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"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves."--
Thomas Berry...
"There is no God"
,
there are only the gods--the gods of 'Being' (Heidegger/Tillich/Buber/Corrington)--and it is we who created them and position them in the world. So, let us create a new one, the eternal god of ecstatic exuberenc, of equitable reciprocity, of infinite transformation, of endless infusions
--[..."the Body Electric"..."The Green Fuse"...]...the god--OF CHANGE--only found at the points "between" all things ["The Great Othering"]...'EARTHDANCE'...
"The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." -Novalis ..."Every discipline gets a crack at god... there is nothing wrong with this tower of Babel...how else could nature and the “divine” [or] “hope” be rendered available to personal and communal query?"-R.S.Corrington"...
"[So] Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."-John Muir
... "The earth loves to feel your bear feet and the wind to play with your hair...there is no struggle of soul and body save in the minds of those whose souls are asleep and whose bodies are out of tune". -Gibran
...Sleep these days....
Live the Endless Starry Night...
“Art, like religion, arose from the original sense of disquiet, no doubt subtly but powerfully disturbing in its newness and its encroaching gradualness. In 1900 Hirn wrote of an early dissatisfaction that motivated the artistic search for a "fuller and deeper expression" as "compensation for new deficiencies of life." Cultural solutions, however, do not address the deeper dislocations that cultural "solutions" are themselves part of. Conversely, as commentators as diverse as Henry Miller and Theodor Adorno have concluded, there would be no need of art in a disalienated world. What art has ineffectively striven to capture and express would once again be a reality, the false antidote of culture forgotten.”-John Zerzan
"No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to know these mountains. As well seek to warm the naked by lectures on caloric and pictures of flame. One day's exposure to the mountains is better than a cartload of books. See how willing Nature poses herself to the photographer's plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. All that is required is exposure and purity of soul."-John Muir  

AN AUTHENTIC EMOTIONAL / LIFE FORCE / SPIRIT REWIRING IN OUR EDUCATION FOR: Global Empathy, Caring, Cooperation, Actualization --before Vocationnal Stratification / Hierarchal Commodification / Systemic Psychological Failure and Distraction.

"The mass state has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated the individuals are, the more consolidated the state becomes, and vice versa.". -C.Jung

ALL SENTIENT LIFE FORCES ARE SACRED AND NEVER A COMMOIDITY FOR PROFIT
"...if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off....in all cultural creations too we must show the presence of the holy. –Paul Tillich"


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HUMAN NATURE is not fallen, our institutions fail the "psychogenesis" of AN AUTHENTIC HUMAN NATURE. [Paul Shepard, NATURE AND MADNESS]

"Thus collapse is built into the process of civilization itself, but this can be understood in purely rational or economic terms. When stress—for example, resource shortage—emerges in hunter-gatherer societies, the members of the tribe have an easy option, one that worked for hundreds of millennia: They move. The solution, in short, is horizontal (dispersion). But if you are sedentary, committed to staying in one place and depending on that place for your livelihood, you must "go vertical," that is, generate another level of hierarchical control to solve your problems—a process that never ends. The whole thing is cumulative. ...bureaucracies...spiral of increasing complexity...Elites get more...Standing armies get larger... higher costs... collapse." (1)-Morris Berman (2)Berman (3)Berman

A SACRED EARTH OR IT'S COLLAPSE:
DAVID KORTEN gives us the "The New Story" (Thomas Berry, "OUR WAY INTO THE FUTURE") in Politics, Economics, Education and Technology for the well-being of all life.



Adam: "IN THE BEGINNING"...
(Soul-Chaplin.com)


1st INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ECSTATIC NATURALISM:
[a] "dialogue with panentheisms, deep-pantheism , ecotheology, theopoetics, and the religious implications of evolutionary psychology, mysticism, a semiotic cosmology, and a robust Liberal Theology that is post-tribal..."-
Robert S. Corrington


PRIMATEprimatediariesDIARIES

PRIMITIVE SOCIETY WAS NOT DRIVEN BY WAR, SCIENTISTS BELIEVE..

MOTHERS AND OTHERS--Sarah Blaffer Hrdy-- humans evolved as cooperative breeders before sedentary life 10--20,000 BC

Cooperation—not competition—is instinctive...the Other Theory of Evolution

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals. (TED TALKS)

ACTIVISM, DEEP ECOLOGY, GAIAN ERA:
Lynn Margulis, Stephen Buhner and John Seed... YouTube-Amherst College.


