There is one thing we MUST do right now if we are to survive as a speciesâ€¦if we are to respond to the mess weâ€™ve made.
We must begin to feel, deeply. We must open our hearts to the world, to each other, to the Earth.
To do that we must find our way down to our bodies. To the heart. To the soul.
We cannot bypass, either mentally or spiritually.
We have to re-learn how to feel what is here. Weâ€™ve been so strongly conditioned out of our natural feeling state, and yet, when we do feel, we respond.
Our hearts are meant to feel. We are designed to feel. It’s how we relate to each other. And, it’s how we can re-learn to relate to the Earth, for She is alive.
Imagine for a moment the Earth as a radiant being. She breathes. She feeds. She is alive. Now, for a moment, consider everything that has been done to her and is being done to Her, all across Her body. Let yourself feel. Her pain is our pain. We are not separate from Her. We are born from Her and we die back into Her. There is no way we cannot feel Her pain, and there is no way She cannot feel ours. We are in relationship with Her. The only way we don’t feel it is if we are not conscious in the places where those feelings are experienced: in the body, in the heart.
No one is going to feel this for us. No one is going to take care of this so we don’t have to. It is our responsibility as Her children to care for Her. We are the only ones who can stop abusing Her and protect Her from more abuse.
Deep feeling leads to responsiveness. When we are open in relationship we see and hear and come to know each other.
You have a relationship with Her. Your body is waiting. Your heart is waiting. Mother Earth is waiting with open arms. She always has been.
Love Her. Share your joy with Her. Bring Her an offering. Sing Her a song. She loves song.
EARTH MOTHER PRAYER SONG
(Click on the link above to listen to the song)
Dear Earth Mother come to me
Allow me in thy prayers.
May this moment speak to me.
Allow me to prepare.
Come Dear Mother be with me,
The sweat that we partake.
All who enter in your womb
Seek within your grace.
Hold this Earth,
The mountains at your feet.
The lake behind us sources us,
The trees keep company.
In this mix may we partake
And taste of your sweet space.
Divinity will come through us,
Today we can embrace.
See as far as you see,
Hear as far as you hear.
Be as far as we can hold
And laugh and sweat and eat.
During ourÂ Waking the Inner Teacher retreat at Feathered Pipe, one morning this song came through Tracey, one of the women on retreat. We’d been singing and giving thanks to Pachamama all week. We’d begun to remember, and deepened that remembrance with profound practices of gratitude to Her. And so, we all sang Tracey’s song. It was a beautiful moment (reflected in the image above). After our time together,Â Karen Chrappa recorded Tracey’s songÂ and I share it here, both lyrics and recording.