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The Great Turning

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture, Lush AbundanceWe are at a transformational moment in human history.

This is the Great Turning.

This is a whole mindset of understanding that we are part of a living planet.

Rosehips at bealtaine Cottage permaculture In contrast to the Industrial Revolution, we are understanding that the sustainability of the Earth has been brought to the brink of utter destruction by our mindless greed.

Bealtaine Cottage December Permaculture pondWe need new ways of living and holding the land intact for future generations.

These ways must become deeply rooted in our newly acquired belief systems.

The primary belief being that we understand who we are in time.

That we are part of the Earth, and the Universe.

That we are one.

November Bealtaine Cottage permaculture pondFor the past eleven years, the transformation of one small part of the Earth, from impoverished land to living abundance, has taken place here at Bealtaine Cottage.

Missy at Bealtaine CottageAll who have made the journey here have been impacted by the energy that is spiralling from the land.

During this time I have changed the way I see life.

 Bealtaine Cottage moon rising over the permaculture gardensEntrenched belief systems have been shriven, in much the same way as the albatross was finally released from around the neck of the Ancient Mariner.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensWhat began as an experiment with permaculture, has become a journey of joy and synchronicity.

Bealtaine Cottage Nov 2011 024Synchronicity is a form of coincidence powerful enough to shatter the notion that material science has discovered all there is to know about the universe.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensIt was the power of synchronicity to overwhelm the rational mind that held significance for the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung (1875-1961),  who brought the phenomenon to light.

April 2011 bealtaine Cottage 001Jung defined synchronicity,   as meaningful coincidence, effecting the breaking through the “rationalistic shell” of the modern scientific mind.

Plum tree at bealtaine cottage permacultureThe experience of synchronicity is articulated by many rational and educated people, who become aware that there is more at play in this world than what science can explain.

Missy Cat at Bealtaine Cottage“The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.” ~ Joanna Macy

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The Return of Romance

Simplicity of living is much sought after these days.

There are television programmes and magazines devoted to the simple life.

We are drawn towards images of romantic simplicity…think of all the wonderful books translated into gorgeous films that espouse life before the Industrial Revolution.

I have to admit an interest here, as my most read novel is Pride and Prejudice and favourite film is the translation of that book onto the big screen by Deborah Moggach, directed by Joe Wright.

It is simply exquisite in it’s attention to detail that reflects the beautiful simplicity of everyday life.

And that is what we have been seeking, through consumption, for several chaotic decades now…a return to the simple life.

So, let’s define the simple life.

Well, it is simple enough to define, for it simply means, “less of!”

Yet all the media, while espousing the simple life, cheer-leads us to consume more.

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So, I urge you to read the book and see the film.

Within the romantic idealism of past times there sits a very clear message…less is more.

De-clutter your life.

Embrace the sunrises and sunsets.

Open the door of your de-cluttered world to romance and fall in love with Nature.

All good will follow!

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