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

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