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African diaspora coalition, evolutionary culture design - living into non-duality

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The world is in a state of existential crisis which is causing tremendous suffering as climate change and resource depletion accelerate. After six years of laying the groundwork through the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH), a six-state consortium of environmentalists, in 2016 the Convener of the Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) United Nations Working Group established and now convenes an African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition of colleagues from throughout the Diaspora.

Coalition partners work together under the aegis of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent to encourage people's local ownership, and full use of the means of food production. The African Diaspora Coalition seeks to ensure that marginalized people who are dependent on industrial agriculture’s distribution systems create alternatives for themselves, produce food and herbal medicines locally, and have access to clean water as climate change dials up. The Coalition works to maximize the number of people who comprise a robust remnant that successfully navigates through the eye of the climate change needle.

Partnerships and Spiritual Grounding: Coalition work proceeds from the premise that activism that can significantly shift unprecedented, complex 21st century challenges must necessarily be grounded in experiential awareness of the non-dual nature of reality. That is, a “lived” understanding that the division, separation, and fragmentation that we see manifest in the world is only apparent. The false sense of separation is so pervasively held as a steady point of focus in the collective unconscious that it underlies and fuels aberrant social ills which cause suffering.

A fellowship of spiritual partners including Quaker, Buddhist, Jewish, Vedanta, and Unitarian Universalist practitioners has come together to demonstrate how cultivating awareness of non-duality can translate into, “awakened activism” and the practical thriving of communities. The DNA of these traditions is centered in the knowledge that the field of universal intelligence, rather than the human intellect, is the source of authentic clarity from which truly evolutionary social activism proceeds.

Fragmented consciousness has been methodically and deliberately imprinted on the peoples of the African Diaspora for four hundred years to facilitate their exploitation for economic gain. Systemic reunification and healing is needed. Coalition spiritual partners therefore offer a backdrop of clearness and form a spacious outer circle of support around this work taking place within the African Diaspora.

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African diaspora coalition, evolutionary culture design - living into non-duality

