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Defend the Sacred: Can the Peace Movement Prevail?

By Dieter Duhm on Monday May 15th, 2017

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Can the Power of Life and Love Overcome the Power of Guns?

The fight for Standing Rock is over, at least for now. With the help of Donald Trump and the banks, the oil industry has imposed its agenda. The construction of the pipeline is complete. Our prayers are with that handful of people who are still there, still standing their ground. Last year, thousands of people from all over the world traveled great distances to come together on that land. They came despite the freezing cold, to take part in the resistance. By now, nearly all of them are gone. Was this all just another passing phase; a brief episode in the imperial powers’ centuries-long war against life?

What would happen if all those different tribes and groups, having come together from every continent, would have a shared goal for further collaboration: to concretely create a post-capitalist world? The only way to overcome the existing system is to establish a deep commitment to what we want to come next. But what is that?

Creating the World We Want to Live in

Do we have a strategy to permanently overcome the violence in today’s world — to overcome the power of the banks, the oil companies, the pharmaceutical industry, the arms industry, and their servants in government? Such a strategy, if we can find it, would offer protection to all the Standing Rocks of the world, now and in the future. It has been clear for some time that the questions raised by Standing Rock are global issues. Is there a power that can make it possible for life — life lived in love and trust — to overcome the power of guns? This is the revolutionary and ethical question of our time. And here is our answer: Yes, there is such a power.

Standing together at Standing RockWhat if the Standing Rock mentality existed amongst all communities.

In the shadow of every current catastrophe, forces of global renewal and creating a nonviolent planetary society are taking shape. We have a realistic chance to make this happen in the near future. Upon hearing this, the inner reaction often is, “I don’t believe it.” Yet, it is happening. Who would have believed in self-driving cars just thirty years ago? Human beings are able to manifest whatever they believe in; whatever they can envision. This applies to every area of life, from extreme sports, to research and technology, all the way to the possibility of global annihilation. Why not apply this power to global healing and global peace?

Around the world today, there is a suffering that compels us to rise to new standards of peace work. The inconceivable events in Aleppo and Mosul, in Somalia and South Sudan; the refugees in inflatable rafts; and also the disintegrating marriages in our own culture, the child pornography and sexual violence…all this demands our deep introspection, and that we make a profound change in our own ways of thinking.

250 million children are currently living in war zones. 50 million children are refugees, searching for a new home. Humanity is faced with an apocalyptic situation; the age of materialism is on the verge of self-destruction. On the one hand, we stand on the brink of a third World War, and on the other hand, at the beginning of a new civilization. The lives of billions of human beings, and animals, will depend on this historical shift. We can offer our children, and our children’s children, a future worth living, if we take an active part in this transformation of the earth.

Lets reinvent our EarthWe need to reinvent, and action, a future for our children and our children’s children.

What Does this Transformation Look Like?

We live simultaneously in two realities: in the reality of global war, and in another reality, which we call the ‘Sacred Matrix.’ ‘Defend the Sacred’ was, and still remains, the motto for the Sioux in the Dakotas. It is ours too. The Sacred Matrix contains the holy and healing powers of life. This will be the foundation for new communities; for a new civilization. We started the global Healing Biotopes Project to make it possible for many such groups around the world to connect with one another on this basis.

The Sacred Matrix
There is a documentary film, The Man who Swims With Crocodiles, available on the internet. It shows the love between a man and a crocodile. The two are connected in a tender intimacy that is hard to imagine. The man gives the fully-grown crocodile a kiss on its muzzle…It seems so impossible, that it’s hard to believe until one sees it. But the story is real – it simply shows us something that contradicts all the beliefs and fear-projections we have been taught.

This story is not unique. Research with animals has revealed countless other examples. One can read, for example, the book, Kinship with All Life, by J. Allen Boone. We have had many similar experiences here in Tamera. Nine-year-old Simon, met a wild boar with its little ones in the night, and he remained unafraid. When a classmate from the neighborhood asked him the next day, why he had not been afraid, he answered, “The wild boar are just the same as us.” To this, the young neighbor said, “I want to take care of the wild boar in Tamera with you.” Six-year-old Aaron tripped over a terrier on a chain, who then snapped at him. Aaron let out a short scream, but then said, “The dog isn’t mean. He was just shocked, the same as I was.”

Chito and PochoChito has formed a loving and respectful relationship with Pocho the crocodile.

All these real events show possibilities of another existence, in which there is neither fear nor hostility. They show what life itself can do when fear and violence do not interfere. It is the world of the Sacred Matrix that is waiting for us to activate it. The world of the Sacred Matrix is the fundamental entelechy pattern of life, and is the goal of a new planetary civilization. Love is the most valuable of humanity’s cultural assets; it is the sacred aspect of existence, our genetic foundation; written into the nuclei of our cells, all striving towards unity. The Jesuit priest and palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin wrote:

Through the power of love, the fragments of the world search for one another, so that the world may find perfection.

