Green is the color of the land. Both as an actual color in nature and a more symbolic guiding metaphor, green is the foundation of life. In the physical sense, green is the color of chlorophyll, which plants on the land and in the sea use to feed themselves, thus also feeding, directly or indirectly, all creatures on earth, including us humans. As a metaphor, green indicates a state in which all life is equally valued, equally sustainable and sustained, where all living beings are at the same time fully themselves and fully interconnected in a life-giving way.
When we speak of the Green Redemption that the Green Christ brings, we’re talking about how he can both point out and heal humanity’s greatest error—the belief that we humans, somehow, are not part of Nature, not part of Gaia, but are instead separate and superior; that our own sustainability matters more than the sustainability of the whole.
The Green Christ is the original systems theorist. He’s not interested in redeeming or saving only humans (and much less in supporting the ongoing cultural illusion of our separateness and superiority!). He isn’t even particularly intent on “saving” the whales, or “saving” the rainforest. The Green Christ wants to save the whole thing. He’s interested in redeeming Gaia’s entire web of creation—helping it to be stronger, more resilient, and more diverse. He wants to weave this precious web, humans included, into a future of true abundance and life-enhancing regeneration for all of the earth’s inhabitants.
For this re-weaving to happen, humans must become part of the web. A few tragically fragmented and diminished indigenous peoples around the world still do their best to live within this knowledge. But for thousands of generations, the ancestors of all of us knew themselves as participants in Nature’s web, giving and receiving in balance with all creation. Now—after 10 or so wayward, misguided millennia of humans dominating the land and one another in increasingly brutal and destructive ways—we must learn this ageless truth again, individually and culturally, everywhere on earth.
How can we fully embrace and internalize this Green Redemption that the Green Christ is extending to us? We need to let him initiate us into a larger, Gaia-centered sense of ourselves. The vast majority of humanity of every religion and culture has forgotten this expansive, whole self. But the real “Good News” is that this very reality is, in fact, who we fully and already are in all aspects of our being. We’ve been led seriously astray by the worldwide human-centered culture that we live in—but our true salvation beckons. It’s beautiful, and it’s not far away.
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