Last week, I gave an impassioned speech about the Renaissance of the Divine Feminine and Rewilding of Our Lives. It was a call to action for women to unite and face the dark truth that our world is a hot mess and we need to fix it. I mentioned the massive imbalances in wealth and power, the rampant violence, poverty addiction, and trauma, climate crisis and animal extinctions (and more). I acknowledged that it can be really overwhelming to even think about it. We may have all kinds of emotions: grief, panic, even paralysis, in response.
I offered Rewilding as a solution. It’s something that has been gestating in me for a while now. In my speech, I said that:
Rewilding is healing the parts of your that are disconnected and lost.
Rewilding is reconnecting with your magic.
Rewilding is reviving your imagination.
And Rewilding is taking your power back
So that you can live the life you were born to live, and help us usher in the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible.
And then I explained the ways to become self-empowered, self-aware and self-reliant by remembering who you are.
Remembering that you are made of sacred energy, just like the Earth and all her living things. Remembering that you are made of wild and wild is made of you. Remembering that that we live in a we-world not a me-world — we are part of a larger ecosystem that is impacted by every choice that we make. One small change that you make causes a ripple effect on the sacred whole.
I was happy with the speech. The delivery was good. Others were inspired. But I had this RUSH of energy when it was over that was moving through me like a freight train. It was demanding that I do more, say more, activate more. There was a sense of urgency and power and I had no idea what to do with it. I still have no idea. But I am trying to figure it out.
I believe that Rewilding is both a detox and a reboot — similar to changing our diet. We know that junk food causes physical and emotional illness, but we may not feel the immediate effects when we eat those french fries, plus we may be addicted to rush of carbs or sugar or whatever. If we try to white-knuckle the change, we are permanently hangry. We know we need a GOOD reason — like living a long life to watch our children grow up — plus a GOOD support system — hanging out with french fry junkies will only make the change harder — and we need to replace the french fries with GOOD food — which takes time to adjust and find the right zucchini recipe that doesn’t make us cringe. If any of these elements are missing — purpose, support, replacements — then the diet change will mostly likely fail.
We are talking about setting ourselves up for success here.
I believe the same is true with Rewilding. What are the habits that we need to shift and why?
Well, for starters, constant input from media is worse for us than french fries. (If I need to explain the how and why of this, please let me know.) Constant consumption of material things and natural resources is the cheeseburger next to the french fries — really bad for people and the planet. (I hope this is also self-explanatory). And then there is the myriad of ways that we give our power away from trying to please others to relying on others to fulfill all our human needs from water and energy to food and waste and medicine.
But what solutions do we really have? What methods are we implementing to make change?
We have to find ways of being that are outside the norm, since the norm is sick and dysfunctional. We need a good reason to make changes. We may need a shoulder to cry on while we make those changes. I personally think we had a lot of healthy habits in indigenous communities that we should restore — from gift culture to folk medicine — but there is also a stigma associated with the past as being “savage” or “less civilized.”
And to that I say, let’s be a little more savage and a lot less civilized.
I think that is what Rewilding is all about. I think the perfectly smooth, air-conditioned ride that we are currently on is heading over a cliff. I think we need to step into some discomfort — with purpose and support and replacements — so that we can build a stronger and smarter world, that honors all living beings, not just the ones with the biggest bank accounts. I think the world needs wild, crazy, unconventional ideas right now. I think we need to share those ideas with each other. I believe that we were born for this. We wouldn’t be here, on this planet, at this moment in time, if we weren’t.