TEACHINGS OF MOTHER EARTH
This was written to better inform true value and nature of MOTHER EARTH.
“The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged....” - Luther Standing Bear
My ancestors knew the natural world so well that they understood how nature works.
You could say they were scientists, that they knew their subject from much study. They knew nature's laws and lived by the laws of the natural world. They did not change nature or interfere with nature.
Human life has evolved from cosmic dust to cosmic consciousness. Why is it, then, that men and women can organize as a group to solve political problems and even technical problems, but cannot be unified on the issues surrounding their own survivability?
Many people choose not to recognize that the Earth won't be around forever. Like other heavenly bodies, it is a doomed planet. But don't worry, its extinction here isn't scheduled until about six billion years from now.
However, the Mother Earth stands a good chance of remaining very much as it is unless man, himself, spoils it. There is an ultimate fate for man on Mother Earth if nothing is done. But mankind is lucky. We have the time to make something of ourselves on a galactic scale. Certainly, none of us here will be around on that fateful day.
When we speak of, "The Earth is our mother," it is more than just a metaphor. In the traditional American Indian view of life, there exists a certain compatibility of spirit, flesh and nature that comes together. The Mother Earth is understood to have a sacred spirit, a feminine manifestation, whose body has given life to all creatures, which are nourished and nurtured by her, sheltered and protected by her, and taught by her.
We, in turn, have an obligation to care for her, to honor, respect and love her, and to help care for all her family, our relatives everywhere. This concept of life is often put down as being too "primitive" or "aboriginal".
"You say, for example, "Why do not the Indians till the ground and live as we do?" May we not ask with equal propriety, "Why do not the white people hunt and live as we do?"
-- Principal Cherokee Chief Old Tassel, November 18, 1785
Hopewell treaty discussion with the United States.
But those who have integrated this belief into their lives cannot cut up their mother in pieces and sell her, or to wrangle over bits of her for profit, or to deprive her other children of access to her, or to cheat and steal and fight and shed blood over her. For those who have abandoned natural ways, the Mother Earth becomes only "real estate", and the history of "civilization" is the history of conflict between indigenous people and invaders, a history of pollution, poverty, exploitation, war, crime and disease.
This may sound like a very sweeping, shrill, even absurd statement, but for those who have respected the Earth as their mother, this is true. Natural people, almost by definition, do not clear-cut her trees and strip-mine her hills and steal and sell her waters and enslave her other children, our own relatives, to increase our wealth.
Natural people do not think of "improving" their mother for their own gain, or see a building as an "improvement" on the land, or to see our mother in her beautiful, natural condition as "land going to waste". The Indian cannot understand the way of the non-Indian. They are different and their world is that of no compassion for Mother Earth.
Through our ancient prophecies and spiritual beliefs, we know that greed, pollution and the lack of understanding of nature are about to destroy Mother Earth. We have always been told the advantages of modern society. We have rarely been told the costs, in terms of people's lives and misery. There has been a tremendous propaganda campaign to convince people that there are other, better ways of living, even at the expense of using up the "natural resources" of Mother Earth.
Since birth, most of us have been subjected to an argument that we should be drinking soda pop and eating candy-coated cereal, and the effort has been successful enough that such things dominate our food culture . . . again, at the expense of Mother Earth. The reality is that most people have been motivated by advertising to be consumers of unnecessary and even undesirable or dangerous products of modern technology.
The advances of modern society have been interpreted to mean more wealth, more goods and services, more ease, less work. Do people really benefit from he so-called "advances"?
The "modern age" and its consumer values have altered, in very basic ways, the very structure of human society. The things we do today shall become the history we leave for future generations. And what legacy or imprint do we wish to leave on the pages of time?
So, let us join and unite.
Let us reflect together.
Let us struggle together, not only to survive,
but to live just and dignified lives in balance and
respect for others, nature and the rest of creation.
Let us seek justice and retribution with peaceful hearts,
lest we, too, become victims.
Mother Earth at night taken from space . . .
These are some of the Teachings of MOTHER EARTH uncovered in my journey path.
So live, too, your life in a way that you may discover the rest! Aho! . . . .