To Love Water is to Celebrate Life

Expressing love is the best way to nurture relationships of all forms. When we love our garden we will spend time with it, this will make our plants bloom with vibrancy. When we express love to children they beam with joy and grow into kind, nurturing adults. Everyone has their own way to show love, it is a creative act of honoring, appreciating and connecting. When we don’t show love we see the opposite effect of darkness, violence and despair creep in. Of all the things that connects life on this planet water is perhaps the most important, yet we rarely take time to love water. This is something that we should practice every day. On March 22 people all over the world will gather at local water sources to celebrate, honor, and love this precious resource for World Water Day.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. Today, World Water Day is celebrated around the world and each year shining the spotlight on a different issue.  In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. This year’s #lovewater event is global and local with individuals hosting events in their region to honor water and streamed events online.


 
UnifyUPLIFT, and the Shift Network are hosting a telecast, a globally synchronized meditation, and a live video webcast from the sacred Ganges River in India. Last year there were hundreds of events across the globe where people went to local water sources to celebrate, honor, and love water. By gathering this way people are strengthening their resolve to create healing for our waters and thus healing for all of life. Healing starts with community, it starts with a shared intention and collective action.

The Shift Network Teleseminar runs from 1- 5:30pm Pacific Standard Time, with live feeds from water blessings around the world and conversations with global luminaries on the subject of Water. The Shift Network, empowers a growing global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity.

At 5:30pm Pacific Standard Time, we go to the UPLIFT Global Webcast which will be linking up with #LoveWater ceremonies happening on the Ganges in Rishikesh, in Oakland’s Lake Merritt, Los Angeles’ Venice Beach and at many other locations around the world.  You can register here. UPLIFT is pioneering globally linked webcasts as a means for people to begin recognizing our shared community around the world. Despite our varied cultural differences we share much in common. Illuminating our collective interests in preserving our planet strengthens the cause for all who are involved.

Then at 6:00pm Pacific Standard Time, Unify will host the Global Moment of Synchronization where everyone is invited to join in a collective field of meditation and prayer to #LoveWater, in what we hope will be the largest synchronised meditation so far. There is significant research pointing to the idea that group meditation can effect positive change, and Unify has been hosting globally synchronized meditations since 2012.

This years #lovewater event on #worldwaterday promises to be a powerful catalyst for uniting people to celebrate, honor and take action for our most precious resource, water. Please help spread the word through your networks, join our Facebook Event for updates and register for the online events at Unify. You can read more in a great article by Chip Richards here. Expressing love is the best way to nurture relationships of all forms, on March 22 let’s all love water together.

Water Defense Activates Collaborative Power

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In conjunction with UPLIFT Festival this weekend in Byron, Australia, Water Defense has released a video and an invitation for your input. Collaboration often takes a back-seat in world focused on competition but it is the best solution to problems that face us all. When organizations and individuals shift from competing with one another to assisting each other towards a common goal, miracles can happen. Our waters are threatened all over the world, we have a common enemy and it is ignorance. We don’t know what is in our water. Due to decades of contamination from both agricultural pesticides and industrial waste, our watersheds are not as healthy as they once were. Since water is one thing that we all share in common, together we can address this problem and learn how to collaborate along the way. Contemporary technology, social networks, and inspiration are the tools we need to ignite this collaborative power. Water Defense is ready to deliver!

The real power of protecting our water is knowing what’s in it, and that’s exactly what we are going to do.” -Mark Ruffalo

This collaboration involves The Herbert W Hoover Foundation, Unify, and Uplift Connect along with Water Defense and many other organizations/individuals who are concerned about the health of our waters. If you have any ideas, questions, or suggestions, please tweet them with the hashtag #lovewater and be part of the ongoing conversation. You can learn more about the project here and here.

Sustainable Solutions: Water in the Walls

People who study ecological design and live sustainably off the grid understand the importance of thermal mass for keeping places cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This energy efficient thinking shouldn’t be limited to off-the-grid living as sustainable solutions continue to find their way into urban landscapes as saving energy means saving money. As water issues continue to plague many parts of the planet, the notion of rainwater harvesting becomes more logical. Walls 2.0 has a great idea that combines rainwater harvesting with an energy efficient building technique that allows you to store rainwater in your walls. This idea was born in Tucson, Arizona where water and hot summers are an issue. Randy Young, creator of Walls 2.0, says that this concept will work well in hot or cold climates.

