Good morning on this perfect Spring morn. I most certainly don't want to be here. It's so green and beautiful outdoors...a wonderful day to bask in the beauty of Mother Earth. Today we celebrate Earth Day, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment, for the Earth Herself. Our ancestors understood the interrelationship between humans and the Earth, but we seem to have forgotten it. We have forgotten that our relationship with the Earth is not merely a physical one, but that everything on it is alive; it is spiritual. And if we take the time to listen, we can hear the Earth communicating with us. She is calling us to listen, to touch Her, and by doing so, we will touch the Spirit.
One of my lessons in my Druidic training was about the "Oran Mor", or the "Great Song". The Celts believed that the world is supported and sustained by a single all-embracing melody...all of creation is a part of it. The Oran Mor is an ancient rhythm; it is the melody we hear in the wind, in the waterfall...the song of the Earth. There was a time...many, many eons ago that the wail of the wind were the only sounds to be heard, but gradually, the Earth developed its own music, the rhythms of the Earth.
The Earth is calling on us to listen deeply. to listen with our hearts...to feel the rhythms of the Earth through the Moon, the tides, and the seasonal cycles...to open ourselves up to the sights and sounds of the living Earth, our Great Mother. We open up to the feelings and sensations of the Earth by smelling the air just after it has rained...or feeling the warm sunlight on our skin in the summer...feeling the raindrops as they fall from the sky...watching the weaving of the clouds. Mother Earth speaks to us everyday through a fragrance, a flower, an bird singing gleefully in the tree, the feel of the air... the wind moving softly through the leaves.
Yes, the Oran Mor is still sung today, but sadly, we live in an age that so few humans our able to hear it. But, all is not lost for it is still there...we only need to reach out...to once again experience our Earth as Holy...to live in respect and commune with Her. Even for those like myself who live in the city, there are so many ways to experience the life-giving beauty of the Earth...a tree in a city park, the tulips blooming down the block from my home, the power of our ancient Mother, the ocean...even a weed that grows in the crack of a sidewalk. So get out there...enjoy...commune. Love the Earth.
A Blessed Earth Day to all.