The Mother of All Things

Yin Yang Illuminated
There is something
that contains everything.
Before heaven and earth
it is.
Oh, it is still, unbodied,
all on its own, unchanging, 
all-pervading,
ever-moving
So it can act as the mother
of all things…
~Lao Tzu
Tao te Ching

Holy Night

Nightfall

Sun 

falls over the edge of

a silent Earth

reverent day’s end

holy night slides in

and dark expands into

a landscape of dreams

I am full of this night

potent with possibility

in this dark space

waiting for moonrise

 and remembering

the light.

☾☽

by Nancy Lankston

Sacred Earth Within

Stone and Flow
Stone and Flow

“You carry Mother Earth within you.
She is not outside of you.

It is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth.

~Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Monk

Rest in Earth’s Embrace

Fairy Frost
Fairy Frost

Connect with the earth underneath your body,
she is right here supporting you always.

Allow your awareness to grow roots deep down into the earth.
Feel this vast, peaceful quality underneath you: Solid love. Care. Nourishment.

Now imagine a point inside the earth, 
below your body.

Let yourself be breathed from this point inside the earth,
from this immense depth of knowing.

Breathe in and up into the body; the qualities of the earth.
Breathe out and down; resting into Her embrace.

 
~Chameli Devi Ardagh
Awakening Women

Stone Goddess

Earth Goddess
Stone Goddess

I am EARTH.

I hold the now and anchor this present moment. Wind may ruffle me. Still I hold. I have seen so many now’s. Still I hold. I am fundamental ground.

I was born from light. Before this here and now, I was asteroid and meteor, the stuff of stars.  I came from light. Now I am the loamy dark place where new life takes root. I am the substrate, the fundamental ground where it all begins.

I hold physical here and now. I am both anchor and dock. I may assume many forms – sand, rock, clay, dirt. Yet in every form I am here to hold life. The physical begins with me.

Touch is my lover. I revel in the sacred caress of plant and animal bodies to my earth. I love to give the seeds a place to root and the waters a place to flow. I offer the wind a destination.  Sun and Moon love to dance with me.

I am still, quiet, calm ground.  I am EARTH.  I am Stone Goddess.

 

We Give Thanks for All the Earth Lovers

Mother Earth Goddess
Mother Earth Goddess

We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.

May all the healers of the earth find their own healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not be stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honor their grief but not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth’s voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the earth.

-Starhawk