by Billy Mitchell

An important part of my personal journey, and an integral topic that I want to incorporate, is my personal philosophy of Divinum Sustinieri, or ‘Divine Sustainability‘. This philosophy stems from the belief that the way of life that our distant native/aboriginal ancestors had was far superior that the way of life that is prevalent in the world today in terms of sustainability, social interaction, and symbiosis with the natural world around us. I dare say that I am not the only one who feels that way either. There has been a huge surge in the numbers of intentional communities being created around the world and nature, shamanistic, and new thought spirituality in individuals has been rising steadily since the 1960’s creating a shift in consciousness toward global unity, sustainability, and environmental awareness.

I have found many virtual teachers in my journey…my Journey of Infinite Steps, as I like to call it. Topping this list of teachers are Druvalo Melchizadek who has taught me about Sacred Geometry and the Elements, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton who have taught me about permaculture, Michael Reynolds who has taught me that you can build carbon neutrally with natural, recycled, or repurposed materials, and intentional communities like Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage who have shown me what putting all of these elements together in a community setting could look like. Also, through my own research of essays like “The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492” by William H. Denevan and Charles Man’s “1491:New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” and by studying the evolution of organized religions versus the consistency of native/aboriginal spiritual belief systems (which will be a topic for a future blog post) has led me to believe that the native/aboriginal systems perpetuate a symbiosis between mankind and the natural world. These people and studies have given me the building blocks that have created my philosophy of Divinum Sustinieri.

As you could probably guess by my list of teachers, the philosophy of Divinum Sustinieri is based upon 4 Tenets: Spirituality, Sacred Geometry, the Elements, and Sustainable Life Practices like permaculture, biotecture, and alternative energy sources. In following these 4 Tenets one can achieve a true symbiosis with the Natural World that they live in. It’s not only a philosophy but a way of life.

Tenet 1: Spirituality

Being the first Tenet, Spirituality is the foundation upon which the philosophy is based. It doesn’t matter whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindi, Buddhist, Pagan, Wiccan, or any other religion. Dogma plays no role whatsoever in this philosophy. You only need to have a spiritual belief of some kind. As long as you believe in Divinity, the other elements of the philosophy will fall in line. The philosophy is one of balance and symbiosis.

Tenet 2: Sacred Geometry

The second attribute of the philosophy is sacred geometry. This is a geometric progression beginning with Divine consciousness and progressional movement which creates the Vesica Piscis, the Egg of Life, the Flower of Life, the Tree of Life, and Metatron’s Cube (which contains within it the Five Plutonic Solids – the five elements of Nature). This is the geometry of creation itself. It can be measured. It is quantifiable. Whether it is in the natural world around us or in the internal organic body, it all starts with sacred geometry (which is also another topic for a future in-depth blog post).

Tenet 3: The Elements

The third aspect of the philosophy is closely tied to Sacred Geometry, but must be its own subject. These are The Elements – the Five Plutonic Solids of Sacred Geometry (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit – also known as aether or prana). Learning about The Elements can be complicated. There is definite structure related to each element and they should be learned sequentially for optimal understanding. Each element has its own relationships and positive or negative/masculine or feminine properties. In this respect, the study of The Elements is akin to Feng Shui.

Tenet 4: Sustainable Life Practices

The last aspect of Divinum Sustinieri is that of Sustainable Life Practices, such as permaculture, biotecture, and alternative energy. This is where what you’ve learned about spirituality, sacred geometry, and the elements come into practice. Permaculture teaches care of the Earth, care of people, and to share the surplus of what you reap. This is a conscious design of an ecosystem – an intentional design of a person’s environment for maximum agricultural yields for the minimum amount of energy. Biotecture (sustainable building) teaches people to build their homes in a carbon neutral or even carbon negative manner using natural, recycled, or repurposed materials. Some of these techniques are found in Earthships and houses made out of cobb, earth brick, earthbag, straw bale, and cordwood houses. Some alternative energy systems include solar, wind, hydro, and trompes but new methods of sustainable energy production are being invented or discovered at an incredible rate.

Through living these 4 Tenets the philosophy of Divinum Sustinieri can allow you to live symbiotically with the environment in which you reside as humans were meant to. Humanity is just another species of creation like trees, animals and bacteria. We have forgotten this. Humanity has put itself above the rest of creation and tries to bend creation to it’s will. There is only one another organism in creation which does this…a cancer cell. We were meant to be caretakers, the immune system if you will, of creation just as our ancient ancestors were. This is the truth that these intentional communities and natural spiritualities are trying to get back to…to save our planet before we utterly destroy it.

It’s not too late…


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One Comment

  1. “Divinum Sustinieri” — it sounds so elegant when you put it that way, and yet so simple when you explain it. This is a wonderful article, Billy, chock full of important information and resources — thank you for it. As tiny home dwellers, Charley and I are committed to the Native American way of leaving a small footprint. I have been following the development of those fascinating Earth Ships by Michael Reynolds with great interest for several years, and will eagerly check out some of your other links as well.

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