Large bodies of water under ground called aquifers are often compared to a savings account. When cities take more out of the aquifer than is replenished they will go bankrupt. Much of the water in aquifers is leftover from glacial melt. We are seeing the water crisis hit major cities across the south and in the west. Los Angeles as an example has been draining glacial lakes in the northern part of the state and transporting the water through aqueducts that stretch hundreds of miles. Draining aquifers or glacial lakes is a bad idea. Gathering water closer to the source is more economical and sustainable, that’s why rainwater catchment is a no-brainer.

A one-inch rain will collect 600 gallons from a 1,000 square foot roof. Apply this thinking to more than just residential homes, consider warehouses, office buildings and large sports arenas. To use the banking analogy with water again, we are spending all our savings and ignoring dollars that literally fall from the sky. Actually comparing money to water is ridiculous because money means nothing without water since water is life.

So now that we are realize the importance of collecting rainwater, where can we store it? Many tanks require internal coatings that must be reapplied regularly. Plastic water tanks in dry, sunny places only last about ten years. Steel tanks will rust in 30 to 50 years. These containers will become large waste in a landfill before long. That’s why Randy Young and his team have come up with an effective way to store water in the walls so that you can also make use of it’s thermal qualities for passive heating and cooling. These cement walls use Krystol Internal Membrane that is added to the liquid concrete. During the curing process K.I.M. builds crystals in the pores of the concrete making it fully dense and water proof and allowing it to last 3-4 times conventional storage tanks.

walls 2.0Thermal mass is critical in passive solar designs. Concrete, adobe or rammed earth are often used to create this thermal mass, but water has 3 times the thermal mass of traditional building materials. This means concrete walls that are filled with water have significantly better thermal properties. For anyone who has spent time putting traditional insulation in their walls and been itchy from fiberglass splinters will rejoice at this new innovation.

People who think in terms of sustainability are also humanitarians who see the interconnectedness between human communities and the natural environment. These prototypes will be going in at Watershed Management Groups headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. They teach water harvesting workshops, offer certifications, and affect community water and building policies and regulations locally and if your not in Tucson you might want to find an organization like this in your area or start your own.

The notion of biomimicry is a great way to design our world in ways that benefit local ecosystems instead of depleting them. Walls 2.0 is one such example of ingenuity, function and form that make simple solutions which are good for people, planet and economy. Check out this fun and informative video below to consider ways that you might reduce your own ecological footprint. Reducing water and energy consumption is simple if we put our minds to it, but conservation is only one important part of the sustainability equation. How many other great inventions are out there just waiting to be discovered? Keep your eyes out and let me know what you find! I will continue to write solutions-oriented blogs and share what I find as well.

Essencia Makes Walls Talk

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 12.47.25 PMArt changes the way we perceive the world. It’s no wonder that large companies spend millions of dollars littering our urban landscapes with billboards. Public murals, in contrast to advertisements, have the ability to teach, inspire, and even bring healing to communities. The Essencia Art Collective is raising awareness of the importance of water with a mural that is bound to inspire people well beyond the neighborhoods surrounding it. With members from across six continents, Essencia expresses itself from a unique and global perspective that continues to enrich the communities they work with.

The collective has run artistic projects with youth, first nations, refugees, immigrants, prison inmates, galleries, and festivals across the globe. Essencia encourages artistic storytelling, and expresses itself through muralism, street art, graffiti, graphic design, photography, video, music, poetry, dance and love!

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The project was headed by Canadian/Chilean artist, Shalak Attack and her sister Fiya Bruxa, who both co-founded and co-direct the collective.  Shalak’s husband Bruno Smoky  from Brazil (pictured with her below right) also assisted on the project as Artistic Director of the mural segment. Many renowned  artists like Chris Dyer and others were brought in to collaborate.

Taking it to the Streets is powerful, engaging youth is necessary, cultivating inspiration is evolutionary, and educating local communities is how we grow from the roots up to make positive change in the world. Check out the uplifting video below to see the mural in progress or visit here to see photos of the project.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.36.01 AMThis is a continuation of a global awakening to reclaim our connection to the sacred, and we have seen this collaboration between artists, indigenous elders, and activists continue to build momentum and Unify over recent months. Artists like Ashely Foreman recently dedicated the proceeds from one of her paintings to Water Defense, an organization spearheaded by actor Mark Ruffalo to protect waterways. Artist Vajra also created a piece called Man in the Middle dedicated to Sea Shepard for their work protecting marine life. Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a 12-year-old Sliammon First Nation activist from Canada recently collaborated on the #Lovewater Campaign and was depicted in the Earth Revolution mural by Lmnopi in Brooklyn. No matter where you live or what you do, you are being called to participate in the healing that is so needed right now on our planet. What will you create?

