In your difficult world these days, you are exhorted to “Resist.” And, yes, there are many things that must be resisted—bigotry and hatred in all its forms; ruthlessness toward those weaker than or different from oneself; the cruelty, both reflexive and intended, shown by humans all around the world toward women, toward elders, toward children and their mothers and fathers; the glorification of dominance and power-over that so enchants and then destroys the bodies, minds and souls of the youth. Yes, many things to be resisted.
But what is at the bottom of this resistance? What must be resisted first, last and always? It is this: The human belief that the natural world—my Green World—is of no importance other than to enable human survival, comfort, security, and so-called abundance. This out-worn belief must be seen for what it is. In reality, the belief in human separation and entitlement has, instead, brought the vast majority of humans more desperate and perilous survival; shallow and illusory comfort; increasing threats and danger from more sources than ever; and a false, strictly consumerist abundance that by now threatens humanity’s and the planet’s very survival. Yes, the belief that, in service to a toxic, distorted idea of human betterment, pure water can be polluted, forests can be cut, the air dirtied, the oceans befouled, the land disemboweled—for certain, this must be resisted by all of you who know yourselves as of the earth, of the sacred land.
And—what lies even underneath this admittedly noble and necessary resistance? What must humans truly affirm? You must cultivate an Embracing of the natural world, which of course includes yourselves and your fellow humans. Authentically loving the beauties and wonders of nature is not only a matter of aesthetics. It is an embrace of who you truly are! As long as humans cannot affirm and embrace all of themselves, it is no wonder that they are caught up in destruction, conflict, and defensiveness, which spills over from the human world into the earth’s natural communities and leaves nothing and no one intact, preventing every creature, human and non-human, from inhabiting their true, authentic selves. Even the most secret spiritual beings of the land, who have been surviving for many centuries in Gaia’s remote, hidden places, are feeling the effects of all the satellites speeding through the sky, the deafening sonar in the oceans and the towering powerlines crisscrossing the land—technologies that are supposed to increase human knowledge and abilities but in fact leave you more blind and cut off than ever.
Make no mistake, there is no way, no way at all, that humanity can continue on your human-centered path much longer. Even now you have lost more than you can even conceive—and these losses are not something “out there.” No, they are “in here,” within each one of you. As indigenous people all around the world would say, you are losing your relatives, your very families. And not only your human relations, tragically lost to war, famine, genocide and alienation. You are losing your greater families of creatures, of forests and prairies and mountains, of rivers and streams. Even Mother Ocean, vast nourisher of all, is herself drowning in oil and plastic. Yes, all this, indeed, you must Resist with all your hearts and souls!
And yet, do not forget the Embrace. The salvation and redemption of humanity lies in the Embrace more than the Resistance. Each one of you must embrace all of who you are, including your wounds, your flaws, your misconceptions—all of which have been grotesquely exaggerated by the wayward, misguided human-created world you live in. But each one of you can also remember and embrace who you really are. You can remember your unconditional love for the fellow humans whom you treasure. You can also remember your own ancestral reality of being one with the land, one with the non-human worlds of fish, deer, insects, trees; of pure and generous waters, both sweet and salt—all interconnected within the natural laws of birth, unfoldment, maturation, and then decline and graceful surrender to the decay and death that precede rebirth. This is the primary law that sustains the life of Mother Gaia, my Mother, and this too needs to be embraced.
Your Embrace can take many forms, inner and outer, even in many ways still to be discovered by you. The lives of all your ancestors show the importance of constantly affirming this Embrace, of having regular ceremonies and celebrations of the oneness of all, human and non-human, material and spiritual, that makes up the place on the land where you live. Once you orient toward the Embrace, practices for this will arise within you, breathed into your souls by the land itself.
Resist the dying culture of the human-created world. Come together with one another to Embrace the land, the plants and creatures, the waters and air, the blessed Light of the moon, sun and stars, and the stars within the earth also. I can help you. When you, my dear sisters and brothers, feel the Embrace blossoming within your hearts, present those hearts to me, to be deepened, enlarged and strengthened—to be greened! Trust and follow the Embrace of your Green Hearts!