The toxic algae bloom has armed scientists with a new theory. In place of observations or what we can learn from Mother Nature on how to immediately respond, scientists armed themselves, against the forces of the natural world fixating on having the right theory. The adjustment to sciences’ storehouse of theories has the asteroids as the main factor in the extinction of dinosaurs but now point to the toxic algae bloom as a probable factor for the extinction. Scientists, novices in observation of Mother Nature, are just beginning to evaluate the blooms of a single-cell, saltwater algae species, the Akashiwo Sanguine in the Northwest Puget Sound.
Thousands of bird carcasses mark the area of what is known as the Pacific Northwest pristine waters and land. On the sand near the algae-generated foam on Klipsan beach, the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington State, a red-throated loon convulses from its immersion in the lethal 300 mile toxic bloom. It takes closer inspection to see the red color on the throat of the loon in the soap like foam. The saltwater algae damage the bird’s natural oils that protect against hypothermia in cold waters.
The failures of the birds’ oiled feathers, somewhat, equivalent to surfers’ with their tight waterproof and warm manufactured skins, have, also, succumbed to illness. Like the thousands of birds falling from the skies or unable to fly again, the surfers’ pseudo skin cannot protect against sickness that coats the bird feathers like an oil spill. Eventually touching all into a single field of being, what happens to the birds happens to you.
What does not register with the surfers or kayakers, just as with certified scientists, is the degree of how we learn something about the mechanisms of Mother Nature operating at the micro playground but reflecting the over arching cosmological playground. If we are to accept our separateness and segmentation from the greater whole as science demands for Mother Nature, we cannot crystallize Mother Nature’s diverse species mind that link all together.
The death of thousands of birds in the Northwest Marine waters and the diseased human skin from exposure to the Akashiwo Sanguine, saltwater algae species, articulates an overarching example of the single fabric (Mother Nature) organized into the natural order which, intensively, harbors the one species-mind. It is an archetypal architecture that consciously undresses Mother Nature by emptying any notions of control, theories, or science’s longitude studies. The archetypal architecture of the one-species mind is threaded in most tribal peoples. Significant patterns within the tribal peoples when facing horizon events evokes an immediate period of intensified learning, as a means of responding. While the science field has, at points, incorporated intensified learning applications, study is not synonymous with the one species- mind. Studies can go on for centuries having no validity within the ability to respond or act in a “timely” fashion.
Responsiveness is participation immersed in the one species-mind as opposed to science’s and other modern day institutions’ reacting with each horizon events. Constantly reacting in the aftermath of such catastrophes has implemented cement like structure of reacting ranging from fire departments, toxic clean-up protocols, peace keeping armies or mandatory inoculations. Questioning is least found among the plethora of manuals and procedures that could lead to learning environments as the one species mind responsiveness. Note that the one species mind responsiveness is both the thousands of deaths of birds and illnesses of humans playing in Mother Nature’s oceans and that of the flock of birds rising in synchronicity on long distance flights without maps or flight control monitors. What comes up is the solidarity evoked in the one species mind for both the massive deaths and that of life searching avian migrations but, elegantly responsive pro-actively and in the moment consciousness.
In the South Slavic and Russian female culture and female humanities, tens of thousands of years older than any scientific longitude study or holy books written by men-it is pure science undivided. We have only to survey the evidence of Slavic science found in the thousands of archeological figures of zoomorphic Bird Goddesses and Fish Goddesses. Our ancients without computers or metal technologies observed avian and marine species, to thread social memory via intensified learning response practices. As a science of observation and witnessing all of life, for the Slavs, the birds are, essentially, the witches/angels’ (wise living feminine) capacities to respond with solidarity. What this indicates is the application of the one species mind when the need arises, the Slavic triple aspect of before, interim and in the aftermath of life events.
Modern archeomythological renditions have more or less submitted to the idea of angels across many patriarchal or father sky god religions as an appeasement that submerges their fear and deep suspicions of witches as evil. For the Slavs, Mother Nature is the iconic Baba Yaga, translated as wise woman and Yaga the term for Pelican and ‘fright.’ Frequent subjects of sainthood in Catholic worship or Orthodox churches, angels are fully dressed and resplendent with avian wings to proclaim active participation in superordinate circles of the archetypal architects of Mother Nature one species mind.
For the Slavs, the archetypal architect is navigated by Slavic Baba Yaga, the first witch that continued into the Greek and Roman Métis, Fates and both the warrior angel and saint. The social memory for the witch-Baba Yaga-Mother Nature is her ability for prophecy, seer, or wisdom which is in reality her ability to remain within the connection of one species-mind. Flying the skies in her mortar and pestle (represents her bio-agricultural and botany for healing) according to the folk tale, Baba Yaga’ s one species mind sees- feels, while, intuitively and rationally has an immediate knowing for the vast connections in being one family.
