Lars Schmidt
Mountains and Rivers
are Speaking

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A Different Way / Notions towards Rebalance

‘I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by payment plans.’

Kate Tempest


After long periods of consideration, I finally decided to put down a text.
I was wondering about the timing and if the receptivity for it is given yet, since I am aware that it touches sensitive points and it is not my intention to accuse or judge anyone in anyway.
It is rather a presentation of a different way of looking at things and acting accordingly.

I will start with a short introduction of my own pathway.

My fields of study and inquiry ranged from different art forms, to agricultural and contemplative practices. Only to find that all of these areas are fundamental to being human and to separate them into different disciplines, independent from each other, does not make things easier.

Also the fact that I lived in and immersed myself into various cultural and social contexts, as well as urban, rural and nomadic settings, I consider very precious and informing.
Amongst other things, I came to know various ways of human settlement and bioregions, different life concepts, mind sets and modes of operation. I learned about various cultural contexts, their codes and organizational structures, and their challenges.

During those times I also spent long periods in nature. I still do this.
Quietly, or observing and listening.
And this kind of set the basis for a way of perceiving that became central to me.
To be more exact, it became articulate and unfolded, and I noticed that it was there since early childhood.

In general I sense that as a human being I live and work not for myself, but as part of all what we call nature, thus I contribute to nature as a whole.

In other words, I am aware that every action I perform, influences and is influenced by everything.

Even simpler: I am in everything and everything is in me.

Concerning life in all its perceived diversity there is a sensation of kinship, paired with a sense of wonderment.

With that, naturally, comes a sensation of wanting to protect, to foster and serve.

To sense that my activity participates in an act of exploitation, or that it generates or perpetuates suffering and harm, being caused by current ways of operation and perception, is neither bearable for a long time, nor is it acceptable.

I hope to contribute to the common good through my activity.
This notion, for me, integrates the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of a community.
Also I perceive this common good as not exclusive to the human species.
That means that I see the term ‘community’ as inclusive of plants, animals, mountains, rivers…
I do not believe in the well-being of a human community, in the way described above, without the well-being of the greater context it is embedded in and dependent upon.

And yet, I surely would not want to encourage any certain manner of living, other then to follow your heart.

In my case, living in a way that I sense as honest and authentic results in a sort of semi-nomadic and often precarious lifestyle for now.

I do not have the financial means or back-up to establish a permanent access to land or a house as a base.

So far it also did not occur that I participated in a collaborative effort of a communal living project, although I know of quite a few and regularly passed on the information to people who where searching.
So far for me this did not seem to fit.

I tried to be alert towards how things presented themselves and for the road that unfolded.
Out came so far a rather unconventional and at times quite extreme pathway, and I am aware that within the social and cultural contexts I lived in up to now, this might not be the most comprehensible of ways, neither is it a very fortunate one in terms of social status or access.

However, this is not only about me.

On my travels I have met quite a few with quite similar dispositions.
And what I sensed there, was an immense creative and sensitive potential, a potential that at the same time very often seemed to respond to contemporary and pressing demands.

Naturally, most of those people are conventional-category-defying individuals, alas they find themselves ‘outside’ (and in the worst case in situations where they shall be re-socialized and categorized), using whatever energy they can mobilize to get by.
If they get by.

Exercising Interconnectivity and Establishing New Structures

I think it is time for new ways of collaboration and structures that might just encourage and enable more people to listen and follow consequently.
I think we will be surprised by the powers that this would liberate.

In my experience, a direct personal relationship is the only thing that might withstand and outlive failure or abuse enacted by a given system. No matter in which context. It is those relationships that make a life situation within a society resilient.

Consequently, the potential of a mentorship (or just a collaboration on the basis of a clear, open and mutual understanding) is, for example, that people whose abilities and drives, or fortunate circumstances have led to a certain financial wealth and/or land ownership, decide to share some of that ‘water’ with others.

With others I mean people whose sensibilities and talents might be less valued or acknowledged in a given society, whose peculiarities might not even be understood, or who were simply less fortunate.
The mentor, however, senses a value and decides to support.
In that way, a mentorship could be described as a collaboration and a contribution towards a more diverse and healthier society.

Another concept, pointing in a similar direction, is that of Dana which in Buddhism or also in Hinduism, for example, describes a formal religious act of giving to a monastic person or a person on a spiritual path.
Dana is an integral part and a common practice of many Eastern societies.
It is clear that the monks add their kind of contribution, which is valued and respected, just as those who give and support them follow their own occupations.

In general I believe that lived and exercised interconnectivity and diversity is one of the ways that may lead to a certain emancipation from a system operating by rules and values that are more and more being identified as not sustainable in the long run, to say the least.

I think more and more people are aware of this.
Maybe it is more of a hope.
Quite simply and quite generally for the Earth’s precious land and life.

On the path towards rebalance and for the sake of healing man and nature, it sure seems to be time to be courageous and establish new ways.
And it seems that we are being supported in this endeavor through clear feedback and messages, presented to us on various levels – by our natural surroundings, just as by our individual sense of well-being and health.

Ultimately, I would like to express my sincere and deep gratitude for the support, help and openness I have met on the way.
As I often mentioned, if you could meet each other…what a beautiful gathering it would be.