On the other hand Ólafur the White Poet — or whoever he was, the Icelander who wrote the Preface to the Prose Edda — describes the beliefs of our ancestors in such eloquent and powerful terms that I cannot refrain from quoting them exactly as they stand in his book.
“They pondered and wondered what it meant,” he says, “that the earth and the animals and birds had certain characteristics in common, though they were very unlike in form. To take one such characteristic: if you dig into the earth at the top of high hills, you come upon water without needing to delve down any farther than you do in low valleys. Similarly with animals and birds: the blood flows at no deeper level in their heads than in their feet.
“It is another characteristic of the earth that every year she produces plants and flowers which decay and die that same year. Similarly, animals and birds grow hair and feathers every year, then shed them.
“It is a third characteristic of the earth that when she is cut open or dug into, grass will grow on the soil that is turned upward. From this — and from their interpretation of rocks and stones as being like the teeth and bones of animals — they drew the conclusion that the earth was animated, was somehow alive, and they realized that she was incredibly ancient in terms of years and quintessentially powerful: she gave birth to all living things and reclaimed everything that died. Therefore they gave her a name and traced their origin to her.”
Although we know today that the earth is not a living being in the sense that plants or animals are, and that her various parts are not interdependent (as are the muscular and circulatory systems of animals, or the roots and leaves of grasses and flowers), nevertheless the speculations of this ancient sage are so pleasing and vivid that no one should really make fun of them. In his day men had no inkling of the timeless forces that operate to regulate the motion of the heavenly bodies, and though they were actively engaged in mining metals from the depths of the earth, it had not occurred to anyone to investigate the various geological strata lying one on top of the other, or to distinguish between streams of water (whose movement obeys the law of gravity) and the blood of animals and sap of trees (whose flow is regulated by other laws).
Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth. http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/Jonas/Edli/Edli.html
Ancient poets and sages have called the earth the mother of all things. They could hardly have chosen a more attractive name, or one that was more appropriate. From her lap springs everything that possesses life and motion, everything that flourishes, fades, and has its fated day, and she tirelessly provides material for the countless varied bodies that are created — and then abandoned — by the life force in its unending, hidden progress through nature. And meanwhile the earth itself is running its race around the sun with incredible speed, obedient to fixed, immutable laws. Human intelligence has succeeded in understanding these laws, and it is now possible to determine earth’s position in time and space, relative to the sun and other heavenly bodies, at any point in the future, just so long as the present frame of our solar system is not disturbed by any unusual, large-scale events.
Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth
We cannot assume the sacredness nor spiritual livingness of the earth or accept it as a new ideology or as a sentimentally pleasing idea. We must experience that life and sacredness, if it is there, in relationship to our own and to that ultimate mystery we call God. We must experience it in our lives, in our practice, in the flesh of our cultural creativity. We must allow it to shape us, as great spiritual ideas have always shaped those who entertain them, and not expect that we can simply use the image of Gaia to meet emotional, religious, political, or even commercial needs without allowing it to transform us in unexpected and radical ways. The spirituality of the earth is more than a slogan. It is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new.
Source: Earth & Spirit (IC#24) Late Winter 1990, Page 44
The human family has invaluable friends and irreplaceable allies in the plant and animal worlds. We cannot continue to tug at the web of life without tearing a hole in the very fabric of our earthly existence–and eventually falling through that hole ourselves.
Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems
The mind is the seat of perception of the things we see, hear, and feel. It is through the mind that we see the beauties of the earth and sky, or music, of art, in fact, of everything. That silent shuttle of thought working in and out through cell and nerve weaves into one harmonious whole the myriad moods of mind, and we call it life.
Source: The Revealing Word
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one “less traveled by”—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964)
The human drama is reaching its denouement. The great unveiling is approaching, a time when the power structures of the world begin to crumble and people of the heart sing out a new truth. Many voices are joining the chorus, many feet are walking the path, many minds are dreaming possibilities for a magnificent future. For beneath the crises that are looming at every level of civilization, the global heart is awakening, beating out the rhythm of a new and glorious dance, calling us to a better way of living.