  1. 1. African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition Evolutionary Culture-building - Living Into Non-Duality
  2. 2. African Diaspora, Evolution, Living into Non-duality 21st Century Activism Internal Landscapes Evolutionary Culture-building
  3. 3. GOALS The African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition Seeks: • Ongoing alignment with the clarity of undifferentiated consciousness so as to translate that clearness into social transformation work. • Increased numbers of people who comprise a robust, evolved, resilience-building remnant, living in a post-carbon future, • Localized food sovereignty and access to clean water. Does not actively seek: Deconstruction and dialectical analysis of social ills, environmental justice, reconciliation dialogues, apologies, or reparations.
  4. 4. African Diaspora Evolution - Living Into Non-duality 21st Century Activism - Living Into Quaker Mysticism
  5. 5. Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition • ABI Organic Agriculture • Black Belt Justice Center • Center for Heirs Property Preservation • Heirs Property Law Center • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Environmental Justice Consortium • Pwani University • Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference
  6. 6. Cultivate a Robust, Evolved, Post-carbon Remnant
  7. 7. Non-duality Identifiers i am, and you are: One with a vast field of consciousness ─ an intelligent energetic field in perpetual motion, of which everyone and everything is a part.
  8. 8. Non-duality Identifiers i am, and you are: Also an individuated unit of the larger consciousness; the cumulative sum total of all lessons and experiences learned (over the course of a multitude of lifetimes).
  9. 9. Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox Internal Landscapes – Activists’ Community-of-Practice Informed by:  Gregory Bateson  Ludwig Bertalanffy  Fritzof Capra  George Fox  Siddhartha Gautama  Rufus Jones  Carl Gustav Jung Systems thinking extended to social and behavioral sciences. Systems thinking informed by open, living systems - biology. Systems thinking informed by quantum physics. Simultaneous manifestation of the conventional and unified fields. Simultaneous manifestation of the conventional and unified fields. Universal accessibility of the unified field. Personal and collective unconscious, archetypal material, synchronicity.
  10. 10. Non-duality Identifiers i am, you are: • A primarily a non-physical being with free will ─the animating force that makes decisions and choices for an avatar in physical form; • The witnessing consciousness, directing, and observing its avatar.
  11. 11. Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox Internal Landscapes – Activists’ Community-of-Practice Informed by:  George Lakoff  Ervin Laszlow  Joanna Macy  Donatella Meadows  Jesus of Nazareth  Max Planck  Alfred North Whitehead  Cognitive linguistics, applied conceptual metaphor.  Integral and akashic fields.  Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory.  General systems theory.  Simultaneous manifestation of the conventional and unified fields.  Quantum physics.  Process philosophy, metaphysics.
  12. 12. i am, you are – Also, a physical avatar, a vehicle, a body living in a virtual reality which is entirely conjured and maintained by the collectivity of human mind- brains ─the collective unconscious. Avatars are subject to the planetary rules- set, living in a brain-simulated apparently physical world; Race is a veneer ─ one of many external features of our avatar; our temporary vehicle.
  13. 13. Objective: Function in two dimensions simultaneously; master two frequencies on one spectrum occupying the same space. The Struggle - Liberation Dynamic Fighting the “isms” Unconscious of being Unconscious Duality, Sense of Separation and Fear • Scarcity & deprivation consciousness: Focus on what has, or might be taken from us, what we do or do not possess, • Fight hard for wellbeing, • Fear-based action: Fear of loosing control, not being good enough, focus on status; • Death is seen as something painful, dark and finite, • Unhappy, complaining; prolonged periods of joy are rare if they happen at all... ic
  14. 14. Objective: Function in two dimensions simultaneously −master two frequencies on one spectrum occupying the same space. Contemplative Practice: Live vastness, clear away mind-brain’s distortion, and intellect’s identification with the avatar Amplify impact on “below-the-cloud” world from point of tremendous clarity • Experientially discover the vast energetic nature of our true selves as one with the field of universal intelligence for longer and longer periods of time until this becomes the norm. • Awaken from intellectual constructs, limitations, and drama of the egoic self. • Retain equanimity and not be unseated, irrespective of outer circumstances. • Cease all inner resistance to all changing phenomena without exception. ic
  15. 15. Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox Internal Landscapes – Activists’ Community-of-Practice • A foundation of contemplative practice, or “self-observing,” • Apply General Relativity, • Apply Quantum Science, • Apply Neuroscience, • Use cognitive restructuring to work with neural plasticity and intentionally modify future probability; grow toward love.
  16. 16. Conventional reality is like a series of frames in a holographic film camera, moving quickly so as to create the illusion of continuity. When the mind is perfectly still, the brain-simulated illusion is seen for what is its and we experience undifferentiated consciousness −the one field.
  17. 17. African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition Living Into Non-Duality Beneath the Cloud-cover
