA DE SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA, TO THE YOUNGER BROTHERS

From Kanuteti, a Sacred Site

 

Dear Little Brothers and Sisters:

Blessings from the Heart of the World, The Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia. We the Mamos, the priests and spiritual leaders of the Arhuaco people, one of the four indigenous groups that take care of this part of the world, salute you from this majestic golden pyramid together with the vibrational energy of Unconditional Love.

The Arhuaco people along with our other three original group sisters, the Wiwa, Kankuamo, and Kogi live and take care of the heart of the world as we call this monumental coastal mountain that stands majestically on the shore of the Caribbean Sea.

We are the guardians of Mother Earth, and of the hundreds of species of animals and plants and of the human beings that live on it. This is what we have practiced since time immemorial through the connection with the Divine Source guided by the Spiritual Fathers and Mothers. It is through this connection that we Mamos are able to interpret the messages of the universe, the stars, Mother Earth and nature.

One of these messages announces a crucial change in the destiny of humanity. In this change we are all participants, these are changes that include absolutely every human being begotten, to be begotten, already transmuted or present among us. It is a change that includes nine generations including the last in the form of an embryo.

We the Mamos understand that the Universe is aligned and that it is this alignment that maintains the perfect balance of everything that exists in it. Without exception, Mother Earth, together with the moon and the sun are part of this alignment and this balance. Mother Earth is likewise aligned with the Great Central Sun from which come subtle frequencies of change that are affecting what you call the genetic code. For us, that genetic code is the “bonuriwa“, the invisible origin of the manifested. The changes in this “bonuriwa” also affects plants and animals. These new changes bring a glorious future for humanity.

We have come to this conclusion through the connection we have with Mother Earth day by day and therefore with the cosmos. Thus, we can perceive the suffering inside and outside the planet, in the moon, the stars, the sun or in any part of the universe. We know how to travel through the dimensions and bring the energies that cause imbalance, disharmony or suffering to their original place of existence and that is how we bring balance to that alignment. When we achieve that balance, we are complying with the most sacred law for the Sierra Nevada and for the Heart of the World and from there for the entire universe. We Mamos call it The Law of Origin, that refers to harmony with the Divine Source, with the cosmos and with our inner self.

As Mamos and as Arhuaco people we proclaim the gratitude that is so strongly connected with that Law of Origin. Gratitude to animals, plants, water, mountain, breeze, people and life itself.

In this sense, the Mamos demonstrate that gratitude with offerings that we call pagamentos (payments) and that serve to return the elementals of nature and Mother Earth for all that we receive from them. We pay for the sun, for the water, for life, for the challenges, for the teachings, for the children, for the rain, for our people and for the younger brothers and sisters.

We raise that gratitude to the Creator, and we give it to him at the point of connection where Perfect Love is present. It is at that point where the Law of Perfection dwells, and where it is impossible to do divination, because what manifests there does not require any explanation since everything is explicitly manifested in its maximum exquisiteness and totality. There live the laws of creation and existence that explain to us why we have reached this state of evolution in which we find ourselves as humanity and as a species. At that point of perfection is perfect harmony and we take it as the point of reference to balance the world.

We Mamos do not judge, because everything in the universe is purity and innocence. In the insignificant and tiny things we can see the great and the impossible. Also, in a small puddle of water we see the ocean, in a tree we perceive the forest and in a cloud we see the firmament and the sidereal space.

Little brothers, you also know about this when you talk about the subatomic configuration mirroring the configuration of the solar system. Therefore, we are all learning to discover and live this connection consciously or unconsciously. No human being at this moment in the history of our humanity can be outside of this reality. That is the knowledge and the understanding of the Mamo. The Mamos know that the human being reflects the Sierra. The Sierra reflects the planet and this in turn reflects the cosmos. Thus healing the individual we heal the planet and healing the planet we heal the cosmos.

That is why the Mamos want to invite you to search with us and to find us at the point of Perfect Love. From there, we will visualize together the future we want for humanity and for Mother Earth. Let’s focus on the small, the insignificant, the negative to balance, to reach the positive, the most sacred, even the Chundwas as we call the snowy peaks where the Mamos live in spirit, the Masters of Light and wisdom. Everything is connected, we are a hologram.

