Tanya’s Comment: Unfortunately, some of these photos got a bit distorted when I reblogged this post. To see them in their original form, click on the link below. Thanks!

through the luminary lens

Red Squirrel - Charles Brandt photo

Cougar  @ hermitage June 8, 2010 Charles Brandt photo

Comox Glacier - Charles Brandt photo

Gulls feeding on Herring spawn- Charles Brandt photo

Charles Brandt photo original

Salmon run, summer 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

tsolum river under a bright blue sky - by Charles Brandt]

Twins @ the Hermitage June 11. 2014 - Charles Brandt photo

Black Bear @ the Hermitage, Black Creek - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins - Charles Brandt photo

Dunlins Feeding at OysterBay, BC - by Charles A.E. Brandt

Dunlins 2 - Charles Brandt photo

Dogwood at Northy Lake - May 17 - photo by Charles Brandt

Skunk Cabbage - May 2 2014 Charles Brandt photo

Hardhock - Charles Brandt photo

Saskatoon, Saslatchewan - Bruce Witzel photo

United States Mexico Border - Bruce Witzel photo

Montreal at sunrise - Bruce Witzel photo

Headwaters of the Missouri - 3 forks, Montana - Bruce witzel photo

Mt. St. Helen's - Bruce Witzel photo

TrumpeterSwans - Charles Brandt photo

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How We Are All Connected & How Trayvon Need Not Have Died

A blogger friend of mine shared this video with his readers on his blog, The Oneness of Humanity. I felt quite a strong reaction to it, and wanted to express my thoughts about its message.

From the “Overview Effect” documentary (see above):

Many of the great wisdom traditions of the Earth have pointed to what we are calling the “overview effect.” That is to say that they have come to realize this unity, this oneness of all life on Earth and of consciousness and awareness.”

As the speakers in the documentary say, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a spiritual or religious belief- it can simply be a “cognitive shift” in your way of thinking. Either way, it is a worthy change in the way we see the world.

I wonder what would happen if every person in America thought about themselves, each other, and the Earth in this way. Would we have people shooting each other? Would Trayvon Martin have been killed? If George Zimmerman saw himself as being connected with Trayvon, as being “one” with him, would he have shot him?

This all may sound very silly to American ears, but why should it be silly? Are we not all made of the same things, the same materials with which the whole Earth is made from?

Another speaker in the documentary talks about how “the self” and “others” are not really separate. We are simply “a manifestation of the whole.” Again, this may sound completely foreign to the American ear- that’s because it is foreign to us. There’s nothing wrong with being independent and self-reliant, but when we take that concept to its extreme, we run into trouble. If George Zimmerman had felt a deep connection or “oneness” with Trayvon, he would never have shot him that night. He wouldn’t have even been carrying a gun in the first place. And racism would not exist.

I’m not saying that I believe that we will get to a point where everyone in America, and every person in the world, will ever live their lives with these principles in mind. But, I truly believe that if enough of us do it, it will make a profound difference in this world.

The Greatest Speech Ever Given

A great post from Elizabeth Ashley. The speech is very moving.