Each month we are going to be focusing on a topic of interest and inspiration. February’s topic is trees – with the emphasis on the wonderful advice we receive from trees when we can be quiet and centered enough to listen. Today’s entry is the original Advice from a Tree.
For are we not one, have we not one desire,
to heal our Mother Earth and bind her wounds?
And still to be free as the spotted Eagle climbing
the laughing breath of our Father Sky,
to hear again from dark forests and flashing rivers the varied ever-changing Song of Creation?
O Humankind, are we not all brothers and sisters, are we not the grandchildren of the Great Mystery? Do we not all want to love and be loved, to work and to play, to sing and dance together? But we live with fear. Fear that is hate, fear that is ambition, competition, aggression, fear that is loneliness, anger, bitterness, cruelty, fear that is mistrust, envy, greed, vanity…and yet, fear is only twisted love, love turned back on itself, love that was denied, love that was rejected.
And love…love is life…creation, seed and leaf and blossom and fruit and seed, love is growth and search and reach and touch and dance, love is nurture and succor and feed and pleasure, love is pleasuring ourselves, pleasuring each other, love is life believing in itself.
And life…life is the Sacred Mystery singing to itself, dancing to its drum, telling stories, improvising, playing and we are all that Spirit, our stories tell but one cosmic story that we are loved indeed, that perfect love we seek we are already, the love in me seeks the love in you, and if our eyes could ever meet without fear we would recognize each other and rejoice, for love is life believing in itself.
O Humankind, we must stop fearing life, fearing each other, we must absolutely stop hating ourselves, resenting Creation ~ Life.
O Humankind, life is the only treasure. We are the custodians of it, it is our sacred trust. Life is wondrous, awesome and holy, a burning glory, and its price is simply this: Courage, we must be brave enough to love.
Hear my heart’s prayer, O Humankind, trust in love, don’t be afraid. I love you as I love life, I love myself, please love me too, love yourself, for perfect love, as a wise one said, casts out all fear. If we are to live, there is no other choice, for love is life believing in itself.
Above all, let us set the children free, break the traps of fear that history has fashioned for them, free to grow, to seek and question, to dance and sing, to be dreamers of tomorrow’s rainbows, and if we but give them our trust hey will guide us to a New Creation, for love is life believing in itself.
Hear, O Humankind, the prayer of my heart.
Thou shalt love and honor Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
Thou shalt keep each day sacred to Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.
Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
Thou shalt give thanks for thy food to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden unto Earth.
Thou shalt not kill nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
Thou shalt not pursue profit at Earth’s expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon Earth.
Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning Earth.
Thou shalt consume material good in moderation so all may share Earth’s bounty.
~1990 by Ernest Callenbach
Let us, when swimming with the stream,
become the stream…
Let us, when moving with the music,
become the music…
Let us, when rocking the wounded,
become the suffering…
Let us live deep enough
till there is only one direction…
and slow enough till there is only
the beginning of time…
and loud enough in our hearts
till there is no need to speak…
Let us live for the grace beneath all we want,
let us see it in everything and everyone,
till we admit to the mystery
that when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it
as your secret which you thought
no one else knew…
O let us embrace
that unexpected moment of unity
as the atom of God…
Let us have the courage
to hold each other when we break
and worship what unfolds…
O nameless spirit that is not done with us,
let us love without a net
beyond the fear of death
until the speck of peace
we guard so well
becomes the world…
by Mark Nepo
From the point of Light
within the Mind of Creation
Let light stream forth into
the minds of All.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love
with the Heart of Creation
Let Love stream forth into
the hearts of All.
May Peace return to Earth.
From the centre where the
Will of Creation is known
Let purpose guide the
wills of All.
The purpose of which we
From the centre which we
call the race of human
Let the Plan of Love
and Light work out.
May it seal the door
where fear dwells.
Let Light and Love
and Power restore
the Plan on Earth.
adaptation of The Great Invocation