The Journey Continues – Being a Steward of the Earth

Earth Day 3Earth Day approaches and I’ve always found it interesting that it occurs in the sign of Taurus. Whether this was intentionally done or not, it is certainly appropriate that a day that honors the Earth should fall in an Earth sign! A conversation with a dear friend caused me to realize that I wanted to share with you a couple pieces of poetry that have a lot of meaning for me. I wish I could claim authorship of them, but they were both created by the U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program quite some time ago.

The first of these speaks to the fact that we were given domain over the Earth, not to abuse it but to be stewards of it and how we have forgotten that fact:

WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE ARE

We have forgotten who we are.
We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos
We have become estranged from the movements of the earth
We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.

We have forgotten who we are.

We have sought only our own security
We have exploited simply for our own ends
We have distorted our knowledge
We have abused our power.

We have forgotten who we are.

Now the land is barren
And the waters are poisoned
And the air is polluted.

We have forgotten who we are.

Now the forests are dying
And the creatures are disappearing
And humans are despairing.

We have forgotten who we are.

We ask forgiveness
We ask for the gift of remembering
We ask for the strength to change.

We have forgotten who we are.

Everyday life can cause tunnel vision for us, but we must never lose sight of the great gift we were given long ago and the responsibility that comes with it. You and I may not be in a position to stop government and big corporations from wreaking havoc but we can most assuredly create and maintain the Earth in each of our little corners of it. How you say? By being aware, to begin with. To do everything within our power to help the Earth and Her many, many creatures by refusing to pollute, litter, and waste our natural resources. Recycle, reuse, and renew anything you can. There are so many things we could do that cost little or nothing. The Earth is our home and we have no other. It’s time to take stewardship seriously in any way we are able.

This second piece of poetry kind of says all that. To me, it’s a pledge to become part of the healing of Mother Earth for the good of all:

WE JOIN WITH THE EARTH AND WITH EACH OTHER.

TO BRING NEW LIFE TO THE LAND,
TO RESTORE THE WATERS,
TO REFRESH THE AIR.

WE JOIN WITH THE EARTH AND WITH EACH OTHER.

TO RENEW THE FORESTS,
TO CARE FOR THE PLANTS,
TO PROTECT THE CREATURES.

WE JOIN WITH THE EARTH AND WITH EACH OTHER.

TO CELEBRATE THE SEAS,
TO REJOICE IN THE SUNLIGHT,
TO SING THE SONG OF THE STARS.

WE JOIN WITH THE EARTH AND WITH EACH OTHER.

TO RECREATE THE HUMAN COMMUNITY,
TO PROMOTE JUSTICE AND PEACE,
TO REMEMBER OUR CHILDREN.

WE JOIN WITH THE EARTH AND WITH EACH OTHER.

WE JOIN TOGETHER
AS MANY DIVERSE EXPRESSIONS
OF ONE LOVING MYSTERY:
FOR THE HEALING OF THE EARTH
AND THE RENEWAL OF ALL LIFE.

As most of you know, I’m Wiccan. I felt so strongly about this last piece that it became part of the ritual that we do each year on April 30th – Beltane. To me, as a Pagan and a Wiccan whose spiritual path is founded on and in Nature, this should be a “spiritual anthem” for any who claim to be part of a Nature religion. We are children of the Earth, but also of the Universe and it is both a right and a privilege to take care of our home…all of it.

Although we celebrate Earth Day in April of every year, the truth is that every day is Earth Day! Every day should be a celebration of this wonderful world we’ve been given to spend our lives on. Every day we need to show respect for the Earth by cleaning up, fixing up, and tending to the needs of the place that provides us with everything we need to physically survive, learn and grow while here in this incarnation.

Perhaps there is one more piece of poetry/prose I should add to all this, for it invokes the aid of the planet itself in our learning. It’s a Chinook Litany Blessing and it goes like this:

We call upon the earth our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never melt, the summits of intense silence, and ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and field, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our Northwest home, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the Universe…to be with us to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

In this time when things seem to be vibrationally escalating, let this Earth Day bring to each of us a new awakening to our power and part in healing the Earth – and thus, in many ways, healing ourselves. May you make time and find reason to celebrate this Earth Day with special purpose.

Earth DayEarth Day

April 22, 2014

Love & Blessed Be

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