Living Out of Spiritual Harmony On the Earth

The vast majority of ancient cultures performed ceremonies and rituals designed to live in harmony with the Earth. The Native Americans were fastidious where not wasting any part of an animal was concerned. In a relatively short amount of time, roughly 175 years, in America alone we have managed to decimate the buffalo and endangered and rendered extinct many other species. Across the world, however, the Earth has been taken for granted repeatedly and treated as a commodity without any of the necessary respect to keep living our lives harmoniously.

Science sounds the alarm that our Earth is heating up and that we are the cause of it via fossil fuels and other various issues. The answer, it often seems, is more science. No one stops to consider typically that by “not doing” a lot of stuff we “keep doing” on the theme of “fucking up the Earth” and taking it for granted might go a VERY long way toward reversing the trend. We do not live in HARMONY with nature, but instead we seek to DOMINATE nature and have gone to great lengths to circumvent any connection to it.

As an astrologer, it is my belief that each of us is here to play a little different role in the maintenance of the planet. We each carry different strengths and weaknesses that allow us to offer the Earth different things. Some of us might be good gardeners. Some of us might have a way with wildlife. Others of us might work best by exploring the Geology of the sphere. Whatever it is that we uniquely carry, we are here to play that part. One might say that we all naturally and inherently commune with different “Spirits” and as a result of that communion, we each have different strengths and weaknesses.

It does not take a phd at this point to feel that the Earth is doing something very, very different. The seasons are all screwy, the natural disaster level and severity is peculiar, and sinkholes appear to be randomly opening up and swallowing people. If we were to take a page from the ancient books, (and evidently something they did was working because the planet was here and fairly balanced before we became way more “advanced”) then we might ask ourselves how we nurture ourselves is a reflection of how the planet is nurtured by us. When we do this, we will find a pretty “disgusting” truth–the vast majority of how we nurture ourselves hinges on consumption and convenience. We get jobs that place us in unnatural settings doing unnatural things at unnatural hours while ignoring our natural rhythms to achieve the artificial goal of lining our pockets with something of indeterminate value. We don’t even eat “real food” anymore, but instead consume “food-like-things” so we can continue to run on this treadmill of insanity.

Behold! Picked from fresh cardboard, paper, plastic trees.

The net result, in my estimation, is that we are in a constant state of “take” from the Earth, but we are not in a state of “give”. At this point, many of us even after we are dead do not let the raw material that composed our bodies return to the Earth. We just want to take, and take, and we want to feel as though we are immune to any responsibility for our habitat and the maintenance of it.

The missing ingredient is always the same. It’s simply respect. If we kill an animal for food, we should respect it. Instead, we think they come pre-shrink wrapped at the store. It isn’t a COW that we are buying, but GROUND BEEF. Imagine if the name were “GROUND COW”. That makes it personal–that makes us think about having to take a life to feed our faces, and we’d rather avoid that sort of responsibility. If we had to buy some form of meat called “Ground Dog” we’d quickly feel a connection that would lead to revulsion. Our emotional connection and feeling of responsibility for dogs is much higher than for other animals we regularly consume, despite animals such as pigs being exceptionally bright—probably brighter than dogs in fact.

When we mine minerals and coal, we do so with the idea that we should be entitled to burn those fossil fuels with impunity—as though they are always going to exist. If we need to go to the store for some trivial item, we do not stop to think about the fossil fuel consumed to do so, because we really don’t care. The only time it starts to bother us when it becomes more expensive and we begin to squirm in the realization that yeah, this stuff is not forever abundant.

If one casts a glance at the pure level of trash and filth floating around in nature now, one gets a pretty good approximation of how we feel about the Earth. I was in the woods surrounding my house just the other day, and found a Dr. Pepper can from probably the late eighties or early nineties. My woods are remote, no one stomps around in them, and yet, these cans still sit here twenty years after the fact, mucking up the forest. Some person one day in probably 1990 was moving through the woods, had a coke, figured it was inconvenient to throw it in the trash can and tossed it there instead, which is where it has been since. The Earth is our whore. Nothing less, nothing more. We shall see how much longer we can persist in treating it this way, before we remember the importance of balance, and the fact that the Earth IS us.

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  • kevwalrath

    “The Earth is our whore.”

    What an interesting take! I too find it interesting that a lot of the ancient records had less reports of an out of order Earth…even though it depends on one’s philosophy of course. Some would say rather than there being more natural disasters nowadays, the population was much smaller back then and weren’t pressed for the need to populate climate hot spots i.e. New Orleans and it’s continuous onslaught of storms even though it is technically below sea level. Just like the issue of oil consumption- it’s not necessarily the lifestyle of consumption that is the problem according to some philosophies, but it is what we’re consuming without seeking alternatives that are more respectful to the planet like algae fuel and such.

    You do a great job at bringing up some alarming points though, and hopefully as we progress over the rest of this century, people begin to wake up already. Or else the planet might forsake US…just like our dinosaur ancestors!

    • jbschirtzinger

      Hey Kev,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      It is true that one can always appeal to the population being smaller, and there is something to be said for a small population where carrying capacity is concerned in the environment. On the other hand, we have large “concrete jungles” that are not at all in harmony with the Earth, and in fact become Earth denying very, very quickly.

      I would agree that what we consume makes a difference. I think the problem is that consumption is itself lauded as the prime value. First and foremost the question always seems to be one of “Does it make us money” which is tied to “will people buy it” which amounts to convenience when all is said and done as people will always purchase that which they perceive as saving them time.

      Without an alternative value structure in place that emphasizes more than just the individual ego wants in terms of consumption, the whole thing becomes continually lop-sided.

      When people speak of saving the Earth what they should say is saving the human species, because the Earth will continue to persist whether we are here or not.

      • kevwalrath

        True, the Earth always continues on. It has always had it’s own ways of purging whatever species may be more of a plague than not.

        So would you be in more favor of a more resource based economy? I’ve heard a lot about this with the Venus Project and some other future based planning for resources. I certainly think it would prove to be a useful method towards saving the human species as well as hand in hand with the planet.

        • jbschirtzinger

          I think it is an interesting idea. I suspect what would actually work is some sort of hybrid barter/resource based economy. I don’t think the barter system is so much about servitude, and I think most things are “trades”. You have this skill, I have that skill, we exchange skill sets for one another in some way, it evens out.

          So for instance, I might need dental work, the dentist might need an astrology chart, we don’t value either of our services as “worth more” than the other, and we both walk away with something we wouldn’t have otherwise.

          • kevwalrath

            I like your thinking there. Perhaps a hybrid of that system and a resource based system could be the solution? With trades like that, there’s a lot less room for Ego to rear it’s ugly head and take charge like it has for ages now.