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Juliette Of The Herbs: Documentary Film

Juliette of the Herbs is an inspiring portrait of a remarkable woman:

Juliette de Bairacli Levy, herbalist, who learnt about plants from gypsies, peasants, and bedouins.

She healed animals and children with her love and knowledge of plants, animals and the Earth.

To watch: LINK

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Interspecies Communication Interview with Anna Breytenbach

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Only A Question Of Time, radio play by Alan Plater

One of my favourite radio plays is currently available to listen to again for the next four weeks
on BBC iplayer.
It is Alan Plater’s Only A Question Of Time.

Once upon a time an Englishman met a Welshman in a field. . .
he was there to tell him the correct time.
It’s hard for us to imagine these days that  up to the Victorian era Britain had a difference in time of half-an-hour from the eastern to the western extremities.
The play begins with the arrival of an Englishman representing, Isambard Kingdom Brunel:
he comes to tell the Welsh that due to railway expansion,
time needs to be changed ie standardised.
Plater’s comedy is a real juxtaposition of consciousness,
that of ‘rural’ and ‘rational’ man and their very different experiences of time and some of the consequences within our society over the next two centuries:  Link

So if you can find 45 minutes to just sit and listen whilst the sun goes down….
if not then maybe whilst commuting by train……

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Sobonfu Some: Embracing Your Gifts

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John O Donohue: Anam Cara – Soul Friend & Imagination As The Path Of The Spirit

These two talks are very inspiring and give such a profound sense of our sacred connection to life, and just how short a space of time it is that we are here on Earth.
These talks also draw on the wisdom of the medieval Mystic Meister Eckhart and are all the more poignant as John died only months later, aged 52.

by John O’Donohue, from Conamara Blues

No man reaches where the moon touches a woman.
Even the moon leaves her when she opens
Deeper into the ripple in her womb
That encircles dark, to become flesh and bone.

Someone is coming ashore inside her,
A face deciphers itself from water,
And she curves around the gathering wave,
Opening to offer the life it craves.

In a corner stall of pilgrim strangers,
She falls and heaves, holding a tide of tears.
A red wire of pain feeds through every vein,
Until night unweaves and the child reaches dawn.

Outside each other now, she sees him first,
Flesh of her flesh, her dreamt son safe on earth.

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The Animal Communicator: Anna Breytenbach



For full Documentary:

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Love Letter To The Earth: Thich Nhat Hanh

Clck here to watch this video interview with Thich Nhat Hanh: Love Letter To The Earth

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The Earth From Space: NOVA

The groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our plant.
Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists,
NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences,
each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustains life on earth.
quoted and availabe to watch on Youtube

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Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor

An Excerpt from Voices of the First Day: Awakening In the Aboriginal Dreamtime by Robert Lawlor

Robert Lawlor explores the rich legacy of Aboriginals to the world. Here is an excerpt on meaning.

“The earth holds an infinite profusion of seeds. Seeds contain forms and worlds yet to germinate; the roots, leaves, and flowers of the entire plant are invisibly enclosed in the seed. Paradoxically, the unborn potential of future life is fused, within a seed, to primordial patterns that were laid down in the very beginning. The seed’s capacity to engender new life seems to derive from the imprint of patterns carried through the ages.

“This image of the earth with its seeds is comparable to Carl Jung’s description of humanity’s collective unconscious: both hold the entire heritage of primal patterns that are continually reborn through nature’s seasons. Like seeds, myths, ideas, and images are dispersed throughout the world on the winds of thought, the waters of emotion, and the fires of passion.

“The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a ‘seed power’ deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land — its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes — and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the ‘Dreaming’ of’ a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the earth.

Lawlor explains that these people have grounded their culture in remembrance of “the first day” and a myth of creation which has lasted over 150,000 years. The Australian Aborigines are very cognizant of the presence of their “creative ancestors” and their contributions to their tradition. They have rejected many of the values the dominant culture cherishes such as agriculture, architecture, writing, clothing, and the subjugation of animals. Instead of money, the Aborigines cherish kinship, community, and the importance of the law of the Dreamtime. In fact, they  have no concept or word for time or the accumulation of possession.”    Quoted from book review in Sprituality & Practice

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Embracing The Pain Of The World, Joanna Macy

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