Co-creating with Nature - How to really make a difference for the Environment
A couple of months ago I was talking with a friend about environmental issues. She's recently become a mother, and having the little one has strengthened her desire to actively contribute to healing the earth. But with many issues on the table, global warming, the proposed construction of a 'next generation' Nuclear Power Reactor just 25 miles down the road, and a myriad of other challenges at the forefront of her mind, she wondered - how could she know what the priority is? Where could she spend her energy in such a way that would actually make a difference, a difference that her child would receive the benefits of?

Thinking about this and realising how interdependent the world is on so many levels, ecosystems for one, I've begun to feel that the difference will not be made by tackling any one environmental problem at a time and then moving onto the lesser ones. It's about seeing the root cause common to each of them and addressing that. If we don't we'll simply continue to create new problems to solve.

The root, to me, is that we have been creating in ways that the rest of nature has not. We have ignored 'laws' that nature has fine-tuned over billions of years of evolution. Whilst she would never combine certain elements, for example, the scientist in the lab may celebrate finding a new way to combine them that results in plastics or fertilizers. These 'innovations' may seem like a step forward in our technology or development, by making our lives easier, when they are in fact a step backwards. In the long term these things may create imbalance in our bodies and environment, and this will come back to us as in the form or disease and reduced quality of life.

But how can we know for sure how nature creates? Is it by studying the make-up of natural substances? If we could then mimic these we would know that our new creation could biodegrade and not pollute water systems etc. I have no doubt that this is one way, although another has been suggested that appeals to my way of working even more. Maechelle Small Wright, founder of the Perelandra Institute for Nature Research in Virginia USA, has for years applied a 'Findhorn-style' approach to the natural world, consciously calling upon nature intelligences or 'devas' for guidance regarding creating conditions for optimal growth and balance within the garden. She suggests that these intelligences, the architects of nature, are intrinsically aware of what serves the whole and that we could and should include them in a process of co-creation. The scientist wanting to create a new form of food packaging for example could call upon the devas of his field, informing them of his requirements (e.g. it must be a certain strength). The devas, knowing what combinations would meet these requirements, whilst also being in harmony with the ecosystems etc (e.g. being biodegradable and without harming human health) would then inspire the scientist with the 'how to' information through an image, feeling, dream, or thought etc. And 'voila!', co-creation that doesn't simultaneously result in more environmental challenges. It's a fundamental formula of co-creating with nature in order to remain in harmony with nature.

If we applied such a process to everything that we created we would never be the cause of imbalance again. Though we're still at the stage where many people doubt or even ridicule the idea of nature intelligences, perhaps seeing this approach as simplistic or as some spiritual fantasy, those of us who have had experience of at least know the inherent value of nature must begin to take responsibility for what we create, purchase, and communicate. Just a few Souls pioneering in the right places could influence others into this new way of co-creation, and would at least diminish the extent of imbalance we are creating in the meantime. Consider the impact of supermarkets all around the world switching to biodegradable food packaging for example. That would lead to billions fewer pieces of rubbish for our planet to deal with every day.

We don't all need to be scientists to have impact either - The principle of co-creation with the Devic realm is widely applicable. Whether you are a writer, project manager, creative artist of some kind, charity worker etc. you can call upon the devas in your field to partner you in making decisions that will be of maximum benefit for people and planet. Start practicing today and we'll have a much more harmonious planet tomorrow. Now that can only be a good thing for our children. I don't know of anything that would make more of a difference.

If these ideas inspire you, I highly recommend you take a look at some of my favourite books on the subject of co-creation with nature:

'To Hear The Angels Sing' by Dorothy MacLean.

'Behaving as if the God in all Life Mattered' by Maechelle Small Wright

'Co-Creative Science' by Maechelle Small Wright.