003: My answers to questions about "rewilding yourself," being highly sensitive + empathic, rawness of being + more.
Intro Song = "Arcane". Outro Song = "Firebrand". Both by Kevin MacLeod. Available under Creative Commons Attribution License.
Five call-in questions from Fenesha Hubbard:
Q1: What are some tips to turn our yard into paradise?
A1: A wonderful, free resource and great "gateway" to permaculture/regenerative design is ---> www.geofflawton.com. Urban dwellers, in particular, will benefit from video #3 "Abundant Urban Gardens."
Q2: Please define "rewilding."
A2: The literal definition of "rewilding" is: the restoration of an area of land to its natural, uncultivated state; reinstaing the role of keystone species to human society where the expression of this role appears lacking.
My metaphorical/internal use of the words is: an invitation to remember that we are a gloriously complex interconnected network of systems that work together; an opportunity to reverse the effects of what happened to us in this over-industrialization; a unification of who we are.
Rewilding is a state of mind that says, "I know who I am in essence, and I know that it is not an artificial, plywood manufactured fake kind of assembly line knock-off." It is the opposite of the prevailing mechanistic view of life. It is rawness of being, which I liken to a lion's roar.
Q3: How do I know if someone has heightened sensitivity?
A3: I talk about heightened sensitivity -- or high perception -- in two ways. One way is body-based sensitivity, thoroughly explained in Dr. Elaine Aron's The Highly Sensitive Person. 20-25% of all living organisms are born with Sensory Processing Sensitivity, which means having a nervous system that is more refined and receptive. Imagine some or all of your five physical senses being "amped up." Gifts and challenges accompany this trait. A free, 27-question self-test can be found at www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm.
The second, less common form of heightened sensitivity is empathic sensitivity, which
goes beyond physicality. Meta-body. It is a subtle, nuanced ability to feel as if another.
Empaths can experience the felt state of another, and often benefit from learning how to master their boundaries and manage their energetic well-being. One of my favorite related resources is Rose Rosetree's Empowered By Empathy.
Q4: Please share the Victor Lebow citation/quote from Episode 1.
A4: Here is Lebow's 1955 strategy for hyper-consumption, which our culture has enthusiastically adopted... with much of the world following our example.
Tune in next week for my answer to question 5 about alternatives to hyper-consumption.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