  18. 18. Land Dispossession • Present - Black farmers own less than 3 million acres of farmland and comprise less than 1% of all U.S. farmers. Moreover, of all private U.S. agricultural land, whites account for 96% of the owners, 97% of the value, and 98% of the acres. • According to recent U.S. Census data, Black farmers own less than 3 million acres of farmland and comprise less than 1% of all U.S. farmers. Moreover, of all private U.S. agricultural land, whites account for 96% of the owners, 97% of the value, and 98% of the acres.
  19. 19. A Robust, Evolved Post-carbon Remnant
  20. 20. Food Sovereignty - Relocalization of Food Production The African Diaspora - Healing and Organizing • Food Sovereignty: Old-new economic models without strings. • 21st Century evolutionary culture- building and governance. • Healing reconnection of a vast network of local Diaspora nodes where people of African descent are relocalizing food production. ─Globally Interconnected, Local Environmental Resilience-building.
  21. 21. Agricultural Land Retention Priorities in the African Diaspora • Produce healthy, toxin-free food locally. • Employ holistic agricultural practices which enrich the soil and the Earth. • Preserve local biodiversity. • Determine agricultural land availability. • Work through land retention challenges. • Innovate strategies, models, and work-arounds.
  22. 22. Cross-Diaspora Strategies and Models • Agro-forestry: South Carolina and Georgia, • Agro-forestry: Kilifi, Kenya (Mombasa area), • Organic food and medicinal herb production: Central Virginia and Kisumu (Lake Victoria area) Kenya, • Heirs property retention - Purposeful reunification of fragmented families around land retention, agricultural land use, and receipt of climate refugees : Tampa Florida to Atlanta Georgia, • Land Retention Strategies: cross-Diaspora • Returning Generation Farmers – Historically Black Colleges & Universities
  23. 23. US Agroforestry and Regenerative Agriculture • Silvo pasture – Combined agriculture and livestock grazing, • Ally Cropping – Trees grow between rows of crops, • Forest Farming – Food grown under a managed forest canopy. • Income producing land retention strategy.
  24. 24. Regenerative Agricultural Land Resilience Models Food and Land Sovereignty Economic Alternatives • Goal: Create agricultural infrastructure and conditions that enable people to produce healthy food and feed themselves locally and regionally. • Community Land trusts: grassroots-owned and democratically controlled non- profits formed to purchase, conserve, and sustainably steward land. A goal is to ensure reliable land access for the rising generation. • Farm Linking: an online database matches socially disadvantaged farmers with land, and links emerging farmers with prospective sellers. • Farmer cooperatives: a platform for growers’ to pool resources for bulk purchases, and to supply and market their products. • Incubation farms and farm hubs: centers offering training programs designed to transfer expertise among beginning, returning generation, and retiring farmers. • Intentional Communities and Ecovillages: residential platforms for economic collaboration
  25. 25. Regenerative Agricultural Land Resilience Models Food and Land Sovereignty Economic Alternatives • Online crowdsourcing: A broad-based public finance platforms. • Revolving loan fund: A gap financing tool used to develop small scale farming. It is a self- replenishing pool of money that utilizes interest and principal payments on old loans to issue new ones. • Sou-sous: A West African rotating savings and credit association ─a type of informal savings club arrangement within a small group of people. • Tontines: An investment plan of 17th century origin, used effectively to date in West and Central Africa for raising capital. It combines features of a group annuity and a lottery. • Village collectives: A collaborating group of women’s kitchen gardens. • Micro-lending: A process whereby small sums of money are loaned to economically stressed groups of small farmers who do not have access to credit and financing; cottage, and artisanal industries. • Slow Money: A movement that provides small farmers with capital in the form of grants, investments, and low- or no-interest loans through local chapters, regional and national fundraising events.
  26. 26. Objective: Function in two dimensions simultaneously − master two frequencies on one spectrum occupying the same space. Contemplative Practice: Live vastness, clear away mind-brain’s distortion, and intellect’s identification with the avatar Amplify impact on “below-the-cloud” world from point of tremendous clarity • Experientially discover the vast energetic nature of our true selves as one with the field of universal intelligence for longer and longer periods of time until this becomes the norm. • Awaken from intellectual constructs, limitations, and drama of the egoic self. • Retain equanimity and not be unseated, irrespective of outer circumstances. • Cease all inner resistance to all changing phenomena without exception. ic
  27. 27. We calm, still, and master our mind-brains in order to experience the magnetic field of love. 21st century activism will make dent in existential challenges when we experientially rediscover our oneness, and live AS undifferentiated consciousness. Contemplative practice in a Holistic Life Foundation Program Meditators at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, MD
  28. 28. Trying to change the outer world with stop-gap intellectually generated social actions does not succeed because the outer struggle is a direct reflection of unexamined inner landscapes. Youth experience inner reality underlying outer social ills in order to make authentic change. “Mind up” Programs in schools: Children experience inner reality underlying outer world to make authentic change. Holistic Life Foundation Programs: Children observe the distinction between true self and their conditioning and let it go.
  29. 29. Cultivate a conscious, self-aware, evolved, and robust remnant, living into non-duality.
  30. 30. African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition Evolutionary Culture-building - Living Into Non-Duality

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