Earth Day is over. Or is it? Thousands -- perhaps millions -- of conscious actions took place around the world on April 22nd in celebration of the Earth, but the changes that were made -- or green actions that were begun -- didn't end at midnight.
The world is warming, the economy is changing, and so are we. So, I'm borrowing a phrase from actress Q'orianka Kilcher who attended the World Peoples Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia to announce: a Global Warming of the Heart.
Ten years ago, I described the emerging New Human in an online report titled Rapid Evolution. I identified Damanhur, a community in northern Italy, as the best model to date, for the emerging human community. I wrote another description of this heart-centered, self-reliant individual and the emerging New Economy in OM Money Money.
Then, last night, I corresponded with David Pursglove, who identifies himself as a "New Being." The folks at the New Being Project ask: Want to see all the great stuff that's around the bend-after-next in our culture? Some of it barred from the public dialogue? The easy answer is "Yes!"
For many, however, rapid change could threaten their current job and steady paycheck. Over lunch, for example, a scientist friend of mine, who is also a poet, described the tension he is feeling these days between his passion for science, and his love of poetry.
He has come up with an idea for geo-engineering space -- to whiten clouds over the sea so that they reflect light and warmth back into space. His idea is gaining traction. Oil companies and other BIG energy companies want to throw money at geo-engineering projects. Other scientists are stepping up to the plate to join him. They want to play in this new money arena too.
However, he is feeling great tension, because he is also a great poet. Over 30 years, he has won many poetry awards in England, and even read his poems and stories on BBC.
Perhaps a story from his childhood illustrates why even this scientist might prefer to "work" full time as a poet, observing the evolving Earth, and humans as they bloom.
As a young boy growing up in northern England, he would wake up in an unheated bedroom and study the patterns that ice had etched on the windows. As he studied the ice, he could imagine frowning, fearsome faces looking back at him. So as an experiment, he took a straw and blew warm air on their icy faces. They softened into smiles. Some even wept.
Could the heart of humans also be slowly warming?