I am a unique and independent being. As such, I pledge to live wisely; to survive and protect all living things, never to take more than I need, and never to hurt a fellow being through careless or hateful behaviour. I pledge to maintain the balance that Mother Earth requires for the survival of our planet and all its life forms. The Ennead Declaration of 1985. Later known as the Ennead Creed.
The above pledge arose from the Thanksgiving gathering that was held at Camp Nokomis in October of 1985 following the amazing ‘Summer of the Ennead’. The gathering included the nine grandchildren and all of their parents, as well as Grandma Hannah, Grandpa Will, Ethan, and Charm. During that weekend, the grandchildren revealed their special abilities to their parents. While the parents were shocked at first, they soon understood that their children were a special group or ennead, capable of bringing change to their world. And they went even further committing themselves long-term to the future success of Camp Nokomis and to their children. A new path forward for the campground was forged that weekend, and a key result of that process was then referred to as The Ennead Declaration, also known as the Ennead Creed, or statement of beliefs.
Today it is referred to as The Ennead Pledge which all who attend Camp Nokomis are asked to follow as they return to their various homes, schools, and workplaces. You too can be part of this growing community which found its origin in 1985 and was influenced by that special group of animal beings known as Those Who Care. Let me explain its meaning to you so that you can make your own decision. If you decide to be part of this movement, please leave a comment on my website, raclark.ca . You can do this by clicking on “More” and then “Contact”.
“I am a unique and independent being”. This sentence shows that you respect the fact that all beings are both unique and independent, which makes them all of equal importance. Your uniqueness and independence however demand something of you. They include responsibilities such as “to survive and protect all living things, never to take more than I need, and never to hurt a fellow being through careless or hateful behaviour”. Mother Earth cannot survive when egoism and selfishness rule. It is good to believe in yourself, but humility is a requirement for our planet’s survival.
Finally, it is incumbent on each of us to maintain balance. The earth is finite; if some take too much, others will have less. The idea that we can simply create more wealth is antiquated and has been proven to be false, only the rich and powerful benefit from this idea. Today we are facing the ultimate results of this kind of thinking in the form of a major climate crisis that could cause both mass extinctions and mass destruction worldwide. Balance is essential. In fact, we have known this for a very long time. Our prehistoric ancestors understood it. Native and Aboriginal people around the world still understand it. In China, the idea of balance has been part of a basic life philosophy for over 2500 years. It is the only way we can save the earth, and we must pay attention.
I am the author of The Summer of the Ennead and I want to use this blog to engage readers in a dialogue about what this book means to me and what I think it has to say to others.