Let us work on ourselves, from our spiritual offices, the sacred sites where we find the alignment with the divine and with the totality. That Totality is the universal matrix that unites us as an umbilical cord with the divine source. We live in a Matrix of connection.

We have accepted the invitation of the organizers of London College to participate in the FDS conference (Flourishing Diversity Series), and a delegation of our people will be in London to co-create together and thank the universe for all that we receive. Blessings and Reverent Peace.

The Mamos of The Arhuaco Resguardo.

14 de Julio 2019,

 

The story of Extinction Rebellion

September 26, 2019

                                 Extinction Rebellion’s Vision: Why We Rebel

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, said Mandela.  History is calling from the future, a hundred years from now.  Half a hundred years.  Ten.  Today.  Calling the conscience of humanity to act with the fierce urgency of now.  This is the time.  Wherever we are standing is the place.  We have just this one flickering instant to hold the winds of worlds in our hands, to vouchsafe the future.  This is what destiny feels like.  We have to be greater than we have ever been, dedicated, selfless, self-sacrificial. 

The third world war — of profit versus life — is already underway.  Humanity itself is on the brink of the abyss: our potential extinction. We face a breakdown of all life, the tragedy wof tragedies: the unhallowed horror.  Time is broken and buckled, and seasons are out of step so even the plants are confused.  Ancient wisdoms are being betrayed: to every thing there was a season, a time to be born and a time to be a child, protected and cared for, but the young are facing a world of chaos and harrowing cruelty.  In the delicate web of life, everything depends on everything else: we are nature and it is us, and the extinction of the living world is our suicide.  Not one sparrow can now be beneath notice, not one bee. 

Something in the human spirit, too, is threatened with extinction.  Many feel exhausted, ignored, lonely and anxious.  Humiliated by poverty and inequality, crushed by debt, powerless, controlled and trapped, many feel defrauded of what should rightly be theirs.  Societies are polarised, people estranged from each other and sundered from the living world. 

Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies.  There is no choice.

This is a rebellion for the young people and for the ancestors.

This is for the turtle and the salamander, the dugong and the dove.  It is for the finned, furry and feathered ones, the ones who scamper and swim, the chattering, chirping and hooting ones.

This is for the forests and the forest medicines, for the trees of wisdom, the trees of life and the living waters of the Nile and the Yangtze, the Tigris and the Ganges.  This is for the seven seas, in seven directions, down to the seventh generation.

This is for the Great Song that runs underneath all the melodies, the rhythms of rain and sun, the rhymes of polar ice.  We humans sang before we spoke, and we still know the song, though the harmonies are jangled and the melodies flung out of tune.

Each generation is given two things: one is the gift of the world, and the other is the duty of keeping it safe for those to come.  The generations of yesterday trust those of today not to take more than their share, and those of tomorrow trust their elders to care for it.

The contract is broken, and it is happening on our watch.  A pathological obsession with money and profit is engineering this breakdown.  Warped and spiritually desolate, this system is contemptuous of humanity and the living world, and held in place by a toxic media (power without truth); by toxic finance (power without compassion); and toxic politics (power without principle).  

The world’s resources are being seized faster than the natural world can replenish them.  Children can do the maths on this, and know they are being sent the bill.  And the young are in rebellion now.  This is their time, their fire.  The flame is theirs and they are lighting the way.  Why?

Because they are the touchstone of nations, carrying the moral authority of innocence.  Because they have not lived long enough to have their clear vision dimmed: this is not a game — it is about life and death and they know it.  Because they are young enough to know cheating is wrong and old enough to see they have been cheated of their safety, their dreams and their future.  Because they are young enough to be awed by the magic of living creatures and old enough to be heartbroken by their slaughter.  Because they are young enough to know it is wrong to lie and old enough to use the right words: this is an emergency.

Worldwide, the heaviest emissions have been produced by the richest nations, while the heaviest consequences are being felt by the poorest.  The few have sown the wind, and are forcing the many to reap the whirlwind.  Reparation is needed.  So is recognition: that Europe stole its wealth through its imperialism, colonialism and slavery.  So is respect: that the global South has resisted for hundreds of years, knowing that a shining kind of courage can end centuries of wrong.      

