When I was 8 or 9 years old, another girl and I were discussing what our favorite color was. My little friend, in a prim, self-consciously patriotic voice, said that her favorite colors were red, white and blue. I replied that my favorite color was green—and that it was “underneath” all the other colors. We wouldn’t even have red, white and blue, I declared, if we didn’t have green.
Recalling this conversation some 60 years later, I’m amazed that my 9-year-old self knew this. Yet it’s something I’ve always believed: The color green gives grounding and life to everything else, from the vital, sustaining green of chlorophyll that feeds us daily, to the wild world of Nature all around us that nourishes our hearts, souls, and senses. “Living green” means living sustainably, and comprises recycling, alternative energy, organic gardening and many other increasingly important practices. And people of all ages are beginning to say that they are on the “green path”—the spiritual/ecological path of honoring the natural world both practically—through, say, permaculture or herbalism—and ceremonially, perhaps by creating a four-directions wheel in the garden.
When the Green Christ speaks of “the Green,” he presents it as a ray or force—a living, creative intelligence—reminiscent of poet Dylan Thomas’s famous phrase: “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.”
Many traditions of healing and Eastern wisdom speak of chakras—nodes or loci of vibrational energy that anchor the physical body. In most of these systems, the heart chakra is green. The first time I studied the chakras—with spiritual healing pioneer Barbara Brennan in the 1980s—I recognized the truth of this. The heart is green. The land is green. The link between humans and the green land is the heart. The heart is a generator of love energy. Our primary love is inherently for the land, whose living constituents make up and inform our entire being, from the physical to the spiritual.
Therefore, our initiation into remembering ourselves as whole, earth-connected human people must take place in the heart of each one of us, transforming it into a green vessel of love for the natural world, and thus for our whole self.
It’s striking that virtually all religions and spiritual paths revere the heart as a place of love, compassion and goodness. What most of them don’t seem to realize, however, is that love for the Sacred Land, for Nature in all her beauty and mystery, is the deepest love the heart contains. When this love is ignored or denied, the heart weakens and become less itself, and so do we.
I have to admit that I’ve asked the Green Christ more than once if he could call himself something else. I got the “Green” part right away, but why the “Christ”? As I’ve come to understand his message, however, I understand the rightness of his name. He carries, reflects and mediates our Earth’s most fundamental force—the Green—and offers this force to humanity. In his role as Redeemer, he points like an arrow to our true nature, borne deep within our hearts: We are inseparable from the Green World. For us to become fully ourselves, we need to awaken and remember this. Only through the Green can we redeem ourselves and become a positive, heart-full force for the Resurrection of the sacred lands of Gaia, our forever home.
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