H.E.L.P. ~ The Healthy Eco-Living Project! -- Coming Late 2016

Creating a world that works for all ~ You can H.E.L.P!

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
~Mahatma Gandhi

 

Living a Life of True Abundance & Deeper Meaning
Throughout the history of humanity there are periods when we have been called to reinvent ourselves
and learn to live in an new way, a way never seen before. This is the challenge of our times.
The sustainable living challenge!

 

What is H.E.L.P.?
The Healthy Eco-Living Project is University of Earth’s innovative online program for creating eco-communities through a collaborative process of offering leading edge concepts and practices for learning to live sustainably and fulfilling our greater potentials.  With a commitment of creating a sustainable world that works for us all, both humans and non-humans, H.E.L.P. is part of University of Earth’s greater mission of participating in reinventing society.  In essence, H.E.L.P. is dedicated to the central mission of our times, the adventure of creating a just, life-sustaining, Eco-Centric Society.

With the recognition we are all in this together, both human and non-human, we have tailored the program for people of every walk of life by creating a process where we explore and practice how to become a true EcoCentric people, beginning where you are right now.  In not knowing all of the answers, the program is designed to remain open and evolving, holding space for the unique contributions of others, as we live the perennial questions, Where are we going? How are we to live? How do we truly create an EcoCentric Society?

Program Structure
The program is designed to create income generating supportive eco-communities and offers monthly lessons for taking step by step actions and practices for fulfilling our greater potentials, both individually and collectively.

The program has three complimentary paths; the Eco-Living Practitioner, the Eco-Life Coach and the Eco-Community Leader.  Participants in each path practice the requisite skills and join a supportive community of other practitioners for sharing our ideas, successes and challenges.

Two central features of an EcoCentric Society are a deep sense of belonging to the natural world and an attunement with the cycles of nature. This attunement alone offers an enriching and healing quality to our lives. With that, our courses follow the cycles of nature and begin on seasonal quarters with new lessons sent on the full moons of each month.

The program is specifically designed to be compatible with our busy lifestyles.

The Eco-Living Practitioner serves as the starting point for H.E.L.P. The program introduces the participant to core concepts and practices of living EcoCentrically.

The Eco-Life Coach program builds on the Practitioner program and adds a dimension of life coaching, giving Practitioners another skill set to HELP create the world we envision while generating supplemental income.

The Eco-Community Leader, also builds on the Practitioner program and introduces deeper concepts and practices of Eco-Living and the core concepts and practices for becoming agents of social change. 

 

The program has four basic cornerstones. Different elements within each cornerstone will present a challenge, a task and practices for meeting the challenge.

                The F.E.W Essentials – Sustainable Food, Energy & Water

                Our Great Work – Reinventing the Human & Society

                The Miracle of We – Creating Eco-Community

                The Trees of Life Economy – A Grassroots Approach

 

 

The Cornerstones of H.E.L.P.

The F.E.W Essentials – Sustainable Food, Energy & Water
First things first! While sustainable development depends on our greater human development scholars point out that our greater human development means nothing if we do not have a healthy planet on which to develop. Without stable and sustainable food, energy and water much of our other work will be for naught. We cannot predict what climate change will bring to us regarding possible challenges for meeting our basic necessities. However, we can prepare by taking a proactive approach as we create a life of true abundance.

Challenge: To model appropriate sustainable living practices and secure life’s basic necessities as we learn to live a life of true abundance in our changing times.

Task: In this component of H.E.L.P. participants will explore and experiment with a variety of sustainable practices within the framework of monitoring and systematically reducing our individual and collective ecological footprint. Along with food, energy and water participants will have the opportunity to explore EcoHome and EcoVillage living practices.

 

“When you act on behalf of something greater than yourself, you begin to
feel it acting through you with a power that is greater than your own. This is grace.”
~Joanna Macy

Our Great Work - Reinventing Society
Cultural Historian, Thomas Berry reminds us, “We cannot doubt that we too have been given the intellectual vision, the spiritual insight, and even the physical resources we need for carrying out the transition that is demanded of these times…”

In this component of H.E.L.P. we will explore the three dimensions of reinventing society identified by Ecophilosopher Joanna Macy, a process she calls the "Great Turning." Macy claims these three dimensions (personal development, holding the line, reinventing the old & creating the new) and are all necessary to bring change and are currently happening simultaneously. 

Challenge: To negotiate the transition from the Industrial Growth Society to a life-enhancing Ecocentric Society.

Task: Participants are asked to participate in the Personal Development dimension and plan to participate in at least one of the other two dimensions over time.  A variety of practices specific for each dimension will offered for participants to choose from.

