By Jerry Sweeten
Our relationship with Mother Earth is a special one. Her gravity holds the atmosphere, water, soil to her. She holds creatures of all shapes and sizes including us two legged. It is like we are held to her as a mother holds a newborn babe. For our physical forms are nothing without this nourishing nurturing presence. Our physical forms cannot exist on a cold rock in space.
The stars at night are so vast. Our beautiful blue Mother is a spec in that vastness. She is our lifeboat hurtling through space.
She is alive as we are alive. She is Divine as we are Divine. We as a race are reaching a critical place, a point of no return on our use of resources that this Mother provides. We may not survive.
But she will. She will heal and reform.
I suspect that we have been through this before. That this is another turn of the wheel.
The Hindus have a wonderful philosophy of non-judgment. Everyone is where they are. Our souls are not static but evolving. The ‘God’ out there is evolving because it is the ‘God’ that is us at our Divine Core.
And yes we as a race seem to be more concerned with the latest version of Candy Crush on our smart phones than in the evolution of the planet. We all have our small spheres of operation and influence. Is it enough that I ride my bike to work and recycle my plastic? That I love my children and work hard at my job?
The key is that we were invited here on the Earth in this time, in this place. It is no accident that this group of people just happened to sign up for this class with this beautiful loving healer from Peru. We are here to be that presence to one another. Not necessarily to do but to be.In my heart I believe that we were invited here on Earth because it is delightful for the Mother to share in our humanity and our Divinity. It is like some sort of cosmic party where the guests come and have a good time, but when they go home oi vey the mess they leave.
So we have an opportunity to shed our egoic shell and expand our awareness, our consciousness. For in that consciousness, when not the little ‘I’ is here, but the ‘I AM’ is engaged, there is a natural evolution of sacred reciprocity with the Great Mother. She welcomes us as guests that clean up the mess during the party.
Sometimes we use tricks to learn and imitate what someone in that state does. But ultimately it is giving full expression of my essential, delightful, Divine me in this human form that really delights the Earth I think. Without shame or darkness I can dance in her meadows and be in harmony with her children. Live in a sustainable way because it is a reflection of a human who is expressing the Higher Self.
It would be easy to give up in despair, that the problems are too big, cultures too diverse, the corporations too big, the damage too extreme, the ice is melting, the population is growing. The sky is falling.
My belief is that now it is more important than ever to wake up. To seek that change in consciousness towards a morality based upon the Masculine and Feminine intertwined in the Yin and Yang of compassionate action.
That change in consciousness draws in and connects me to other lifetimes. My journeys stepping outside of time allow the confluence of energies to coalesce into something new that I have not, or could not imagine before. This is my dream for my relationship with the Great Mother for the New Year.
More Reflections on 2015
Instead of resolutions for 2015 there are things that are already working that I’m just gonna keep doin.
Be kind and gentle with myself. So many of my early beliefs on what it was to be a ‘good’ person were tied to very harsh systems of judgment. Choosing to be gentle with myself and others requires shedding the old systems and beliefs. So be it. Judgment drops with the knife.
Continue replacing the phrase ‘monkey mind’ with the ‘little I’. While the monkey mind phrase is descriptive, it seems to disrespect our close relatives. The little ‘I’ is a phrase that I use when the mind is serving the ego instead of the Higher Self.
Honor the ego. Ramakrishna’s story of the ego being the coach driver with the Higher Self as passenger. When the driver, the ego is listening to directions from the passenger the coach is going in directions that serve the Divine. The mind is in service of the Higher Self. When the mind serves the whims of the ego the coach races off to become the ‘little I’ instead of the ‘I AM’ of presence. So much of what I have heard labels and disrespects the ego. ‘Oh he is just in his ego…’ My ego is my interface of my humanity with the Divinity of the I AM. The coach needs, has to have a driver. If he is revered and respected, he is more apt to listen to the passenger. In time, more and more attuned to the inner voice.
Rededicate and commit to self-care. Care of emotional, physical, spiritual, mental and how I love. So much of my time and effort has been directed to pleasing, helping, and making others happy. I have gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure others were pleased and that they liked me. If you like me then I can like myself. My self-esteem has been connected to what another thought and believed. The resulting energetic codependency is addictive and dysfunctional.
The self-care has caused me to reevaluate many if not all relationships. Allowing myself the freedom to bring more life in is changing how I love and relate to those I care about, especially my children. This new growth is fragile and uncertain, but definitely is more expansive.
Daily practice feeds the horses or the coach won’t go anywhere. There is an allowing here that is a lot more like being than doing.
Much love to you all for the New Year. Jerry