Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Justice, Karma and Mitakuye Oyasin

Justice card from the Gaian Tarot

In the Justice card from the Gaian Tarot we see a man holding the burning heart and feather symbolic of Ma'at, making him into the scales of Justice as we all are in fact, for it is our actions that determine our Karma in this life. 

On this card, Joanna Powell Colbert featured many plants and animals that are becoming extinct. Something we forget is that if we keep going the way we are, we will also make ourselves extinct. The Lakota Sioux say "mitakuye oyasin", "all my relations" or "we are all related". That's not just a certain tribe or even just the human race--they're referring to all life, for the Native Americans have always understood that all life is related and if things are out of balance then they need to be brought back into balance or we'll all die. We are way too far out of balance today due to "civilization" and the greed that has caused such wasteful consumerism.

A decade ago Deepak Chopra was speaking of what would happen if all of the bees died off, that ALL life would die, whereas if humans died off all the rest of life on this planet would thrive. We are the single most destructive species on this planet, and only we can restore it--not completely, but perhaps enough to stop killing of all of its life. It's abundant, but it's not infinite if we destroy it faster than it can regenerate. 

I do my best to live "green", and I'm working on ways to do better. I thought I was doing well, recycling more than I put in the garbage, using more silverware than plasticware, etc...but I had a real rude awakening when my older niece, who is studying Environmental Science, commented that we really waste a lot in our household. It made me take a harsh look at my waste output. I can't get my husband and stepson to stop theirs, but I'll keep trying and in the meantime I'll keep working on my own. 

I'm watching "zero waste" videos to get ideas, seeing if perhaps there are uses for some of my trash and recycling. So I ask you to join me and take a look around. What more can you do to cut back on your waste? Remember, what you do affects me and what I do affects you--mitakuye oyasin.

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