So where do we start? We are in this predicament where millennia of seeing ourselves as separate has brought us to the brink of disaster. We need to create a new way of seeing ourselves in relation to the natural world.
In the past week or two, there has been some controversy among my friends on Facebook. People where shocked at the amount of litter left by the Stonehenge revellers at the Summer Solstice.
Some Pagans have a hard time understanding how people can come to a sacred site, for a sacred event, and leave the place covered in rubbish. It certainly doesn't make any sense to me.
The 37,000 people, many of them young, were celebrating the Solstice as best they know how, within the paradigm of their culture. A party in that culture means drinking and doing drugs to excess and then going home while somebody else clears up after you. And that is what many people did.
Can we blame them for behaving the way they have always behaved? Can we blame people for being products of their time and their environment? Can we hold them responsible for the disconnection from the sacred, from the natural world, and from other people that is rife in our society?
Friends who were at Stonehenge on Saturday morning witnessed a deep need in the people there to connect with something greater than themselves and their small world of consumerism and manufactured hopes. At some level, that need lives in all of us.
Partying at Stonehenge at the Solstice can be the first step on a path of profound meaning and connection. If our need is great enough, and we can find the patience to sit still for a few minutes every day, just to be in a green place and listen, connections will naturally grow.
For people who need a bit of guidance there, who don't know what to do with themselves or how to listen to anything other than the latest song on their iPod*, I created The Magic of Connection. In nine easy steps it builds a practice of meditation that is full of meaning and community. It roots people into the place where they live and opens pathways of communication with the beings they meet there.
It is only a small step towards growing a new culture. But if you know someone who craves connection but doesn't know how to go about it, please direct them to The Magic of Connection. You never know where it will take them.
*As it happens, the guided meditations can be loaded onto your iPod for use anywhere, any time.