Spiritual Ecology is an emerging and growing movement exploring these questions and addressing the deeper spiritual roots of our ecological crisis. The field is largely emerging through three individual streams of formal study and activity: science and academia, religion and spirituality, and ecological sustainability.
So, how do we undertake this numinous journey into our own inner depths and those of the living earth? What is the nature of the inner and outer work required? What are the ancestral lineages and legacies that we must face, heal and also reclaim and return to? What older stories are newly emerging within us at this time and are asking to be lived? What qualities of perception, ways of being and principles must we recover in order to return to the ancient tradition of a sacred and animate earth? What practices can help us to re-enliven sacred relationships with the lands upon which we live?
Is it possible for us to step out of the centrality of the human story? What might it mean for us to respond to the cry of our earth by going deeper? Can we learn how to make enough inner and outer space for a consistent relationship to emerge with the more-than-human? Can our work be a container for wholeness to be lived once again and a vehicle for a conversation that extends beyond ourselves? In the words of Thomas Berry, this task is a numinous venture.
Our outer relationship with the living world will only be healed when we address the core inner wound at the centre of our modern civilization: the severing of intimate connection to something greater than ourselves.
To be aware of the wonder and enchantment of this world, it's astonishing creatures and complex interactions, and to be aware simultaneously of the remarkably rapid destruction of every living system, is to take on a burden of grief that is almost unbearable.
What will it mean for the oldest stories of ancient knowledge in the world today, held safe by the knowledge keepers in the archives of the land?