I believe it is every person's natural birthright to have access to all three- clean air, water, and land. The Earth will give us this only for the price of maintaining harmony with it. Of giving back as much or more as we take. This is the foundation of stewardship- using conscious free will for the betterment of the whole.
Stewardship means taking a stand for healing. It means listening to gut instinct, to the land, and to the community. Stewardship is what's happening right now in Standing Rock. And I feel both inspired and empowered watching so many stand up for the wellbeing of the land. It's a cycle of care: the individual must support the wellbeing of the land, and the wellbeing of the land supports the wellbeing of the community, which supports the wellbeing of the individual, and so on.
Each individual is part of the whole Earth system and so must act in alignment with the best interests of the Earth in order to experience wholeness themselves. Each person is a factor in the cosmic equation and has the power to influence the environment we share.
A Golden Eagle landed at Standing Rock a few days ago and sat perched for an hour, even allowing some there to touch it. I think we're seeing a communication with another being that can sense the importance of what's happening. The Eagle recognized those people as peaceful allies with the same interest, and came to stand with them.
I'm inspired by everyone taking part in this peaceful stand. It's heartening to see so many stand up for the wellbeing of our mother, Earth.
If you'd like to help out but can't make it out to Standing Rock in person, check out this page for a couple of suggestions including places that could use a donation. There are also several petitions going around, one on whitehouse.gov, one on change.org, both of which are over 350K signatures as of the time I publish this blog.
This movement doesn't look to be ending any time soon. But regardless of what happens next, let us remember that we are key influencers of the delicate balance of life on Earth. Let us remember to listen to our hearts, our environment, and our communities. And let us remember to sing boldly with whatever voice we have.