Appreciating Our Planet: Investing in Our Future – Part 3/3

In Part 2, I introduced the Dongria Kondh tribe in India, and discussed a bit about their battle against a resources company to prevent a planned bauxite mine that would have had a huge impact on their land and way of life. Here I continue that story and sum up the themes I discussed.

You can read Part 1 here; Part 2 here, 

The tribe eventually received support from various sources, one of them being Survival International, who helped create a documentary film “Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain,” about the tribe’s life and this struggle. Survival brought in well-known British stars Joanna Lumley to narrate the film and Michael Palin help promote their cause. (6)

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“Your Journey to Peace … “ and Why We Are the Way We Are”

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The film shows that the Dongria Kondh people are autonomous and actually thrive in the area their people have occupied for centuries, contrary to the popular belief that rural tribes and those living isolated from civilization are all characterized by hardship. The proposal to go ahead with the mining project was denied.

This denial has set a precedent and now has an international impact for future companies whose intention is to encroach on tribal lands for profit.

The extensive research that was done throughout the tribe’s struggle brought to light the necessity of fully investigating the effects projects of large corporations have on tribal and native peoples and their way life.

Our Countries’ Harmonies Are Linked to Indigenous Peoples’ Healing

In North America, most of us were not taught and therefore have not been aware of the extent and repercussions of the abuses the Indigenous peoples suffered when colonists came from Europe in search of a better life and took over their land.

The settler’s conquests paved the way for comfortable lives for themselves, and now ours. To ensure we create a good and safe future for all of us it is important to acknowledge and address what our ancestors did as they settled.


It is arrogant, even ignorant of us to complain about immigration and how those seeking a better life are changing the cultural landscape while we have not righted the wrongs made when our ancestors not only changed the Indigenous peoples’ cultural landscape, but in many cases eradicated some tribes completely.

If we want a harmonious future with those who are now immigrating into our countries as well as ensuring that our laws and the spirit of them are upheld, we must connect the dots between how we acted in the past towards the Indigenous people we usurped, the karma this was created, and what we want for our future.

Past karma can be overcome – when we choose to hold to positive attitudes around similar concepts and if we address the repercussions of past negative attitudes and their actions.

We Must Be Wise, Hopeful, and Open to Alternatives

Most of us understand that we have to change our ways to protect our environment and we do what we can, but fully embracing sustainable living while at the same time keeping our mouths fed and our houses heated and/or cooled is a complicated issue; it will not happen overnight. In the meantime,

  • we can educate ourselves;
  • we can start making wiser decisions;
  • we can support others in their quests for environmentally safer choices;
  • we also have to believe in the possibility of creating a cleaner and safer world for our children and their children;
  • while at the same time face the fact that some of what is familiar to us may disappear;
  • and we do this by being open to alternatives.

For example, we can exchange our lush green lawns and properties that require much watering to those characterized by various decorative alternatives to grass and plants.

Kelowna, B.C. (a dry, arid area in the Okanagan valley) has some beautiful properties that use a combination of different colored pebbles, small rocks, mulch, and small flowering and cactus-like plants and shrubs to create beautiful gardens. I’m sure other dry arid places have adopted similar practices.

With a little foresight and imagination there are many alternatives we can implement that are better for the Planet and that will also satisfy us – we just have to be a little flexible and open to new ideas.

Ideas and insights like this will start to be birthed in us once we make the decision to do what we can for our home. Gaia wants to survive – to thrive.

The energy of the planetary evolution we are in is inspiring us to reach for viable alternatives.

There is enough of what we need for all of us to go around, we just have to use what our Planet has bequeathed to us wisely – as the Indigenous peoples are asking us to do. (See below for links to my articles: Planetary Evolution and The Concept of Enough) ).

Eisenstein also tells us that the Indigenous mission has not been to change the world, but to act as a signpost showing us the way.

And although many tribes have disappeared, and most of them and many of us are saddened by this, their assignment was only to continue to exist long enough to show us how we as humans can live in reciprocity with nature and Gaia.