Personal Development – shifting worldviews and values and developing the body, mind & heart.
EcoCentric human development is the central feature of University of Earth and is the main aspect of this cornerstone. As was mentioned above, true sustainable development depends on our greater human development. Here course participants will share their preferred practices and be introduced to a variety of practices proven to help facilitate reaching our greater potentials, deepen our self-discovery and expand our awareness.

Holding the Line - actions to slow the damage to Earth and "the family of all things."
Course participants will evaluate what methods best fit their personalities as they take action to slow the damage to Earth and the beings of Earth. Actions range from e-letters to government officials to peaceful civil disobedience. 

Reinventing the Old & Creating the New
Course participants seek to understand and demystify the dynamics of our current institutions of economics, government, food and water systems and education and then participate in creating alternative institutions or reinventing current institutions.  

 

“The human community and the natural world will go forward as a single sacred community or we will both perish.”
~Thomas Berry

The Miracle of We ~ Creating a True Eco-Community
Creating a single sacred community is the central purpose of University of Earth. In this cornerstone of H.E.L.P we strive to fulfill that purpose. By sacred we mean to regard all beings and all things with reverence, respect and the right to exist and to honor the concsious numinous presence in each.

Challenge 1:
To transcend our narrow concepts of community to include the “more-than-human” world and create a true integral Eco-Community both locally and globally.

Task 1:
Participants will explore practices that create a deeper intimacy with the more-than-human world, delve into the concepts of the rights of nature and play with methods to improve and deepen human relationships.

 

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that has been put in every heart.”
~Rumi

Depth psychologist and ecophilosopher Bill Plotkin tells us that world cannot become fully itself unless we become fully ourselves. With that, fulfillment our particular work as Rumi has indicated in the above quote is essential to creating the world we hope for.  Indigenous cultures as well as contemporary human potential researches make the claim that if you do not fulfill your intended role you are bound to a dissatisfying and often unhappy life and perhaps, even unnessary severe life trials. 

Thomas Berry adds, “Each of us has our individual life pattern and responsibilities. Yet beyond these concerns each person in and through their personal work assists in the Great Work. Personal work needs to be aligned with the Great Work.”

Challenge 2:
An EcoCentric Society requires us to discover and fulfill our true life purpose, our particular work.

Task 2:
Participants will be introduced to concepts and practices proven to help determine one’s true life purpose and discover how they can be aligned with the Great Work.

 

“It is difficult to get people to understand something when their salary requires them not to understand it.”
~Upton Sinclair

 

The Trees of Life Economy -- A Grassroots Approach
Cultural historians tell us we know when the time has come for society to reinvent itself is when its four central institutional pillars, education, government, religion and economics are not working any longer; when they no longer provide the solutions to our major problems.

Our current economic system is failing us in multiple ways, and while it has indeed raised the standard of living for many, it is now a major part of the problem.  Through an intentional effort to create an insatiable desire for things it forces most of us to become mere cogs in our material consumer society in order to meet even our basic needs, while playing the leading role in our current extiction crisis.  As Sinclair indicates above, this makes it very difficult for people to understand anything different, when their food, water and shelter depend on the current system. 

Challenge 1:
To create a means for people to generate income and “make a living” by fulfilling their true purpose and create an EcoCentric Society.

Task 1:
Participants will explore ways in which to “make a living” doing the “particular work” they were made for.

 

"Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever increasing rate."
~Victor Lebow, Marketing Consultant 1955

While humans are not considered primary producers from the biological perspective, we are clearly both producers and consumers.  However, because of our storied nature we have accepted a role as voracious material consumers while producing untold unnecessary and unfulfilling items.  Humans must reinvent what it means to be responsible producers and consumers.

All of the wisdom traditions address right livelihood, right mind and right action, and yet, today’s economy offers little opportunity in this way.  Thomas Berry reminds us, “Earth is primary and humans are derivative….The Earth economy can survive the loss of its human component, but there is no way the human economy can survive and prosper apart from the Earth econo­my….There is no such thing as a human community in any manner separate from the Earth community.”

Challenge 2:
To create an ecologically sound Earth honoring economy and overcome our addiction to Western material consumerism.

Task 2:
Participants will explore what a sustainable Earth based economy is, create a vision of that what economy looks like, and for those called to it, begin to take steps for creating it locally and beyond. Additionally, participants will study and begin to practice conscious consumerism and create "consumer anonymous" support groups where needed.

 

Earn Income
One of the more innovative aspects of H.E.L.P. is our Trees of Life Economy where participants are given the opportunity to pay for their courses and earn extra income facilitating others in the program as we grow our Eco-Community.  This aspect of the program is designed to give participants an opportunity, not only to earn extra income, but to even make their living creating an EcoCentric Society while fulfilling their true life purposes.

Join us for the great adventure of our times; the creation of a society that works for all!

For more information contact: info@UofEarth.org 

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