Earth Day

Yesterday was Earth Day ~ did you celebrate it well?

To be honest, I didn’t.  Several of my students and fellow instructors went out to the Duamish River here in Seattle, as part of the Earth Citizens Organization, and teamed up with Earth Corp to do some cleaning and reparations.  I was unable to go because I needed to teach the class at the center and couldn’t find a substitute.

However, on Friday we showed “Before the Flood” in honor of Mother Earth.  As I have written before, I find this documentary to be particularly powerful, and it again rocked the world of my heart.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it.  You can easily rent it on Amazon.  As painful as it is, I feel that I need to keep watching and sharing it again and again with those around me.  It made me feel awake, and made me also realize how often I am sleeping.

In the discussion following the movie there were many different points and perspectives raised among the group.  Someone asked the question, “What if it’s just a natural part of the Earth’s process for the temperature to change, as it did long ago at the time of the Ice Age?”

Upon hearing this, others could scoffed a bit as if to say, “Of course it is human being’s activities causing this! Are you crazy?!”  But I myself had the following response:

You know what ………who knows?  Who really knows????  Anything is possible in this mysterious Universe.  But! There is one thing that I do know and that is this.  Regardless of what the science of it all may be, it is not acceptable to me to see human beings damaging life in the name of money, greed and power.  It’s just not acceptable.  And that is what must change.  We must, as a species, respect the life that we are.

It feels like common sense to my heart.  Doesn’t it feel that way to yours too?  To see other life being injured so brutally at the hands of human beings – whether that be the life of other people, other animals, or the Earth itself – is so agonizing to the pure life within me that is watching such insanity.  So, this is the work that I feel must be done.  If for no other reason, we must at least raise up our own integrity, our level of responsibility and love, in front of our beloved Mother.  Don’t we want to show her how much love and respect her children have?

Our current behavior is just truly inappropriate.  That’s why human beings need to awaken their senses more.  So that they can feel how inappropriate this behavior really is.

Because people don’t sense it.  They just chase after their own selfish desires, only paying attention to what is “mine” and what “I ” want, with disregard for the whole.   It’s hard for me to blame them, since their senses are sleeping, but that’s why I feel like it should be mandatory for all human beings to increase their sensitivity – to feel the life within them, and the life of others, and the pulse of life that is all around them.  Then, there will be no way that anyone could do something like destroy the last great rainforests that exist on this planet in the name of obtaining more palm oil to make money off of.  There’s just no way.

That is why I love and believe in Brain Education.  Brain Education exists to help people awaken the senses of their bodies, minds and spirits.  The senses of their hearts and brains.  And with these senses, develop the ability to feel myself and feel others and feel the mountains, rivers, forests, and animals of land and sea.  In addition, sense the way to create solutions and build a better world together.

This is not only the work that those who are greedily destroying this planet should do – but it’s the work that all of us must do.  Because, those of us who have some awareness, who feel a little bit awake, have even more responsibility.  I know that I feel the urgency now more than ever to wake myself more to find what I can do and to do it!

Ah ~ breathe out 🙂

I will choose now to let the passionate fires of my heart settle down into my lower dahn jon (core energy center).

But, I believe that you can feel me and understand the message I am trying to share today.

And I believe that you already know how important it is. I just wanted to give a gentle nudging reminder to anyone willing to receive it.

Let’s not just save the Earth.  As Ilchi Lee always says, let’s each of us develop the spirit to “save myself, my people and my humanity.”  Recovering our pure human spirit, integrity of character, and sense of oneness of all of life, could possibly be the greatest and most important work set out for each of us at this moment of history.

 

My Love

earth hands

When you look at the above picture, what do you feel?  When you gaze at this beautiful blue jewel, can you feel her in your heart?

What I feel is: Love.  It’s amazing how much love I feel.

Our souls are connected to the soul of Mother Earth.  So, perhaps it is my own soul’s love that I am also feeling that fills me.  I also feel inspired to be my greatest self, to love more, and to help her.  Ilchi Lee often says, “We came to the Earth because the 21st-century Earth desperately needed us.”

I got such a big compliment on Friday.  My uncle called me in the morning – we do not speak all that frequently.  Perhaps he calls me once or twice a year.  He said, “I saw on Facebook that today is Earth Day.  And, well, that just makes me think of you.  So I wanted to call you to say ‘Happy Earth Day.'”

To know that when my uncle thinks of the Earth, he thinks of me, and when he thinks of me, he thinks of the Earth, made me feel that I am doing my job well 🙂

In order to share in this great love with our Mother Earth, I feel it is critical for us to love ourselves more and more truly.  If I cannot allow love for my own self into my heart, if I am always insulting and accusing myself, then there is no way that I can really commune with the majesty of Life that breathes within every fiber of this planet.  So, in celebration of Earth Day, let’s celebrate ourselves. Let’s love ourselves just a little bit more.  Let’s look into our own eyes in the mirror and say, “I love you so much.”  Why not?  The Earth, our Mother, our Home, needs us to have such courage.

On that note, I will conclude this post with a passage from the Living Tao book that I find to be incredibly beautiful and healing.  I hope you do too.  Thank you to all of you who are reading this and sharing this Earth with me at this time.  My fellow earth citizens, I love you.

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“No matter how hard you try, you can never fill your empty heart solely with the energy received through external recognition or success, for these are but temporary comforts. They are not eternal. You can discover within yourself a wellspring of eternal energy. That energy will start to spring forth when you acknowledge and love yourself. The joy you feel from acknowledging yourself is so great that it cannot be compared with the joy you feel from getting recognition from others. This is a matter of being recognized by your conscience and the heaven within you.

You don’t acknowledge and love yourself just by thinking about it. You must encounter the life energy within you. Slowly place your hands on your chest, one over the other. Now say this to yourself: ‘ Yes, I have myself. I have myself, who always watches over me, the one who is always on my side no matter what may come. It’s my soul and my true self. It is my eternally unchanging life.’  If you speak to yourself with sincerity, you’ll be able to feel the energy of the soul inside of you, the energy of life, reviving.

Those who know the true self within them are never lonely, no matter what may come. Their hearts are filled to overflowing with energy from the feeling of oneness with themselves, as if they possess the whole world. The tree of life, your soul, will grow strong, bloom with beautiful flowers, and bear good fruit to the extent it gets your interest, love, and recognition.”

~ Ilchi Lee