by Jalaja Bonheim. From the collection of essays: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World, ed. Martin Keogh.

I believe that solutions do exist to our problems. But will we find them? That’s another question. As Einstein said, problems can never be resolved at the level at which they were created. The environmental crisis was caused by the human mind—or more accurately, by the ways in which we habitually use it. But problems created by the mind cannot be resolved by the mind.

We are used to turning to the mind for guidance, and when it can’t make out the path, we tend to feel hopeless. Yet if we can make peace with the fact that our mind is not in control of this journey, then we can open to the possibility of what some might call a miracle. We usually think of miracles as events that contradict the laws of nature, as when Jesus turned water into wine. But the kind of miracle I’m talking about here does not contradict nature. Rather, it’s guided by the intelligence of nature itself, who is the ultimate miracle worker.