Many prophesies in the indigenous world speak of this time in human history as a period of great transformation. In the medicine tradition of the Inca, legend tells of a great angel who looked into the future and saw that humanity would face an enormous task at the beginning of the 21st century. Extenuating circumstances in an extremely difficult and challenging time would require extraordinary effort to bring about peace and heal the heart of the world.
“Who would like to volunteer?” the angel asked. Knowing we could make a difference, we jumped up and said, “Me!”
The prophesies say there is to be a tremendous culling of humanity because the earth can no longer sustain the parasite that humanity has become. But every crisis brings with it a marvelous opportunity and this is why we stood up and said, “Me!” Our work is to find new solutions, to develop sustainable ecological practices in commerce, business, and medicine. This is what we came to do.
The problems we face are vast and overwhelming. And they are no longer just a matter of global warming or carbon emissions, but of the possible collapse of the entire climate system – and in time, the social system as well.
I see the main problem as a spiritual one, centered around human beliefs, the troublesome elements founded in our western mythology. It is a mythology that is predatory, that is abusive, that reaps the cream of the earth, that passes the furtive costs onto future generations and expresses itself in our economic, political, social, and educational systems.
It is also practically the only mythology on the planet in which the feminine is eclipsed by the masculine. But you cannot repress the feminine without ill effect – eventually, it becomes deadly for a culture, and this is what has happened to us. We have to break free of these greedy, rapacious paradigms that see the earth as ours to consume, and the feminine as damned.
My mentor believed that the new shamans, the new caretakers of the earth would come from the west. We are the ones who can bring healing and transformation to our families, to our communities, and to the earth. We are the change agents. This is a critical time in history, a time for a reawakening of the earth and of our own feminine. It is a time of tremendous transformation.
All our old models are being reinvented, in every facet of society. Through this great transformation, a new human is emerging on the earth. I call this new human homo luminous.
The shaman understands that evolution happens within generations. It is for us to take that quantum leap into who we are becoming. We can become homo luminous in our lifetime. This is our greatest task: to take that quantum leap individually because as we do it for ourselves, we do it for the entire planet. Each and every one of us, when we choose truth, when we choose light, when we choose a feminine theology of cooperation and sustainability, we are transforming the world.
Learn more about homo luminous in my book, The Four Insights.