May 28, 2019
I have been thinking a lot recently about the importance of place.......of being truly connected to the land you are on and all the beings who share that space with you. In earlier times all of our ancestors were intimately connected to place. Not in the nationalistic, almost belligerent way that some folks mean when they claim patriotism or love for country, but in a way that truly reflected respect and reciprocity and kinship with the land itself. Their relationship to Earth was not unlike that of a child to its mother. We have forgotten how connected we are and ho much we need the Earth and as a result, our lives have become diminished.
I have been here in my "place" for almost twenty years. I live in a house that will soon be a century old. It has stood this long so I know it is sturdy and can shelter me and keep me safe. I love its age, the way it gently creaks in the wind. Like me, it has character and a personality all its own. It is filled with the spirits of those who have gone before and also of the land itself. I live on a busy main route but have a patch of woods in the back and tall old trees that ring the house with sheltering branches that seem to cradle me. Over the years I have planted shrubs and flowers, herb and vegetable gardens. I share this place with many other beings. There is the hawk pair who have raised three sets of babies in my time here. There are my beloved crows who fly over and call to me each morning. There are foxes who den in my woods and who this year have five kits. There are raccoons, a little herd of deer, coyotes, a skunk, a huge old possum I call Grandfather, turkeys, chipmunks and squirrels. There is a pair of double winged dragonflies I refer to as The Guardians who accompany me as I walk to the back door from the driveway. Many beings I recognize from year to year and watch anxiously for them each Spring, not feeling at ease until I see them emerge and know they made it through another Winter.
I feed the birds and toss out peanut butter crackers when I see nipples on mother squirrels in March so they can grab a quick bite and get back to their babies pronto. I put out the hummingbird feeders early just in case and in the Fall the last one to leave always flutters up to the kitchen window to say thank you and goodbye until next year. I know everyone who grows in my yard and spend hours in my gardens. I sit out in the evening and watch for fireflies that come out of the deep woods at precisely 8:20 and put on the most amazing light show for an hour before disappearing back into the woods at curtain call. I have been here long enough for everyone to feel safe in my presence and so I enjoy an intimate relationship with all who share this place with me. My connection to this land, my love for it is what sustains me and often in these times, retreating under the yew or meditating in the middle of the garden under the moon is the only thing that preserves what little sanity I can claim.
Maintaining this land is a lot of work but it is never a burden. What is given back to me in every way is so much more than I have earned. Working the land keeps me strong and healthy, all summer I know that the food I grow is nourishing me in ways that store-bought food cannot. I make medicines of flowers and herbs , I dry leaves for tea. From observing the birds and insects and animals I learn the wonderful lessons of nature. I mark the passage of seasons and see how things change one into the next but nothing ever really dies. My connection to this place, this land, to Gaia Herself nourishes and sustains me in body, mind and spirit. I am grateful for Her lessons, Her beauty and Her love every day. I am truly blessed.
EARTH AS HEALER, EARTH AS LOVER
In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share something that I recently wrote that expresses how I feel about the times we are living in and also offer clear direction and some hope for our collective future.
We live in a time of great change and upheaval. Increasing incidence of floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and chaos in all forms show that the Earth is restless and in distress. Much of what we see is the result of humanity's ignorance of natural law. Because we have become disconnected from the natural world and no longer see ourselves as a part of the Web of Life, we make decisions that further disrupt the balance of nature and help to create the aberrant weather patterns that are on the rise. We have set ourselves apart from the rest of nature and we do not understand our interconnectedness and interdependence, resulting in making choices that adversely affect all of creation. The condition of our own mind and health is mirrored in the fluctuating state of the environment.
As Gaia struggles to regain her equilibrium, so too must we. We must work to recover that which is sacred and right within ourselves and in our own lives as an important first step in making changes to the ecological crises that we face. We must each look deep within ourselves and seek to restore our own inner peace and well-being. We must return to abiding by natural law as the highest authority. We must understand in our core that we are part of the Web of Life along with all other sentient beings and that everything is alive and has Spirit. Our capacity for critical thinking does not put us ahead of other lifeforms in importance. Rather, it calls us to a place of greater responsibility toward the planet we call home. We must become a voice for all those who are at this time not heard.
We tend to protect that which we love and understand. All of us, regardless of ethnicity or country of origin have ancestors who lived their lives in a world that was sacred. It was a world of wonder and miracles. They planted by the moon and the seasons, navigated by the stars, studied plants and animals to learn what to eat and how to make medicine. From the generosity of the world around them they fed, clothed, sheltered and healed themselves. They created ritual and celebration to honor the spirits of the land. They gave thanks on a daily basis for their lives. They rose early to greet each new day for they knew that the sun gave life to all. To them, everything was important, everything was connected, everything was sacred. To use the Earth for their own greed, to take without giving back, to abuse the land, to take things for granted, to not offer thanks or a prayer was incomprehensible. This is what has been lost and this is what we must bring back.
I invite all of us to go out and reestablish that connection with Mother Earth. In spite of our transgressions, She still wants to have a conversation with us. It is the way of mothers to always be there for us no matter what. Our spiritual growth is intertwined with Hers and She cannot evolve to her full potential without us. You can start small. Just go out in your backyard to a place in nature that you enjoy. Make yourself quiet, center yourself and just "be". Notice who is around -- plants, birds, insects, animals, the breeze on your face, the sun on your skin. Make known your intention to connect and then just wait. It might take a few times but it will happen. There are many things we all can do to tread more lightly on the planet. But perhaps the most meaningful place to start is to just notice what is around you and sit quietly and offer Mother Earth your love. She needs to hear and feel that. She has been waiting a long time for us to come home. Her arms are outstretched and her heart is open. Let's run to Her now.
Power is in the Earth. It is in our relationship with the Earth. By reconnecting with that ancient power, we can restore balance and once again walk in beauty and reverence upon the Earth.
As someone who has come to technology later in life but who also has a lot to say in honor of Mother Earth I am so grateful to The LoonWitch for helping in this regard.. I am looking forward to bringing awareness to all the challenges that exist with environmental issues,, deep ecology and reconnecting with the sacred.as a way to bring about balance and to fall in love once again with the Earth.
.I am the co-creator of Gaia Gems Earth Wisdom, a small business whose mission is to bring greater awareness to our place in the Web of Life and to educate on ways to tread more lightly on our Mother Earth. I make orgone items to clear the environment of harmful emf's & offer private healing sessions, workshops and wisdom circles in order to foster community, connection and a return to the Sacred., ,