Hopeful Prophecy Enacted

Emanating beauty, a mother and daughter dress in full regalia to welcome Hopi and Aztec runners

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Many prophecies that are positive and hopeful have been misrepresented or not even mentioned by mainstream media. The Maya 2012 Prophecies have been seen through a Christian, Indo-European lens as armageddon or apocalyptic whereas these cosmologies didn’t really exist to traditional Maya.  Maya are not extinct at all but living in traditional ways by the thousands throughout Central America, and many of their descendants still live in places far from Central America. Now that 2012 is behind us, we can clear away the hype and get to the root importance of this story.

Lucky for us, a collection of friends set out many years ago to learn and document these stories directly from the cultures that created them. What happened was quite unexpected and beautiful as these young film makers collaborated in harmony with elders, combining ancient wisdom with modern technology. This mutually respectful exchange was without the usual “outsider” cultural appropriation that has happened in years past. Everyone deserves to tell their own story in their own words. For cultures that come from Oral Traditions (stories must be shared through dances, spoken-word, ceremonies without relying on books and the written word)  it is not appropriate to have an anthropologist come in and write about them. Documentary footage captured on location directed by the elders themselves is a much better way to have this wisdom shared.

The Prophecy of The Eagle and The Condor is known amongst tribes from the northernmost tip of the Americas all the way to the southernmost tip. So there are many variations and interpretations, but the central theme says, “When the eagle flies with the condor, the north and south will be re-united and there will be peace upon the earth”. It has been well established that before there were state and country borders, native people traded and migrated covering thousands of miles in all directions. This unity ended with the arrival of Europeans upon American shores. Dividing tribes that once roamed free and placing them on reservations was devastating to First nations People, but they have endured with a story for all of humanity to honor and embrace.

The eagle is said to represent technology, physical strength and ironically has become a symbol of American military mite. The Condor is said to represent ancient, spiritual, indigenous/earthly wisdom. Obviously, the technological and physical prowess of the eagle, when not tempered with spiritual wisdom, can be quite destructive. As history tells us through the massacres by Conquistadors and Calvary of days past and current wars being fought on foreign soil. A merging of modern technology with an ancient sense of wisdom and respect for the earth and all of her inhabitants could surely bring a great peace upon the land.

In 2006, native people from all over the world sent water from sacred springs to the oldest continually inhabited villages in North America on The Hopi Mesas of Arizona. The water, representing the prayers of people for peace and healing, was poured into gourds. Then a group of Hopi ran over 1,500 miles with the water to Mexico City, where they were greeted by hundreds of traditional Aztec, and other local tribes at the foot of Tlaloc.

Tlaloc is a giant stone carving of The Aztec God of rain and water that has been moved to the center of Mexico City from its original home at The Pyramid of The Sun. Ceremony is the traditional way to “awaken” and make real the stories of the people, and when the Hopi runners arrived there was much ceremony between these ancient tribes.

The Hopi were invited to bring Eagle Dancers to the foot of The Pyramid of The Sun on Summer Solstice to fulfill a 500 year prophecy from the time of Montezuma. On Spring Equinox of 2006, the people of central America welcomed the ceremonial and symbolic return of The Eagle signifying the beginning of a great time of change, healing, purification, and ultimately peace.

This was one piece to the unfolding of the ancient prophecies of 2012 as kept by The Maya who know themselves as The Keepers of The Ancient Flame, The Lords of Time (known to Ancient Celts as The Vanir). This milestone also represented an aspect of healing of the 500 year-old wound since the arrival of Columbus, a time when native people would no longer need to hide their ancient knowledge from the world. A time when the world is ready to listen to the ancient wisdom of the original people of this land is upon us. That time is now.

Don’t take my word for it, watch the video and see the actual footage for yourself. With much gratitude to Brian Hardin and Alison Fast for capturing this historic event and to the many native people who have kept the flame of their ancient knowledge alive this footage is now available to the world. There is much ground to cover in the coming months for this is only one small part of the unfolding story. In future posts we will touch on the return run of The Aztecs to the Hopi Mesas of Arizona, hear words from The 13th Generation Keeper of The Mayan Staff as captured by filmmaker, Steven Copeland and much much more.

Evolution is not a spectator sport, get involved and participate, spread the word by “liking” the article, re-posting and supporting the movement to heal our planet and our history for the sake of future generations. Some stories are told, others are meant to be lived.

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