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Surrender

Pray… Pray… Pray… Gaia needs your prayers.Just pray with total surrender,in complete faith. And that prayer collectively done –at least 1,000 or 1,500 people,done at the same time,will generate the positive healing energy for all of us.Not asking for anyone special,not even for the betterment of general life.Nothing…
Just surrender and praying.
Swami Shraddhananda

According to most theistic religions, self-effort is essential for the beginners, while self-surrender is practiced by the advanced spiritual aspirants. Self-surrender is considered to be the highest state in spiritual life.
Swami Chetanananda, `They Lived With God’

In stressing the virtue of surrender, we ought not to ignore the place and value of prayer and affirmation. The ideal surrender…is based on perfect spiritual understanding of, and attunement to, the will of God. Such a devotee knows when and how to resist his problems and when to resign himself to suffer them.
Daya Ma, `Only Love’

… for the more we struggle to be true, the more we discover our falsity. Is it merciful of Your light to bring us, inexorably, to despair?
No — it is not to despair that You bring me but to humility. For true humility is in a way, a very real despair: despair of myself, in order that I may hope entirely in You.
(Thomas Merton)
“Faith, a gift from God, is one of the most powerful forces governing our universe, just as the unseen power of gravity works to pull all things down, the unseen power of faith works to lift all things up.”
Gene Griffin Producer

It is wise to strive to do God’s will in everything because that is the way to peace of mind and happiness. If you deeply ponder it you will see that this is a colossal thought. A vast cosmos of the different forces of nature is tied together by God’s directing power. Everything works in mutual harmony with the Divine plan. We are part of the universal scheme–just as important as the sun, and the moon, and the stars. We have to do our part, we must play the role that is assigned to us by the Divine, not what we want to play. When you use your own willfulness in opposition to the will of God, you will spoil this drama. You do not contribute your share to fulfill the great plan of this universe. Why not say. “Let me do what God wants me to do”. I think you will be much happier, much more peaceful, much better off.
(Paramahansa Yogananda, `The Divine Romance’)

When I write I give to the earth, which for me is everything, a little of what belongs to the earth. In that sense, writing for me is to die a little, to anticipate a definitive return to the earth.
Ruy Belo

Gaia in contemporary writing

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).
Jónas Hallgrímsson
Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth. http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/Jonas/Edli/Edli.html
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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.
Jónas Hallgrímsson
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.
David Spangler
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.
Van Jones
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.
Charles Fillmore
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.
Anodea Judith
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

Breathing Earth?
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 |
http://www.iop.org/mt4/mt-tb.cgi/2729

Goddess Gaia

GAIA – GREECE
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Gaea (variant spelling Gaia) is a Greek goddess personifying the Earth. Etymologically, Gaea is a compound word of “Ge,” meaning “Earth” and “Aia” meaning “grandmother” (In modern English, the root “Ge” still relates to terms such as geography (Ge/graphos = writing about Earth) and geology (Ge/logos = words about the Earth) displaying an ancient connection to the term Gaea). Though not as popular as the Olympian gods of Greek mythology, Gaea was still revered for her role as “Mother Nature.” The divinization of the earth by the ancient Greeks as the goddess Gaea was their way of recognizing the intrinsic value of the earth’s bounty, fertility and beauty. Hellenistic worship of Gaea was also a celebration humanity’s symbiotic relationship with nature. The idea that the fertile earth itself is female, nurturing humankind, was not limited to the Greco-Roman world. Fertility goddess figurines found worldwide often suggest reverence for a divine, potent mother deity. Early cultures of the Middle East (such as the Sumerian) likely made an impact on Greek views of Gaea, and veneration of the pre-Indo-European “Great Mother” had existed since Neolithic times. In the twentieth century, Gaea has taken on new importance in the New Age movement, neopaganism, and ecological spirituality through the development of the Gaia hypothesis. The belief in a nurturing Earth Mother is also a feature of modern “Goddess” worship. Today, Gaea represents a celebration of the feminine side of creation embodied in the fertility of Mother Nature.
Source: New World Encyclopedia
In Greek mythology
Hesiod’s Theogony (116ff) tells how, after Chaos, arose broad-breasted Gaia the everlasting foundation of the gods of Olympus.

