Then Came the Earth
Updated: May 17
Welcome to key 2. My previous blog post discussed the "God" question, summarized what this blog series will focus on, and some of my personal insights. If there was an invisible Creator, energy, void or other entity that initiated the expanse of the universe, then we can obviously conclude that the Earth was created along with a likely plethora of similar earths. Science and religion both agree that our wondrous planet is a creative - and creating - thing. What science and religion do not agree on is the 'how' and 'when' of Earth's creation. This can quickly erode into a trivial and baseless argument. Instead, my second Seal will focus on the significance of Earth and our apparent disregard as an Earth-dependent species.
We know that Earth has its own frequency, vast waters and very dense matter compared to many neighboring planets. Our Earth also contains electromagnetic energies, and especially gravity, which condenses things. Because of these attributes, we can say confidently that we are in the Earth, and not just on Her, existing passively. This is very important to realize, because a lot of what ails the human condition has to do with a lack of symbiosis. Ironically, this symbiosis seems to be found in every other creature, even the simplest organisms. My shamanic side will be revealed the most in this post, because I believe that Earth is to be adored and revered. Besides, nature is also one of our greatest teachers. People like Lao Tzu, Henry Thoreau and even Theodore Roosevelt truly understood this.
By now, you might be thinking this blog post will simply digress into another plead to 'save the Earth'. On the contrary ! The Earth does not need saving. Besides being loving, benevolent and selfless, She is also mighty, fierce and completely independent of humans. Earth reveals Herself through nature, and we know that nature can seem cruel, even sadistic at times. Yet, we are completely dependent on Her. Our carbon-based physical bodies wouldn't survive 5 minutes without Her oxygen, or even one week without Her fresh water. Her sense of balance and administrative skills are unmatched, just like Her patience. Lao Tzu once said "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." All this begs the question - if we are so dependent on the Earth, why are we so against Her ? I believe it's for the same reasons many people drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and despise their own mothers - we know it's harmful, but something compels us regardless. I will explain this more in a future key.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Earth does not need saving. History reveals that civilizations fail because humans need to be saved. The Earth existed before any humans and other organisms were present, and She will likely be here for unimaginable ages until the gradual expanse of our nearest star - the Sun - gently consumes Her. By that time, humans and Earth creatures would be something of a distant memory, evolved into something well beyond our crude technologies and limited imaginations. Despite our various theories on how and why the Earth came to be, we can all agree on one thing: She has a purpose, and so do we. The mystery of procreation has something to do with it. By no mere coincidence, the Earth contains all the chemical and energetic properties to allow procreation to happen, whether by sexual reproduction, conception or even cell division. Yes, your parents "made" you - only a portion of you, and this was only enabled through the Earth. In the same way, somebody can make a garment for you, but you still have to wear it.
Because the Earth is energy hidden within material that we must navigate through our senses, we can safely assume that we were birthed within Her for a reason. In a future key, I will delve further into this reason. For this key, just observe that Earth is a school, but not just any school. She is our living Teacher. For this reason, we observe Her phases, cycles and changes. Through other sentient beings sharing this school with us, we come to understand ourselves better. Through Her plants and trees, we maintain the most symbiotic and necessary action daily - our breathing. We share this trait with mammals, insects, and even aquatic creatures which also depend on oxygen. We learn to consume what's beneficial, and avoid what's harmful. We admire her works of art, which can take millions of years to complete. If I sound like the typical environmentalist right now, it's because my shamanic tendencies allow me to understand the Earth in a deeper way - a feminine way. In this way, we embrace the aspect of Divine Mother, an aspect which has been missing particularly in the west.
I am optimistic that Earth-consciousness is on the rise, with green technology, concerns over climate change and the negative effects of industrialization, and sharp declines in animal consumption. As we learn from Mother that old methods are no longer sustainable, there are children who will complain and pout. Many will have tantrums. Some will curse Mother, even wishing Her dead. It's human nature to resist change, but Earth's nature is about constant change. Creatures adapt and survive to changing environments, but only if the creature changes also ! A moth with lack of camouflage quickly becomes a meal for birds. We must change or perish. The Earth does not. Like a baby in gestation, our time within Her is limited, so we should learn the most we can, and live within Her balance and harmony.