Indigenous cultures have suffered the devastations of their lands, the extinction of their languages, knowledge and wisdom.  And in their rebellions they have long evoked an Earth manifesto, saying we are the land: as earth-guardians, we are nature defending itself; land is alive, unfathomably deep, and there is intelligence within nature, thinking, spirited and alive.

Extinction Rebellion is young, old, black, white, indigenous, of all abilities and vulnerabilities, of all faiths and none, of all genders and sexualities and none: being alive on earth now is all the qualification required.

It is a rebellion against the heartless, loveless and lifeless delusion of seeing Earth as dead matter; against patriarchy’s domination and control of women and the Earth, against heterosexism that condemns the beauty of diverse love, against the militarism that destroys living lands, wages war for oil and kills those who protect the green world.  This rebellion uses the finest weapons: peace, truth and love.  It is strictly non-violent as an active stance — Ahimsa — preventing violence.  For this, it is willing to take disruptive, loving and effective direct action, thinking big.  Take the planet off the stock market.  Make ecocide law.  Rebel with cause.  Rebel with creativity.  Rebel with compassion.  Rebel together because together we are irresistible. 

Tell the Truth is the first demand of Extinction Rebellion, using fearless speech, Gandhi’s ‘truth-force’ which creates a change of heart.  People are not stupid: people feel a pervasive uneasiness at the extremes of weather, the floods, droughts and hurricanes, but they have the legal and moral right to be fully informed of the speed and scale of the crisis.

Extinction Rebellion’s vision is a politics of kindness rendered consistently and unapologetically. Its vision depends on values that are the most ordinary and therefore the most precious: human decency, dignity, responsibility, fairness, duty, honesty, morality and care.  With Citizens’ Assemblies, it believes that when people are given good information, they make good decisions.   

This rebellion is regenerative, arriving with armfuls of cake and olives, bread and oranges.  It reconfigures older and wiser ways of living while voicing the grief and fear of these times.  It creates communities of belonging, with mentoring and eldership, where everyone’s contribution is welcome.  Rooted in radical compassion, trust, reverence and respect, the finest technology we have is love.  

With serious, clear-eyed urgency, we have to mobilise now for deep adaptation for what is inevitable.  Humans are by nature cooperative, and times of crisis can be times when life is lived transcendently, for a purpose beyond the self.  No individual alone is fully human, as the African concept Ubuntu shows: our humanity results from being in connection with each other.  Believing that there is no Them and Us, only all of us together, Extinction Rebellion seeks alliances wherever they can be found.  We are fighting for our lives and if we do not link arms, we will fail because the forces we are up against are simply too powerful.  We need you.  

Extinction Rebellion seeks an economy that maximises happiness and minimises harm; that restores soil health and the honourable harvest, taking only what is freely given from the wind, sun and tides.  In a decarbonised and relocalised system, it embraces frugality for the sake of fairness.  It seeks to restore a sacred rightness to the world, to everything its season, the beauty of its steady balance.  It restores the right to dream, relentlessly, gracefully, wildly.  As trenchant as it is effervescent, this rebellion beckons the conscience, quickens the pulse and galvanizes the heart.  For our deepest longings are magnificent: to live a meaningful life, to be in unity with each other and with the life-source, call it the spirit, call it the divine, call it the still small voice, it doesn’t matter what it is called or how it is spelled if it guides us in service to life.

This vision has a map. It is the map of the human heart.  Believing in unflinching truth, reckless beauty and audacious love, knowing that life is worth more than money and that there is nothing greater, nothing more important, nothing more sacred than protecting the spirit deep within all life.  This is life in rebellion for life.

 

Compiled by Jay  Griffiths

 

 

 

Why Extinction Rebellion?

September 21, 2019

What’s gone wrong and who’s to blame? Shops boarded up, food banks, gangs and drugs, prices rising, wages static – if you can get a job! And don’t get ill or old. The multi-nationals are out-of-control and so’s the climate. Where to start? Only by joining together. Food, health, housing, education – Extinction Rebellion is working on new approaches. The answers are there and working together locally, nationally, globally is the only way. Who’s to trust: not politics or politicians, not bankers nor profiteers. We begin with ourselves – what we know and feel and need. We know we’re angry and sometimes desperate. That when we think of our children and their lives we sometimes feel despair. We need help, we need each other and then we need to rebuild. We know more than those who govern us. As we step back we become more aware of how everything is connected and of each other and we grow in power. More than ever, we are one world and need to care for one another and for all life – even for the bees. Join Extinction Rebellion and help us to help each other.

