Around 10 years ago I was called to work with healing the earths pathways of light or ley lines as they are sometimes called. the first site I was called to work on was the rock quarry at A mountain. I remember how big it felt as I walked around it doing the work of repairing the broken line. Following guidance every step because I truly had no idea what I was doing. when the repair was complete I remember thinking oh it is just plumbing. I will be Pachamama's plumber. over the next few years I was called to bigger and bigger mines. The Portland cement mine, then the Duval Mine, then the mines down in Bisbee. I looked straight in the face of the epic stupidity of humanity as well as my own evolvement. How the zipper on my pants and the wires in the fan that keeps me cool all come from the earth. I had to sit with my judgment and my desire to be innocent. I went into deep depression that I wasn't sure I could pull out of.
During this time I went to the Gem show with my son who was 12 at the time. As we were parking he starts telling me all about this mining technique that involves blasting the side of the mountain until all the goodies just fall out. He clearly thought this was such a great idea. My immediate reaction was " Ye gods that is terrible! what are they thinking just ripping open the earth like that!" My sweet son looks at me and askes the ultimate question. "Then how do we do it right?"
The truth is as a society we love our technology. whatever the cost. Me included. So how do we do it right?
I have sat with this question a good long time. I am still not sure but I do know a few things.
Working with natures intelligence and specifically asking permission would go a long way. If there is a right way Nature would be able to tell us how to do it. In my experience of earth healing. nature is not nostalgic or unwilling to change the way we humans are. If we worked co creatively with nature on the question it would be the most efficient and sustainable mining operation on the planet. It would require that we take no for an answer. I guess the question become is consensual mining a possibility.
Josephine Thomason is an artist, healer, teacher.