Denise Rushing
Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

In May of 2019, I attended the Global Earth Repair conference in Port Townsend WA.  There I met John Liu and was deeply inspired by his keynote on the topic of restoring large-scale damaged ecosystems.  You can check out the conference and hear his talk...

Lessons from Pachamama – Coming Home

Lessons from Pachamama – Coming Home

Coming HomeJust days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire.  We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air.I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle--the gift of LIFE.... of breath,...

Lessons from Pachamama – The Third Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The Third Gift

The Third Gift.On the day we were to leave the jungle, we awoke once again to a downpour.  Our flight out was supposed to be at 8 a.m. The plan was that we would hike there for a hour. so we would need to leave by 7 a.m.  Before we were to leave though, we got word that the planes would...

Lessons from Pachamama – The Second Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The Second Gift

"When the Self emerges, the ego takes a hit"The Second GiftI knew before the trip that the Achuar interpret their dreams at four a.m. and we would be invited to join them. What I did not know was that we would face this same treacherous jungle trail --only this time, it would be in the dark and in...

Lessons from Pachamama – The First Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The First Gift

The First GiftOnce in Ecuador, after a couple days acclimating and exploring the city of Quito, we headed out by bus to the edge rainforest, arriving at the airport city of Shell where we were issued tall mud boots for our jungle adventure. Thanks to our guides and a talented bush pilot, we were...

Lessons from Pachamama – Call to Change the Dream

Lessons from Pachamama – Call to Change the Dream

Twenty five years ago, the Achuar, an ancient indigenous dream culture deep within the Amazon rainforest in South America, began receiving warnings in their dreams. Their ancestral lands were at risk, not only potentially destroying their way of life, but all life, which depends on the rainforest,...

Listening for a New Way of Being

Meilin Ehlke gives us a way to listen for the New Story as it emerges within.It calls us and pulls us forward if we are willing to listen for it.

The New Story

The New Story

This New Story comes just in time.Human commerce is fundamentally destroying the biosphere (as we have known it) on our small blue planet….. So, The Sacred Universe story can remind us that each of our stories, is a paragraph in this larger story. In other words, it's our story too… it's one story...

The Rigged Game

The Rigged Game

I am unaccustomed to rage.Even as a child, I understood that the game was rigged.  Over time, I've become even more aware... though I have had the luxury of not having to think about it all the time--to not have to face it, and the feelings it brings up, day in and day out. All day. ...

Qualities of a Gamechanger

Pachamama Alliance has a course entitled "the Gamechanger intensive".  In it they share the qualities of a gamechanger in these times (Source: Pachamama.org):1. You understand that all life is connected.You see the human family, in all its diversity, as an integral component in the web of...

Amplify the Call

Amplify the Call

The historic and inspiring Global Climate Action Summit, @GCAS2018 closed yesterday with a strong Call to Action to "step up ambition", chart a clear path towards a zero-carbon future and to empower grassroots climate action. So let’s work together to amplify this...

Baby Steps

Baby Steps

My grandbabies are taking their first steps now--and in a few months from now they will be RUNNING... in a couple of years, skipping.They don't know it now, but these baby steps are opening up a whole new world for them. Today, they cannot imagine playing varsity basketball or hiking Mt. Lassen,...

Befriending Our Despair

Befriending Our Despair

As compassionate, sensitive, open people, we can all be overcome by the magnitude of the losses wesee every day. Even the most optimistic among us will be affected by the staggering losses and the daily affronts to our values, sensibilities, and even our sanity.It is painful. So painful that...

Soil can save the world!

Soil can save the world!

Remember this? The Soil Story Well, "Kiss the Ground" has a new trailer out.  It's only a minute long and it is fantastic: Yes, living soil can help reverse global warming. 

Four Levels of Action for Change

Four Levels of Action for Change

Individual actions matter--and they add up. And large policy issues matter, and so writing and calling policymakers in important.  But our whole human economic system needs to change! We need ways to successfully disrupt the destructive economic systems and ways to challenge dominant...

What if Global Warming is Happening for Us?

What if Global Warming is Happening for Us?

Pachamama Alliance recently interviewed author Paul Hawken on the topic of why it is important to set a goal to REVERSE global warming--and how that is possible.  He asks a provocative question: What if global warming is happening for us?  What if it isn't a fight against at all, but a call to a...

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

Charles Eisenstein author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, offers a heart-opening view of this moment in time.  Watch:If you haven't read his book, you are in for a treat.Want more insights and inspiration?  I'll be sharing these in a 30 day "what Can One Person...

What Can one Person Do About Global Warming?

Learn more at http://www.breathablefuture.comThis weekend Loretta and I went to visit our grandbabies. And it occurred to me that it is important to me to be able to take them outside. But here's the thing--I can't. Why? Because I do not want them to breathe the air that has been deemed...

Rainforest Journey with Pachamama Alliance

I've not shared the rainforest experience with anyone really... I somehow don't have the words. Loretta and I returned from the Ecuadorian rainforest only to be evacuated due to wildfire and now, with the air here so needing those "lungs of the planet," it almost seems self-indulgent to remember...

First stop: Quito Ecuador

Important safety tip— learn Spanish before you go.One of my biggest fears in traveling to Ecuador was not knowing the language.  As it happens, I was saved by a downloaded version of Google translate.

Pachamama – Changing the Dream

I'm heading into the Ecuadorian Rainforest to be with an intact indigenous tribe - the Achuar - a dream-based culture. Pachamama (Mother Earth) calls...It's time to get serious about changing the Dream.

A Framework for Changing Anything

Believe that change is possible.Why?  Because it is!Here is how it happens:If you haven't already done so, be sure to join my "What can one person do to reverse global warming?" activation series.More information on the series at http://www.breathablefuture.comDenise

The Time to Mobilize is NOW…

First, here is an excellent article by Bill McKibben on our current response to Climate Castastrophe:https://newrepublic.com/article/135684/declare-war-climate-change-mobilize-wwiiThe net of it is this: it is time for a world-wide large scale mobilization for a "war" we are currently losing. ...

Remember Tomorrowland?

When I was five years old, I was introduced to the Magic Kingdom.  I loved all the themes, but especially enjoyed Tomorrowland and "The City of the Future."  I knew in my heart that technology would make everything even better.Fast forward fifty four years...Today we have technology in...

Optimism is a Political Act

Cynicism is obedience. From a great article by Alex Steffan:"Entrenched interests use despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change. They encourage modes of thinking which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to...

The Power of Changing the Story

From Charles Eisenstein:"Every act that comes from the understanding of interconnection, of inner being, is a spiritual act, andalso a political act.By acting from a different story, we disrupt the psychic substructure of our mythology. And we offer an alternative... any time that we give somebody...

Principles of Spiritual Leadership

Will Keepin’s Principles of Spiritual Leadership (also published as Principles of Spiritual Activism - Source: http://www.earthlight.org/essay40_deboer.html)  Explanation reposted from https://transitiontownmedia.org/the-twelve-principles-of-spiritual-leadership/:The following...