I'm often asked which pathway I took in life to arrive at the prestigious Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
How was I able to immerse in Yasuni, the MOST BIODIVERSE place on Planet Earth?
My best answer is that my love and devotion for Nature has inspired my life choices preparing me for that moment.
That moment when doors opened with bliss beckoning and all I could do was
follow the prompts, leaping in trust.
When the threads come together like that there's no room for grandstanding or procrastination.
It was a humble yes and a massive thank you.
The Road Travelled...
Journal Entry 1
When did the thread start?
Ancestral nudges from physican and botanist Sir David Prain and others?
Dutifully giving back in educative innovation with horses and children?
Event, Site, and Stage Management, with core values of happiness and ecological sustainabilty at the forefront of operations?
Following my dreams to make frog music by studying Audio and Film Production
at SAE Byron Bay?
Winning flights by staunchly shopping local and buying a mascara which entered me in a competition at Craig Watson Soul Pattison Chemist in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia?
All the activist work I did to protect Nature that I could then cite so the Biodiversity Station would even consider my application?
It was all those things, and, an unassailable dedication to love for life.
My gratitude is immense. The gift of encountering a Harpy Eagle as I left TBS after my second visit, was a clear prompt to maintain love as the big picture and share the gift of my experience in any way I can.
As Junior Station Manager Pablo Negret yelled at me when we came around the bend in the river to see the Eagle majestically sunning itself, 'YOU ARE SO LUCKY IN THIS LIFE!!!'
Truth is, all the hard work, both inner and outer, still couldn't prepare me for the countenance of a Harpy Eagle, or the shy appearance of a Forest Dragon, the intense download chattering from a Golden Mantled Tamarin pointing down at me, the direct nonverbal Q & A of the jungle, or the joy of watching the Morpho butterfly fluttering about like a big blue flouncy fairy...
In the Ecuadorian Amazon more species live in less space than anywhere else on the Planet.
Climate change is happening at an alarming rate and we cannot - our GLOBAL ECOLOGY cannot - afford the loss of the Amazon.
Ecuador was the first country in the world to grant Nature constitutional rights in 2008. Currently this is not being upheld. The extractive industries are bullying their way into the forest, using their corrupt methods to divide and conquer, to enslave, to destroy Nature in exchange for blood money.
However... The Indigenous Resistance have become stronger and more cohesive in their capacity to protect Nature, Pachamama; the Indigenous Cosmovision where the Multiverse, World, Time and Space are One. Empowerment is happening in many ways and we can all help.
THIS LEVEL OF SELF DETERMINED PROTECTION IS MY CURRENT FOCUS.
Whatever you can do in your life to support a green and healthy future
for our Earth and children, matters. Everything we do is open to change.
Love life! Love being alive.
Do everything you can to see the big picture and
act as an agent for global happiness for all beings
Please donate here, so I can devote more of my time to being on the ground with the Indigenous Resistance documenting and supporting their work to protect the Amazon.