Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream (Part 1) from New Paradigm Library on Vimeo.

Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream (Part 2) from New Paradigm Library on Vimeo.

The two-part documentary, Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream, includes some of the heavy hitters of the sustainability movement, Vandana Shiva, Jakada Imani, Julia Butterfly Hill, Paul Hawken, Amazon shamans, Bill and Lynn Twist, John Robbins, Majora Carter, Van Jones, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bob Randall, Tom Goldtooth, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and more and more, and more.

When the indigenous Achuar people of Ecuador experienced the degradation of the rainforest by oil drilling they reached out to, of all people, those of us in the so-called first world to work with them to create harmony.

From that beginning the Pachamama Alliance evolved. Pachamama means Mother Earth. And from the Alliance the Symposium evolved. The purpose of the Symposium is “Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just, human presence on the planet.” Through cooperation, not competition.

By 2011, the Symposium, through more than 3,500 volunteers, had brought the wisdom of sustainability to over 70 countries, including the USA, working to join the people of the world together in a cohesive cooperative community. The Symposium teaches a new way of looking at the earth (really an old, old reverential way of looking at the earth), an awareness of the extraordinary possibilities emerging at this time in history, and shows us all how we can play a critical role.

The theme of the movie is found in the title. The dreamers are those of us in the modern world who live in the trance of consumption, waste, and destruction of the environment. This lifestyle is not sustainable. We have much to learn from the indigenous people about living in harmony with nature, caring for Mother Earth, and all her creatures, including ourselves.

The new dream, the changed dream, is about industrial societies and indigenous societies working together. That the eagle representing the culture of the mind, of technology and material wealth, will fly with the condor representing the spiritual realm of the indigenous societies.