The Ecology of Prosperity

The Ecology of Prosperity:

The Path to Sustained Personal and Global Abundance.


The purpose of this article is to introduce you to a system of living that will give you tools that can enable and inspire you to succeed in your life in the unique way you define success and at the same time succeed in a way that enhances life on Earth now and in the future.    The second half of this statement is the key distinction between this system and others.  Most other systems promote success as a system of personal gain only.  The more enlightened works on the subject define success as, at most, beneficial for humanity.  In contrast, this system of thought and action focuses on creating success that is universally life enhancing.  Not just for the few but for the many.  Not just in your home but everywhere on Earth.  Not just for humans but for all of life.  Not just now but for the next 100 generations.  This article will focus on the ecological belief structure necessary to create this new world.  The next article will introduce you to the beliefs and actions that will create your personal success .


This is not meant to be an exhaustive treatise on the much written about subjects of success or ecology.  It is suggestive only and meant to help motivate the reader to move in new directions that can help you and all.


The way to achieve the greatest heights of universal prosperity on Earth is to honor and unleash the power of individual motivation and creativity while at the same time channeling individual action to those things that do not harm but instead enhance life on Earth. Life is dependent on a healthy global and local “ecosystem”.  Since the advent of modern civilization what is required is not only a thriving physical ecosystem but a political, economic and social one as well.  If any of these segments of human activity are dysfunctional, they will work to sabotage the rest.  


The laws that govern a healthy physical ecosystem are the same laws that govern healthy political, economic and social ecosystems as well.  And they are the same laws that govern the individual, although on vastly different time horizons.  When we honor these laws in our pursuit of personal wealth, health and happiness we create abundance for all now and in the future.



Personal Motivation


The impulse of all life is to grow.   A fundamental element of universal prosperity is harnessing this force in as many beings as possible.  The genetic code of all living things promotes more life within each species and among species.  Simply put the essence of life is to create more life. This is the same impulse that drives us.  It is us.  We are the impulse of life to grow made in a form that has self awareness, language, the ability to plan and motor skills to build, an extremely potent combination.  Prior to the human ability to control the environment, the impulse of life to grow created a natural environment that thrived with incredible diversity and abundance;  always self correcting because no creatures were able to manipulate the environment to the degree we can.  This is the nature of all living systems.  The way of life is to become more abundant, complex and synergistic.  Each species and individuals within each species play a unique role synergizing to the whole.  This maximizes the potential life mass and energy in any given ecosystem creating the maximum amount of life that any bioregion can accommodate.  This maximum amount is continually evolving, increasing  and complexifying.  This is how life grew to create such a vast, beautiful and complex systems of living things and can continue to do so if we let it. This urge of all living things to grow combined with the synergistic and balanced nature of that growth is how life on Earth became so ubiquitous, bountiful and beautiful. This synergistic growth is the key not only to the bounty and beauty of natural system but the bounty and beauty of individuals and groups of people as well. 


We are primarily motivated by self interest but we no longer are limited by our local ecosystem in the amount or quality of growth.   When our action is in line with the natural laws of ecosystems, it benefits not only the self, but the whole.  As individuals, we act at least 99% of the time in our own self interest.  Self interest as I am defining it, is anything that benefits you physically, emotionally or spiritually.  So caring for your child or pet would still be considered self interest since it benefits you emotionally and spiritually.  We are constantly trying to better our situation in life, or enjoying what we have already created.  The problem now is that since we are no longer dependent on the ecosystem for our short term sustenance, we can violate the laws of synergistic life in our ecosystem.  We do not experience the direct feedback of food shortages and disease.   Since we can plan and build technologies that manipulate our environment, our self interest no longer needs to be in constant dynamic harmony with life on Earth.  Now we may survive on Earth temporarily while destroying all the diversity and beauty that sustained us.


Global Prosperity


Many people think we are separate from nature and separate from each other, that belief is the main reason we have ecological and social problems.  Mine and your views and actions in relation to nature are primarily determined by our world view which gives us our interpretation of reality.  Most of us think of ourselves as dependent on nature in some way.  Some people think that we are not dependent on nature.  These views mainly but not entirely depend on one’s belief about the origin of existence.  There are three main ways of looking at the universe.  One is as a world that is created by God, another is the world itself was not created so to speak but is itself God and the last is that the world simply exists.  Whatever your personal interpretation of the ultimate nature of reality, if we are to be a source of life thriving in the long term on Earth, we need to begin to believe that we and all living things are one.  Also we need to believe that how we treat the natural world we treat ourselves.  We need to think of ourselves as a direct descendent of all the people, animals and plants that came before us and as ancestors of all that will come after us.  As we stand on the generations that came before us, we lay the foundation of future generations.  If there is such a thing as reincarnation, it exists, at a minimum, in the evolution of human thought and action on Earth.  What is critical at this juncture in humanity’s evolution is a new, well not new, but newly adopted belief that we are one with nature obviously including other humans.


For the prosperous Earth to become a reality, the belief that we are one with nature for all time will need to be enshrined in various sacred ways.  We will need to adopt a whole new set of social rituals to honor this idea.  We will need to reinforce this belief in our neighbors, our enemies, our children; in everyone.  It will need to become the soup we swim in.  The air we breathe.  We need to begin thinking about oneness with all life in the same way we think about gravity.  It simply is a law of the universe.


There is one thing that dominates everything on Earth.  That thing is the common beliefs of the majority of people.  Some may argue it is the elite that rule, but in this age the elites rule with the unconscious acceptance of the mass beliefs.  Other than meteors, majority belief is the one force that can destroy our planet, or transform it into heaven on Earth.


