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    “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb

    The leopard shall lie down with the young

    The fattened calf and lion will be together

    And a child shall lead them”

    ISAIAH 11:6

    “Whist the Earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible…. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.” Bobby McLeod (Koori aboriginal)

    Gaia – the name of the ancient Greek Goddess of Earth. In the Homeric Hymn to Gaia of 500 BC, she was called ‘Mother of all, the oldest one, and the foundation’. Yet the term ‘Gaia’ is even older than Greece, coming from India a thousand years before. In Sanskrit, Gaya meant ‘Moving Song’ and, as the Gayatri Mantra, was the first hymn to arise from the original seed sound of Om.

    Planet Earth is a self-regulating self sustaining system as are we. The distinction between Mythos (story) and Logos (word) was common to ancient Greek thought, where both were necessary for understanding, so Gaia as sacred Earth serves as the mythos and the Logos; the language of heart and mind united.

    The Earth is a dynamic living organism which maintains the conditions for life to evolve. It is the jewel in the Universe, the only planet we know of which sustains life and its abundance of life forms. This is because the Earth has been able to maintain the very narrow range of temperature, atmospheric composition and climatic conditions in which life, as we know it, can flourish.

    The extraordinary thing about the Earth is that it is the biosphere, the life forms themselves, which work together to maintain conditions for life, in which they can continue to evolve. It is the biosphere which ensures that the greenhouse gases are captured and stored in the Earth, so that they do not overheat the planet

    In order to align ourselves with the capacity for regeneration and resilience of life on our planet, we need to understand the laws of living systems.

    “Ecological communities can be thought of as super organisms which function more smoothly and predictably as biodiversity increases. As soon as species in a given place begin to web themselves together, the whole community becomes a super organism, with powerful emergent properties. The member species work together to create an emergent self-regulating network, in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In order to fully understand, rather than explain, the profound animate quality of Gaian ecological communities, we need to complement reason with knowledge given to us by our sensing bodies… as indigenous traditions have done here for centuries.” (Stephan Harding, Animate Earth).


    Excerpt from f7h Samapana Retreat.