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A higher ground

Dear Editor:

Sitting listening to the proposed solutions to the bear situation on the Western Slope recently at the Limelight Lodge called into glaring relief the predicament we find ourselves in as a species in the 21st Century: “the solutionless dilemma.”

Albert Einstein once said, “No problem was ever solved in the same consciousness in which it was created.”

Our higher consciousness is calling us now. Our own intuition is clambering to be heard.

The bear is knocking on the door of our hearts. “Wake up and let me in!”

Economic collapse is re-ordering our priorities. Where’s the money we’ve all so obediently taken as a sleeping pill to dull our senses to the real needs of the human heart, the human spirit, the Earth and the rest of creation?

The bear “conflict” brings forth the wisdom brought to us by our own Tom Crum in his book “The Magic of Conflict” and demands that we stretch, learn and grow through this opportunity.

What to do when we love our very own living teddy bears who have jumped off our kids’ beds into our kitchens, garbage cans, sidewalks and trees. They need to eat and so do we! They’re even attracted to our lotions and air fresheners and can open our doors, cars and windows to get at anything they fancy!

“Lock your doors!” “Don’t leave anything remotely attractive in your car!” “Police the garbage!” “Fine the people who don’t comply!” “Remove the fruit trees from the Western Slope!” “Kill the bears!”

Perhaps there is another way. Perhaps we need to add another element to the equation so we get a different result.

There is a knowing within, a capacity, a connection to a larger reality awaiting each of us in our own hearts. We just have to become aware of its existence, its potential, and then tap it. We need to take off the blinders put on us by Newton and Descartes, who led us into this age of a mechanical universe of separation and disconnection.

There are 500 Native American nations whose cosmology encompasses a conscious, loving interconnected universe, with traditional elders who have maintained a living connection to a larger reality than the little box we “educated” folks find ourselves in: a place where bears, rocks, trees, stars and humans communicate: It’s called the unified field by Albert Einstein and quantum science, the over soul by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the universal mind by Wallace Black Elk.

Perhaps it’s time now to listen – listen to our own hearts, listen to the wind, the bear and those who have been waiting for centuries for us to have the ears to hear: the traditional elders of our native peoples. 

Many are gone now. Grandmother Bertha Grove, Southern Ute Elder, raised in a teepee by her medicine man grandfather, who came often to Aspen to align our use of the land with the spirits of her ancestors, just passed on last month. Her son Alden Naranjo carries on the shamanic contact with the natural world. Alden has also come to Aspen to bring the Ute blessing to many activities here. Grandfather Wallace Black Elk, a “walking phenomenon” and “spirit interpreter” who came often to Aspen for talking circles, sweat lodges and ceremonies passed several years ago. Thankfully a few remain who can rise above the pain of their history and bring the gifts of love and connection that the indigenous way of life has to offer to a world out-of-balance.

It seems that calling together these elders along with members of the community who are open to the possibilities of walking “out-of-the-box” might lead to some heretofore unimaginable solutions.

A new world awaits us. We only need to ask the right questions, listen to the answers and act upon what we hear. It all comes down to free will and our choice to open to an expanded reality, a higher consciousness. 

It’s time.

Connie Baxter Marlow

Woody Creek

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