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A Pilgrimage: Listening To The Voices Of The Winds. Part 1 of 6

A Pilgrimage; Listening To The Voices Of The Winds

This is the first part of a six part Newsletter beginning with New Moon in October. This is my contribution on the approach to COP26 and the COP26 Pilgrimage launching in Dunbar, where l live, on 17 October arriving in Glasgow before the start of the COP26 Summit on Samhain, 31 October. COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Summit which "will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change." Meantime, the participating organisations of the COP26 Pilgrimage include Deep Time Walk Project, Interfaith Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland John Muir’s Birthplace, Northern Light Arts, Scottish Dance Theatre and more. See, one organisational link, for further information. The intention here is:

"A walk and learning journey from Dunbar to Glasgow working with cultural, community and interfaith organisations to reimagine what it means to be ecological."

Indeed, love the questions, what does it mean to 'be ecological', and why does it matter, is what l will be exploring. It is worth noting in this regard the original statement for the COP26 Pilgrimage that defines pilgrimage as:

(…) places where miracles once happened, still happen, and may happen again." Victor and Edith Turner

Here pilgrimage itself is related with particular places, or one might say, particular ecologies, l also consider pilgrimage as a particular life ceremony we are called into from before birth; a ceremony that has different stages; a ceremony that enables shifts of consciousness from current every day routines so that participation in a metamorphosis from one particular way of being to another not yet known is possible; that we are called to that metamorphosis when ripe. I consider pilgrimage being 'more-than-human' too, like the metamorphosis of caterpillar into Painted Lady butterflies who pilgrimage, reaching their destination place over many generations.

I want to be clear at this beginning how l will use the word soul. l mean soul in the way Bill Plotkin speaks of In Soulcraft; Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche: as our unique eco-niche; our unique place, or you might say soul as ecology (Bill Plotkin). From this way "to be ecological" is to be soulcentric. Or, as the poet David Whyte speaks, as "The truth at the centre of the image we were born with." The language of Soul is image, metaphor, dream, symbol, archetype, imagination, poetry.

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