Rabbi Soetendorp’s letter to climate strikers

February 16, 2019

Dear young allies,

With admiration I watched your actions. Your moral uprising comes at a crucial moment.

The growing awareness that environmental disasters threaten the future of life on earth through our irresponsible actions has led to the Paris agreement. Governments have made binding agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other sustainable targets by 2030.

We already knew at the time that the obligations were far from sufficient, but hoped against better knowledge that in the course of doing so they would realize that more drastic measures could not [then] be taken.

We are now faced with the harsh reality – more than three years later: even these minimal, insufficient targets will not be met. Because the urgency is still not felt. Because national governments are still not aware of the fact that measures have to be taken that seem to be in the short term against national self-interest, but in the long term are literally vital to the general interest of a healthy planet for secure future generations.

Your authentic voice gives us all hope. Everyone, even the biggest skeptic, must recognize that you have the first right to speak. You and your children and grandchildren, the still unborn, will have to pay our bitter, irresponsibly high bill.

Let us therefore conclude an alliance of generations. We elderly people who have often come to action slowly and late, and you who have taken the lead.

I am convinced that your vision of the righteous future and our hard lessons from the past will be united, the tide will turn. Let us continue to derive strength from each other.

Stay strong and courageous!

In solidarity,

How we can contribute to #ExtinctionRebellion

November 17, 2018

Dear friends,

In the Exodus story, the night before the children of Israel set off on their immense journey is one of wakefulness. Tomorrow is Nov 17th and I am unable to sleep.

At the Brazilian Embassy demo, roads all around were blocked and traffic diverted yet there was no attempt to communicate with all those inconvenienced, who had not the slightest idea what was happening. They knew nothing about the Rain Forest, the election of a Brazilian Fascist dictator, or even #ExtinctionRebellion.

Surely, we must do better.

Tomorrow, there will be disruption on a wide scale. Our first objective must be to make the Three Demands https://rebellion.earth/demands/ widely known.

But even this is certainly not enough. Each of us must do all we can to bring about the aims we ardently desire for the sake of humanity, life and future generations. Should we therefore ensure that we are arrested?

For many of us, this – at this time – is certainly not the best possible use of ourselves -our bodies, our minds, our hearts or our spirits.

We may even echo doubts about the whole campaign, well expressed here: https://peacenews.info/blog/9197/why-im-sceptical-about-extinction-rebellion-initiative-and-why-i-hope-im-wrong

But #ExtinctionRebellion is very clear that the purpose of the campaign is NOT that we should be arrested. Rather we should use our talents – our knowledge, experience, gifts – in the best possible way, collaborating to achieve the results we desire.

I am writing as a rabbi and my best contribution may be in writing and speaking, especially perhaps to the Jewish community, perhaps also as one representative of it. On Shabbat there will be an InterFaith gathering at the doors of Westminster Abbey at 4.00 pm, which I hope to join.

At this time I do not wish to be arrested, partly because I am sure it will not enable me to be ‘heard’ by the Jewish community, partly because ExtinctionRebellion, like Occupy before it and the Climate Camps before that, is heading for deliberate and inevitable confrontation with the State which the State will win and unless we counter-balance this in some way and most of all, prepare for it, there will be widespread disillusionment and disappointment.

There is much to do and little time to do it. We must act and think fast. Holacracy http://www.holacracy.org

the guiding principle of the campaign makes clear that there are no leaders but devolved responsibility.

It is up to us, as individuals and even more as self-organising groups, contributing to the success of the whole.

We agree about the urgent needs.

We need to develop many ways and opportunities to meet and work together, to clarify our ideas and achieve our urgent objectives. As Rob Hopkins of Transition writes:

https://www.robhopkins.net/2018/11/12/my-ipcc-take-away-imagine-take-action-repeat/

Jeffrey

What am I reading?

August 24, 2018

I’m hoping I can post a link here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2472202396. Maybe it will work!

