Earth Spirit: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Hope
It is time to listen to the voices of wisdom from our collective past before it is too late.
For 14,000 years, the Indigenous people of Southern New England survived and thrived despite experiencing extreme and dramatic climate and environmental changes. Like our present and near future, they faced dramatically warming temperatures that brought about a radical transformation in the climate, ecology, and biodiversity of their environment.
Why were they successful? Despite enormous environmental challenges, they adapted and prospered because of their perception of and conscious relationship with every single living and non-animate element within their environment. Unlike our current society which views humanity as separate from nature and therefore free to exploit all of creation for our benefit, Indigenous people understood deeply that we humans are part of a web of interconnected and interdependent energy and consciousness within a Living Earth. They lived in spiritual harmony with all of creation honoring all its aspects with gratitude and a sense of reciprocity.
If we embrace the perceptive and consciously interconnected view of all creation that has sustained Indigenous people for thousands of years, we can begin a transformation that will heal our relationship with the Living Earth for ourselves and future generations. The future of life on the planet is up to us.
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"Insightful, wise, and timely. Jim Powers gives us a number of unique and crucial considerations that must become part of the conversation about global warming. Moving back in time and beyond the science, Earth Spirit reveals ancient perspectives and essential solutions for stemming the tide of climate change, both individually and collectively. Well-written and researched, concise and crystal clear!" ~ Jane Burns, Jane B. Burns, OM Shamanic Practitioner, Celtic Reiki Master, Shamanic Teacher and Practitioner, Author of Up A Tree: A Shamanic Handbook and Novel.
In Ancient Wisdom, Modern Hope James Powers offers a blueprint for reconnecting with nature in ways that can help us both understand where we have come from and choose more wisely the direction in which we’re headed. Leading the reader on a journey through the history of the native peoples of his beloved New England, Powers underscores the importance of an animistic worldview: the idea that plants, animals, and the Earth itself are inspirited beings worthy of reverence and respect. This is not a how-to book in the usual sense of starting projects or activities. Instead, it is one that invites the reader toward a change of heart and mind that will inform their decisions going forward toward a better world. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne’s Thread
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Hope clearly delineates the sustainability of the indigenous relationship with our Mother Earth as opposed to the modern individualist framework. This shift in perspective is a necessary component to creating long-term solutions to the climate crisis. Hearth Moon Rising, author of Divining with Animal Guides ~ Hearth Moon Rising, author of Divining with Animal Guides
James T. Powers writes a passionate exploration about our profound relationship to the environment throughout history and the importance of relearning the sustainable habits of the past so that we can thrive in the future. The earth and our spirits are intertwined, making it our divine responsibility to heal the environment and live in a way that enables us to live in harmony with all things. Ancient Wisdom Modern Hope is a must-read book for the modern mystic looking to restore the balance between the earth and those who inhabit it. Dr. Maria DeBlassie, author of Everyday Enchantments ~ Dr. Maria DeBlassie, author of Everyday Enchantments
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Hope' is a fascinating and important look at the human relationship with the natural world across history and into the modern climate crisis. Focusing particularly on the Indigenous communities in Connecticut USA, the book nonetheless offers wider lessons on living with nature, the cost of capitalism, and how wisdom from native American cultures meshes with modern scientific knowledge and offers a possible way forward for us all. Truly vital reading. Morgan Daimler, author of Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk and A New Dictionary of Fairies ~ Morgan Daimler, author of Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk and A New Dictionary of Fairies