Or do we fight back by claiming our own autonomy, by ridding ourselves of wetiko one individual at a time, by building networks that support and sustain humans and ecosystems alike?
In the past year I gave up a career and made a host of irrational choices for my own health. I was sick with Wetiko, sick with life in a systems whose values I do not share, sick with personal demons hidden by my own complacency in that dying system. I had to fix myself. One of the choices I made was to travel twice to the Peruvian Amazon to work with indiginous Shipibo shaman in ayahuasca ceremonies. These ordeals have been the most challenging of my life. I will not, here, narrate the details of my ordeal, but those ordeals shaped the music I am offering to you today.
I went to Peru for healing, but I refused to fall into the traps of so many western seekers--I was not after some cardboard "enlightenment," some gussy-uped version of the law of attraction that would justify my own complicity, materialism, and consumption. From my view, we are at war with Wetiko--the virus that is melting our glaciers, spoiling our air and water, turning our world into a toxic wasteland.
Awareness of the disease can lead to its cure, but here in the west we choose, instead, to stay asleep and keep dreaming of a world where some tech billionaire, some new technology, some untapped 'resource', will save us from ourselves. But only we can save us from ourselves. It begins with awareness.
The music in this mix, which I am choosing as the first episode of my new podcast, is the result of a year of meditation in my time after Peru. My intention here is to create a battle cry, one that will wake us to our sleeping selves and the plight of the world around us.
If we are enlightened, what good is our enlightenment if it does not lead us to fight? The world is burning, the glaciers are melting, the oceans are rising, great tidal waves of plastic wash ashore on even the most remote islands in the world. Our mother is sick, and there isn't much time left for us to wake up.
We need to wake up. This is an alarm to wake us from our dreaming.