Guardian of nature - Cosmic diplomacy
Ongoing since 2017
How can nature immersion practices help us to reopen the gates of our perception and deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world? How can we build an inner container that can help root modes of kinship? How can earth values of interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion, and guardianship helps us embodying a new way of being? What does it mean to live in kinship with the more-than-human world? Can we become legal guardians of a river?
An immersive story, focused on Maria Lucia transformative processes to become a legal guardian of nature in a court room.
This long duration process started with a first ritual during Summer Solstice 21st of June 2017 (ongoing), it has been archived in the format of performance rituals, photographs, videos and texts. This documentation, compiles an extensive spectrum of imagery to rethink language as performed rituals, multispecies embodiments and dialoguing exercises with more than human world. The work of transformation implies not only a deep listening, to rivers, mountains, sea, trees, animals, polluted waters, degraded lands, and broken human systems but also, and more deeply, an intrinsic change on our relationship with the more-than-human world. The idea of guardianship, is a response to the many legal challenges we face to represent legally more than humans. Juridically, in a court room is needed a “guardian” to speak on behalf of a river as a legal entity, as a similar status is applied legally to the guardian of an orphan. As challenging as it may, clearly to be the spokesperson of nature, a transformation of the individual is needed. But who can speak on behalf of a river? This is a personal story of a durational process of multispecies embodiments as an attempt of dehumanizing, decolonizing of the self as a response to (re)animating and (re)concealing with nature.
A brief description of the process to become a guardian of nature:
The idea of guardianship, 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. 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.
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 first year personal contract of becoming a guardian was mentored by Starhawk and Demetra, with inspiring pagan rituals, goddess mythology, plant wisdom, animistic exercises and magic and it started in the summer solstice of 2017.
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on Legal procedures to become a guardian in a European context
"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."