The Great Awakening – Transcending Tribalism

“Now you can see today why the world is in trouble.  What is the social field today?  The social field is the planet, and there isn’t a single system of action that has to do with the planet.  They all have to do with one interest group or another.” – Joseph Campbell

There was a time in human history when tribalism was necessary for survival.  Today, tribalism is what often threatens survival.  How ironic!

I wonder who see this among the world’s leaders today?  For many who hold power, there must be fear in the notion of tribal integration…of connecting more deeply with people from away.  The entire dogma of most tribes is built upon the need to stay separated.  The power construct of the world today is dependent upon the compartmentalization of peoples into distinct groups.  Distrust of the other tribes is what perpetuates the need for your own.

It is hard to break through the barrier of tribalism when there are those who will (knowingly or unknowingly) abuse it’s existence for the advancement of their own personal power.

I wonder who sees this among the people, the average citizens of the worlds respective tribes?

A thousand years from now what will humans think of all the tribal borders and boundaries that artificially segregate the planet today?  How unnecessary, expensive and limiting will it all appear from afar?

Every time I leave the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, or the Black Hills, and drive into Wyoming I stop at the sign that tells me I am leaving one state and entering another.  The border makes me smile and laugh out loud even though I am usually alone there!

“This border is not real,” I say softly, but defiantly, with a friendly smile.  “It is an artificial construct claiming territory between governors and legislatures.”  The wind and the grass and the sun care not about this invisible line.


The myth of tribalism will someday be one of the great awakenings of human social development.  You can see the limitations and consequences of this myth at every turn.  I see it today in the history that created the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Approximately 200,000 years ago, early humans began migrating north out of Africa.  Over time, some travel further north into Europe.  Others moved east into Asia.  By boat and with the assistance of an Ice Age, the descendants of some of those who long ago traveled east moved down into the Americas.  Eventually, the descendants of some of those who migrated west began traveling by boat in search of new lands; in search of new worlds.  In 1492, the descendants of those who went east were reunited with the descendants of those who went west…both groups thinking they were meeting each other for the first time…neither group recognizing the other…neither group realizing that they all belonged to the same tribe…the human tribe.

“I stood upon the highest mountain of the world and I knew more than I saw, I understood more than I knew, because I was seeing in a sacred manner.  And what I saw were the hoops of all the nations interlocking in on great circle.” – Black Elk 



6 thoughts on “The Great Awakening – Transcending Tribalism

    1. Thank you Pat! You and Ralph have been positive leaders for many people in our community for many years! Well done to YOU both!
      (And…I’ve come a long way from the “Penny Pitch” at Casco Days!) See you soon hopefully!

  1. There is no voice in any Presidential campaign that acknowledges this serious issue. Shame on the

  2. This is powerful stuff. And all true. With Stepehn Greer’s profound work on full disclosure of ET’s, and the technology ( already existing) that would provide free power to everyone on the planet, we truly stand poised to become one tribe: humankind here on our mother, the Earth. Well done, Kevin!

    1. I am 2/3 of the way through this powerful read, “Not For Sale”. As I progressed along in the book, my wife Jodee Davidson noticed how immersed in it I was and asked me to start reading aloud to her. We especially like to do this during road time in the car, and have done so for years. She can drive for hours when I read to her, and we will swap off at times. Last spring, for my own spiritual / mental health reasons I took a solo pilgrimage of my own, driving from Standish, Maine to the Pine Ridge Reservation. First time in South Dakota. I kept a photo journal on my Facebook page. The writing and photos of Keven have intriguing parallels to my own experience there.

      Ever more synergy is at work here, since one of the last books we shared in the car together was Christiane’s wonderful “Goddess’s Never Age”, whose wisdom has been a balm to our relationship, and enlightening as much from a male standpoint as the goddesses.

      Now here we are these days with a worn purple shopping bag, inherited from my deceased parents who had a home built in Gorham, and the logo on it reads, “Design Dwellings, Inc. Builder / Developer ~ We’re building neighborhoods”. This bag has carried two books in and out of the car during the past few weeks. “Goddesses” and “Not For Sale”. Good company. Maybe a message form spirit. Brings to mind when you are doing something right and an eagle flies over your head.

      Back in the 80’s Dr. Christiane helped Jodee and me grapple some fertility issues and so it was a magical surprise to find her response here on this blog. As Kevin often notes in his book: Everything it seems, comes full circle. Mitakuye Oyasin – We are All Related.

      Thank you both Kevin, & Christiane for your life changing writings and deeds.

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