The New Harmony – Planetary Aikido Masters

A new harmony consisting of environmental sustainability, and greater collaboration, is part of the foundation for 21st century natural health living.

Practicing this New Harmony contributes to our natural health plan because the act of contributing to a cause greater than ourselves, can make us feel more fulfilled, more in control of our future, and reduce our stress levels.

In addition, some of the specific activities can bring us more in contact with more natural foods and ways of living. See Charla Puryear's Natural Art as an example.

It is for these reasons that this concept is one of the 4 Natural Health Practices. The word “harmony” brings to mind the Japanese martial art, Aikido. If you have seen a Steven Seagal action movie, than you have seen the Hollywood interpretation of Aikido, but true Aikido is more profound.

In Japanese, "Aikido" means “the way for the harmony of spirit” – an odd description for the way we usually think of a martial art. But Aikido has great power to blend (harmonize) with the energy of an attack, while dishing out practical self defense actions when necessary.

Applying this unique model of harmony and effective action will serve us well in solving our social, environmental, and economic challenges.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is the idea of making choices today that provide a long term well being for our environment. The rising demand for oil, nutritional food, clean water, and energy, in the face of limited supplies, are approaching crisis levels for many communities around the world.

There are global grass roots movements to educate people on the reasons for, and provide local solutions to the sustainability challenges. Google “sustainability” in your area to get in touch with local groups to find out more.

In addition, kudos to the US Federal Government. Yes, I know, it sounds strange to openly compliment our big ol’ government, but I do think the direction and leadership they are providing is critical to sustainability in the United States. Here are some recent examples:

  • A partnership between HUD (Housing and Urban Development), DOT (Department of Transportation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), is creating new strategies for integrating housing, transportation, and environmental programs to pursue greater sustainability. It just makes sense to do this.
  • EPA has put together a great website on "Green Infrastructure” with many ideas for what we can do as individuals and groups, with or without the support of the feds. Green Infrastructure includes “how to” information on ideas such as rain gardens, rain water collection, green roofs, trees, tree boxes, porous pavements, and more.

The smallest implementation of any of hundreds of sustainability ideas creates a new harmony with our environment - a self defense against evil forces of waste, pollution, and scarcity. We will explore specific sustainability ideas in future articles.


Better collaboration with others requires us to instill or strengthen the values of understanding, collaboration, and acceptance. We need to follow a path that raises our scores in this area.

As Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman say in their book Spontaneous Evolution: “We know things cannot continue in the same way, and we are frustrated because there appears to be no pathway to lead us anywhere else. Interestingly, the way out isn’t a linear path. If anything, it is likely represented by a higher level of consciousness that must be attained by a critical mass of the population.”

This all may sound a bit idealistic, but there are very practical tools to help, when people are willing. I have had several experiences in consulting with work groups where new possibilities for the group to achieve more emerged just through the simple act of people really understanding each other.

When we can eliminate mean spirited conflict and achieve a higher level of collaboration, a new level of harmony between us occurs, and our efforts to solve the shared problems of our planet multiply in strength. We will explore some of the tools in this area in future articles.

These two ideas - sustainability, and collaboration - make up the new harmony of the 21st century. They are strongest when we accept a personal responsibility for improvement in both. In doing so, we make small and large choices that reduce the stress fractures in resources and relationships.

Practicing the new harmony gives us a sense of achievement and satisfaction that we have made a difference for today, and for the future. We become harmony seeking Aikido Masters for the greater good of our planet.

Two important questions remain: What will you do to educate yourself further on these topics? and what actions will you take?

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