Earth-based Faith

Like many other people, I’ve been constantly monitoring the last two U.S. hurricanes (with a 3rd and 4th coming) and their damage on TV as well as reading news coverage about the forest fires in Montana and Oregon and the earthquake in Mexico and wondering why there are so many natural disasters lately here and throughout the world. Some of it is definitely human-caused in the form of climate change and carelessness. Yes, there have always been hurricanes and earthquakes and forest fires but the increased frequency, size, and intensity are from climate change, the climate scientists agree. It’s sad what is happening to our planet.

I’m sure many of us know people in several of the affected areas and are concerned for their well-being. We have a friend who lives in Puerto Rico now who is okay but is without power and that could last for several months. The U.S. and British Virgin Islands are decimated. Cuba is currently being pummeled. Texas will be recovering for a long time. I have a cousin who lives on Florida’s gulf coast and, although he isn’t there at the moment, he is concerned about his house as so many people are. I have another friend who evacuated and is in Mississippi until Irma passes through, also hoping he has a home to return to. I have a blogger friend who is actually fighting the forest fires in Montana and a friend who was supposed to go to Portland to visit her kids today but decided against it when they told her there was ash floating everywhere.

Last night, just coincidentally, we went to an event sponsored by the Grand Canyon Trust where a Navajo woman spoke eloquently about her earth-based faith and what the land on the Navajo Nation means to her, how she respects it, how water is power, how the spirits of her ancestors still reside there, how she goes there to seek peace all while developers are trying to coerce the Navajos into letting them build resorts there. The U.S. government is considering reducing or eliminating existing National Monuments so we can have more development and less nature.

I’ve been trying to document Fibonacci spirals demonstrating nature’s perfection but this is as far as I’ve gotten:

Virgin Murex

Fiery Skipper

West Indian Fighting Conch

So for now, I’m sending prayers for those being affected by natural disasters…not just in the U.S. but throughout the world, including all the poor animals. We need to be better custodians of our planet while we still have it.

Northern Mockingbird, Florida and Texas State Bird

Western Meadowlark, Montana and Oregon State Bird

Crested Caracara, Mexico’s National Bird

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5 thoughts on “Earth-based Faith

  1. There is a lot of truth spoken by those in the Navaho Nation, and in the reaming few from nearly all of the indigenous cultures. They understand much more than “civilized” man about this planet on which we were born and on which we will die. Most importantly they understood how to live in harmony with the natural cycles of the Earth and not, in arrogance, how to control them.

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  2. Some very nice thoughts, here, Candace. It makes my heart ache, too, to see all the destruction around the world and the steps this government is taking to further decimate this place we call home. I simply do not understand the thinking behind theses moves. I’ve always admired the Native Americans’ nature-based faith and feel we could all learn something from them about being better caretakers of this planet we call home. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this emotionally charged subject.

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  3. I would have to say my faith is earth-based too. I like the Hubert Reeves quote… that about sums it up. What humans have done to Mother Nature is very sad and inexcusable… and at this point maybe irreversible.

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