Machaelle Small Wright

Celebrating the Power
of the Individual

by Machaelle Wright,
Founder of Perelandra

Perelandra celebrates the power of the individual. Everything we offer is geared to the individual and his or her quest to live in environmentally friendly ways in three main areas: environment, health and soil-less gardens (i.e., business, home, special projects, the creative arts — all "gardens" that do not grow in soil).

At Perelandra we increase the power of the individual tenfold by including an element that is guaranteed to provide balance in all areas of our lives: nature intelligence. The current global crisis is an excellent demonstration of what we humans don't know about interfacing with nature's planet and about balance as it relates to every aspect of our lives and health. Well, here's an interesting idea: How about allowing nature — the intelligence inherent in that nature — to join us in equal partnership to give us the input we need to make new decisions and live in new ways that have a strong, positive impact on our lives and our health as well as the planet?

Sometimes it is difficult to understand the power of one person living in a world of billions of others. Here's a little exercise to help. Take a moment to think about the breadth and depth of the environmental disasters we face today. Think about the air pollution and the health effects we experience when we breathe that air. Think about the serious water issues we face: the pollution, the scarcity, the looming wars over water. Think about the deteriorating soil quality, the dying oceans, the endangered wildlife, the increasing occurrences of wild fires that each year are more severe than the last. And think about the critical issue of global warming and its ramifications for everyone and everything around the world.

Now think about this: Every one of these problems has been created by us humans over a relatively short period of time. By "us" I don't mean large groups or global populations acting in concert. This disaster has been created by individuals acting independently. By "us" I am referring to you, me, our spouses, each of our children, our grandfathers, our grandmothers, our cousins... Our current crisis was created by each of us acting independently and establishing a personal and professional lifestyle that was environmentally deaf, dumb and blind.

The needed coordination between governments and industry to turn this crisis around will never succeed if we as individuals don't join in the efforts. If the same number of individuals who created the problem focused on what they need to do on the personal level to live an environmentally conscious life, we could turn the global problems around in an amazingly short time. I believe in the power of the individual and I believe in the importance of our acting responsibly as individuals without waiting for the right leader or group. In actuality, it's the power of the individual that leads the way.

Now imagine what we individuals could accomplish if we teamed up with the greatest authority in the field of balance — nature — to help us personally to make the best decisions for improving our lives and our planet. Imagine what it would be like if individual scientists not only made discoveries that could unravel the environmental mess we have created but also made new discoveries that didn't add to or perpetuate the problems.

Perelandra is all about giving you the information and tools for creating just such a partnership for addressing every aspect of your life and work. In his 2007 speech on the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore said: "It is time to make peace with the planet." To this I add,

It is time to make peace with nature.

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