The Watchers

31. The Watchers

Old craggy logs teem with
Life in the forest…
Guardians preserving the
Trust before us.

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A massive log lies fallen in the forest providing habitat for numerous species of plant, animal and insect. If you remain still and become part of the forest, you will begin to see, hear and feel the multitude of life within it. You are both the watcher and the watched.

If you have chosen The Watchers, your tribal ancestors have summoned you to become a guardian, or to reavow your stewardship of the forest. You must protect and preserve the remaining stands of old trees, as well as the young, the planet’s lifeline to survival. This is not only the task of scientists and naturalists. Each individual must assume this responsibility. In 1992 over 1,500 scientists of the world issued a “warning to humanity”. Their opening statement: “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about…We all have but one lifeboat.. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources…A new ethic is required – a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth’s limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convince reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.” You have been placed on active duty, in charge of informing yourself and others of this imminent threat to all life and demand from leaders in government and industry immediate changes in environmentally destructive practices. Think globally, act locally. Stewardship of the forests entails protection of all its needs. We must practice conservation by: 1) recycling and using your own cloth shopping bags 2) car-pooling, walking, biking and using public transportation, 3) petitioning political and industrial leaders, 4) using only products labeled “green”, i.e., environmentally safe, 5) buying and preserving forest land and wetlands, 6) composting organic materials for fertilizer, 7) planting trees, 8) advocating environmental awareness, 9) teaching children environmental responsibility, 10) demanding that school curriculums include environmental awareness/appreciation. On a more personal level, you are responsible for our present and future. Be on guard to protect all life. You must evaluate the consequences of your actions moth macro and micro. Does your attitude and behavior contribute to a productive, sustainable future? This is the trust before you.

Learn the indigenous knowledge of the ancestral Toltecs and others, that through an intimate and harmonious relationship with Nature, Spirit is revealed.