He says that as a whole, they have no awareness of this, but they do feel and have felt sorrow and the unfairness of what we have put upon them and the Planet.

As we all should! Not to focus on past mistakes based in ignorance – but using newfound knowledge and understanding to look to creating a better future for all of us.

See here for link to article, Our Planetary Evolution, and here for The Concept of Enough.

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~ Rosemary McCarthy© originally August 2018, updated Nov 16, 2020.

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(6) Mine, Story of a Sacred Mountain, narrated by Joanna Lumley, (Survival International)


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The Secret of Enough – Part 2

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What is enoughEnough is different for everyone. Most of us in the Western world do want some luxuries and modern commodities and some of it can be supported by Mother Nature (if we are wise about it), but many of us have gone overboard.

In The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight Thom Hartmann reminds us that our current society lives under the myth that “some stuff will make you happy, then twice as much stuff will make you twice as happy, and ten times as much will make you ten times as happy, and so on, into infinity.” (1)

And although greed has been around for eons, it has only recently extended to such abusive actions towards our Planet as to threaten her (and thereby our) very survival. Where did this current greed come from?

In his essay, “The World of Wonder” in Spiritual Ecology, Thomas Berry explains that in North America this attitude of acquiring grew as a result of our lack of embracing or understanding the concept of “Earth-based spirituality” when we first came here from Europe.

He reminds us that not only did the Indigenous people understand the relationship between heaven, earth, and its people, evidenced by their rituals and ceremonies to evoke the powers of the Universe, most ancient cultures did as well. He tells us that the pillars in India, China, Greece, Egypt and Rome “were established to delineate a sacred center which provided a point of reference for human affairs and bound Heaven and Earth together.” (2)

The Secret of Enough

Barry explains that we came to America from Europe believing we were religious, educated, scientifically advanced, and able to create our own political organizations. We “saw ourselves as a divine blessing on this continent. In reality we were a predator people on an innocent continent.”

We saw a land that could allow us to break away from the “monarchical governments … and their world of royalty and subservience,” but rather than be in awe of the grandness and beauty of this land, we saw it as a “continent available for exploitation.” Although we were searching for new values, our attitudes of greed and control did not really change; nor did they reflect the values of the native people already here. (3)

In large part, except for the few who have rejected commercialism, such as the Mennonites, Indigenous peoples, and certain rural tribes, having lost the connection to the concept of enough and respect for our Planet, most societies have fallen under the spell of acquiring and greed.

Our Planet is meant to support us. If we return to a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth we will all have access to its life-affirming energy: we will all have enough. Returning to the wisdom of nature at this juncture in our evolution and with our growing population is vital!

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As I was exploring various subjects when researching for my book Your Journey to Peace …, (whose concepts this article is based on) a notion was growing in me that the Indigenous peoples’ gentle nature and connection to the earth were somehow connected to the healing of Humanity. I was directed to various answers.

More of what I discovered is further explored in my next article/ blog post, “The Indigenous Beliefs and Our Planet’s Healing.” I will explain how eons ago the Indigenous peoples around the world actually made a conscious decision to forego industrialization so that they could show us the roadmap back when we had lost our way – when we had forgotten about the secret of enough and the importance of our connection to Mother Earth and of our reciprocal relationship with her.

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(1) Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation (Northfield, VT: Mythical Books, 1998), 235.

(2) Thomas Berry, “The World of Wonder” in Spiritual EcologyThe Cry of the Earth, a collection of essays edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, (Pointe Reyes, CA: The Golden Sufi Center), 15-17.

(3)  Ibid.


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Law of Expansion - Universal Law 6 (of 6)

Newsletter – The Importance of Appreciation – May 2018

Welcome to my May 2018 newsletter. The theme this month is on Appreciation. Here is a peak inside.


The Importance of Appreciation

Since we recently celebrated Mothers Day and Fathers Day is fast approaching lets consider the importance of Appreciation.