But, how do we see the fullest connection to the past into our present moment of climate change? In modern day the South Slavic women’s linens and kilms/rugs attests to the legacy of social memory revolving around the Bird Goddess and that of the Fish Goddess in their artful designs. Planting their gardens on which their families subsist on, especially in the aftermath of war, has the South Slavic women noting patterns, rhythms-cycles often danced in a variety of mnemonic signatures in their folk round dances-kolos. In the South Slavic costume for the folk dances, a bolero vest is the main component, also, found on the finely etched four thousand years old clay zoomorphic Bird Goddesses in the regions’ archeological sites. Perhaps, the surfers and kayakers’ body skin is but another facet of the same social memory for the Bird and Fish Goddesses. The same subsistence to play and dance among the waves of the cold ocean with not just a bolero vest but in full dress uniform pays homage to the feathered beings. Gathering all connections to include the angels’ wings and cauldrons of witches to Baba Yaga’ s hut fenced with chicken legs, reveals that we are co-conspirators’ for active and immediate responsiveness for connection, an immersion in one species-mind.
The more keenly, we discern the depth of what our earth’s climate conditions are presenting, the more adept we are to being in harmony with Mother Nature-adaptability as opposed to survival and extreme exercises in fear. The practices in the Kolo Trauma Format attend to the intergenerational trauma for the former Yugoslavs in Bosnia. Tribal peoples or peoples with a kinetic binding memory (touch, movement) and social memory practices such as the folk round dances (kolos) or agriculture to bioculinary tools, ultimately, describe the uroboric cycle that symbolizes the beginning as having no ending; only constant transformation.
Present in the archeological artifacts of the Bird Goddesses found in the former Yugoslav region and Eastern European landscapes are two characteristics identifying the species-mind: its’ great numbers and having a variety of images for the same Bird Goddess archetype. From the lunar to the chthonic, the signs and symbols dressing the clay artifacts speak about the earth as constantly changing.
The South Slavic Bird and Fish Goddesses are meteorological instruments recognizing the regenerative Mother Nature cycles. The tree rings, whose circles vary according to the climate or environment, are still known to the South Slavic peoples as the kolo, the circle or round folk dances. Mnemonic signatures of Mother Nature’s one species-mind prompted Moist Mother Earth Slavs’ observations to be expressed in Slavic oral traditions and social memory practices, embracing intensified learning to this day.
Scientists are concerned about the increasing numbers of red tides globally and now, especially that the “pristine” waters of the Northwest would be one of the first with lethality delivered. Only once in the past, has anything been recorded any fatalities and that was in 2007, also, located at the west coast, Monterey Bay, California. The mnemonic signature of the bird killing algae on Northwest Pacific shores were not on the list of toxic or harmful species or listed as a toxic red tide. The mushroom-shaped single-celled species has hit Chesapeake Bay, to Europe’s oceans, Australia and Japan, occurred without fatalities. But, this changed in September, 2009, when an estimated 10,000 seabirds in Washington State were killed by the single cell algae. Researching the past for any more recordings of toxic tides occurs in 1961. Off the California coast, a wide sweeping toxic red tide off shore was the reason for thousands of birds to “spiral and crash into cars, an incident that helped inspire Hitchcock’s film “The Birds.”
Often, the beaches in the Puget Sound have clear warnings against eating the shell fish. Another type of dinoflagellate is known to manufacture a neurotoxin that when eaten will can result in paralysis and in some cases death to humans. At a beach near my home, Tolmie State Park, razor-clams were greatly affected in 1998 to 1999 and again in 2002 through 2003. In 2004, around December 15th, a huge palm tree washed up on its shore. Within ten days on the other side of the world, the Mega-Tsunami slammed into the Asian-Pacific Islands killing over 300,000 people. Very few animals, dogs and elephants were among the dead as they sought shelter long before the great waves hit.
“It’s definitely a warning sign of something,” said Julia Parrish, a professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington about the September, 2009 toxic bloom. “We don’t know what.” Julie Parrish pointed to another time when life began to excrete oxygen from its algae providing our rich atmosphere. It is, also the time, when dinosaurs roamed the land and suffered a mass extinction.
March 2009, the journal Environment Geosciences, scientists Rodgers and Castle reported that it “gives us cause for concern and underscores the importance of careful and strategic monitoring as we move into an era of global climate change.” Ted Smayda, a phytoplankton expert at the University of Rhode Island said it’s possible that the blooms are part of some natural ocean rhythm we just don’t understand — or a combination of all sorts of other factors.
“What if we’re just coming into an era where dinoflagellates are coming into their own?” Smayda said. “The bias among investigators, myself included, is that we tend to look for just one factor. But what we have these days is a jumble of events, and we’re left asking, ‘What the heck is going on?’ ”
The Slavs and tribal people would most likely articulate their response to Smayda‘s question as the presence of the one species mind, which, always has been and will continue to be.
Les Blumenthal, News Tribune, Olympian Newspaper, December 13, 2009
Danica Borkovich Anderson’s forensic trauma training and healing in Bosnia for the past decade-www.kolocollaboration.org
Marija Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess, (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991)p. 316
Seattle Times, Craig Welch, “Trying to crack an ocean mystery: What caused killer algal blooms?” http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010378956_algalbloom29m.html
Ibid, Seattle Times
Shaktiva I. http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1331276
12/18/09, Oceanic Defense, http://oceanicdefense.blogspot.com/2009/12/toxic-algae-could-be-next-big-threat.html
Craig Welch, http://www.seashepherd.com.au/forum/showthread.php?p=50070