Guardian of Nature
*This is a compilation of exercises to become a guardian of nature it is a research experiment to reflect your relationship with nature in and outside yourself.
If you experiment with the exercises, we invite you to send us your process- photos- ideas- questions - reflections and as well if you need guidance please get in touch.
The idea of guardian of nature, is a response to the many legal challenges we face to represent legally other then humans. Juridically, in a court room is needed a “guardian” to speak in behalf of nature as a legal entity, as a similar status is applied legally to the guardian of an orphan or a disable person. As challenging as it may, clearly to be the spokesperson of nature, a transformation of the individual
is needed. In the same way as a judge or a lawyer would need to rethink its notions of humans as part of interconnected ecosystems, by reclaiming their notions of ‘indigeneity’, and reinterpreting cultural archetypes in a european context.
A brief description of the process to become a guardian of nature:
It started when I've decided to experience the ecosystem differently, and went on a journey to collect stories through individual conversations with victims of environmental crimes, nature-protectors, activists, lawyers and spiritual leaders. Among them, Sarayaku community (EQ), UDAPT(EQ) and Sioux, Standing Rock (US).
The process was coached by Starhawk and Demetra, which have provided monthly with pagan rituals, ancient greek mitologies, earthlings, plant wisdom, animistic exercises and magic.
To honor the wisdom, which was given to me, I decided to engage a natural embodiment as a guardian of nature. As a statement, that we can only step out of an anthropocentric perspective if we decolonize our minds to find a state of equality between us and other then humans.
The documentation process started in June 2017 during the summer solstice, and it has been documented as a artistic/performance, in a format of diary book since then. This period of research is perceived as a durational transformative process in which we can imagine a universe of archaic rites, interbeing and kinship. Searching for experiences beyond human comprehension, features of unknown, unfamiliar, both in natural and artificial landscapes. “I‘m not searching for realism. I’m hunting magic”. The personification of nature is an animistic archive of multispecies embodiments and rites of solidarity and reconciliation with and for nature. As in the same way Michel Serres, proposes a contract with nature, when he asks ”what language do things of the world speak, that might come to an understanding with them, contractually?"
Some of the principles to become a guardian of nature:
this is a personal interpretation, it may defer from person to person.
• Understanding more fully the cycles of nature and how we are informed by it ongoing
• The larger planetary system and our place, role and responsibility in it
• The Living Systems approach
• Inter-Being and Inter-Becoming
• The knowledge and wisdom of the 4 elements and directions – seeing the universal patterns as well as the locally specific differences
• Working with allies in nature, being in dialogue with the subtle and the non-human beings
• Lawful being – what does that mean, entail and require – re-learning how Law is a form of an embodied version of ethics.
• Being at ease with complexity, uncertainty and not-knowing – re-activating the inner and intuitive knowings
"Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation. To do a ritual, you must be willing to be transformed in some way. The inner willingness is what makes the ritual come alive and have power. If you aren't willing to be changed by the ritual, don't do it."
"To reclaim means to struggle but also to heal and become able to confront what you struggle against without becoming like it. To win, then, would not mean that you have proved stronger than the other, by using the same kind of force. It would mean that you have connected with other forces, or cultivated the resurgence of forces we were separated from. Resurgence is a very interesting word, which connects a past marked by eradication and the event of the return of what should have been destroyed—not as the identical same but as gifted with the capacity to challenge the state of affairs that took for granted its disappearance."