POEMS FOR THE EARTH
In December I extended an invitation to share reflections and poems about love for the earth, just after I had written several articles about the earth as a being whose life we share in. In response, several people were kind enough to send the offerings below:
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This Earth is Living Light painted over,
A portrait of miraculous majesty - every inch, every centimeter.
She is the essential Mother:
She gives, yet does not count the cost.
She loves, and does not ask for any reward.
The inexpressible beauty of tumbling waterfalls,
Soaring mountain peaks,
Ocean waves surging against placid stretches of sandy shore:
These images of grandeur are woven together within her Soul,
So that every speck of form contains the Living Light that builds the Universe.
Separate, yet Interconnected,
Many, and also One.
Take a handful of soil from any place on Earth.
Hold it in your palm and close your eyes.
You are touching the Soul of this planet.
You are touching the meeting-place of form and formlessness,
Spirit and Matter,
Painter and Masterpiece.
You are touching the Promise of a new tomorrow.
Sweet Earth, I am awed, transfixed by the perfection of your surrender,
Your devotion to the purposes of Light.
May your one-pointedness be an inspiration to all beings
who strive for greater wholeness.
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I hear the wind blowing through the tops of the trees.
The swaying and bowing of their branches
Invites me, calling me to listen…
Silently they speak to me,
“There is more, so much more.”
Their knowing presence always welcomes me
As they stand firm, majestic, gifting me
With more, so much more.
Their quiet wisdom teaches me of:
Strength, Comfort, Protection,
Warmth, Beauty, Giving,
Renewal, Love, Life…
It is my turn to bow to them.
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PRAYER FOR THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
May God in His infinite wisdom, love, and forgiveness bless all creatures of the earth - human and non-human - past, present, and future.
May He bring to an end this cycle of cruelty and indifference that the animal kingdom has endured at the hands of those who were entrusted to care for and respect inhabitants of the earth.
May He open the hardened hearts of humans who are asleep to the majesty and innocence of the multitude of non-human beings who inhabit the land, the air, and the sea.
Now, and forever more, Lord, free us all from bondage. Redeem our human souls from the suffering that has ensued from forgetting that we are all from the same divine cloth.
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THE REMEMBRANCE - Part I.
We sat atop the mountain singing…
“This pretty planet spinning through space,
Our Holy Place”…
The voices faded into oneness and in that moment I became the mountain
and the mountain became me.
No separation existed anymore.
I breathed and felt our Mother Earth as the teacher of truth -
I laid my body down on her and felt that all that lies within her, lies within me.
All that exists within me, exists within her.
It felt in that moment that I loved her as a being -
that I do love her as a being.
When Mother Earth cries out for what has been done here,
I too feel the pain.
But together we rejoice for all that is still beautiful here - all that is still pure.
The remembrance of what was, what still is, and what will be.
THE REMEMBRANCE - Part II.
Bowing down with gratitude, I give thanks Oh Mother Earth…
From you I learn about God’s mysteries in the rolling sands of the deserts.
The sun bursts forth and I bask in his brilliance.
The moon takes over and I cleanse in her pure radiant glow.
I lie my body down on your soft earth and feel grounded.
I watch the trees and remember what it feels like to have roots.
I swim in your endless sea, learning about depth, fluidity and spontaneity.
Inhaling and exhaling I breathe your sacred breath
and send kisses out to fly with the wind,
dancing with spirits and marveling at the sparkling sky.
I take refuge in the density and moisture of the woods and rainforests.
I burst with inspiration and creativity, expanding in your open lands
I dance naked in your rain and try to play in your snow.
Tiptoeing up to the other creatures,
I ask them to teach me how to befriend them.
I ask the butterflies and birds to teach me to fly.
When I forget, when I get lost, I breath myself unto you.
You come into me through my eyes.
You bring me back to the truth of the wonder and awe of God.
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PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
There is a time and a reality which is held as a promise in the heart-mind of God and the Higher beings.
It is like a banner that overarches a time that is in our future, the seeds of which are present now.
It is a living breathing document of how mankind will live upon the earth.
These living principles are a reality to which all will have access. They are inherent norms of living in sacredness on the Earth, that all will be able to see and to know, and in relation to which all will be able to act.
It is based on the fundamental freedom of being, and responsibility for the sacredness of the gift that is that freedom.
Its foundation is the stewardship of all that is given by God, in the highest actions, thoughts, and words here on the earth, for the purposes of the evolution of consciousness and love.
Its direction is the continuing evolution of and sanctification of the physical plane of being, through our inhabitation of sacredness within form, and through reverence for the sacredness of life that is the Origin of the light of consciousness and love in all beings.
Respect for and awareness of the sacredness of all life is integral to this reality-to-be, and is its hallmark.
Its beginnings can be felt now in the hints we can feel in our evolving consciousness of the reality that upholds all of life - in the very events within us, between us, and in amongst us as our hearts respond to currents of events in the world.
The advent of this time will come more easily, the more that we allow ourselves to open to the heart-vibration of truth that can sometimes be felt, in new ways, in this time. We must become more conscious, so that we can turn away from the paths that lead toward destruction - recognizing these for what they are in our individual, group, and collective consciousness and actions.
We must choose, to the best of our abilities, to strive for consciousness and for actions that respect all of life, foremost because of the inherent truth and beauty of doing so. And we must choose and strive because of the outcome - for our future and for the generations to come, for all who are connected with the earth, and for the very being the Earth.
For this, great love and devotion, humility and wisdom, are needed. The willingness to listen to that which is greater than ourselves, which is truly of the vibration of love and truth and holiness, is what is needed. This is needed for the planet in this time, and especially now in this country when so many are lost and do not know, and the country drifts and drives away from the moorings of its sacred founding principles, towards the rocks of consequence...
The sky this evening is unusual -
long thin streamlike clouds - if they are clouds...
illumined by the moon, like streamers of light.
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How much you have to teach us, Oh trees both large and small
Striving ever upwards towards the Light, Lord of your souls
Never feeling less than, your neighbors on the hill
You’re just yourselves, and humbly grow to serve and share God’s Will.
Human folly weights you, with gray air and acid rain
Yet your pure and holy life continues shining through your pain
Through spring’s Hope, fall’s Glory, and your winter’s dignity
Your love and Praise for God are beacons calling us to see
We too could shine as precious jewels, in praise of God and Light
If we but learn trees’ steadfastness, and humility towards Life
May we all let go now of envy, fear and greed,
And find the Light within ourselves, and shine it out like trees.