Gaia, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad blossomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Gaia first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed Gods
Hesiod

BHOODEVI/PRITHVI – INDIA

One of the oldest Aryan dieties, Prithvi shares many common traits with other Indo-European earth goddesses such as the Greek Gaia, in that she is personified as a mother and is closely paired with a fatherly sky god as her consort. In fact, Prithvi and her husband Dyaus Pita are frequently addressed in the dual by the compound dyÄ?vÄ?prthivÄ«, probably expressing the idea that earth and sky exist as complementary half-shells. Rg Veda 6.70 suggests that eventually the two were seperated by the decree of Varuna. Prthivi and Dyaus are considered the creators of the various living creatures, and together they also sired many divine children who became the progenitors of the rest of the Hindu pantheon.

The Vishnu Purana, for instance, provides an account of Prithvi/Bhudevi’s birth. During the reign of Prithu, the earth would not yield fruits, and so a terrible famine developed. Prithu vowed to slay the earth, thereby forcing her to give up her precious resources. Terrified, the earth assumed the form of a cow. Prithu gave chase to the beast, pursuing her all the way to the heaven of Brahma. Finally, the earth turned to her pursuer and informed him the magnitude of sinfulness associated with the murder of a woman. The king retorted by asserting that the murder of one for the benefit of many is actually a virtuous act. She then warned Prithu that a kingdom without the earth would be utterly devoid of support. In order to make amends, the earth-as-cow offered to use her milk to fertilize the dessicated landscape, so long as Prithu flattened the land so that it would be conducive to the flow of the nourishing liquid. Prithu accepted these conditions, and had the land plowed up and smoothened, thus marking the beginning of agriculture. Prithu then milked the earth and his kingdom was able to overcome their famine when all varieties of corn and vegetables sprouted forth. Because she was thereafter considered the daughter of Prithu, the earth-goddess was given the epithet Prithvi.

Source: New World Encyclopedia

HAUMEA- HAWAII

Image source: Goddess Haumea by Zariah

Haumea is the Earth Mother Goddess In preparation for the beginning of Civilization She gave Form to all Star Children who first walked on the Holy Land of Mu as Goddesses and Gods It is said she lived as a mortal Woman And was known by the name… La’ila’i
Source: Ancient Hawaiian Goddesses
Haumea is the great earth goddess, sometimes equated to Papa the creatrice, and sometimes to La’iLa’i, the first woman. Her children are said to have been born from different parts of her body, which befits an earth goddess. That she is a very old goddess is evidenced by the fact that she was incorporated into several different Hawaiian religions, including that of Pele, for whom she plays the role of mother. She is usually associated with food supply, marriage, birth, and rebirth. In chants she is called Haumea “of mysterious forms, of eightfold forms, of four hundred thousand forms.” One of her commonly known forms, however, is the breadfruit tree. There is no single word haumea in Hawaiian, but hau can mean “a ruler” and mea can mean “reddish (like red earth).” Because of her position as an earth goddess, and because Hawaiians consider stones as the bones of the earth, the Kahilis say that she represents the element of stone.

Source Hawaiian Goddesses by Serge Kahili King

HOU-TU/ HOU TU NAINAI – CHINA

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Hou Tu, earth god in Chinese religion, presently worshiped as the goddess Hou Tu Nainai. China has had numerous earth cults that worship diverse spirits. Hou Tu was first officially worshiped as the single supreme earth god by the Han dynasty emperor Wudi in 113 bc. As well as being one half of the traditional cosmological order of Heaven (the creator) and Earth (the nurturer), Hou Tu was god of the soil and harvest. Offerings to him were usually buried. Hou Tu was venerated at China’s imperial altar in the capital and on mounds of earth erected in every village and town. He was sometimes regarded as sustainer of the imperial dynasty and even as the spirit of deceased members of the imperial family. During the 14th century Hou Tu’s cult mysteriously changed him into Hou Tu Nainai, a female earth deity. Under later dynasties, veneration of the goddess Hou Tu Nainai involved the emperor plowing the first furrow of the year at the Altar of Agriculture in Beijing, thus ensuring the fertility of the kingdom.
Source: MSN Encarta

Gaia in Art

Excerpts from THE GREENING OF GAIA: ECOFEMINIST ARTISTS REVISIT THE GARDEN by Gloria Feman Orenstein Univ. of Southern California

In the eighties ecofeminist artists were honoring the Earth as THE GREAT MOTHER, and in a vast number of rituals and environmental pieces they also paid hommage to THE EARTH MOTHER’s spirit, intelligence, history and cosmic cycles, as well as to the stored memories of her plants, rocks, soil, and creatures.