We cannot create this world right away, but we can recognize the preconditions from which it would arise. In the case of the crocodile, the story has a very simple beginning: The man found a small, injured crocodile on the banks of the river. For two years he nursed the crocodile back to health. He said, “It doesn’t only need to be fed; it also needs my love.” When it was healthy again, he tried to release it back into the wild, but it immediately swam back to him. From then on, they have been inseparable friends. Can we imagine that new communities might arise on earth, where people and animals, and children and parents, grow up in this kind of friendship? Communities, in which there is no fear and no hostility, neither among human beings nor their fellow creatures? Can we imagine a world in which the concept of enmity has been made obsolete? Are we ready to acknowledge — and put into practice — the necessary ethical, social, ecological, and spiritual conditions from which such a world can emerge in reality?


A global network is arising on the earth, with the goal of bringing these thoughts into reality. We call it Terra Nova. It is not bound to any particular group but rather belongs to the global information of the Sacred Matrix.

Everything is Guided by Information

Information is one of the world’s basic raw materials. Whether there will be war or peace on earth, whether we will be sick or healthy, whether we will experience jealousy or solidarity in our relationships depends on the fundamental information steering our lives. A civilization that has made war for millennia carries the information of mistrust and separation deep in its cellular memory. Even the modern high-tech industries will not be able to endure if they continue to work as they have until now, without reevaluating their basic ethical principles. In the current system, the dominant information arises from traumas in the collective unconscious of all humanity, and in the private lives of each individual. In our private lives, everything depends on which side we choose and which information we follow. The system of violence obtains its power from a collective substratum of fear. We must recognize and dissolve this.

YOU choose what guides your actionsWhat information are you allowing to guide you? Love or separation?

Which path humanity will take depends on which information we allow to enter and guide us. The love story between the man and the crocodile reveals something that is relevant for the whole planet. Within the vision of the Sacred Matrix is a possibility of salvation; a notion we must get used to. It is so other-worldly and yet so real, like the love between human and crocodile. And yet we have a deep sense that it is true; that the possibility of such a planetary love affair exists. We feel that such a world could exist, and that we could manifest it, if we agree together to do so.

We see an entirely different logic at work wherever trust, love, and care — not hostility and fear – reign among human beings and all their fellow creatures. It is a different concept for life — a different concept for love, for healing, and for what love can do. This concept is the basis for paradise, a new earth. It is the concrete utopia of a human race that has finally left the old fields of hostility and violence behind.

From Egocentrism to Participation

We’re talking about a system change in every community and every individual. No more, “What do I get?” but rather, “How can I support?” A shift from egocentrism to participation. It is a shift on many levels — from the hologram of fear to the hologram of love. The subjects of sex, love, partnership and community take on new meaning when they are reconnected with the sacred. Through trust-building work in communities, love and sexuality can be freed from all the old degradation, hypocrisy, and lies. In an erotic culture without fear or lies, patriarchy will collapse. A new culture will take root in a new relationship between the genders.

The foundation of communityWe must switch our mentality from ‘me’ to ‘the whole’ and actively work together.

What is sacred? A world where people practice solidarity, and care for one another, especially in times of need: that is part of the sacred. A world where children can completely trust their parents, and indeed all adults: that is part of the sacred. A world where the sexual interest of one person in another does not create fear, jealousy, or hate in a third: that is a part of the sacred. A world in which animals come closer to humans, because we welcome them, and they do not have to fear us anymore: that is part of the sacred. A world in which we see and care for earth and water as a living organism: that is a part of the sacred. When a rescuer reaches out a hand to a drowning refugee, that is part of the sacred. And when people pray for someone who is terminally ill, and they become healthy again, the sacred has achieved another of its countless miracles. We do not necessarily have to call it ‘God’, because the sacred does not need a name. It is the inner power that brings us all together, and connects us eternally with all our fellow creatures.

When we understand this, we are faced with an absolute imperative: To shift to the other system of reality that we call the Sacred Matrix. This shift is the goal of the global Healing Biotopes Project, that we have been working on for so long in Tamera. Healing Biotopes are communities of human beings and nature, in which all participants — including the animals — are connected, on a foundation of trust. The planetary community of the future will develop out of a complex network of autonomous communities, built on the basis of the Sacred Matrix. Could that be a solution?

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Words By Dieter Duhm

Originally posted on Films For Action, A Learning Library for Changing the World

 

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