Denise Rushing
Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

In May of 2019, I attended the Global Earth Repair conference in Port Townsend WA.  There I met John Liu and was deeply inspired by his keynote on the topic of restoring large-scale damaged ecosystems.  You can check out the conference and hear his talk...

Lessons from Pachamama – Coming Home

Lessons from Pachamama – Coming Home

Coming HomeJust days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire.  We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air.I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle--the...

Lessons from Pachamama – The Third Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The Third Gift

The Third Gift.On the day we were to leave the jungle, we awoke once again to a downpour.  Our flight out was supposed to be at 8 a.m. The plan was that we would hike there for a hour. so we would need to leave by 7 a.m.  Before we were to leave though, we...

Lessons from Pachamama – The Second Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The Second Gift

"When the Self emerges, the ego takes a hit"The Second GiftI knew before the trip that the Achuar interpret their dreams at four a.m. and we would be invited to join them. What I did not know was that we would face this same treacherous jungle trail --only this time,...

Lessons from Pachamama – The First Gift

Lessons from Pachamama – The First Gift

The First GiftOnce in Ecuador, after a couple days acclimating and exploring the city of Quito, we headed out by bus to the edge rainforest, arriving at the airport city of Shell where we were issued tall mud boots for our jungle adventure. Thanks to our guides and a...

Lessons from Pachamama – Call to Change the Dream

Lessons from Pachamama – Call to Change the Dream

Twenty five years ago, the Achuar, an ancient indigenous dream culture deep within the Amazon rainforest in South America, began receiving warnings in their dreams. Their ancestral lands were at risk, not only potentially destroying their way of life, but all life,...

The New Story

The New Story

This New Story comes just in time.Human commerce is fundamentally destroying the biosphere (as we have known it) on our small blue planet….. So, The Sacred Universe story can remind us that each of our stories, is a paragraph in this larger story. In other words, it's...

The Rigged Game

The Rigged Game

I am unaccustomed to rage.Even as a child, I understood that the game was rigged.  Over time, I've become even more aware... though I have had the luxury of not having to think about it all the time--to not have to face it, and the feelings it brings up, day in...