When in doubt, look to nature to figure it out. Simple as it sounds, this axiom has supported me in every aspect of my life. As Carl Sagan once famously said, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies, were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” As such, there is an inherent relationship we personally share with world around us. We see these consistencies within the governing systems of nature (and self) to metabolism, from respiration to our very genetics - we are truly connected.
So how can so many people feel lost, and without purpose, when everything in nature is intentional, and belongs? Interconnected, as it is related - we all play our part in this beautiful dance we call Life.
Hawaiian people were geniuses concerning their relationship to the land and to each other. Integrating intelligence and intuition, they were able to create highly sophisticated, social ecological systems, that mimicked the natural world. The Ahupua'a System was a framework of land use, and relationship management, that allowed nearly 1.2 million Kanaka Maoli to dwell in these islands, prior to western contact. Running from mauka (mountain) to makai (ocean), this system was largely based upon the watershed. Much like nature, everyone had their place of contribution of service. This collective intelligence - inclusive of the land itself - is a perfect example of how we can focus our belongness in our communities.
In the series, we will investigate the process of self realization, our interconnectedness with each other, and how to create conscious communities in our lives now.