“Have I been sleeping? I’ve been so still. Afraid of crumbling. Have I been careless? Dismissing all the distant rumblings. Take me where I am supposed to be. To comprehend the things that I can’t see. ’Cause I need to move. I need to wake up. I need to change. I need to shake up. I need to speak out. Something’s got to break up. I’ve been asleep. And I need to wake up… now.” — Melissa Etheridge
On November 2, 2013, the “Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream” Symposium will be offered in Traverse City. The symposium includes videos interviews with renowned spiritual leaders, scientists and activists, such as Desmond Tutu, Paul Hawken and Thomas Berry, as well as live presentations and interactive dialogue. It challenges participants to asks the questions: Where are we? How did we get here? Where are we headed? What’s possible for the future? The symposium was created by The Pachamama Alliance, an alliance of the indigenous Achuar people and people from the “modern world.”
It is a moving experience, designed to shake us out of our dream world. “The Awakening The Dreamer Symposium opened my eyes and mind, and broke open my heart, way open,” says Dr. Laura Franseen, one of the presenters. ”Complacency became a thing of the past. It is a powerful, stunning, beautiful program, and I am thankful to the Pachamama Alliance for giving it to the world.”
The Pachamama Alliance was created In 1995, when a group of people traveled from the US to the Amazon rainforest at the invitation of the Achuar indigenous community. They learned that oil development was threatening the existence of the Amazon rainforest, and therefore, all of life on the Planet. The Achuar shared with the group how the culture of overconsumption threatens us all. They asked their new allies to help them “change the dream of the modern world” – to a culture that honors and sustains life.