Environmental destruction is increasing throughout our Beloved Mother Earth. Along with this increasing destruction, Indigenous Peoples and their way of life are rapidly disappearing. Until there is a dramatic change in our actions towards our Sacred Mother Earth, humanity’s ultimate survival will be increasingly challenged, with ever- deepening and ever-widening crises.
During the early years of North American’s “new” ecological consciousness (1967), my grandfather, Vine Deloria Sr. had a conversation with an old friend, while visiting the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota that he shared with me when I was a young man. He told me that his old friend asked him to explain to him in Dakota what the English word "ecology" was all about. Although my grandfather's old friend didn't speak a lot of English, he always liked to learn about new English words he was hearing.
“Well” my grandfather said, “you know, Tahansi, we have these educational institutions now where you can go to study books, and talk and learn about life. Some people attend these institutions for many, many years. After they have read enough books, written about what they have read and talked about what they have written about, they become doctors of life. These doctors then get jobs where they earn a lot of money, so they can talk and study more. They have machines that look at things that are very small and make them look big. There are other machines that look at things far away and make them look close. They even put different materials in containers and pour them back and forth so they can find out more about Mother Earth. Anyway, they have spent great amounts of money and studied Mother Earth for many, many years and they have recently made a new discovery. They found out that everything is interrelated. They found out that when you pollute the air which all living things breathe and pollute the water which all living things drink, you pollute all living things. What do you think about that?”
The old man smiled knowingly and shook his head. “I was wondering when they would get around to that! Just look at what we do to our Mother Earth. We cut her hair where it should not be cut up and rip up her skin where it should not be ripped up, and then we drill holes inside her and suck all of her blood out and put things inside of her and blow her bones up.” He then looked deeply into the eyes of my grandfather, shook his finger and said, “And what would happen if you did that to your mother? She would die! And this is exactly what is going to happen to all of us if we do not learn to respect and understand the spirit and teachings of our Mother.”
This Sacred Wisdom that has long been held by Indigenous Peoples throughout Mother Earth is increasing being echoed by Scientists and Environmentalists as reflected in the following article. True Spirituality and True Science are One!
With Warm and Loving Greetings,
MOTHER EARTH Wisdom as an Extension of the GAIA Principle
And How To Better Understand The Gulf Oil Spill
Dr. James Lovelock, an independent scientist and environmentalist from the UK, first advanced the Gaia Hypothesis back in the 1960’s to the acclaim of a few and the derision of many. To a great extent, this exquisite and beautiful notion of our planet Earth being a much more “intelligent and self-regulating organism” was ignored, and at considerable peril to humankind. So profound and fundamental an understanding is the GAIA Principle to all that happens here, we can no longer pretend She doesn’t exist. Here’s why:
The Revenge of Gaia
“In James Lovelock’s 2006 book, The Revenge of Gaia, he argues that the lack of respect humans have had for Gaia, through the damage done to rainforests and the reduction in planetary biodiversity, is testing Gaia’s capacity to minimize the effects of the addition of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This eliminates the planet’s negative feedbacks and increases the likelihood of homeostatic positive feedback potential associated with runaway global warming. Similarly the warming of the oceans is extending the oceanic thermocline layer of tropical oceans into the Arctic and Antarctic waters, preventing the rise of oceanic nutrients into the surface waters and eliminating the algal blooms of phytoplankton on which oceanic food chains depend. As phytoplankton and forests are the main ways in which Gaia draws down greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, taking it out of the atmosphere, the elimination of this environmental buffering will see, according to Lovelock, most of the earth becoming uninhabitable for humans and other life-forms by the middle of this century, with a massive extension of tropical deserts.” (per Wikipedia)
This is certainly not meant to be an exercise in discussing the merits of the global warming or global cooling or climate change debate. It is only presented as a wake up call as to why the Gulf of Mexico is currently filling up with oil. You see, there is a liberal extension or corollary to the GAIA thesis, which we will call MOTHER EARTH Wisdom, that goes like this:
Not only is Mother Earth a highly intelligent being, She is also a living, breathing, conscious organism not too unlike us human beings. According to Mother Earth Wisdom, She actually manifests an analog for each and every part of the human body. She has her own kind of organs and tissues and cells, even whole organ systems. She possesses a profoundly well developed nervous system and skeletal system, among others. Like the human body, She utilizes many different types of fluids to carry out the myriad functions that help keep Her detoxed and healthy. We might be interested to know that she “sweats” via rivers and lakes and streams, as beads of perspiration pool on Her body and are efficiently carried off.
GAIA’s hair, of course, is constantly being clear-cut by you know who. And Her breath we know full well, especially here on the Gulf Coast. She has a pulse known as the Schumann Resonance that is curiously on the way from 7.8 to 14.3. And a bio-magnetic field that has been weakening at an alarming rate for the past 150 years. Gaia even has meridians (as per Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture) that run throughout Her entire being identified as ley lines. Her integumentary system or skin, which we walk, run and drive on, is known as the Earth’s crust. As a fully conscious and compassionate being, She is very loving and capable of the greatest acts of self sacrifice. So sensitive are Her feelings that she can even feel the footsteps of an ant.
Of course, where there is a circulatory system there is also blood. And in the case of GAIA we have been steadily draining Her blood, which we all know as OIL. She has quite generously made multi-decade donations of this precious resource, Her lifeblood, but She can no longer sustain the accelerating rate of donations. Her sacred Heart, or Earth’s core, has been aching for some time now. She only asks that humanity will become silent long enough to listen to Her heartbeat, as this vital sign will tell us much about her health, and therefore much about our current state of wellness as a race.
As the planet approaches a population of 7 billion, the demand for hydrocarbon fuels simply can no longer be met. For many extremely significant and obvious reasons, including the viability of the human race, the sustainability of clean environments and balanced ecosystems, as well as the longevity of the oil & gas supply in the face of “Peak Oil”, this obsolete energy paradigm must be replaced. And GAIA has been alerting us for many years, if not decades, by way of oil spills, pipeline ruptures, oil tanker sinkings (there have been many unreported on the high seas), refinery explosions, and now an undersea oil volcano.
The “Global Blood Bank” (read oil companies), in their zeal to draw Her blood anywhere and everywhere to satisfy an ever-growing demand, has made some very grave errors. Nothing is more startling than when there is blood in the water. It can really be quite shocking. Well, guess what? We have blood in the water! A 35,000 foot needle was inserted into GAIA’s vein and caused a rupture. Maybe even severed an artery! When an undersea oil volcano has the very real potential to become a 2.5 million gallon per day gusher (BP’s concession), and it sits on an oil field estimated at 3 billion barrels of blood, or rather oil, the true emergency facing the hemisphere, as well as the planet, begins to come into focus.
The EMT’s employed by BP are really trying everything. However, they (BP and the entire Oil & Gas Industry) have been warned time and time again to no avail. She’s bleeding because it is the only way that the community of nations will finally get it. When the loop current in the Gulf begins to pick up the oil, it will bring it down the west coast of Florida and around the peninsula over to the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf Stream will then carry it up the eastern seaboard whereupon it will eventually end up in the Seven Seas. We will then have a global drama of epic proportions to observe and ponder. What will we do this time? Allow BP to eventually stanch the hemorrhaging, and then go back to business as usual? We don’t think so. The prophets of doom will finally be heard this time. Yes, their day has finally come and somebody, somewhere better be listening. And listening very, VERY carefully for the sake of the future of humankind!