The essence of all life
The mother of us all
The most sacred elixir in all the universe
Earth is not earth
Not the living breathing library of biodiversity she is
But is instead a dry rock spinning around a fireball in endless space.
Water changes everything.
Water allows everything.
Water is life.
The only reason we are allowed to live on land in the first place is because our bodies have found a way to carry the ocean within us everywhere we go.
The salinity of the blood in our veins matches the salinity of the water in the oceans.
We are all vessels for water.
Each and every one of us
human and non-human alike
What a gift to be a vessel of the most sacred, powerful substance in the universe!
And yet, we have for too long forgotten this undeniable truth.
We have allowed our waters to be poisoned.
And while it is always easier to point the finger of blame away from us
we are each responsible.
We have been poisoning the waters.
Each of us.
And we continue to do so
through the choices we make on what we purchase
how we live
who we allow to lead us
what we ignore
and who we allow to control the resources that are the planet’s and hers alone
resources she has shared with us with such love and generosity
but not GIVEN to us.
It is not just a matter of condemning the corporations that do the dirty work
it is a matter of looking in the mirror
and finding the ways we have used our precious life force to fuel and feed and support said corporations.
They are a reflection
And while it is utterly humbling to know this truth of our responsibility
this truth also holds the empowerment required for change
because if it is US
then it is US that can
Why have we forsaken and desecrated our most holy of treasures?
Is it because we are bad, flawed, evil creatures?
No, we are glorious expressions of divinity in our essence.
It is because in our humaness, we forgot one of the fundamental truths of existence:
all is connected.
Every single piece of Existence on the grandest scale imaginable is connected to every other single piece.
John Muir, the famous naturalist, environmental philosopher, and advocate of the planet, wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
Another great man, Thomas Berry, a remarkable Catholic priest that understood the truth of the ultimate sacredness of Earth and all life upon her, said that “the universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.”
but when we remember it with our hearts
and with the cells of our being
when we feel it
we can allow that remembering to transform us
making it impossible for us to continue the poisoning of the waters
or the soils
or the air
for we will know that as we do so
we poison our blood
and our children.
So how do we say yes to doing our part?
First we wake up. We step into the truth of what is happening on this planet beyond silly made-up borders and boundaries and superficial classifications and see that we are all creatures utterly dependent upon this remarkable organism we call “Earth,” and we acknowledge that it is our species’ behaviors and perspectives that are the the most destructive and dangerous to this organism’s ability to continue to foster and nourish life. And we acknowledge our own individual participation in this danger and destruction.
But we do not stop there.
We don’t wake up to that and then shirk back in sorrow, shame, fear, or horror.
Now is the time to unite.
Next we gather. We find or form communities that are also invested in the process of waking themselves up, and to doing so as a service to the greater good. Alone we can do so little, but together, united, we are an unstoppable force.
So what do we DO? What ACTION do we take, beyond our words and ideas?
Intellectual and educational action means we take our unified communities and we inform ourselves and each other. Where does our water come from? How does it get to us? How much water is there? Who else has access to these water sources? How is it being used? How clean is the water? Who tests it? Are there any dangers to its purity? What are they? Who makes decisions about the water? In order to know where and how to put our energies in protecting and healing the waters, the answers to these questions must be sought.
Spiritual action means we pray with and for the waters. We sing to them. We speak about Water as if it is God, because it is. Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese water revolutionary, spent his life researching water and found that we can change and heal the crystalline structures in water through the intentions, words, sounds, images, and energies we expose it to. Never underestimate the power of love, prayer, and song. Keep a pitcher of water in your home, on your table or on an altar, and pray to it every day. Drink this water, and do so with reverence. Share this water. We first change and heal our own relationship with water, in our own hearts and our own homes, before we can take that transformed energy and bring it into the outer world.
Political action means we take the information we gathered, we take the reverence and illumination we have fostered through our relationship with water, and we insert ourselves into the active engagement with all water decisions. We get to know who in our
political system is working to protect the water and we work with them. We get to know who in our political system is working to protect economic ties that poison water and we expose them, oppose them, and get them out of office. We create forums and opportunities to make our voices heard and our vision visible. We push legislation through the system that reflects our awakened understanding of the sacredness of water. And we refuse to give up when the system seems to broken to do so. The states of New York and Maryland both banned fracking this year, a result of citizens gathering, protesting, rallying, flooding their politicians’ offices, mailboxes, and phone lines. They simply refused to take no for an answer. Cities and smaller municipalities, like Boulder, CO, are doing the same. Pressure to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run across the Ogallala Aquifer, have continued to keep the project from being passed. The Earth Guardians, a council of youth activists and artists, not only use music to spread the message of a sustainable path forward, but also just sued the Obama administration for violating their constitutional rights by contributing to climate change through the promotion of fossil fuels. Native tribes all across the country are fighting for water rights as we speak, and are working to educate people on what many of them never forgot: water is blood.
There is a finite amount of water on this planet.
The same amount of water that was here when our species began is still here today.
For millions and millions of years, this planet has continually cleaned and renewed the waters here, and all creatures upon the earth shared it.
We do not get to go to the intergalactic Costco and pick up another planet, or another couple of oceans.
This is it.
This is what we get.
This is what all those beings that will follow us here all the way down our bloodlines will get.
We are sharing these waters with them, beyond time.
How will we be remembered?
May we live as warriors for the water
so our descendants not only get to live
but do so thanking us
instead of cursing and condemning us.
We all began with water, and now, it is the water that will bring us all back together in the end. She is the defining force of our time, the common denominator between us all. Water is forcing us to wake up, whether we want to or not, and is requiring us to change, or die.
And we choose change.
We choose evolve.
We choose water.
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