Nature’s Heart Of Gold: You Can Thrive With Ecopscyhology, Even When Your Planet Is Threatened.

Nature is true. She gives us the gold we need to cherish: Air, water, food and family. Photo by Christyl Rivers

You hear so much bad news. You hear the about corruption in business and governments. You hear about religion tearing the world apart with extremism. You hear about war and the effects of climate change ravaging whole nations with droughts, famines, fires, floods, refugees and epidemics. You hear horrific cases of murder, injustice, racism, sexism, — Every “Ism.” Things fall apart.

You just want to make a fair living, put food in front of your family. Save enough money to live as resources cost more each day. You want to know there is hope for the very planet we live with.

Good news! We can.

More good news: Ecopsychology.

Nature is resilient, and forgiving. This is not because nature cares. It is because the truth tells us nature treats all life as equal. Nature does not play favorites. Nature is reliable, unbiased. True. Pure. Heart of gold true.

Religion often puts one side against another, in the worst case scenario, it tells people outright to discriminate; to favor the believers only. It is not just monotheism that does this. To some degree, all religions and other ideologies, include the failure of human interference.

Some of us prefer science to religion, but that does not mean we should give up on spirituality. A quick perusal of the most influential atheists on Earth will show that wonder, awe, and a spiritual sense of connection remains vital to human well-being. No less than Dr. Richard Dawkins called his recent book The Magic Of Reality.

You can take heart in this. Take the Robert Frost view, that “Nothing gold can stay.” This truth (Dawkins would likely point out it is a poetic truth) tells us that change is constant, beauty is ephemeral, and we need to tap into that beauty and true power, if we are to cope with the churning turmoil of an uncertain world.

The leaf I photographed above is dead and brown now. It had already begun to decay the moment I brought it home. But, its pure golden heart, caught my eye. A Selene Allure is the name I give to those attractions of webstrings that draw us in and provide us with perspective, insight, healing and beauty. Selene is one of the many names given to the personification of the moon. And, the moon, aka Diana,(Wonder Woman for movie and comic fans, if you prefer) pulls the tides, and menses of all life-giving organisms.

Selene Allures, then, are those shimmering threads that tug at your attention when you glance out the window, or walk in the park, or laugh with your dog or cat. They are our life-lines, literally, that Ralph Waldo Emerson would invite you to wrap around your hopes and dreams to “hitch your wagon to a star.” He meant it literally, too, explaining in 1862 that we can borrow the might of the elements; the pulling systems of magnetism, gravity, wind, light and fire. These natural miracles weave all life into an immense, glimmering tapestry.

You simply must claim your natural belonging within the whole, glorious picture.

And today, these elemental things, these allures, are more important than ever before. We have learned that the light of the sun — besides pulling a billion, billion seeds to become carbon sinks to handsomely forgive our toxic fuel addiction folly — the sun is a tremendous source of limitless power which allows us to go green with solar and wind.

We may not need to be in the Paris Climate Accord. We just need every man, woman and child to see the golden glow of clean energy that nature offers us to escape our once slick, but short-sighted oil epoch.

If this seems like a tall order to you, do not despair. All life came to this planet incrementally, but astonishingly, nevertheless. Despite our screeching political tirades and our hostility to all differences we see in anyone we judge as “other than”, people everywhere want peace and stability. Nature offers us the glimpses into our family origins as dominant animals upon our Earth. With the purity of both the golden sun that warms life, the reflecting moon that pulls the tides of our dreams, and the forestfuls of gold that purify the air we breathe in approximately 25,000 times per day, we are learning.

Nature allows us to participate in creation, and we can often find healing and resilience in this, if we just turn off all the devices that distract us for a few moments. At the same time, when we acknowledge that nothing gold can stay, we can see our incredibly precious our limited time here is. It helps you on an otherwise manic Monday, to momentarily remember what is really of value.

And that is pure gold.

Ecopsychologist, Writer, Farmer, Defender of reality, and Cat Castle Custodian.