The Green Christ, by his very nature, is constantly issuing us an invitation to change our consciousness and values from human-centered to bio-centered: from our narrow, human-defined agenda to a larger sense of ourselves that includes all life on Earth. Humans have gotten so off in the ways we think about ourselves and the world that the needed shift, within ourselves and in our institutions, can’t happen all at once. Instead, it is a process—the most important process that humanity can engage in right now.
Many new-age paths speak about human evolution using a scenario in which humans today are evolving and transforming into new, “elevated” beings, beings who are more self-actualized, more connected with their angelic nature and with the stars—or who, in some versions, may even go to the stars. In contrast, the Green Christ offers us the opportunity to go “down,” to become more complete and fulfilled human beings by recovering and evolving our ancestral knowing that we are part of Nature, part of Gaia. This is the primary and perhaps the only evolution that needs to unfold in these times in order for humans to come into the fullness of who we are. As bio-centered beings, we can take useful actions to begin to redeem the Green World from thousands of years of mistreatment and depletion, and to redeem ourselves from our acute separation and alienation.
The book religions and the cultures they engendered have a long history of suppressing and de-sacralizing humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Indeed, the very idea that a place on the land or a particular creature or plant or river may be sacred—in and of itself, unrelated to human uses or desires—is completely foreign to most modern-day people, whether they are actively religious or not. The sacred, in a mainstream religious and cultural sense, is only invoked indoors, in a church, temple or mosque, to further human-referenced well-being and salvation. This version of the sacred usually involves only the upward direction—Heaven, Father God, the Divine “up there”—in hopes that the blessings will come “down” to make humanity’s pursuits successful.
Creating and participating in lifeways and ceremonies that honor the Earth and all the Earth’s beings, both material and spiritual, was the center of humanity’s practical and spiritual life for thousands of generations. The Green Christ— mediator, guardian and celebrant of the Green Web of Gaia—can be both the heart and the ground of humanity’s most authentic spiritual practices today. These practices pay attention to and honor the natural world around us, beneath us and within us. They move us away from the destructive, life-degrading, human-centered world we have created, and into verdant, fertile, all-embracing bio-centrism. In this world, we can take our places as complete, alive, awake, earth-connected people—the people that we truly are and have always been.
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