EARTH SPIRIT WISDOM
RESOURCES

"THE NEW STORY"

THE FALL OF
THE ECSTATIC / EXUBERANT ANIMAL into LOGOS / POLIS / LABOR
/ ANTHROPOMORPHIC INCEST / PATHOS / TIME
[THE POLITICAL ANIMAL]

"DEEP-DARK"
ECOLOGY / ONTOLOGY / PSYCHOLOGY/

DARK GREEN RELIGION.ORG
"By dark green religion, I mean religion that considers nature to be sacred, imbued with intrinsic value, and worthy of reverent care...[and] having explanatory and heuristic power".-Bron Taylor

"The Intelligence of the Flesh"

"ECSTATIC NATURALISM":
Pouring...Power...Shock...Life...Meaning...Feeling...Spirit
Back into the World...
"THE GREAT WORK" (THOMAS BERRY):
..."BECOMING ANIMAL"- (DAVID ABRAM 2010)


THE BIOLOGY OF MORALITY
IN THE "WILL TO LIVE"

Albert Schweitzer
and

T
HE EXISTENTIALISM
of Martin Buber


The Empathic Civilization: Jeremy Rifkin
 

"To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform." - Theodore H. White

" WHAT A WONDERFUL ...WORLD"

"EARTHDANCE''-
Elisabeth Sahtouris

[TED Video: East and West Science.]


ARTIC VISIONS...VIDEO


NASA/NOVA'S Satellite exposition on Earth's Living Global-dynamic-Complexity (2hours long)
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Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Global Warming a Far More Serious Problem Than Al Qaeda'

“ENDGAME”- Book of the Year 2006, by Press Action: His 21 Premises: Civilization's Systemic Failure
WORLD'S END AND BACK AGAIN...WERE NOT DEAD YET(!)...

"WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD"-Frank Schaeffer 1 (YouTube Interview) 2 (*** ! --YouTube)

Dr. Garbo Mate: A Systemically Sick and Addicted Society...

EARTHDAY.FM (Web Radio)
"[The best Ontological] Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."-Picasso ..."Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature."-Susan Langer ....."Art is the communication of ecstasy."-Peter Ouspensky...If I were to choose between the power of writing a poem and the ecstasy of a poem unwritten, I would choose the ecstasy.-Gibran

Sunrise...Enlightenment...
YouTube

New Song: "GEA"..."Burning the Night
into Life..."


"THE CALL OF LIFE"
:
MASS EXTINCTION (YouTube Trailer)


IT APPEARS MORE LIKELY THAT WE MUST FIRST "SAVE OURSELVES" BEFORE WE CAN SAVE THE EARTH BY THROWING OFF THE POLITICAL ANIMAL AND ITS "ALIENATING HIERARCHIAL COMMODIFICATION OF THE SELF" WHICH GIVES AND ACCOMPLISHES IT'S POWER OVER US.

"We are in trouble just because we do not have a good story. We are between stories. The old story, the account of how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned 'the new story''. We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual ‘autism'.” -Thomas Berry


Speaker/Poet Videos
Climate/Ecology Post
Select Music Videos
Economy Post

DAILY QUOTES/ARTICLES:

"Life Is Sacred"...
"We cannot use the word 'hope' if we do not fight back..."-Chris Hedges


"What is word knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge ...When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense...and I have found that which is greater than wisdom. It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself." -Gibran

"If I could tell it to you, I would not have to dance it....seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement..."-Isadora Duncan

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”- Nietzche

DOING A 63 DAY "MASTER CLENSE" FOOD FAST: The quickest way for a DEEP-ECOLOGY (Religious) EXERIENCE :

REMEMBERING "THE SUMMER OF LOVE" (1969)...

HOW TO ARRIVE SINGING IN A WORLD UNDONE:
"We must Sing the World back into vital and vivid Being...'Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present'.”-Phil Rockstroh

RAOUL VANEIGEM: The decline and fall of work.



Welcome Back, Jesus...


Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet?...Life as we know it is almost over...the party's over....


'F*#k Earth Day'
[ ? ]--THE NATION Magazine April 22]...

 

 

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INTRODUCTION:
CELEBRATING PASSIONATE VOICES FOR THE EARTH

--WRITERS/SPEAKERS/ACTIVIST/SONGWRITERS/POETS--
AND
THE SACREDNESS* OF ALL LIFE

 

THE GREAT OTHERING :

"We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." -Thich Nhat Hanh


"The ultimate goal of the Bantu is to possess as much vital force as possible, while what he fears most, is to see a reduction in his stock of this inestimable commodity. Every disease, infliction, wound or suffering or depression every injustice and every failure is interpreted by the Bantu as a sure sign that there has been a reduction in his stock of vital force."-Placide Temples

