By Kerri Romeo
“I think I could, if I only know how to begin.”Alice in Wonderland, Chapter I
Can you even imagine a world different from the world as we know it today? What does suspending reality feel like for you? Frivolous? Childish? Embarrassing? Overwhelming? Scary? Something else?
In a society that teaches us that money (whether paper, plastic or digital) makes the world go around and that weapons and war keep us safe, it is not surprising we have lost our sense of wonder. In our No-Wonder-Land we want cars to fly to the moon, but forget to to be in awe of the moon and the stars themselves. We build perfect houses with perfect lawns and forget to fall in love with the beauty of the clovers and the daffodils. We fight for freedom, but we don’t let wild horses run free. How can it be frivolous or scary to wonder about a reality like the one that already exists, but we have forgotten to care for? Is there a practicality to our imagination? Can we picture a reality that is just as real, if not more so than the illusions we believe in today?
Let us begin again.
…Landing in the rabbit hole Alice immediately notices a feeling of being safe and grounded. There is no dark hallway. No locked doors. There are no bottles of mysterious liquid that could be poisonous. (Everyone in Wonderland has access to the purest clean drinking water). She doesn’t need to shrink to fit (in both mind and body) or stretch to uncomfortable proportions. She doesn’t need to seek an unreachable garden ahead because flowers spring to life from the earth around her. Wild flowers lean towards the natural light that peaks through the crevices and Alice breathes in the clean air. She doesn’t need to feel fear to spark her curiosity because as she explores the rabbit hole Alice is surrounded by music and art from different eras and cultures that inspires her own creative imagination.
As she wonders how she can express her vision, she notices a box lying on a table. She opens it to find a paint brush, bright primary color paints and a palette for her to mix any color she dreams up. She turns to find a blank canvas there for her to illustrate her ideas. With the first brush stroke she begins to feel her spirit transforming with possibility…“Curiouser and curiouser!”
Alice first paints a stream and notices that what she paints begins to come to life around her. She follows a mouse running alongside the stream of water that is now a three-dimensional reality.
“…and in another moment, splash! she was up to her chin in salt water”Alice In Wonderland
The stream expands into an ocean; an ocean free of plastic and pollution and alive with aquatic life that has not been threatened by damage caused by humans. A peace dove flies above the water, making waves with the wind of her wings and Alice, the Mouse and the Wonderland creatures follow until they reach the shore, each one of them eager to discuss what the new Wonderland will be like.
Throughout history and cultures, there have been creation stories and stories of a new beginning with the symbolic rush of water; When we have found ourselves lost and misguided there is a washing away of what was to build something new and to reconnect with our values and one another. We make waves and watch the ripple effect. These may just be the first “impossible” steps to making a renewed reality possible.
“I believe the best way to begin reconnecting humanity’s heart, mind, and soul to nature is for us to share our individual stories.”J. Drew Lanham (from The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature)
More inspiration and knowledge:
Watch Kiss the Ground, but also read Earth
Watch Seaspiracy, but also read Ocean
View this video of Kerri reading this post, followed by an in depth conversation with the Wonderland Campaign DIscussion Group:
Continue to the next installment: Follow The Leadersss
Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.