Imagine, for a moment or so, the possibility that Earth is a Living Being, that She is Breathing... that She is Divinely Conscious... and that we are alive with Her aliveness...
Bizarre? Contrary to centuries of orthodoxy? Mystical mumbo-jumbo? Heresy? Perhaps "yes" to each of the aforementioned... And what if, not only the Earth, but the entire Universe is Mother: is Alive: is still Birthing: and is the visible "Sophia Wisdom": the creating manifestation of the Oneness that is Invisible?
Have you ever sat in rapt concentration to the tides, to the breeze, and to the birds? Have you ever gazed upon the sleeping form of your naked lover? Have you ever seen the trembling stars in a painting hanging silent in a museum -- only to observe the walls and ceiling vanish around you and everything turn into brilliant star shine? Have you ever walked into your home as a stranger -- knowing that the entire Universe wasn't large enough to contain your wonder and love in being "One Love"?
Sort of like one of Earth's many glorious rivers, the Sophia-Wisdom Source is in "no location"... small, hidden, unknown... yet, the very fabric of every particle, possibility, and consciousness... I guess that what I am trying to say is that there is "That" which is "other than" every observable limitation of space / time / place / perception / opinion / or belief system... Everything that is a part of "Is" is, at it were, a "way-station" or point of entry through which Wisdom or Oneness becomes visible: becomes the means through which "It" discovers, knows, and loves "Itself": in this sense, incredible as it is, we become the privileged Mothers of God in a Sacred Circle of Becoming Love...
This is why every act of disrespect, abuse, manipulation, exploitation, oppression, injustice, cruelty, and hate is a violent dismembering of the Divine Oneness (which is the Only Reality): this "pollution of the soul" is destructive many generations forward: evil cuts -- not just the immediate victim -- but many, many others -- perhaps even for hundreds or thousands of years... [For example, all the burning of women at the stake for Goddess identification is still being carried forward in sexism, religious fundamentalism, economic oppression, denial of equality with men, etc. and still causing untold harm].
In truth, the entire Earth is one Eco Village: our connections are "beyond deep": we are One... that which is done to "Beth" is done to a child in Kenya is done to a dolphin in the ocean is done to a worker on a sugar plantation is done to a protester in Russia is done to a black boy in Minneapolis is done... is done... There is no heaven above where our feet walk: if This is not everyday sacred, how can something else be? If our declaration of affinity is not with our breath, this moment, this thought, this word, and this action: it is a tragic waste of life! Emerson wrote, "If the stars would appear one night in a thousand years, how man would believe and adore." In still other words, our families and communities expand in endless circles of choice: it is yet possible to awaken and to experience our kinship with, well, with Everyone and Everything... from this wisdom-perspective, "do no harm" becomes the one clear Path...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.