The Ecofeminist arts, in the eighties and early nineties often invoked the symbol of The Great Mother (The Goddess) or Gaia in order to emphasize the interconnectedness of three levels of creation, all imaged as female outside of patriarchal civilization: cosmic creation, procreation, and artistic creation.

The Great Mother, the Earth Mother, Gaia soon became the symbol for healing the splits between the material and the spiritual, the human and the non-human, the mind and the body, the sacred and the profane, nature and culture, and the masculine and the feminine, that have dominated patriarchal civilization in the West. I

n the works of Ecofeminist artists of the eighties, The Earth Mother signified that all forms of life, both human and non-human were interconnected with culture and the arts through their mutual creation by a sacred cosmic energy or agency originally imaged as female…an image that endured for several thousand years until the advent of patriarchal civilization, when the images of cosmic and cultural creation began to be imaged as male.

In what ways can the artist collaborate with Gaia to create a visual experience that enhances the Earth’s regeneration that purifies the pollution of a given site, or that increases our human understanding of our positionality within the Earth’s body, making us conscious that we are the Earth, and that anything we do to Gaia, we do to ourselves. Thus, in these works, ethics, aesthetics, and ecology are intimately integrated.

For those of us who are invited to visit, observe, and interact with these creations, our enlightenment or illumination is that THE EARTH MOTHER, HERSELF, IS THE PRIMARY ARTIST with whom we collaborate in the co-creation of a sustainable and aesthetically beautiful planet. When ecology, ethics, and community are integrated via the healing hands of visionary Ecofeminist artists, the Earth Mother, herself, reveals the aesthetic dimension as one of the many gifts from Gaia, almost blurring the distinction between the non-human world and humanity, so intimately are we intertwined with each other’s life and fate.

Gaia-Scientific Theory

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“The Gaia hypothesis says that the temperature, oxidation state, acidity, and certain aspects of the rocks and waters are kept constant, and that this homeostasis is maintained by active feedback processes operated automatically and unconsciously by the biota.”
– James Lovelock, The Ages of Gaia

. Summary from A Goddess of the Earth? The Debate over the Gaia Hypothesis

The Gaia Hypothesis states that life on earth controls the physical and chemical conditions of the environment (the biotic controls the abiotic)

The hypothesis was formulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis

The hypothesis points to stable conditions, such as oxygen levels and climate, as evidence that living organisms maintain a life-sustaining environment

The hypothesis has been defined and argued in numerous ways, and has as many critics as adherents. It is in need of more explicit formulation before it can be examined and tested as a true scientific theory.
Two models emerge:
The model that life influences planetary processes (i.e., it has a substantial effect on abiotic processes) has become known as the weak Gaia hypothesis. This model is widely supported.
The original Gaia hypothesis, that life controls planetary processes (i.e., life created Earth’s system), has become known as the strong Gaia hypothesis. It is not widely accepted.
Excerpts from The Evolving Gaia Theory by James Lovelock
Paper presented at the United Nations University Tokyo, Japan on 25 September 1992

The notion of Gaia is not new. In a way it started about 200 years ago, in 1789, in an Edinburgh lecture given by Dr. Black, the discoverer of carbon dioxide. He gave the lecture on behalf of James Hutton, who was ill at the time. Hutton had written, “I consider the Earth to be a super-organism and that its proper study should be by physiology.”

The Earth seen from space as a dappled white and blue sphere is now a visual cliche. But when we first saw it, few of us were untouched by the beauty of our planet. That view from outside has irreversibly altered our thoughts and feelings about the Earth.
I first stated the Gaia hypothesis in 1972, in the journal Atmospheric Environment. Shortly after this I began a collaboration with the biologist Lynn Margulis that has continued to this day. The first statement of the hypothesis was: “Life regulates the climate and the chemical composition of the atmosphere at an optimum for itself.”

I now realise that this statement was wrong. What we should have said is: “The whole system of life and its material environment is self-regulating at a state comfortable for the organisms.” This may seem to you to be just a fine point of definition. But it laid us open to the criticism that we had proposed a sentient Gaia able to control the Earth consciously. Nothing was further from our minds. From the start, Gaia has been a top-down systems view of the Earth, the hard science view of a physical chemist with an interest in control theory. This was never some trendy new age pseudo-science.

