How I decided to take action on anti-racism and decolonising
“I had done an I Ching on this stuff about colonialism because it’s off of my beaten path. I mean, I’ve never formally addressed it. I’ve always been involved with the environmental or the feminist, It’s been feminism and it’s been environmentalism…. when I did the I Ching what it said was, yeah, this would be valuable for you to address. … I don’t know if I would have done it without that. Exactly, I wouldn’t, I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have followed through on it because it’s so, so out of my comfort zone. And so out of my area of knowledge. And I’m not unaware of how triggering it is for everyone.”Sasha Daucus
How I joined the Deep Adaptation Forum
I heard Jem Bendell speak on a podcast, recommended by someone from my organisation who is also a Deep Adaptation Forum (DAF) participant. What he said about the science of climate change and collapse wasn’t new to me, but his emphasis on love and the reduction of harm resonated with me. It gave me a new perspective on how I should live and what to do with my life.
Hearing him speak of the spirit of Deep Adaptation made me feel more relaxed, self-accepting, and reunited with my true self. So I joined the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group.
How I decided to take action in the field of anti-racism and colonialism
Reading a certain conversation thread in the Positive Deep Adaptation Facebook group, I discovered the link between collective trauma, climate change, and colonialism. That felt very true to me.
I understood that colonialism is a reason for not taking action on climate change. I read more on this, including the work of Vanessa Andreotti. I wanted to do this in companionship with someone else.
Also, I did an I Ching reading, and it said that I should be addressing these topics. So I decided I would address colonialism.
How the Diversity and Decolonising Circle started
During the DAF Strategy Options Dialogue, I realised that I wasn’t interested in the topics of “prepping” for collapse, survival kits, etc. I’ve been through this phase, and spent three years living in an intentional community over thirty years ago, so that was not my calling. I am much more interested in connecting with the Earth, which has been the case all my life.
It was thanks to a Facebook conversation thread that I got to first read comments from Wendy Freeman, which resonated with me. I remembered her name, and felt a sense of connection with her.
Later, I met Wendy during a Death Cafe session. The space felt so safe that I was able to share about a particular life-changing experience with her and another person, which I have only rarely been able to do so far.
When the Black Lives Matter movement began, I wanted to be of service. I was in a group, during a DAF Strategy Options Dialogue call, with Wendy and Dorian, who were both interested in this topic of diversity, anti-racism, decolonising work.
When I had more time to engage with Deep Adaptation, I received support from Nenad and Kat in the Community Action group. They are really good mentors. They mentored me as I connected with Wendy, and encouraged me to start the Diversity & Decolonising Circle.
With their support, I agreed to start the DAF Diversity & Decolonising Circle with Wendy and Dorian. I asked Kat Soares to take part in the D&D Circle, and she agreed to join us.
What I have learned and experienced in the Forum
Being in a group like the D&D circle (as well as other spaces in DAF), where it’s OK to feel and express one’s grief, has been a deeply satisfying experience for which I am very grateful.
Thanks to DAF spaces where I can talk my grief and anger, such as the D&D Circle but also Death Cafes or Deep Listening sessions, I have been able to share these extremely private emotions, and process them better than before.
Seeing others do this has been helpful to me. It helps me better come to terms with my own responsibility in our predicament, and motivates me to do everything I can, right now.
Through my work in the D&D Circle, and my interactions with Nontokozo, I understood that even though I had grown up feeling a victim, due to what I experienced, others in the world were faring even worse than me, due to systemic racism.
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