Earthen Spirituality Manifesto
I deem this an Earthen Spirituality Manifesto. Thank you Starhawk
“The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth. They live in the four directions, north, east, south, and west.
Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.
To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy.
All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can insure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call Spirit flourish in its full diversity.
To honour the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honour the sacred is to make love possible.
To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences, and our voices. To this we dedicate our lives.”
From: Starhawk. The Fifth Sacred Thing (Bantam, 1993)
We and all other beings are Earthlings. This is what binds us, serves as a manifestation of our psychic connectedness. Consciousness of being Earthlings is perhaps our only hope of planetary peace, love and respect for all beings and the intense joy of being alive. Knowing that we are the Earth and not just ON the earth allows us to answer the question –who dies?
Realising that we are first and foremost Earthlings is the ray of light that will lead us to falling in love with Earth as our greater self, the next higher holon in a grand living holarchy of cells to “all there is.” This love can unite all beings as no religion or creed has ever succeeded in doing. This is my hope; this is my prayer. As Starhawk has so brilliantly put it in The Declaration of the Four Sacred Things, ”to this we dedicate our lives.”
Sky McCain 9 March, 2014