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There is nothing unusual in the idea of life on Earth interacting with the air, sea and rocks, but it took a view from outside to glimpse the possibility that this combination might consist of a single giant living system and one with the capacity to keep the Earth always at a state most favorable for the life upon it.
An entity comprising a whole planet and with a powerful capacity to regulate the climate needs a name to match. It was the novelist William Golding who proposed the name Gaia. Gladly we accepted his suggestion and Gaia is also the name of the hypothesis of science which postulates that the climate and the composition of the Earth always are close to an optimum for whatever life inhabits it.
James Lovelock, What is Gaia?
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The entire range of living matter on Earth from whales to viruses and from oaks to algae could be regarded as constituting a single living entity capable of maintaining the Earth’s atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts.
James Lovelock
Source: James Lovelock, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth
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I would like to point out that while this theory seems “far out” to some (and certain aspects are difficult for me to believe), almost any Earth scientist, ecologist or other natural scientist will tell you that complex and delicate balances that keep the oceans and atmosphere and lakes and forests and other things “functioning properly” are so intricate and orderly that if it isn’t a living being that controls it all, it certainly sometimes acts like one. Thus, whether Gaia is a sentient being or simply a device for explaining the very complex functioning of nature in a way humans can relate to (by placing them under the control of a supreme being), the theory of Gaia has a well-deserved place in modern scientific paradigms.
~Ken Rubin, Assistant Professor Department of Geology and Geophysics University of Hawaii, Honolulu HI 96822

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ok again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)
Source: Pale Blue Dot
Encyclopedia Brittanica article on The Gaia Hypothesis that is gaining ground among earth and ecosystem scientists.
From Wikipedia:
The Gaia hypothesis, Gaia theory or Gaia principle is a controversial ecological hypothesis or theory proposing that the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) are closely integrated to form a complex interacting system that maintains the climatic and biogeochemical conditions on Earth in a preferred homeorhesis. Originally proposed by James Lovelock as the earth feedback hypothesis,[1] it was named the Gaia Hypothesis after the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth, at the suggestion of William Golding, Nobel prizewinner in literature and friend and neighbour of Lovelock.[2] The hypothesis is frequently described as viewing the Earth as a single organism.[3]

Gaia is a name for the ancient earth goddess. “Goddess” Spirituality is the oldest known spirituality on the planet. It was a global experience regardless of the geographical barriers between peoples.The recognition and realization of the spirituality of the planet itself and Gaia, the earth Goddess, in our consciousness, results in our respect, honor and care of our planet.
Alan Bachman – Desert Wind

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate, sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.- Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut
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[Excerpts]
Since all natural phenomenon are ultimately interconnected, and in order to explain any one of them we need to understand all the others, which is obviously impossible. However, science has formulated the Bootstrap Theory – “The bootstrap philosophy represents the culmination of a view of nature that arose in quantum theory with the realization of an essential and universal interrelationship.” The “interdependence of all things” can be found in many spiritual traditions.
A grain of sand, a star, water drop or a person, a proton of a hydrogen molecule is the same regardless of form. The only difference is the way the materials are organized and their “consciousness” properties. According to Bohm’s idea in the previous section, “conscious atomic sea..extending out from this sub-atomic reality, all of material creation may also be said to be conscious.”

We, as stewards of Earth should be concerned with All living things…All things are living..All things are composed of energy. We are all connected at our most elemental and rudimentary levels. When we honor the physical things and become mindful of the unity in all things this imparts respects and honor to the Earth. Starstuffs, Physics and Consciousness

Gaia-Ancient Wisdom

Supreme Lord let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere. Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests. Let the cosmic powers be peaceful. Let the Brahman, the true essence and source of life, be peaceful. Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere.”The mountains, the forests, the earth and the sky–all these are but infinite consciousness. That alone is the very beginning of all, the
reality in all.
Atharva Veda

“All creatures, born from you, move round upon you. You carry all that has two legs, three or four. To you, O Earth, belong the five human races…May the creatures of earth, united together, let flow for me the honey of speech…. Mother of plants and begetter of all things, firm far-flung Earth, sustained by Heavenly Law, kindly and pleasant is she. May we ever dwell on her bosom, passing to and fro.”
The Hymn to the Earth, Atharva Veda
In the very beginning that pure infinite consciousness appeared to become whatever form it took whenever it
manifested itself. Till now it continues to be so. When life-breath
enters into bodies and begins to vibrate the various parts, it is said
that those bodies are living.
Such living bodies existed right in the beginning of creation. When those bodies into which the life-breath
had entered did not vibrate, they were known as trees and plants. ”
From ~The Concise Yoga Vasisthaed.Swami Venkatesananda

