I started to write about making my own oatcakes and out came all this!
Several times over the last few months I have heard things which alarmed me, information which suggests the global collapse is upon us, disaster imminent.
I freaked out.
I felt I couldn’t cope with the information, I have no reference points for how to handle global meltdown and the ensuing catastrophe. It’s bad enough already, the mass extinction, human despair, wars, political mayhem, please don’t tell me it’s going to get worse.
I really do not want to hear that!
I tend to avoid the news, draw back from the human suffering, rant at the political ineptitude and then fall back into a semi-denial. I manage to carry on bearing my heavy load of pain for what is occurring on my planet home, muffled in a thick blanket of busyness, not stopping, not thinking, trying not to feel anything about it.
I am however cursed and blessed with a body who tells the truth who hauls me out of my fug. It creates pain that I have to respond to, that cannot be ignored, that I must tend to. In this ministering to myself I am reminded of where this pain comes from, I am called to action in defence of life on earth. I am a Shambala Warrior.
How can I do this though, it does feel too big, too scary and too much for one little human like me to deal with?
It turns out oatcakes tell the story of how I can contribute, the little daily changes I can make which on the face of it may seem simple and fairly insignificant. I believe they are symbolic and therefore enormously powerful. They carry a message of hope, of empowerment, of independence, freedom and choice. They represent the revolution I am part of, the Great Turning I am taking part in, the direction in which I am moving. Please read this beautiful poem, it explains far more eloquently than I can what the Great Turning is.
Here’s how the oatcakes spoke to me.
I am part of a buying group where we buy in bulk and receive a discount. We buy from a food cooperative which feels better than supporting the multinational supermarkets.
I usually buy oatcakes which come in a box of 12 packs, inside each pack there are several separate cellophane packets of oatcakes, so a lot of packaging. Even in my state of denial it’s hard to avoid the truth every time I put one of those wrappers in the bin. I know it’s contributing to a huge waste problem stretching out into the future which will affect future gernerations, people I am connected to who are depending on my contribution to the stewardship of the earth for their chance at life.
This time, I bought oatmeal instead and I have started to make my own oatcakes. Here is the first attempt.
Part of me says the problems of the world are so much bigger than this; my pathetic attempts to change, but I know that every time I take this sort of action, where I say no to the processed packaged stuff and yes to good wholesome, home-made nourishing food I am taking a stand. It’s part of my personal revolution, my two fingers up at the big multinational companies, at anyone trying to tell me there’s nothing we can do, it’s all too big or too far gone.
The impact of my oatcakes may seem tiny but if you and you and you all take a stand with me. If you look in your bin and decide there is something you can do without, or you could make for yourself, and you tell others and they do it too, our actions become something larger, more powerful, WE together become a force, a band of Shambala Warriors.
When it all seems to tough, too hard, there’s not enough time, the effort……..it’s all too much we can support each other, help each other, cover for each other. Like a gaggle of geese we can honk each other on and maybe with luck we can reach our destination, a place where we know we at least tried, we gave it our best shot, even if we only ever made our own oatcakes.
“The smallest act with the clear intention has repercussions through the whole web beyond your capacity to see.” Joanna Macy.
You can find the oatcake recipe here.