I’m struck by the similarity in beliefs about God and Mother Nature as I observe reaction to the tragedies on our planet. Growing up, we knew a God who ruled as Avenger and Judge. It was made clear to us that should we not follow the rules of “God” as laid out by the church leaders, there was going to be punishment. This “God” would not tolerate disobedience or sin. This belief went so far as to pray from the pulpit for “God’s judgment” on figures in the community who were “sinning.” Although there were many names on the list, the doctors who were supporting and performing abortions are the ones I remember best.
What the leaders of our church believed was that this “God” was going to punish those who were in the wrong–and anything “negative” that occurred was the result of someone’s sin and thus deserved. The God I grew up with was easy to anger and meant to be feared. Of course, this carried over into the homes of the families, creating fear as a basis for making choices. “God” was always watching and would be sure your sin “found you out” and you were dealt with appropriately. The idea of following one’s intuition, connecting to a higher Source to understand who you are and what’s best for you on an individual basis would have been the equivalent to some form of witchcraft.
Some of what I’m hearing and reading now about Mother Nature and her “wrath” feels very much the same. We’ve “misbehaved” here on this Earth and she’s “angry.” While I agree completely that we have been neglectful and irreverent with the resources and energy of our home planet, I’m not so sure there is an anger and a need for justice that drives the dynamic of the events we are now experiencing.
Perhaps instead there is a cosmic force that naturally exists in the Flow, and when that Flow is interrupted, balance is compromised. Yet the Flow remains in place, and in order to continue moving in that cycle, that energy field, the balance must be restored. Relate this to yourself for a moment. On any number of levels–emotions, health, finance, love, spiritual awareness–we experience flux in our ability to maintain balance. Balance is neutral, each “side” being equivalent. And so when we have overspent, for example, and blown our budget, we must then tighten up our spending and perhaps even struggle to get through for a period of time in order to come back to neutral once again. In doing so, we presumably remember to respect our income, to honor its presence and put more energy and reverence into how we use it to support our well-being.
Our relationship to Mother Earth is much the same way. As our personal life choices impact our relationship to well-being and create the desire for balance and co-creation, so too do the events we experience on Earth. One very clear positive result of these recent tragedies is the increase in compassion, love, understanding, connectedness that is occurring around the globe. We live in a time when we can so easily BE THERE with people who are experiencing pain or loss. Another part of our heart, our consciousness, our ability to send powerful healing energy AWAKENS. This is far removed from the anger and justice prevalent in our patriarchal society for hundreds of years, and much more in alignment with the feminine energies of love and compassion for our race. The pendulum swings, sometimes in extreme, but always in the effort to create balance.
The heart is the doorway into healing–in our lives, in our communities and around the planet. While we are seeing pain and sadness happening to our fellow beings, we are experiencing an opening that takes us deeper into the sacredness of our soul, expanding our field of grace. You and I–together, here–we are connecting to that space through listening….to the whispers of our hearts…..
Love to each of you. xoxo