The way in is the way out

This week on Earthweal Ingrid asks us to consider ways in which we might find our way of the labyrinth of the Anthropocene.

The way in is the way out.
Change starts with thoughts.
Descartes and the Enlightenment –
all those great minds devising
the mind/body split,
the human/nature division.

The industrial revolution came soon after.
Profit driven mass production
birthing the capitalist mindset
then
whoopee and hey presto,
fast forward two hundred years
globalisation has enslaved our minds.
Consume, consume, consume,
exploit, extract, abuse.
Don’t think of the environment.
Humans are separate from nature.

The way in is the way out.
Change starts with thoughts.
If we change our way of thinking
our world view shifts.
With humans as part of nature
human/non-human interbeing
co-creates new outcomes for all.

Feeling the joy,
dancing in the green world.
Labyrinthine ways unfolding,
magical passages of dappled light.
New ways of thinking opening
new neural pathways.
The heart/mind connection
illuminates the way forward.


30 thoughts on “The way in is the way out

  1. ‘The way in is the way out’ – I think you are onto something here, Suzanne. You really captured a lot of my thoughts about the current era: we have been conned into believing we are separate from nature. Change must come from somewhere deep within us. I especially love the concluding stanza!

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  2. Oh … you have definitely hit the “Nine Inch Nail” on the flattest/fattest of heads with the thickest of sledge-hammers… those oddest and ungoddly heads of all masked heads … that unjustly try to knock our brains out from nature’s shapely ways ..

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  3. I’m reminded in your poem of a question posed a good number of years ago now, on some forum I once belonged to. Someone (a Christian ‘thinker’) posed the question: “But how do we go back?” It was about returning to the state of innocence lost at the time of the ‘Fall’. There were lots of answers but I could not find one. (I’m not plugging Christianity here, but I do have in my body, ‘recollection’ of a great catastrophe symbolised by Fall Myth, etc. I still don’t really have an answer, though I have an inkling it’s about going forward to a state in which we are re-born into ‘innocence’. So that’s how I can understand your ‘The way-out is the way-in’. On another subject, viz your comment on my blog, I’ve been engaged this year with Nicholas Wilton’s Art2Life programme. It has been a game-changer for me and my art. I’ve done (am doing) his Creative Visionary Programme. He does lots of free stuff. He’s got a ton of videos on You Tube, if you’re interested.

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    1. Thanks for the art tips. I will definitely look for those videos.
      As to the other question – this is what I’m grappling with in the eco novel I’m writing. I am groping towards some kind of resolution. I don’t think we can go back to innocence but I do have an intuitive sense that we can move forward to awareness. I’m still working out exactly what I mean by that though. I’m using the vehicle of fiction to explore the idea – and hopefully publish before year’s end!

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      1. I think I missed this post. Sorry. No we can’t go back to innocence, but must go forward to it. The crucial question is: how? I have had a very strong sense of a spiritual ‘fall’ for a very long time. And I think it might be a fall from an awareness we have long forgotten. We think we are becoming ‘more aware’ when we do certain things, e.g. meditation, but I think what it’s really about is uncovering that which we had, and lost. It’s like fighting one’s way out of the rubble after an earthquake. I can’t say why I think all this. 🙂

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      2. That’s a good way of putting it. It sounds a bit like fall of Atlantis stuff – I like it. There are strange things hiding in our deep minds. I have a distinct feeling that I lived one or several lifetimes where I had to flee suddenly with very little. Maybe it’s just my flight response kicking in but it’s very strong. Often during Covid spikes here I’ve wanted to run but the borders are closed and I have to stay home.

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  4. We thought our way into this, we can think our way out, through new neural pathways created by greener thought. How hard do we have to turn our thoughts toward paths out of the way in. Fine reflections here.

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      1. I would love to see humans get back into harmony with the earth ecosystem again. Tiny homes for all. Can you imagine tiny home communes where everybody works to grow food, create clothing, etc. in a natural way?

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      2. That wòuld be brilliant. I live in a very small house that is almost as small as a tiny house. With all the covid lockdowns (just finished number 7) I have often wished I lived in an eco community.

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      3. The state government here has gone mad. Back in mid 2020 they realised they could eliminate Alpha strain by locking everyone down for months. They have been trying to do the same thing with Delta but it isn’t working. They are now working on a vaccination program and promise freedoms when 80% are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile we came out of lockdown 7 a week ago but still have some restrictions. It’s very very weird. I hope we don’t have another one but they did impose a three day lockdown on one country town that had four Covid cases last week!

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  5. Excellent piece Suzanne! So clearly stated and well written. I write over and over, piece after piece, year after year about our epic human failure to recognize and embrace our core need to be in balance with the natural world — to the degree that we are destroying our lifeline interdependent connection to the earth, and its amazing abundance. It is not our plaything, nor our “unending salad bar” of natural resources, nor our toilet. Take and take snd take, and it’s gone. Keep tossing your garbage mindlessly and irresponsibly — and soon you’re living in it (or dying in it)! Too much BS about humans having “dominion” over nature, so prevalent in fundamentalist thinking. We are destroying this home. This home is for all living things, it is not here for just us. We are so very ignorant regarding our place in the natural world, compared to several generations ago — and we seem to be getting more stupid. The “smarter” we’ve become technologically, the more spoiled, greedy, and stupid we are. That’s my take.

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