Quotes

How Can We Reciprocate The Gifts Of The Earth ? Robin Wall Kimmerer

‘For much of human’s time on the planet, before the great delusion, we lived in cultures that
understood the covenant of reciprocity, that for the Earth to stay in balance,
for the gifts to continue to flow, we must give back in equal measure for what we take.

In the teachings of my Potawatomi ancestors, responsibilities and gifts are understood
as two sides of the same coin. The possession of a gift is coupled with a duty to use it for
the benefit of all. A thrush is given the gift of song—and so has a responsibility to greet
the day with music. Salmon have the gift of travel, so they accept the duty of carrying food upriver.
So when we ask ourselves, what is our responsibility to the Earth, we are also asking, “What is our gift?”

As human people, most recently evolved here, we lack the gifts of our companion species,
of nitrogen fixation, pollination, and 3000-mile migrations under magnetic guidance.
We can’t even photosynthesize. But we carry gifts of our own, which the Earth urgently needs.
Among the most potent of these is gratitude.

Gratitude may seem like weak tea given the desperate challenges that lie before us,
but it is powerful medicine, much more than a simple thank you.
Giving thanks implies recognition not only of the gift, but of the giver.
When I eat an apple, my gratitude is directed to that wide-armed tree whose tart
offspring are now in my mouth, whose life has become my own. Gratitude is founded on
the deep knowing that our very existence relies on the gifts of beings who can in fact
photosynthesize. Gratitude propels the recognition of the personhood of all beings and
challenges the fallacy of human exceptionalism—the idea that we are somehow better,
more deserving of the wealth and services of the Earth than other species.’

Robin Wall Kimmerer

For more about her work see:  Link

Posted in Circles Gathering Worldwide, Indigenous Wisdom, Quotes No Comments »

‘Oneness is the Form but Love is the Essence’ Steve Farrell

Aflak by Joumana Medlej

Posted in Quotes No Comments »

She

She is the inmost awareness

Of the sage who realizes

That Consciousness alone exists.

She is the life blossoming within

The creatures of the universe.

Both macrocosm and microcosm

Are lost within Mother’s Womb.

Now can you sense

How indescribable She is?

Ramprasad Sen (Bengal/India, 18th century

Posted in Quotes No Comments »

A Deep Sence Of The Sacred Is Innate Within Us

‘Once we allow our consciousness to touch into this greater mystery,
We will find that life will speak to us as it spoke to our Ancestors.
It will remind us how to live in harmony with creation
And how to restore the balance that is intrinsic to life.
And it will give us the energy,
The power and the knowledge that is needed to heel and redeem our wounded world.’

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Tags:
Posted in Quotes No Comments »

The Earth Is Our Most Pressing Concern. She Needs Our Prayers

Transcript from Llewellyn Vaughan- Lee’s  Prayer for the Earth 

In our prayers and devotion we need to reconnect with the sacred substance in creation,
we need to place the earth in our heartsand nourish it with our love, and offer it to the remembrance of God.
Love is the greatest power in creation. Love is the bond, the secret link between the Creator and creation.
We know how to pray for other people and many of us know the power of prayers and now we need to pray
for the world, to pray that the love and the grace and the help is given where it is needed.
We each have the power of prayer, we each have the possibility to make a direct connection with
the divine within ourselves and to bring that connection down through our bodies into the earth,
the earth that is dying that is needing this sacred substance.
The real pilgrimage is always the pilgrimage to the heart, because that is where the divine
and the human come together. And that is where grace can come, where grace come into our bodies,
into ourselves, and into the world that needs it. It is essential to acknowledge that the earth is not unfeeling matter,
but a living being that is giving us life. Then we get a feeling of the earth that is alive as a soul,
as a sacred being. We will be guided by the cry of the world by the need of the world, by the openness of our own hearts.
Our breath, our heartbeat, is also part of the breath and heartbeat of the world. We are one. We go deep within our own hearts.
And then we stay with that prayer, and we become that prayer, until we, all of ourselves, every cell in our body,
is the prayer of the creation for the creator, is the need of the earth, is the cry of
the soul of the earth. And we draw down to it, the grace of God, the love of God,
the power of God that is needed at this time.

Tags:
Posted in Quotes No Comments »

Sacred Presence by Thomas Berry

 

‘The Earth with its layers of land and water and air provides the space within which
all living things are nurtured and the context within which humans attain their identity.
If in the excitement of a secular technology reverence for the Earth has diminished in the past,
especially in the western world, humans now experience a sudden shock at the devastation
they have wrought on their own habitation.
The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context,
in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning.
There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things,
the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing,
sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their
psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment.
This presence whether experienced as Allah, as Atman, as Sunyata,
or as the Buddha-nature or as Bodhisattva;
whether as Tao or as the One or as the Divine Feminine,
is the atmosphere in which humans breathe deepest and without which they eventually suffocate’.

