Visualize a beautiful earth, untouched by human greed. Imagine crystal clear skies everywhere, wild waters pure enough to drink, and vast, clean, undisturbed wild forests, deserts and seacoasts. It’s almost impossible for us to imagine, even those of us fortunate enough to live in fairly intact, semi-wild areas. In other, less fortunate places—in the cities, in the fossil fuel extraction zones, and the industrial agriculture zones—clean air, land and waters have been not only unattainable but almost unimaginable for generations. And humanity is in a constant state of deep grief because of this, whether we know it consciously or not. [Read more…] about Gaia’s True Abundance
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The Feminine is a very different story than the Masculine. In the deepest esoteric sense, feminine and masculine are polarities, perhaps the most important polarities that form our physical and spiritual reality. But this in no way means that they are merely “opposites.” The feminine isn’t just 180 degrees different from the masculine; it is in another dimension completely.
I learned more about this recently in a dew-drenched green meadow surrounded by tall, dripping pines and firs up in the mountains east of here. I had spent the previous day sitting by the river singing and praying. My intention was to deeply attune with the sacred, overlighting, undergirding being of the land—the Green Essence of Gaia. She revealed herself over and over to me as Grandmother. [Read more…] about Grandmother Gaia’s Essence
The great, vast being of Gaia is continuously generating a force that creates and evolves life on all levels. I call this force the Green Force. It’s the force that brings plants up from under asphalt streets, that sets seeds growing on bare sand. It is, in Dylan Thomas’s memorable words, “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”
The Green Force energizes and expresses the entire organic continuum of birth, growth, flowering, ripening, maturing, declining, dying, decomposing and giving birth again—the dynamic, ever-renewing process that we call Life. As we know, plants get their energy directly from the sun, from photosynthesis that takes place in the plants’ chlorophyll, their green pigments. Then animals (including us humans) eat the plants, and/or eat animals that eat the plants. Even the strange and mysterious fungi and bacteria beings “eat” the remains of dead plants and animals. So each one of us, each living being on Mother Earth, literally partakes of Gaia’s Green Force as an intimate and basic part of our day-to-day survival. [Read more…] about The Green Force
Gaia—the vast, living, intelligent being that created and is still creating our planet and everything on it—constantly tends toward balance and inclusion, and toward every being within every ecosystem thriving according to its nature. Our indigenous ancestors lived lives that were centered around attuning to the patterns of Gaia in their local ecosystem, and honoring and harmonizing with the totality of life there. These ways are still courageously modeled for us by the remaining indigenous peoples around the globe.
Gaia in Her fullness can best be understood as a system, a web of infinite relationships and interactions among all of its members. Such a system cannot sustain itself without reciprocity, that is, all within it constantly finding and re-finding a balanced interchange, without anyone taking or accumulating more than they need. This reality is not a fluffy, sentimental one, of course: most interchanges within a living natural system involve finding food to eat, and its members literally eating one another. When a system is balanced, however, there is enough for all the various plant and animal beings within it to feed and shelter themselves, to reproduce, and to flourish as a totality. And when all beings (including human beings) who live in a forest or watershed, or in and around a sea or estuary, are flourishing, the entire system is vibrant, sustainable and regenerative. [Read more…] about Going with Gaia’s Grain