(Transcript from a live talk Maria did at Songbird Healing Arts Center)
When I talk about indigenous and feminine wisdom models of leadership, I invite you to connect with the idea that these models are coming from the pure consciousness within each of us.
When we refer to “indigenous wisdom,” we are describing the original instructions given to human beings when we – I call it “star-seeded” – onto the earth. These were our original instructions on how to be healthy balanced human beings on the planet. It's all of our wisdom. And so it's not just out there; it's inside of each of us.
To reconnect with this beautiful indigenous wisdom, let's talk about those original instructions.
There are three laws by which we live:
The one that is the most vast is called Universal Law. It is also called Sacred Law by some indigenous cultures (I call it Universal Law because it's the “metaphysical bookstore” version that I grew up with, having worked at metaphysical book stores throughout my life). Universal Law governs the laws of the universe. Quantum physics. The Law of Attraction. Energy follows thought. So if I observe an atom, I know that I am affecting that atom simply by watching it.
That's a law of the universe – on the sub-atomic level, energy follows thought. I can manifest. You can create your own reality. I have that power, I can affect matter when I align with Universal Law. We all live in the universe, it exists, and there's no escaping it. Maybe one knows it exists, but hasn't developed a discipline with it which can create obstacles in his or her life. Our thoughts are constantly creating things. If we think negatively about ourselves, we're attracting negativity into our lives to reflect that back to us.
The second law is Natural Law. This is a law of nature that we see everywhere. It governs the law of reciprocity; every species on this planet has a job to do. The foxes, trees, and ants are all following the natural law for their species. And then there's the ecosystem, the watershed, following natural law for that place on the earth.
Everything in the earth is in this relationship of Natural Law. And we are part of that. We are biological beings. We are nature. There is no separation. We're giving and receiving energy constantly, sharing electrons with each other, with trees, with man-made things, constantly sharing that energy. In this way we're in relationship. We're in intimacy, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether it's conscious or unconscious, with all of nature. We're affecting each other.
There is a beautiful harmony in that. And when you really tune in – I've heard this from indigenous wisdom as well as ecopsychologists and nature writers – when you tune in to what that underlying resonance in nature is, it's joy. It hums at joy. Many people find that to be true in their own experience.
The third law is Human Law, which is meant to be in keeping with the original instructions. Human law arose from a culture that lived on the earth, in a particular sacred place where there were rivers, mountains, deserts, whatever features of the earth gave them life. Human law originated in relationship with that place, with the beings and animals of that place. This law is about tending the earth. It is about aligning with the natural law and the universal law. It is about living in a way in which these three laws align.
What we see today is that we have strayed out of alignment in a major way from natural and universal law. Human beings are vulnerable to being seduced by power, selfishness and greed to where we now are completely off kilter. Our laws are made wanting for us.
Humans are actually creating laws that legalize the destruction of nature. Humans are writing bills and laws that are global and causing irreversible damage to our waters, to our air, to our soil, and to our seas. GMOs. Radioactive particles in the oceans – irreversible. Our human laws legalize this. That's how out of alignment we are currently with natural and universal law.
Right now on the planet the movement is to bring human law back into alignment with universal and natural law. How do we do that?
We start with ourselves and with the choices we all make in our own lives every day. How can we live in harmony with natural law? How can we come back to our original instructions tending the earth, being the guardians of nature, and rediscovering that beautiful relationship?
If you garden, you know the sacred relationship, that intimacy with soil and roots, the new baby plants. I've been planting dino kale and chard, putting these little babies into the earth and talking to them, saying things like, “Thank you - you're going to be feeding me with your body, thank you so much!” and then watching them grow and later composting them to be turned into soil. It's a beautiful cycle. There's no waste. I'm not going to write a law about, “I'm going to create a landfill. I'm going to create non-biodegradable things that will take thousands of years to break down. And I'm going to write that into law.” I'm not going to do that. I would be completely out of harmony.
None of the other creatures on the planet are writing their own sets of laws. The foxes on the planet aren't writing Fox Law that's killing humans. Isn't it interesting that human beings are in this unique place in the universe. To not only have access to universal law, but wield incredible power if you really master that. Sorcery, shamanism, alchemy, mysticism. We have this really incredible power to affect the earth and the waters.
When I talk about sacred leadership I'm talking about commitment to future generations on this planet. I'm talking about future species - future baby squirrels, future earthworms, the future species on the planet. We don't know what species are going to go extinct in the next 20 years, but many are going to go extinct. Many ecosystems are going to go extinct. A lot of indigenous seeds are going to go extinct because of the proliferation of GMOs.
Sacred leadership is a choice to bring the wisdom of universal law and natural law back into our lives, and start sharing in a way that's authentic enough that it's going to change the lives of the people you're with. Inspiring all our lives, bringing us back into harmony with our original instructions.
By Maria Owl Gutierrez with gratitude to Salvatore Gencarelle for his wisdom and influence.
Maria Owl Gutierrez