Appreciation for the People in Our Lives.

Appreciation for all that We Have.

 Appreciation for the Planet’s Beauty and her Abundance.

From a Practical Perspective Being Appreciative moves us into our heart space and makes us feel good. It creates a fondness around what we are appreciating. This goes into our memory bank and we can retrieve the feeling whenever we choose to – to feel good again.

From a Spiritual Perspective Being Appreciative creates a vibration that invites more of what we are appreciating into our lives.

~ Rosemary McCarthy© May, 2018.

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The Importance of Cultivating Joy and Being Appreciative

Being able to tap into pure joy and being appreciative of what we have are spiritual tenets. The more we cultivate joy, the easier it is to tap into, and the more we are appreciative of what we have, more of the same will come into our sphere.

Modern society has become so caught up in wanting more, and most of the time we are running around so busy that we have lost our ability to feel joy and to appreciate the things that we have. However, this Shift is bringing with it impulses to cultivate joy and be appreciative, and so many of us are now realizing the importance of being joyful and appreciative and are turning away from drama, negativity, and continuous activity and becoming more thankful for the little things in life. Appreciation, joy, and gladness are even biblical premises.

I once read something a little girl wrote about joy and being “glad” that stayed with me. Her father had died and her mother remarried a pastor. Her stepfather treated her and her mother lovingly, and she recalled him saying that the word glad was in the Bible about nine hundred times. So this is what he had based his life and ministry on—being and living the tenets of gladness. He believed that God wants us to be glad and happy. We can live in gladness when we feel appreciative and express joy and happiness and all other attitudes that align with these precepts. Being grateful for opportunities and the small and large gifts God or the Universe has bestowed upon us is what embracing the Abundance Paradigm is all about.

We can be glad that something has transpired and appreciate being healthy and happy and having a family. We can appreciate living in a safe environment, be glad we have a job, and feel delighted to have healthy children. If we have lost our job, we can appreciate that we can relax for a while or see it as an opportunity to find a more suitable position, or maybe find one with less stress.

Although overcoming situations like these above examples would seem a big stretch for anyone who has experienced any life-altering situation or recently lost a job, as it certainly would be for me, it is always important to attempt to reach for some sort of appreciation, despite our circumstances. We can give thanks that we are still healthy so that when a job does turn up, we can accept it. We can also be glad that we have a working car or live near transportation that could take us to any job. Being appreciative, happy, or joyful (all aspects of glad) anchors in our appreciation of that vibration and keeps happiness and abundance directed toward us.

© Rosemary McCarthy, October 2016

This article is based on and an extension to the sub-section “Joy, Appreciation, and Abundance” which is part of the “Abundance” section of chapter 9, The Planet and Abundance.

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Below is a peek into a few other concepts in the book:

Improving our attitudes helps change the world, as every shift it attitude affects the vibration of the Planet as a whole. (Introduction)

Our capacity to love others is in direct relationship to how much we love ourselves. (Chapter 3, What We Can Do About It)

Our Relationships are Pre-set Soul Contracts: The highest purpose of our relationships is to work out our unconscious influences: our fears, neediness, vulnerabilities, misperceptions, and false notions about love. (Chapter 5, Relationships)

We are not exercising true free will if we live under the tutelage of unconscious influences. (Chapter 6, Words, Symbols, Rituals, Concepts, Prayers).

We can reconcile our apparent relationship with extra-terrestrials with our belief systems. (Chapter 7, Science).

The electromagnetic fields we create from our heart chakras are at least forty times stronger than those created from our brains. (Chapter 8, Health and Healing; Death and Dying).

Our need to reconcile what we put upon the Indigenous peoples is in direct relationship to our countrys’ successful advancements. (Chapter 9, The Planet and Abundance)

This Shift and Ascension is bringing with it the impetus for sharing and equality for all―including the distribution of the earth’s resources so that all may live in comfort. (Chapter 9, The Planet and Abundance).


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