"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home".
-Walter Brueggemann

"There is no inner world without the outer world."-Thomas Berry ..."The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." -Novalis

...today's great crisis is not economic, political or religious, but a crisis of affect, of the capacity to feel a connection with others...Our mission is to celebrate the greatness of Creation and connect it again to the Core where it came from and to where it will go."-Leonardo Boff

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -Paul Tillich

"This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no Sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work."-Henry David Thoreau

"You are going on a strange journey this time, my friend. I don't envy you. You'll have a hard time keeping your heart light and simple in the midst of this crowd of madmen. Instead of the music of the wind among the spruce-tops and the tinkling of the waterfalls, your ears will be filled with the oaths and groans of these poor, deluded, self-burdened people. Keep close to Natures heart, yourself; and break clear away, once and a while and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean from the earth-stains of this sordid, gold seeking crowd in god's pure air. It will help in your efforts to bring to these people something better than gold. Don't loose your freedom and your love of the earth as god made it." -John Muir

"“[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man’s moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.”—Rabindranath Tagore, 1917

"[P]hilosophies which sought to deny that original text [Husserel's search for the primordial experiential reality in which all reflection and speculation is grounded] and to build on their own speculations, no matter how cunning, have regularly ended up in wistful denial of their own competence." -Erazim Kohak

"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves"-Thomas Berry

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -Paul Tillich

"A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."-Carl Sagan

"...every creature is a book about God and is a word of God."–Meister Eckhart

"The true name of the concrete reality is the creation which is entrusted to me and to every man...Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself."-Martin Buber

"To preserve the natural world as the primary revelation of the divine must be the basic concern of religion."-Thomas Berry

"And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , " Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell uou among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky." -Gibran

"We are diminishing, drastically, the synergistic creative ecstatic-powers of the Earth, that ascended from the great Cambrian explosion of life 600 million years ago by our accelerating environmental destruction. It will be--forever--the greatest and most deviating loss for the world-human-soul. Our cosmological direction, and ultimate intention, will have been lost, and a pervading pathology will be man's endless piercing norm (as already present: depression, anxiety, stress disorders, drug addiction, alcholism, suicide, obesity, diabetes etc). We will have lost our womb's umbilical connection, and intelligence, with the Universe. Our estatic-powers are only inherent with those of the Earth's."-mtc

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”-Rachel Carson

"Anything else you are interested in is not going to happen if you cannot breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out! Do something! You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."-Carl Sagan

"We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it's all about." —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Mythc

"We perceive the dark side of our present condition as our failure to adhere to the standards of "civilization". Crime, tyranny, psychopathology, addiction, poverty malnutrition, starvation, war, terrorism, and other forms of social disintegration seem to be the weakness and flaws in our ability to live up to the expectations of being civilized. Present disillusion with ideologies and goals of advance nations since the Enlightenment, and the decline in quality and experience of life it self, are matched by the degradation of world eco systems and the ratcheting scale of poverty and wide spread social turmoil. In the absence of some new synthesis that rejoins us to our natural heritage, the world of corporate organization pushes us towards the degenerating process of conformity, the frenzied outbreak of genetic engineering, and the pied pipers technological tootle leading down the "information highway" towards the "net worked" insanity that confuses electronic regurgitation with wisdom. This circuit-sedative turns us into entertainment junkies hooked without reprieve to the economic machine and its media, a new level of confusion between reality and virtual reality. Our image of ourselves-of humanity- is in question because ideology alone always fails. Species and cultures that have endured scores of thousand of years are subject to oblivion in the hands of this culture in which our faith has been upstage by growth."-Paul Shepard


"We seek a renewed stirring of love for the earth. We plead that what we are capable of doing to it is often what we ought not to do. We urge that all people now determine that an untrammeled wildness shall remain here to testify that this generation had love for the next. We would celebrate a new renaissance. The old one found a way to exploit. The new one has discovered the Earth's limits. Knowing them, we may learn anew what compassion and beauty are, and pause to listen to the Earth's music." -DAVID BROWER"
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...the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious...More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." -LYNN WHITE

"...scientific analysis points, curiously, toward the need for a quasi-religious transformation of contemporary cultures."- PAUL EHRLICH

"The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning". -MERCEA ELIADE

"The global warming debate isn't really about science or economics at all. It's actually a question of theology.-RANDALL AMSTER, J.D, Ph.D.

“Change won’t come without religions because they are the touchstone of people’s deepest motivations,” - LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

[We are in a] "theological crisis...We have listened to a false gospel that we continue to live out in our daily habits—a gospel that proclaims that God cares for the salvation of humans only and that our human calling is to exploit Earth for our own ends alone. This false gospel still finds its proud preachers and continues to capture its adherents among emboldened political leaders and policy makers."--NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES Theological Statement on the Environment (2005) --Co-Signers and Drafters: BILL Mc KIBBEN, JOHN COBB, SALLIE Mc FAGUE...

