At the heart of the landscape of Mother Earth, there is a feeling of belonging. Belonging is the basic truth of our existence. We belong here. Life belongs here. At the heart of gratefulness we also find an expression of belonging. When we say “Thank you” we really are saying “We belong together.” Many people don’t want to be connected or interdependent. Many of us don’t want to be obliged.
In a healthy society that is exactly what we seek: mutual obligations. Everyone is obliged to everyone and everything else, we all belong together, we are of each other. In this awareness we are freed from self’preoccupation—and only then, emptied of self, can we be filled with thanks.
” Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise—then you will discover the fullness of your life.” —Brother David Steindl-Rast
Within this human impulse to gratitude flows the vast cycles of universal reciprocity—for everything that is taken, something has to be given in return. You can’t merely breath in, or only breath out. Death would find you. Life is not giving or taking, but it is giving and taking.
We give away our thanks to the earth
which gives us our home.
We give away our thanks to the rivers and lakes
which give away their water.
We give away our thanks to the trees
which give away fruit and nuts…
All beings on earth, the trees, the animals, the wind
and the rivers give away to one another
so all is in balance…
—Dolores La Chapelle
I will sing of the well-founded Earth,
Mother of all, eldest of all beings.
She feeds all creatures that are in the world,
all that go upon the goodly land,
all that are in the paths of the seas,
and all that fly,
all these are fed of her store.
Hail Earth, mother of the gods,
freely bestow upon me for this my song
that cheers the heart!
—Homeris Hymns XXX, adapted by Elizabeth Roberts
in a moment of peace
I give thanks
to the source of all peace
as I set forth
into the day
the birds sing
with new voices
and I listen
with new ears
and give thanks.
You can see forever
when the vision is clear
in this moment
I give thanks.
Welcome to the real world.
We have to take care of our planet. It is more important than oil, money, arms, greed, jealously, bigotry, injustice, hatred and war. We must take care of Mother Earth. Our planet has changed greatly during just my lifetime. There is a supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. If it blows, it will destroy most of America. Yet we continue fracking, mining, polluting the earth and the air. We must stop. To choose not to stop is to commit suicide.
give us hearts to understand;
never to take
from creation’s beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed,
never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth’s beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth’s
music is to create confusion,
that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
that as we care for her she will care for us. Amen —U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program
I look around the world and what do I see? I see unrest and I see intolerance. I see people who want to kill other human beings for looking different or believing in a different God. I see people praying and they are being killed. I see our children living in terror because there is no where safe here on Mother Earth. I hear lots of yelling and screaming and I don’t see much peacemaking. I believe we are on the Eve of Destruction again. While we have managed to sneak out of the reality of destruction so far, that was dumb luck. We may not be so lucky the next time. Walk away. Save this world for our children and grandchildren.
There is much we have to lose. Think about it. We may lose the beauty of the world. We are in control here. We can change all of this and keep this beautiful world without war. It will just take our belief in and actions for promoting peace everywhere in the world. Let’s talk about it. Write me and tell me what you think. Namaste.
The simplicity of a sunrise.
The sunrise this morning from my front porch. Photographed and copyrighted by
Barbara Mattio 2014
We Are Human Angels the book, a reader review on Amazon
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If since childhood you have wanted to change the world and have not stopped believing… If you have always dreamed of relieving the sorrows of all living beings… If you feel that you have a special talent to help others… If you have an out of the ordinary sensitivity… If you have overcome difficult trials in your life… If you think that despite everything, life should be lived with joy… If, while always trying to give meaning to your suffering, you believe that there must be a way to stop yours and others suffering… If in your heart there is no room for hatred and resentment… If you always try to change evil into good and darkness into light… If you always follow your heart even when it seems to be the hardest thing to do… If you have always had a vision of heaven on earth and would like to spread it throughout the world… If you have the ability to read people and know what is hidden within their hearts… If you silently bless everyone you encounter in your life… If you, from the very beginning, have always felt a sense of not belonging to this world… If you have never been able to relate yourself with any group of people, but you have always had a deep desire to connect yourself with your Souls’ family here on earth… If the search for truth is your greatest passion… If you live with honesty even when it hurts… If you believe in the healing power of Love… If you still have the same dreams you had when you were a pure-hearted child… If you feel you were born for a greater purpose and would like to express it…
you are a Human Angel and you are just trying to remember.
Some one sent me information about this book. I thought that it was interesting. I don’t know whether it is real, or possible or not. The profile of a human angel did strike me because it has many of my characteristics. We will never be sure and I realize some will scoff. That’s ok. My shoulders are wide. I did have a spiritual teacher thirty years ago that told me the sixties happened because angels wanted to come to earth. God values humans over even the angels. When they got here, it was much harder to walk this journey that they had expected. He felt that the drug use back then and the number of OD’s / suicides were angels who couldn’t handle the life on this plane of existence. Again I don’t know what is true but my gut tells me that it is possible. At the time, I was shocked because I didn’t think any sentient being would opt for this life over being in the presence of Divinity and singing praises, if that is what happens. The Bible and the Tanach teach that angels walk among us. So this is for each of us to decide on our own. I did find the book on Kindle for $4.99 if you are interested. I figured five dollars was worth the read. I am sure libraries carry or can get you the book.
