Aravaipa Canyon, Sonoran Desert, southeastern Arizona
I am here to reveal myself to you, to teach you, to show you, and to become your ally in caring for the Green World. I start in your heart. I know that you already have me in your heart, making it a fertile green place that will always beautify and nurture our precious Green World.
This Green World is fundamental to my essence. My life and death in the misnamed Holy Land (for all the lands of Gaia are holy) was a strange and arduous task. I did my best to live and teach all that I’d been given, and there was joy in it. I willingly sacrificed myself for “sinful” humanity. But I used to sacrifice myself for both the people and the land, in thousands of years of rituals all over the planet. There in the Middle Eastern desert 2,000 years ago, through the beliefs and actions of the humans there at that time, the land was taken away from my mission. It was a big step—not the only one, nor the oldest one, but one of the bigger ones—in taking the Christ force and humanity away from our connection to the land. (Of course, the Middle East had been deforested long before I was incarnated there.)
My death in Judea, nailed to 2 pieces of dead wood, did little or nothing to help the land. My True Cross is more like a living tree—one that makes leaves, buds, blossoms, flowers and fruit, and then goes through the winter, with all of those stages dying in their turn—but with the true life force being cast forth in the seeds, and remaining dormant in the trunk and roots until rebirth the following spring.
My being also draws upon the Green Man, from your own ancestral traditions: the one who takes care of the forest and the creatures, even culling them when necessary for the life of the whole forest. This culling may seem severe, but it’s not in the least unjust or wrong or evil. It affirms life in death, as I am celebrated for doing.
Now I wish everyone would let die their corrupted images of me and what I came here to do and to be. Yes, I brought love, compassion, forgiveness, but I see that they did not ultimately make humanity’s world much better—and barely affected humanity’s relationship to the Earth, which has been in a destructive spiral for thousands of years. I grieve when I see how so-called Christianity has contributed so much to harming the Green World, and to dishonoring women and wounding innocent children, all in “my” name.
I need to live in you. I need to live in the hearts of all humans who love more than just the human-created world, who love and honor the Green World, who follow the Green Path. I belong in those hearts. And I can help those hearts.
I bring endless tenderness and compassion. I also bring my knowledge of death and sacrifice. It is my deep shame and grief that many of those who call themselves Christians have taken my death on the cross in Judea as an excuse that their sins—the primary one being separation from their true nature and the Earth’s nature—are already forgiven. They don’t seem to feel any self-doubt or questioning in their lives, no matter how misguidedly they might be living. Yes, I embody infinite mercy. But I also embody, teach about, and sometimes demand loss, death, dissolution, and breakdown, as did the Green Man before me. In these times, this is an especially important lesson for all humans, who need to lose so much of what they mistakenly believe to be so.
My sacrament also involves joy and praise, honoring and respect, and piercing over and over the sacred, green mysteries of Nature. The mysteries celebrated in many religions and spiritual paths today are lonely and incomplete without being able to root into and partake of Gaia’s deep forces and creations.
As for you, my Beloved: Find me in your heart, and help other humans to do so. Remember that you have the whole Green World at your back and all around you. You must and will lead from what you know and have been shown, in union with the human and non-human allies who come to you. Delve deeper into what are my sacraments. Bring humans out of the human-created world and into the inevitable, wonder-full circle/spiral of life and death, on all levels. I am there, for and with you and all humanity. I hold much more than most humans think. When you and your fellow humans recognize and celebrate my true nature, you help and honor me as well as yourselves.
And—finally—don’t forget that I too am a Son of the Divine Mother. I honor my Mother—your Mother—Mother Gaia—without ceasing. It grieves me that most men do not. My Mother is both nurturing and terrible, giving and taking away. But She holds it all. All of us. All creatures. All the beings of nature. Give Her the honor She deserves. She is being violated beyond comprehension, with consequences so serious that your worst predictions may not come close to the reality. Honor Her. Ask Her to help and instruct you. Ask how you can help Her. Be Her priestess as well as Her child, Her warrior as well as Her servant. And help other humans to do so as well.
Go in peace. I’ll see you again soon.
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