Jews, Climate Change and the SDGs

July 4, 2017

I have recently come across www.mapting.org and am sufficiently excited by it that I keep returning. Please, someone, somewhere, come and help me! It is an app which links both Earth Charter and SDGs and enables photos and text to be developed. But I do not yet see how to research it, to make contact with others involved, to see what contributions have been added.

It is, however, particularly exciting to me at this moment because I am looking to work with others on Jews, Climate Change and the SDGs and this seems an ideal tool. Help!

 

 

 

PROJECT COORDINATOR – Job Spec

June 20, 2017

Jewish Action on Climate Change
Job Description: Project Coordinator

Background:

Job outline:
A unique opportunity to help support and develop the UK Jewish Community response to climate change, environmental issues and social and economic justice.

On June 29th there will be a key meeting in Central London. This flexible short term post (with the possibility of an extension for flexible pro rata working over the following six months) will need good social media knowledge and IT skills (especially Excel), combined with concern for and perhaps prior involvement in the issues. Would suit graduate.

Start date: Immediate start until 7th July 2017, potential for extension up to six months
Hours: 8-10 hours per week, flexible, must be available 29th June 2017
Project fee: £500.00
Location: Homeworking, meetings in North & Central London

To apply:
Send your CV to Rabbi Jeffrey Newman at jeffrey@jnewman.org.uk
For further details, phone 07866 546 673

Hillel, Buber – and Debbie Friedman!

August 24, 2015

Hillel said:
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

Buber said:
To begin with oneself but not to end with oneself.

One question, one statement: each of great importance to me. Reflecting, comparing them, it’s clear Buber (early 20th century) goes further, yet Hillel (around 100 BCE to 10 BCE) is more challenging. Is not the question form, in itself, preferable in teaching and learning?

Hillel insists that charity – caritas – begins at home; Buber assumes it and moves forward.

But this is only the first of three aphorisms from each of them.

Hillel asks another question: If I am only for myself, what am I? 

Here he moves definitively in the same direction as Buber (and, surely, it is hard to imagine that Buber was not influenced by him?)

Again, here also Hillel asks a question causing us to pause and think. As Eugene Heimler suggested, Judaism’s genius resides in posing questions: is not the Talmud essentially based upon them? Though is that not also the Socratic method?

So, where does Buber now go?
To start from oneself but not aim at oneself

Another statement with a nod to Socrates’ “Know thyself!” And here again: the move towards the Other.

Might it be that Hillel’s initial emphasis on the self also presupposes self-awareness, self-knowledge? Are the two men, at this point, though differently, suggesting very similar ways of living? They are not done, however: where next?

Hillel said: And if not now, when?

Another question, with emphasis on the immediate present but what is asked of us: reflection? Action? Whatever it might be: today is the day. Nietzsche’s eternally recurring present: Live as if the present moment were to repeat itself for ever. I Am That I Am.

So what is Buber’s third aphorism? I forgot, I could not remember. I waited with baited breath till I could check. I was so excited. Buber has been my hero for so long. I have never compared Hillel and Buber in this way before. What was Buber’s ‘clincher’ to be? What was he going to add? To comprehend oneself but not be preoccupied with oneself.

I was so disappointed. Where Hillel progresses, stage by stage, from Self, to Other to Now, Buber merely repeats himself in different words. Further, the brilliance of Hillel’s questioning is replaced with the traditional teacher’s statement by Buber.

The only compensation is my added respect for Hillel – not, to be accurate, ‘Rabbi’ Hillel, since Hillel though a teacher (together with his contemporary adversary, Shammai) predates the period of such titles (the first use of the term being about 200 CE – that is ‘Christian Era’: a terminology used by Jews who find it a bit difficult to term the current era “AD”, i.e. the year of our Lord).

That’s it for today. Except, do take the time to listen to Debbie Friedman, the gifted American artist who died so young a couple of years ago. Her setting and exposition of Hillel’s words, her ability to inspire all of us, to make us think and question and act, illuminate the text. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mT_5xoAQUUE While listening or better, even, afterwards, do take a further look at a good article on Hillel: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillel_the_Elder.

Oh: and you might look here also https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Friedman. I cried as I read it: I remember Debbie so well and value her contribution to Jewish life so highly…