I will not attempt here to convince you that we are one with nature.   That would take a fundimental insight.  That type of insight demands a whole set of parameters that are beyond the scope of these writings.  You may have those types of insights but that is not the intention of these writings.  These articles are for those of you who have already come to the conclusion that all life is connected and that what we do to life we do to ourselves.  If you believe this and are ready to live the fullest life possible and have the greatest positive impact, then these writings are for you. 


Belief and the nature of our being


We are the conscious composite of all life, the elements of the Earth and the Energy of the Sun held together by the force of gravity and somehow influenced by the mysterious force of dark matter.  We are dependent on other life forms, we are dependent on the Earth, we are dependent on the Sun.  We are dependent on the fundamental elements and laws that govern the universe.  This is obviously true, but a great majority of us don’t live that way.  We live as if we are some how independent and transcendent of these things. We live inside our technological bubble, thinking that the bubble sustains us, when it is simply a time capsule that is using the larger forces of nature to sustain itself.  Unfortunately, the dominant global culture is stuck in a belief structure that dishonors our dependence on and oneness with the Earth, the Sun, and all life.  We live in a mythology that says humans are the center of all things, as if we are the end of the evolutionary chain or even separate from it.  Most of us think of ourselves as the most important life form.  The reality is that we are but a side show.  We are one of many, each with its own power and intelligence.  We are but a small sliver of the evolutions of beings in the vast time frame of living things.  At some point, we will be surpassed by more intelligent and complex beings.  But if we continue to relate to the rest of life as less then ourselves and as ourselves as independent from life, our current civilization is doomed.  We literally are in midst of the next great mass extinction of life on Earth, only this time we are the ones causing it.  In the last mass extinctions, it did not go so well for the dominant creatures of that time.   More metaphysically put, the vitality of our being is manifested in the diversity and vitality of the rest of life on Earth.  We are literally destroying the ground of our own being at an ever increasing pace. 


Beliefs shape our values and drive our actions


The main reason we are doing this is because our deepest beliefs do not consider other life forms, the Earth and the Sun as the ground of our own being, as the foundation of our prosperity.  Even in new age systems, there is a tendency to focus only on individual thought and believe thought to be the root of all prosperity.  This view is important but entirely incomplete. We need a new view of creation, one that does not put us at the center of the conscious world; one that instead locates us as a cog in the gears of the whole machine; an organ of the Earth so to speak.  You can think of humans as the nervous system of the Earth Life System.  In our current state we are equivalent to a metastasizing cancer and stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. 


We need to see ourselves as musicians in a great orchestra playing our part in harmony with every other living thing on Earth in the concert hall of the Earth.  Right now we are playing this dissonant chaos in which one instrument, the human is trying to dominate all others in shrieking shrill cries of self aggrandizement. 


Simply put, we can not exist without the Earth, the Sun and all the dynamic relationships within it.  It makes up our very bones, blood, organs and brain. We are the energy and matter of the Earth manifest in this time and in this global ecosystem.  We are a manifestation of the evolution of life on Earth here and now.  In the distant past, we did not exist in this form.  In the future we will not exist in this form.  Every shining pine needle, every salmon, every ameba, every blue whale, every blade of grass gave rise to us and sustains us now, literally and spiritually. Until the dominant culture begins to believe that we are one with the Earth, we are doomed.  But if enough of us adopt this view to create a mass change in world perception, then we can thrive. 


No green action can save our civilization except one.  All the recycling programs, all the solar power, all the green building, all the carbon reduction can not save us.  A dominant culture that does not honor the Earth along with all its living systems in its core belief will not survive.  If we, the creators of the Technology do not see the global ecosystem as the life blood that sustains us, we will destroy it.  But on the other hand, all our creativity, all our intelligence and all our technology will create a new paradise if the dominant culture on Earth adopts the view that we are one with all life and the Earth.   


Wealth and You


The source of all health, wealth and happiness on Earth is the sum total of all living things in dynamic relationship with the Earth and the Sun. That is not to say the non living elements of the earth are not a source of wealth as well, but only to say that they are useless without the total interaction of all living systems.  Therefore the living systems themselves are the root of wealth.  The sum total of life energy and life diversity on Earth is in freefall and has been for at least the last 100 years.  The climate crisis is but a symptom of this.  Although it is critical to solve the climate crisis, it is our relationship to nature that we must transform. 


We can thrive individually and do good globally. There can still be billionaires.  Income equality is not the answer.

To create holistic personal prosperity we must start from the belief that we are all connected now and have been always and will be always.   When we start with that belief then we can begin to harness the incredible individual power that lies within each one of us and create a world that is truly heaven on Earth. 


What is takes for an individual to create personal and global prosperity can be divided into three realms: The realm of thought, the realm of action and the realm of things.  In the realm of thought, what we think and what we believe are the critical components to master.  In the realm of action, the interaction between our thoughts, our physical sensations and external stimuli is what needs to be harnessed.  In the realm of things, the critical component to master is the physical properties of things and their relationship to one another.


Over the next two years, the posts that follow will outline a new practice and philosophy of prosperity that harnesses the drive for self gain while honoring our place within the web of life that sustain us all.  The old distinctions between capitalism and socialism, business and environment, personal and global are relevant only in as much as they help us find that zone of dynamic vibrant life.  It is high time for us to implement a human system that really works for all life and for the long term.  That is what this system will aim to teach.  This will be the first article of many that will explain this approach through description, exercise and example.  If you apply this system fully, you can achieve the highest states of success and fulfillment possible for you.  You will even be able to achieve heights which seemed unobtainable before.  And in the process, the natural world including the human world will become a much better place now and for generations to come.


Mike Stokes


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