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Rainforests: Remnants of Eden?

Perhaps. But the people who never left may hold a key to our future.


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The people of the tropical rainforest have much to teach us about living successfully.

This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 1999 issue of Spirituality & Health. Nothing can prepare one for the actual experience of standing in the middle of a living emerald cathedral with a ceiling 15 stories high. To be in this cradle of creation, where nature and evolution have been working undisturbed for 50 million years, is a soul-stirring, mind-bending, heart-opening, life-changing experience that, like any spiritual awakening, defies description. But even those fortunate enough to have this experience tend to overlook a deep wisdom residing here: The people of the tropical rainforest who have so much to teach us about living successfully. Lynne Twist knows this better than most. As co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance, a nonprofit partnership between people of the modern world and indigenous people of the rainforest, she brings committed individuals deep into the Amazon jungle of Ecuador to meet with the Achuar, one of the last remaining dream cultures on Earth. “I had unconsciously assumed that indigenous people had stopped evolving and were living a life that we mistakenly call ‘primiti …

Neal Rogin scripted the film Burning Down Tomorrow for rock legend Sting and his Rainforest Foundation. Winner of a national Emmy for writing the Disney Channel's Spaceship Earth, his work has also appeared on network television and PBS. 

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