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -PAUL TILLICH

"If you put God outside and set him vis-a-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as out side and against things around you. And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefor not entitled to moral or ethical consideration...The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way man thinks".-GREGORY BATESON

"This breakaway from the mythic life which linked our species to the natural world, began when the early Hebrews rejected the nature/process stories and rites of their pagan contemporaries for the myth of a single god who, outside the world, reached into his creation, willfully deranging its rhythms, acting arbitrarily, making life a kind of novel, a history". -PAUL SHEPARD

"European civilization's neglect of the natural world and its needs has clearly been encouraged by a style of awareness that disparages sensorial reality, denigrating the visible and tangible order of things on behalf of some absolute source assumed to exist beyond, or outside of, the bodily world- some historians and philosophers have concluded that the Jewish and Christian traditions with there other- worldly God are primarily responsible for civilizations negligent attitude towards the environing earth... Along line of recent philosophers, stretching from Friedrich Nietzche down to the present, have attempted to demonstrate that Plato's philosophical derogation of the sensible and changing forms of the world--his claim that these were mere simulacra *of the eternal and pure ideas existing in a nonsensorial realm beyond the apparent world-- contributed profoundly to civilizations distrust of bodily and sensorial experience, and to our consequent estrangement from earthly world around us". [*a shadowy likeness; deceptive substitute.] -David Abram

"There is a sense in which a pre-digested theory of god is an impertinence. It is an enterprise that has done far more harm than good— a kind of high-end, high-status tribalism. Strictly, primordial, consequent, willing, history-making, world crushing, and self-involuted gods do prevail in nature, but I suggest that they do so in ways that would disappoint many who seek some serious ontological thickness for these conceptions. Yet an aesthetic appreciation of, say, protean goddesses and gods can enhance the imaginative life, as Santayana reminds us. Who is to say? A more pervasive impertinence, as I have noted, is to aggressively state what can or cannot be in nature, or what is genuinely knowable and what not. Query and wonder serve us well and keep us from those power-driven concrescences that sadly continue to drive the many philosophical tribes. An ecstatic naturalist will, where humanly possible, move past and through any tribalism that blocks access to those uncountable prospects that open up endlessly throughout the infinite orders of the world and that can, sometimes, open out on a vista where one can even look down, yes, with fear and trembling, into the workshop of the potencies."-Richard S. Corrington's ecstatic naturalism

"If there is one truth more than any other, which life and thought have made us admit, against our prejudices, and even against our will, it is that there is little hope of saving civilization or religion except by the return of contemplatives to the land." -VINCIENT McNABB, O.P.

"A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself." -EDWARD ABBEY

"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning".-DIARMUID O' MURCHU

"The coming ecological disaster we worry about has already occurred, and goes on occurring. It takes place in the accounts of ourselves that separate ourselves from the world."-James Hilman

"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". -WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

"Over one man necessity stands in the shape of his passions, over another as the habit of hearing and obeying, over a third as a logical conscience, over a fourth as caprice and a mischievous pleasure in escapades. These four will, however, seek the freedom of their will precisely where each of them is most firmly fettered: it is as if the silkworm sought the freedom of its will in spinning. How does this happen? Evidently because each considers himself most free where his feeling of living is greatest". - FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

“We live in a world structured by illegitimate hierarchies and based on a domination/subordination dynamic. For those of us with unearned privilege, the rewards for ignoring this conclusion are whatever status and money we can squeeze out of the system, while the cost of capitulation to power is a surrender of some essential part of our humanity...”-ROBERT JENSEN

"...[E]volution in the Paleolithic age meant the development of creativity—the distinctive trait of the human species...But during the Neolithic, the osmotic relationship to nature loosened progressively, as intensive agriculture became based on looting and the exploitation of natural resources. It was also then that religion surfaced as an institution, society stratified, the reign of patriarchy began, of contempt for women, and of priests and kings with their stream of wars, destitution, and violence. Creation gave way to work, life to survival, jouissance to the animal predation that the appropriation economy confiscates, transcends, and spiritualizes. In this sense market civilization is indeed a regression in which technical progress supersedes human progress"-RAOUL VANEIGEM

"Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other".-EMMA GOLDMAN


"Perhaps a new revelatory experience is taking place, an experience wherein human consciousness awakens to the grandeur and sacred quality of the earth process. Humanity has not participated in such a vision since shamanic times, but in such a renewal lies our hope for the future for ourselves and for the entire planet...we must reach back to where our genetic coding connects with the species codings of the entire earth community. Only then can we overcome the limitations of the anthropocentrism that binds us".-THOMAS BERRY

