What do you mean by ‘Consciousness’?

By CCC19 participant, Alan Watson Featherstone, with a brief introduction by CCC19 co-organiser, Graham Meltzer.

Here at Findhorn, we are manically busy preparing for the conference, which is now less than a month away. In fact, looking at my calendar, I realise that in exactly a month, it will be over. Well, in one sense it will be; in another, the end of the conference will undoubtedly mark the beginning of a whole new phase of climate change activism on the part of participants, livestreamers and others informed and inspired by what unfolds in Findhorn.

This preamble is by way of saying that, as website manager, I just don’t have time right now to publish new posts on this blog. However, I am more than happy to link to a wonderful piece written by Alan Watson Featherstone for his own blog. Titled ‘Climate Change and Consciousness,’ it addresses the question that I’m asked almost every single day: “What is meant by ‘consciousness’ in the title of the conference?”

Thank you Alan, for offering your thoughts on this tricky question.

In Alan’s essay, he writes of his “deep personal connection with Nature” and his “missing natural birthright”, i.e. being deprived, when growing up, of intimate contact with Nature. He discusses how it’s only recently that humans have developed “the illusion that we are separate from (and somehow better than) the rest of Nature.”  He believes that this gross misunderstanding is “at the root of most of the problems in the world today, including climate change.”

A deep appreciation of the interconnectedness of all life, Alan argues, is “central to most (if not all) of the indigenous cultures on the planet.” And it’s an understanding that’s backed up by contemporary quantum physics, which has posited a scientific understanding of the fact that we are intimately connected with the world around us.

This then is the consciousness that Alan suggests is core to the conference agenda and implicit in its title:  i.e. “that all life is interdependent, and we each affect the whole with every choice we make.” Those choices need to be aligned, he says, with the wellbeing of the planet and all life on it.

To read the full text, which is also beautifully illustrated, please go to Alan’s Blog.


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