The Righting of Imbalances
Mohandas Gandhi kicked the British Empire out of India without firing a shot. He observed early on that empires always fall no matter how strong they are. Power and wealth controlled by too few people is as unnatural as a pyramid standing on its head.
The nature of healing is the righting of imbalances.
If you’re tipping you may fall, but at least laying on the ground is more stable. We are constantly balancing our health through wake and sleep, eating and laboring, hard effort and relaxation, our needs and the needs of others.
Like India vs. England, we are effected by larger balancing acts as well. Nature plays this game like a dance. Gravity and electromagnetism keep us safe on our little blue earth as the Milky Way holds itself together around a bright center. Storms happen when atmospheric water, pressure and temperature rebalance themselves. Likewise, moodiness, depression and all kinds of emotional distress are storms seeking to right something in our personalities. All of this happens beautifully whether you pay attention to it or not.
For a time after college I lived and worked on a 10,000 acre ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Everywhere was covered with open grassland and forests of spruce, aspen, Doug Fir and Ponderosa. There was one, single, lone exception: The “Columbus tree.” This gnarled, warped memory of a tree was an ancient juniper, the only one of its kind in the area. A prominent local claimed to have taken a core sample and judged it to predate Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. At that time the region had been covered in similar trees. This balance had changed over time, on its own, naturally.
What happens when the change is us?
Check out this interactive map at the New York Times. Across the US right now farmers are waking up to brand new, herbicide-resistant plants in their fields. One of the major players, called pigweed, grows so fast, tall and sturdy that it snarls massive cotton combines. There are growing fears that the agricultural system we depend on will be sent into chaos. How did we grow food before petrochemicals? Is Round-up the best our agricultural intellect has developed over the past 100 years? Amazingly, the related article never mentions organic, permaculture, biodynamic or other sustainable farming practices. One could wonder if there’s something to be learned from this.
When Spanish Conquistadores first came to the American west it was not the sagebrush country it is today. The sage plant has steadily sprung up over the last few hundred years through increased grazing, land use and its own tenacity. It is a medicinal plant to Native Americans and New Aged spiritualists. Sage is felt to grow up in areas where the land is troubled. Seen from this angle, sage is a sign of healing that has shaped and become the land that we know and love today.
In the same way I’m not worried about pigweed, just people. Fortunately, I’ve found an example where the people involved – no less heavily invested in the outcome than farmers – changed their tack and something almost miraculous happened. In the United States we’ve been overprescribing antibiotics for infections, particularly a common ear ache known as acute otitis media (AOM). As a result almost half of such cases today involve drug-resistant forms of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia, or Strep. I’m sure you’ve heard of Strep because it is likely you’ve had it yourself. Over in the Netherlands drug resistant Strep accounts for only 1% of AOM. Why the huge difference? Where did all the drug resistant Strep go? The answer reads like a page from the Gandhi playbook: when we stopped fighting our enemy died on its own. You see, when Dutch children ages two and older show up with otitis media, their doctors give them four days to improve on their own. By and large the kids heal. It turns out all of these drug resistant strains are, well, weak. They literally balanced out. Even Penicillin is effective again. Today, Only 31% of all children in the Netherlands receive antibiotics for AOM. In the US it is over 95% and we use Keflex. Ouch.
Ok, I’m ready to go out on a limb and share some questions that I’ve been asking for years. Given all of the stories above, what then are ‘invasive species’? Are they just change happening faster than we’re used to? Why do we fight against them? What is it we don’t like about the change we’re a part of? What if humans are natural? What then is the mass extinction we are living through? What if a massive die-off of species on earth, crossed with a veritable human bloom, is just life on earth getting, well, smarter? Are things just becoming more beautiful and more complex? Is this some kind of miracle? Just what do we want to learn from all this?
This is my message to you for 2011: Live from your heart. Radically. Don’t wait for the economy or policy makers to catch up. There is a higher order organizing principle to the universe that you can feel in your sense of wonder and in your connection to the people, places and things you love. Check every choice against how you feel about it. Get to know what you really think and feel. Listen to your intuition and the signals in your gut. Its time to get smarter and wiser about your life.
The truth is that our world is too complicated to understand with our heads alone. There is only one way to harmonize with ourselves and everything around us: be present, right here, right now, responding with maximum awareness to our own innermost guidance. Think you’re unnatural? Guess again.
The constant shifting of people, species, ecosystems, money, cultures – all of our complex relationships between family, friends, nations and the earth itself – could take a long time to balance out into a nice, stable civilization. But all things considered – and I mean all things – the future is looking up for you, me, everyone and everything on earth. We’re already on the way. You’re doing it right now. It’s inevitable.
I give it, oh, say, 5,000 years.
About the Author
Lincoln Crockett is both a professional performing musician and an energy healer. For Lincoln, music and healing are two extensions of the same thing. Music listeners know what it feels like to be moved, touched by a piece of music. In energy healing Lincoln does the same thing, but without the instrument or the singing, for an audience of one.
He has a Psychology, B.A. from Colorado College and a four-year certification from Wakepoint School for Energy Healing, as well as experience with dozens of other styles of healing. With Lincoln’s background as a creative artist and trained healer he has a powerful toolbox to help guide anyone – musician, artist, healer or not – to become more aware of their energies in order to strengthen their work, heal, and live a healthier, happier life.
For more about Lincoln, his workshops and healing work visit www.lincolncrockett.wordpress.com
To hear Lincoln’s music visit www.lincolncrockett.com
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