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Mindahi Bastida: Ancestral Ways and Care of Mother Earth



Center for Sacred Studies ‘Sacred Economics’ Podcasts are deep conversations into our ways of living, economic models, ancient wisdom, and our role as caretakers of the Earth. Join us in these rich dialogues, calling us to vision and update our strategies and *structures* – so that what we hold sacred becomes sacred – and infuse spiritual wisdom into our economics.

This beautiful conversation between Mindahi Bastida and Matthew Isbell explores:
Biodiversity and biocultural heritage; Ancestral ways of life in harmony with Nature; Ritual, Offerings and Spiritual Payments; Continuity of traditional ways within the domination of the Catholic church; Cultivating our spiritual gifts, understanding the darkness and the light; The need for Original Instructions & reciprocity to live in balance; Right living and mutual rearing; Using wisdom for Mother Earth and the continuity of life; The importance of spiritual practice; The unification process; Rethinking our place as humans upon Mother Earth and recovering our dignity;
Recovering sacred places – the fountains.

“Think small, beautifully and then we can transcend to be bigger things. You cannot give what you don’t have.” – Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz

 Mindahi Bastida: Ancestral Ways and Care of Mother Earth


Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz is the director of the Original Caretakers Initiative at the Center for Earth Ethics. He serves as the General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and has been an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate of rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is the President of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development. Mindahi is a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written extensively on the relationship between the State and Indigenous Peoples, intercultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics. www.centerforearthethics.org

Matthew Isbell
Avid spiritual seeker that found empowerment through accepting that we are all creators of reality. In contemplating this concept, Matthew discovered that economics and the philosophies behind our economic choices dynamically shape our world. Combining a passion for worldly practicality with spiritual wisdom, Matthew seeks out creative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. In his first business, he created a sustainable apparel line that combined sacred symbols with earth friendly fabrics, but soon discovered that there are more immediate problems needing attention. This led him to an intensive study of Sacred Economics and how to leverage money to create good on the planet. Matthew says “Money is a tool, and like any tool, how it is used depends on the level of awareness of the person using it.” We are proud to have him as the host of our Sacred Economics Podcast series at the Center for Sacred Studies. You can find him more regularly on his weekly Podcast series, Awakenomics Radio, and visit him at Awakenomics.wordpress.com.

Music – “The New Dream” by Anima – www.animamusic.co.uk

References and links:

Center for Earth Ethics www.centerforearthethics.org

The Fountain For the Natural Order of Our Existence: www.thefountaincss.org

Original music by Anima – www.animamusic.co.uk

Comprised of producer / composer / instrumentalist Ali Calderwood and Vocalist / Songwriter Daniela Lanaia, Anima is an offering love to the Earth and all Her relations. They are based in the Highlands of Scotland, where they write and produce Anima’s inspirational music, blending meditative and rich soundscapes, infused with deep ambience, ethereal, nurturing vocals, ancient tones, sacred sound and a variety of world instruments.

Ali and Daniela have been guided by deep connections with the land and original peoples in ancient ways of healing and remembrance. They are the co-founders of the Sacred Living Earth Trust – a vision and sanctuary space dedicated to the protection and restoration of our sacred, living Earth. Anima is a word found in various languages and cultures, and means soul, breath, air, life force and feminine spirit energy. It is this sacred energy of the Great Mother that inspires their work, and that radiates out as “the energy of unconditional healing and love” felt in their music.

Anima reside in a wild and remote area in Scotland, where power for recording their music is provided by Nature through renewable energy sources, and food is grown on the land in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles. Anima has evolved to encompass a close-knit community of souls who have come together to work in service to the Mother, to honour the Earth and live in alignment with the original and sacred ways.

To find out more about Ali and Daniela and their work, visit their websites below:




February 15, 2018 – The Fountain For the Natural Order of Our Existence with Jyoti, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia, Lawrence Bloom & Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muños 

The Assemblage – 114 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Our system is broken because 8 white men own more than half the world’s money. Our system is broken because the climate is changing and the signs of chaos are all around us.

It’s broken because we have lost our ability to connect to Nature, to our true selves, and to what it is to be human. The Kogi of the La Sierra Nevada of Colombia tell us that the ending is falling into the beginning, and we will complete this process in 2026. The beginning will be those individuals who are moving forward based on the original principles of unity, respect, reciprocity, inter-connectedness and heart. The Earth and our communities are counting on us to recognize each other and come to the table to weave the gifts each brings into a strong response to these times. On this evening, we will come together in community to energize our collective mind. Join us as we discuss the creation of The Fountain and its principles of Sacred Economics.

The Fountain is a collective of many hands and many hearts, and many good, strong minds. Its mission is to restore an economic model that is based on feminine principles of reciprocity and collaboration guided by Nature and the Sacred. And to do that, the keepers of indigenous wisdom and culture have been brought together with people who understand how business and financial systems work. We are taking the best lessons of what it means to work together in harmony with nature.

The Fountain is both an experiment – for who knows what we are ultimately creating – and it is most definitely an intention. We know what doesn’t work, and we know what works in different contexts and cultures. We are ready to help humanity move beyond an extractive model of accumulating wealth and hoarding of capital. We are ready to become the next generation of humanity – one that supports life, that nurtures growth, that wields compassion in the boardroom and that puts our humanity at the center.

About the speackers

The Assemblage
114 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

To discover:

The Team

Matthew Isbell

Matthew Isbell
Daniela Lanaia

Daniela Lanaia
Ali Calderwood

CSS Communications
Margin Broux 
Michelle Coleman

Contact the team at centerforsacredstudies@gmail.com

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