I am showing this film Aluna in my community because I believe it carries a powerful message for all of us non-aborigonal people; we, who over many generations, have become so detached and disconnected from the earth we are now complicit in its destruction.
Our lives are now constructed in such a way that we willingly, unwittingly or have little choice but to take part in activities which contribute to the potential demise of our own species, as well as many others.
It is a madness born out of our disconnection from who we truly are, a creature of planet earth. We behave as if we are separate, as if what we do will not affect us. In many cases we have out-sourced the true impact of our activities. They are out of sight and therefore for many, out of mind. We avoid the truth, telling each other not to spoil things by mentioning the impact of our poisoning, polluting choices.
By turning a blind eye, blaming others, expecting someone else to do something about it we try to alleviate ourselves of the burden of the truth, but deep down most of us know now, we can’t escape.
We know that much of what we do needs to change, that we must let go of our mad capital growth societies where rampant consumerism feeds a constant sense of dissatisfaction. It’s a never ending cycle of devastation and destruction not only to our planet home but to the very soul of each human being caught up in the whirlwind. Chasing after “stuff” will never satisfy the hole inside, the loss of connection, of belonging to this wonderful place we call earth.
Intellectually we may understand this loss, but most of us avoid touching the place inside that feels that fragmentation. It’s so painful we will do almost anything not to go there and so the consumption cycle turns, offering a temporary fix for what ails us.
We stuff ourselves with food like substances full of toxins which make us sick, we hawk ourselves to the eye balls chasing the latest must have items, we try to satisfy a lack of self-worth through parading our lives on social media, a sad show-off society underpinned by increasing mental and physical health. If any of it worked we would be healthy, we would be happy and increasingly so many of us are not.
So the Kogi tribe, who have never left that place of connection, who are still intimately part of everything, they understand our place in things and they have much to teach us.
I believe they and others like them are our guides, they can lead us back to reverence for this incredible place we live, our only home. They can help us see the damage we are doing and open a chink in us through which new understanding can enter and the reconnection begin.
Yes, it can be painful to open the wound in us, the place which hurts at what we do and have done but open it we must if we are to change. We cannot heal something we do not feel or see. When we shine a light on the wounded places, on the fears, the anger, the overwhelm, the sadness we no-longer have to try and numb it out. When we join together to honour this pain, to feel it and release it we regain energy for the task in hand.
In my previous article, Do you apologise for the tears you shed? Don’t. I wrote about how important these feelings are, they call us to action and so to do the Kogi and many other indigenous people’s around the world. So let’s rise to this calling.
For those unable to attend the local screening check out the film’s website Aluna the Movie, it will direct you to where you can download it. Share it with your friends, family and community. The time for change is now.