Source: Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love, Page: 17
Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Edgar Mitchell, astronaut:
You see those Earthrises when you’re orbiting the moon. This happens every time you go around. That’s quite an awesome experience. There’s some very lovely pictures taken of that. Most of the time, remember, on the surface of the Moon, the Earth is directly overhead and it’s very hard to see it in a pressure suit. You have to hang onto something and lean way back. So most of the really compelling, fascinating pictures and descriptions of Earth come after the lunar mission is over and you can relax a little bit and be a tourist and look at things. When you’re on the surface doing your work, you’re just too bloody busy to do that! You’re following your checklist, your protocol, to get your work done. But on the way home when the work essentially has been finished, generally successfully, you have a chance to observe that. You have a little extra time to look out the window and admire Earth. There’s a lot of time to reflect on your mission and on what you’ve done, and absorb the utter magnificence and beauty of the whole process.
As a result of the experience I’ve been describing of looking at the cosmos from the point of view of an ET and seeing Earth as it is in the heavens, the precise experience for me was to recognize that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft–I had studied steller formation and knew how the furnaces of the stars and galaxies created our chemical elements–I suddenly realized that those were my molecules being manufactured and prototyped in those stars. Instead of being an intellectual experience, it became a very deep, personal, emotional one, a knowing. That was such a profound experience that I went into a different realm of seeing things. I later came to realize through my research that what I was experiencing is called, in the ancient literature, a spontaneous samadhi experience, to use the Sanskrit language word for it. This means that you can perceive the synthesis of things, but you experience their interconnectedness at a deep emotional level. It’s very profound, life changing. First of all, it’s a non-local structure. What that means, for example, is whereas for thousands of years mystics have been saying that somehow the universe and everything in it is interconnected in some mysterious way, that way corresponds to what has been discovered and known in quantum physics for about seventy-five years. What hasn’t been understood is how it applied to human beings. It’s called non-locality that the universe has interconnection–which Einstein calls “spooky action at a distance” but which seems to be that which we’re looking for and talking about–that will help tie the scientific experience and scientific expression with the mystical experience. To me that’s very important. That’s what we’ve been looking for, for a long time.
Quotes from Dr. Mitchell’s writing:
“On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.” “My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.” “We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”
Gratefiul acknowledgement: A Conversation with Edgar Mitchell by Guy Spiro, Lightworks
A black Hole in your dimensional space is another reality system whose co-ordiantes interface with those of the Earth. It is a locus of being for a collective identity, just as Earth is a locus of being for a collective Human identity. The collective or star referred to as Black Hole is neither dead nor gone. Its focus of consciousness is just temporarily redirected into other dimensional co-ordinates that preclude its appearance in your space/time continuum. The field your scientists interpret to be unoccupiable and inescapable is actually holding the star’s place in space, the way you might put a “Reserved” sign on your airplane seat if you wanted to get off for a walk between legs of a flight. Because the collective identity of the star has taken a walk somewhere your consciousness cannot currently reach, instead of percieving its manifestation, you percieve it as a gap in your space/time continuum. Your scientists think of it as being sealed off behind its own event horizon. In fact it is Human perception that is sealed off behind their current consciousness horizon.
Elia WiseSource: “LETTER TO EARTH”. What we are becoming – What we need to know
Could the Earth be breathing? By James Dacey Ever since green issues crossed over to the mainstream in the 1980s, James Lovelock’s Gaia metaphor has always felt a little bit passé. Now it may be allowed to flourish once again in the 21st century as a bunch of environmental scientists report that the rocky Earth is “breathing”.
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced in the soil get trapped in crevices, before being exhaled as temperatures drop, say the researchers at universities in Israel and the US.
During the summer they expect at least 8 hours of “breathing” each day and in winter up to 20 hour’s worth. Apparently this convection is taking place in cracks right across the earth’s surface but climate modellers have so far failed to spot it. Historically, gas exchange models consider diffusion alone, but factoring in “geo-respiration” could increase vapour flux by 50 % Particularly cracked parts of the earth’s face, where this effect is most pronounced, include permafrost zones, agricultural settings and desert playas. I contacted Maria Dragila, one of the researchers at Oregon State University and she told me: “Our next step is to encourage the scientific community to consider this mechanism and quantify the effectiveness of this breathing in different environments by direct field
measurements.” Full details of this research can be found in Geophysical Research Letters. Posted by James Dacey on February 12, 2009 4:57 PM |