In Magic, the Earth also represents that necessary steady, solid force ~ the place we're rooted to and in tune with in order to reach out and invite other elements and forces into our work. It is that which allows us to maintain balance when we're on our tiptoes reaching for a dream, and feeling as if we'll topple over without some support. It is the place we retreat to when things feel chaotic. A simple walk, alone in the woods, or feeling the sand on bare feet at the beach, can unwind even the most intricate situations, or erase the most depressing moods. Moments of reconnecting with this greatest element allow us to recharge, re-focus and breathe.
We convince ourselves that we "own" portions of the Earth - a few acres of pasture, a strip of lake-frontage, a city playground, a wooded piece with a mountain view, the lot our meager dwellings are erected upon - but in reality, none of us truly "owns" a single square inch of the Earth. Our short, insignificant existences upon the face of the Earth come and go in a fraction of a millisecond when compared to the lifespan of our host.
"Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints", Quote by Chief SeattleI believe we all need to severely curb the raping of the Earth and her resources, along with the short-sighted and greedy damage we have been doing, rather than living as if we are the only species, or the only generation of humans, who are ever going to require Her gifts. The destruction, pollution, and unchecked mining of Her natural resources by an already irresponsibly overly-populated species is simply unacceptable!
As humans, our actions, or "in-actions", have forever altered ecosystems and devastated the fragile web of plant and animal life, including our own. A human, I believe, is the only example of a living organism on Earth that is stupid enough to destroy its' own home, repeatedly, and then fail to give a shred of concern, nor a second thought about it. Yet humans are considered highly intelligent? It would seem that we should be smarter than to do such a thing. We then, often, pass blame upon someone or something else, and expect someone else to clean up the messes we helped to generate.
Our own spending habits continue to drive the unbridled destruction of our planet, and the continued production to meet "demand". For example, this computer I'm typing on was produced from oil. The chemicals under the sink in most people's kitchens produced pollution to manufacture them, and will damage water systems and organisms when they are used. The new, matching dining room set, that just "had" to be purchased even though the old one was fine, or the cool cell phone cover with the Celtic design, are just two examples of our materialism and greed. Do we truly "need" three quarters of the things we possess?
"Collect moments, not things."
I think of the pioneers and early American explorers, who, even though they often "owned" less than could fit in the bed of a wagon, survived through life with little to nothing just fine, and yet were still considered materialistic hoarders by many Natives. I can only imagine what some of our long-past ancestors would think if they could witness how carried away we've become - how sad the world - the Earth - is now? In truth, while these things may "ease" our lives, they do not "make us" happy.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have."
This post was written in response to The Pagan Experience Writing Prompts Challenge for 2016.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.