The whole earth is you.
Xue-feng

Pick out the teacher in the hundred grasses; recognize the emperor in a bustling market place.
Jiashan

As soon as a particle of dust arises, the entire earth is contained therein; the whole body of a lion is on the tip of a single hair.
Luopu

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“The world is sweet and verdant green, and Allah appoints you to be His regents in it, and will see how you acquit yourselves” Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed.

Do not cut down a tree, do not abuse a river, do not harm animals, and be always kind and humane to God’s creation, even to your enemies.
Abu-Baker

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For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts..
Ecclesiastes 3:19

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
Chief Seattle (c. 1786 – 1866)
Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light!
Baha’u’llah (1817 – 1892)
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk (1863-1950)

Gaia is a name for the ancient earth goddess. “Goddess” Spirituality is the oldest known spirituality on the planet. It was a global experience regardless of the
geographical barriers between peoples.The recognition and realization of the spirituality of the planet itself and Gaia, the earth Goddess, in our consciousness, results in our respect, honor and care of our planet.
Alan Bachman – Desert Win

When we respect the environment, then nature will be good to us. When our hearts are good, then the sky will be good to us. The trees are like our mother and father, they feed us, nourish us, and provide us with everything; the fruit, leaves, the branches, the trunk. They give us food and satisfy many of our needs. So we spread the dharma (truth) of protecting ourselves and protecting our environment, which is the dharma of Buddha.

Maha Ghosananda

Gaia – Ancient Wisdom

Supreme Lord let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere. Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests. Let the cosmic powers be peaceful. Let the Brahman, the true essence and source of life, be peaceful. Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere.”The mountains, the forests, the earth and the sky–all these are but infinite consciousness. That alone is the very beginning of all, the
reality in all.
Atharva Veda

“All creatures, born from you, move round upon you. You carry all that has two legs, three or four. To you, O Earth, belong the five human races…May the creatures of earth, united together, let flow for me the honey of speech…. Mother of plants and begetter of all things, firm far-flung Earth, sustained by Heavenly Law, kindly and pleasant is she. May we ever dwell on her bosom, passing to and fro.”
The Hymn to the Earth, Atharva Veda
In the very beginning that pure infinite consciousness appeared to become whatever form it took whenever it
manifested itself. Till now it continues to be so. When life-breath
enters into bodies and begins to vibrate the various parts, it is said
that those bodies are living.
Such living bodies existed right in the beginning of creation. When those bodies into which the life-breath
had entered did not vibrate, they were known as trees and plants. ”
From ~The Concise Yoga Vasisthaed.Swami Venkatesananda

The whole earth is you.
Xue-feng

Pick out the teacher in the hundred grasses; recognize the emperor in a bustling market place.
Jiashan

As soon as a particle of dust arises, the entire earth is contained therein; the whole body of a lion is on the tip of a single hair.
Luopu

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“The world is sweet and verdant green, and Allah appoints you to be His regents in it, and will see how you acquit yourselves” Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed.

Do not cut down a tree, do not abuse a river, do not harm animals, and be always kind and humane to God’s creation, even to your enemies.
Abu-Baker

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For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts..
Ecclesiastes 3:19

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
Chief Seattle (c. 1786 – 1866)
Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light!
Baha’u’llah (1817 – 1892)
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk (1863-1950)

Gaia is a name for the ancient earth goddess. “Goddess” Spirituality is the oldest known spirituality on the planet. It was a global experience regardless of the
geographical barriers between peoples.The recognition and realization of the spirituality of the planet itself and Gaia, the earth Goddess, in our consciousness, results in our respect, honor and care of our planet.
Alan Bachman – Desert Win

When we respect the environment, then nature will be good to us. When our hearts are good, then the sky will be good to us. The trees are like our mother and father, they feed us, nourish us, and provide us with everything; the fruit, leaves, the branches, the trunk. They give us food and satisfy many of our needs. So we spread the dharma (truth) of protecting ourselves and protecting our environment, which is the dharma of Buddha.

Maha Ghosananda

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