The Pledge of Allegiance is a treasure I found to remind us that while we owe our allegiance to our countries, the real allegiance goes to Mother Earth. One Earth, one world, one people and we will carry the consequences of what we do to heal or to destroy Mother Earth in our souls for eternity. So whether or not there are human angels, there is one planet, with one people and one love. We can destroy ourselves or we can heal our home and ensure life for many generations to come.
This is a compilation of prayers about healing Mother Earth.
They are from many different spiritual paths. All prayers rise to
heaven and all prayers are known to God. There is not just a certain religion
whose members pray and receive answers or attention.
In this world, every prayer counts, and we are One Family living
on One Mother Earth. Let us, all pray, whatever words come from
your heart and soul. I hope you will see that the meaning of the
different prayers is all the same.
“Let us be united,
Let us speak in harmony,
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayer,
Common be the end of our assembly,
Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings,
Unified be our hearts;
Common be our intentions,
Perfect be our unity.”
— From the Rig Veda
“It is up to us to receive and transmit our Torah.
It is up to us to see that the world still stands.
May the time be not distant
when nation will not lift up sword against nations,
neither shall they learn war any more.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
for the earth will be filled with the wonder of life
Then shall we sit under our vine and our fig tree
and none shall be afraid.
—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
“Cattle browse peacefully
Trees and plants are verdant,
Birds fly from their nests
And lift up their wings in your praise.
All animals frisk upon their feet
All winged things fly and alight once more—
They come to life with your rising.
Boats sail upstream and boats sail downstream,
At your coming every highway is opened
Before your face the fish leap up from the river.
Your rays reach the green ocean.
You it is who place the male seed in woman,
Who create the semen in man;
You quicken the sun in his mother’s belly,
Soothing him so that he shall not cry
Even in the womb you are his nurse.
You give breath to all your creation,
Opening the mouth of the newborn
And giving him nourishment.
——-From the Pharaoh Akhenaten’s ” Hymn to the Sun”
“Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Be praised my lord because our sister
Mother Earth sustains and rules
us and because she raises
food to feed us : colored flowers
Be praised my lord for those who pardon by your love
and suffer illness and grief
Bless those who undergo in silence
the poor for whom you hold a crown
Be praised my lord for Sister Death-of-Body
whom no man living will escape
And pity those who die in mortal sin
and everyone she who minds you
bless: no second death
to bring them hurt.
Oh praise my lord and bless my lord and thank
and serve my lord with humbleness
—Saint Francis of Assisi
“All living beings; all our relations.
We pray for ourselves and all persons;
for the ducks, loons, penguins, eagles and
for dogs, cats, monkeys, elk and earthworms;
fish, mussels, deep-diving whales;
eucalyptus and cactus, fir and roses; all our relations.
Guide us to true peace and security;
grant us protection and freedom from all
help us to be free to be ourselves, with
respect for all.
Enfold us in the clear light of safety and
warmth and wholeness.”
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
“The soul of the whole of creation is one,
the life behind all those ever-moving
phantoms is one. Meditation on this truth and the awakening to it will
harmonize the condition of the world.”
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
The world has fed us,
And now it is our turn to feed,
It’s given us the rich soil, from which our bodies and souls grow deeply.
The Mother Earth’s message is a great thunderous roar to humanity
Saying through the signs of disaster and tragedy,
Wake up loved ones, all our selfishness must die.
All of your eyes must see, from the eyes of your hearts.
We are the home of it all
The Earth’s land is our skin
Its rivers, our blood
Its fire, our love
Its winds, our united breath
How do we awaken to feel each plate of grass fold over as we walk by?
To hear the sound of each crashing wave and remember”HOME!”
We caught ourselves in folly and illusion to our roots, and now we dig to find the
Treasure in the depth
To lead us through the darkness to the light…we become the change in which we wish
To see, the rest is simply contagious!
All we have from our moment of birth and death is the moments of God awareness.
So then, spread the Message!
Each breath we take can be a breath of forgiveness and hope, of intention and ablution
To the powers around.
Our sensitivity must grow to feel the world bleeding from underneath our feet.
When the world bleeds, our hearts bleed, our harmony with the Earth is our only hope.
We should stop to bow, bow down to the deepest ocean floors.
Giving thanks and respect to what has created us.
The Mother Earth has carried all of us, and now it is time for us to take responsibility.
—by Jelaluddin Nick Thompkins
Creating community and commitment to daily spiritual practice. Each day that our actions benefit our communities, compassion, love, acceptance, are steps along the path of forgiveness to the establishment of peace in every country around the world. Peace is always our destination. Mother Earth has fed and taken care of us for the Milleniums. She is still trying but it is as if we were at war with her. We need to take care of her and treasure what she has given us to help us on our journey. We can’t ignore her because if we do Mother Earth will die and we will be dying too.
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