The 11th Hour
We are living at a time when the assumptions and behaviors of our modern civilization have undermined not only our economic and social stability, but, more important, the earth’s very life support systems. Now the human race must respond and solve these crisis. We have long known, for at least 30 years, that human activity is undermining the ecosystem, polluting the air, water and land, and causing massive species extinction; as well as creating vast disparities of wealth distribution, and financial instability in our modern economies. However, we have been unable to halt our destructive behavior. This brings me to a very critical question: If the earth is our only home and stability is what we seek, why do we behave the way we do? The 11th Hour started to address some of these questions and at the end of the film, Wes Jackson, farmer and President of the Land Institute, said:
“Now to me the value that comes from the healing power that comes from getting, that it’s not just global warming, it’s not just fossil fuel dependency, it’s not just soil erosion. It’s not just chemical contamination of our land and water, it’s not just the population problem. And it’s not just all of those, the deterioration of the environment, of our planet, is an outward mirror of an inner condition. Like inside, like outside and that’s a part of the great work.”
Into Eden is about this “great work,” the work of understanding what has happened “inside,” inside the human species and inside our consciousness. As the outside is our home, planet earth, and it is in crisis, we, then, clearly are in crisis on the inside. I want to explore this crisis, understand why we are in crisis, and how to shift out of crisis into healing and solution. I feel that once we better understand ourselves, we will heal ourselves, and stop the deterioration within and without. We will also then realize that we live in Eden, that the garden of life is still about us and in us, and that we are able to live in it, in harmony. There is no more urgent work than this, and we must get about the business, as fast as we can. – Leila Conners
Background research and discussions with:
Deepak Chopra, The Chopra Center; Mandaza, Svikiro Healer & Mhondoro Peacemaker from Zimbabwe; Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution; Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Sufi Mystic in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Order; Benjamin Webb, Episcopal Priest, Center for Regenerative Society; Carter Phipps, Enlightened Next Magazine; Deana Metzger, Medicine Woman & Storyteller; James Hillman, Jungian Psychologist Archetypal Psychology; Nathan Gardels, New Perspectives Quarterly; Orland Bishops, ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation; Sanda Jaspar, Reiki Master, Osani Health; Paul Gorman, National Religious Partnership for the Environment; Yogiraji Gurunath Siddhanath, Living Kriya Master; David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College; Adyashanti, Zen Buddhism; Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan, Onadaga Nation, Haudenosaunee, Six Nations, Iroquois Confederacy; Oscar Miro-Quesada, Shaman in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.