Thomas Berry

Tags:
Posted in Quotes No Comments »

Staying Here Now by Larry Merculieff


‘The wisdom keepers say that the only place to find the power of the Creator is to be present in this moment.
If we have fears, we are projecting them into the future. Into a future time that does not even exist.
If we have guilt, we are living in the past, for the past things we did. We are not living now.
All the spiritual keepers, of all groups in the world, be they Buddhists, be they Islamic, be it part Red Pack,
be it medicine pack– you name it– say [that] the only way to find the power that has been given to us from the Creator
is to be here, now. Not to escape.
How do we start this healing? When you are quiet within yourself and you sit next to the river– ask.
Do not be afraid to ask. Ask the Creator. Ask whoever you feel is your higher power,
“Please help me find the way because I do not know how to heal.” “Make me your history.”
And when you ask that, with humility in your heart,
you will get it. You will find it. And it will be given to you,
you will see this healing starting to spread like wild fire. It is just exciting.
Exciting to see. And the key to it is staying here, now.’
Larry Merculieff

Tags:
Posted in Indigenous Wisdom, Quotes No Comments »

The Job Of Women

This is part of the story of a Uru-Eu-Way-Way Shaman who was sent by his tribe from the
Brazilian rainforest to the USA to learn about Western ways:

He’d been in the US six months when he called his sponsor in a panic:
“Where are your women?” he cried.
“What do you mean, where are our women?”
“Where are your women? What are they doing?”
“They are busy working, being teachers and doctors and bus drivers… and wives and mothers.
Why do you ask?”
The Shaman said: “In our tribe the men and women still dwell on the two different sides of the river of life
and have very diffferent roles.
The men hunt and fish, they cut down trees for building canoes and huts.
The women gather wild edibles, cook and take care of the children.
Men and women equally take part in tribal council.
But there’s one  job only the women can do, and it’s the most important job in the tribe.
In fact the survival of the tribe depends on the women fulfilling this one task.”
“What task is that?”
“It’s man’s nature to hunt until there’s no more game left, to fish until there are no more fish in the rivers,
to cut down trees until there are no more trees to cut.
It’s woman’s nature to know the needs of the whole village and the needs of the Earth.
It’s the women’s job to tell the men when to stop.
Why are your women not telling the men to stop?”

Transcribed from the foreword to Cate Montana’s book: ‘Unearthing Venus’. pub 2013  

elements

Tags:
Posted in Quotes No Comments »

Communicating With Animals: Anna Breytenbach

CONNECTION  MEDITATION

For those of you wanting to learn the technique for connecting telepathically with the animals,
below is a suggested guide to start you off. You can follow these steps whether you are in
the presence of the animal or not.

Suggested technique for communicating with animals:

1. Close your eyes and relax your body from head to toe
2. Set a silent, strong intention in your mind for clarity in your intuition
3. Imagine your heart centre opening
4. Visualise connecting via an energetic channel, heart to heart, with the animal
5. Call their name in the location that they are and send a silent greeting
6. Continue with the communication, asking questions if you wish to

Remember to be open to whatever comes. You may receive information in mental images,
silent words that appear in your awareness, emotional feelings or physical sensations.
Simply be open and patient, allowing sufficient time between your questions to perceive
any subtle answers your intuition may be receiving.

If you want to practice with communications that you can have validated afterwards for “accuracy”,
do so with domestic animals you don’t personally know.
This allows you to ask questions which the human caregivers will know the real answers to,
and that you can check afterwards.  For documentary film about the work of  Anna Breytenbach

Tags:
Posted in Quotes No Comments »

The Plant World: Aboriginal Cosmology

‘In Aboriginal cosmology, the plant world does not descend directly from the Ancestors in the same way humans and animals do.
Plants emerged later, from the potencies deposited during the formation of the earth.
All human and animal species that ever have existed, or ever will exist, on earth have a continuous existence in the Dreaming.
They manifest if their particular plant or other foods are put forth by the nourishing earth mother.
The same view of creation is found in the ancient Indian Vedas:  “A species will come into being only if its food exists.
If the earth provides not its food, the species will exist but remain unmanifest.”
In summary, humans and animals preexist in the Dreamtime as pure animistic energy and emerge simultaneously,
while plants exist first as potencies in the earth during its formation, deposited by these animating forces,
that physically manifest later after the completion of the Dreamtime.
This ancient concept of the relationship between the three kingdoms affords a completely different view of nature
and its recent crisis of species extinction, which is at present occurring at 400 times the natural rate.
The plants of the earth are like Aboriginal message sticks:they call forth from the Dreaming various animal and human species.
These species exist permanently in the Dreaming, but they manifest and disappear in specific combinations during particular
eras as the earth’s plants come forth to call them into existence.’

Voices Of The First Day  Robert Lawlor

Tags: ,
Posted in Quotes No Comments »