Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Earth Journey: An Interview with the Earth
As a child I remember lying on the grass, breathing in the magic of Spring and chatting with the garden spirits, as I watched the clouds swim across the pale blue sky like giant whales, spouting puffy mouth watering macaroon shaped cookies for the hungry cloud spirits. At night, I would taste the perfume of jasmine, mixed with the sweetness of honeysuckle as waking dreams of adventure filled the open fields of my mind and the spirited fireflies would make me laugh in wonder. What happened to our childhood curiosity, magic and adventure? Where have the poetic voices of the earth, the elements and seasons gone? How have we become so lost in busyness and exhaustion that we have forgotten how to dream, how to imagine, how to connect with the magic that surrounds us? To answer these questions I decided to put on my journalist cap and journey to the Spirit of the Earth to see what I could learn.
In my shamanic practice I have been reclaiming my birthright to visit the invisible realms of magic and imagination, to tap into the wisdom of the ancestors and honor and communicate with the spirits that live in all things. Since Earth Day is upon us I decided to journey to the Spirit of the Earth and ask for an interview to see how we could get out of the mess we humans have managed to get ourselves into!
What follows are excerpts from my interview with Mother Earth.
As I lie on the grass breathing deeply into the center of my beating heart I call out to the earth requesting an interview? As I sink into the earth she wraps her gentle arms around me, inviting me into the chamber of her heart where our heart-beat becomes entrained, beating as one. I thank the great mother for granting me this interview, for taking this time to share with me her ancient wisdom.
Michael: How can we honor you, become more attuned to your needs? What can we small individuals do to stop the desecration of your holy body? Please tell me how we can become evolutionary co-creators with you in this time of great change, great opportunity and great peril?
Earth: (In a soft, still, maternal voice she answers my question.) My son, you are but one of many mouths I feed. My offerings are a gift, my voice is always here for council. Your people have grown deaf, lost in the trance of technology, and distraction, but there is a great awakening happening and each of you is a part of this awakening. You must remember my children that all change in the outer world begins with healing the inner realm. You have become fragmented, disconnected and alienated from the real sources of power, life and living. It is time to reunite the intellect with the heart, the body and the spirit, time to focus your attention on what is important, on what is truly of value, what is sacred, what has heart and meaning.
There are great changes coming, changes that are incomprehensible to the egoic mind, but are evident to the heart and the gut mind. You must learn to listen with the whole body, to focus, to concentrate on dreams that unify, that connect, that recognize the interconnection with all life. You must put down your weapons and open your arms, honor the truth of the moment, this is not my dream, this is ourdream, the dream of the universe becoming conscious of itself. Consciousness itself is the universe. You must tune into the frequency of love, beginning with loving yourself and all that arises within you. Embrace each moment as a gift from the garden of love, from my garden, our garden, the garden of creation. It is time to turn from the dream of fear and separation and plant the seeds of a new dream that honors and embraces all life.
Michael: How do we learn to unite the heart, mind, body and spirit with the consciousness of the Universe?
Earth: You don’t understand. They are already united. You must simply transcend the blocks to the truth of who you really are! You are a point of consciousness in the infinite universe connected by a vibrant, living space. The Spirit of the space that gives form is the space of all possibility.
Michael: How do we remove the blocks to our unification with the consciousness of the universe?
Earth: My child there is a frequency, a vibration that resonates throughout the universe. We must learn to tune ourselves to that universal frequency, which is love. The first thing to know, to really know, is that you are love and you are loved. We tend to listen to the voice in our head, which is the voice of our ego, our identity. But, the softer, quieter, but infinitely more powerful voice is the voice of the heart, it is the voice of love itself. We must slow down enough and trust that the voice of the heart is always available. The voice of the gut is the voice of the instinct, the voice of knowing truth from falsehood. We can cultivate that voice by honoring, celebrating and maintaining the body health, regardless of our physical circumstances.
So the unification of the mind, heart, body and spirit comes from attuning with the voice of the universe. It is like listening to the radio, some times it’s just static, other times you hear the voice of demented talk show hosts, fanatics, fear mongers and advertisers. You have the power to turn the dial and tune into the station of love, just love whatever arises within you. Ultimately this is an act of faith and cannot be known at the frequency of the mind and identity. It can only be known by surrendering to love.
Disharmony with the universal frequency is the source of all disease and conflict. When we heal ourselves of toxic thoughts of separation, fear and alienation, we heal the earth, because we are the earth, we are earth awareness arising in form. Bringing our consciousness into a state of harmony with the higher vibration of the earth and universe, is good for our health, the health of the planet and the universe…
Michael: So what is the point of it all? Where are we headed?
Earth: The universe is just recognizing it’s own potential, the same as humans. This consciousness is manifesting in unison. It’s doing this through you, within you and without you. As each individual wakes up to their own light, their own power, their own part in the Divine play, the greater consciousness of the universe expands and grows. We are opening to the potential of absolute Divine love that is a seed in the heart of all things both visible and invisible. Every time you choose love over fear you feed the collective consciousness of the universe and that love expands out lighting the way for what you refer to as oneness, which in actuality is wholeness. This journey is a journey of awakening to unified love and wholeness. All that’s needed is for you and all humans to let their light shine, to focus, and concentrate on the beautiful and miraculous world that we know is possible. This is the story that’s emerging throughout the universe.
Michael: Mother I thank you for all the gifts you bring and have brought to us. We forget how much our lives are a gift of your generosity. Thank you for granting me this interview.
Earth: I am always here for you my child. Please tell your listeners that they can come to me any time for support and guidance. We belong to each other!
Imagination lays the tracks for the reality train to follow.