"This scientific view [Gaia] is perfectly consistent with seeing nature as conscious and intelligent, in fact, suggests that strongly. Alternatively, we can choose to identify all of self-creating nature with the concept of Creator or God, thus ending the split between science and religion......a Hopi Elder, tells us that 'We are the Ones we have been waiting for.' We -- not some imagined rescuing Savior -- are the only ones who can turn disaster into opportunity; we are the ones who can understand our interconnectedness in the great web of life and our power to honor it, treat it as sacred, cease damaging it, restore it. Will we understand that in time?."-ELISABETH SAHTOURIS (Earthdance, p57)

"This is why I think animism doesn't appeal to most people. They want to be saved or enlightened. Religion is self centered, not relationship centered. In the Western world religion has come to mean personal growth. Not worshipping the Gods, not honoring the others we share the world with, not bowing in gratitude....When you know that you belong to the land - not some fantasy landscape but land you actually live within - alienation and isolation leave you. The world is no longer a trap of temptations to be punished in life after life till you "get it right" nor is it a battlefield of good versus evil, where you dodge landmines until you're saved and get to Heaven, never to return".-MARCUS R. McCOY (BIOREGIONAL ANIMISM)

"The break with patriarchal values is final. We are moving toward the end of the exploitation of nature, of work, of trade, of predation, of separation from the self, of sacrifice, of guilt, of the forsaking of happiness, of the fetishizing of money, of power, of hierarchy, of contempt for and fear of women, of the misleading of children, of intellectual dominion, of military and police despotism, of religions, of ideologies, of repression and the deadly resolutions of psychic tensions. This is not a fact I am describing, but an ongoing process that simply requires from us increased vigilance, awareness, and solidarity with life. We have to reground ourselves in order to rebuild—on human foundations—a world that has been ruined by the inhumanity of the cult of the commodity."-RAUOL VANEIGEM

"The divine prevails as an order within nature—the question always is, in what respects, in what ways, and in which modalities? Every discipline, should it have an interest, gets a crack at god. That being so, we can let go of Napoleonic ideas like: only cognitive psychology can get at the real so-called god; or only the self-disclosive history of religions can trace the (evolving?) contour of god; or only spirit-filled group ecstasies can, in a way, be god; or only an existential analytic can disclose the thrown-clearing of the anxious self as it passes from the shock of non-being into the elusive light of Being; or only a psychoanalytic analysis of primary and secondary narcissism, the childhood omnipotence of thought (Freud’s “explanation” for telepathy), and the oceanic feeling of the maternal (Freud via Kristeva but both surpassed by Otto Rank), or only a publicly verified born-again experience (James’s twice born) has any chance at getting at the majesty of god. Actually, there is nothing wrong with this tower of Babel, for how else could nature and the “divine” complex even “hope” to be rendered available to personal and communal query?"-Robert S. Corrington


THE DIVINE INTELLIGENCE OF NATURE AND IT'S COUNSEL OF WISDOM

"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning".-DIARMUID O' MURCHU

"Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself."-MARTIN BUBER

"...every living creature is a word of God and a book about God."–MEISTER ECKHART

"It is not God who will save us, it is we who will save God--by battling by creating and by transmuting matter into spirit". -Nikos Kazantzakis

"By means of the Higher Knowledge the wise behold everywhere Brahman, which otherwise can not be seen or seized, which has no root or attributes, no eyes or ears, no hands or feet; which is eternal and omnipresent, all-prevading and extremely subtle; which is imperishable and the source of all beings."--Upanishad I.i.6 (From Introductory pages of: "A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy" by ROBERT S. CORRINGTON)

"I know as a living truth only that concrete world which is constantly, in every moment reached to me. I can separate it into its component parts, I can compare them and distribute them into groups of similar phenomena, I can derive them earlier and reduce them to similar phenomena; and when I have done all this I have not touched my concrete world reality. Inseparable, incomparable, irreducible, now, happening once only, it gazes upon me with a horrifying look.
- MARTIN BUBER

"This I may say is the first time I have been at church in California, led here at last, every door graciously opened up for the poor lonely worshiper. In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars. And lo, here at last in front of the cathedral is blessed cassiope, ringing her thousand of sweet toned bells, the sweetest church music I ever enjoyed. Listening, admiring, until late in the afternoon I compelled myself to hasten away...I’m in the woods and they are in me ... I’ve taken the sacrament with the douglas squirrel, drunk Sequoia wine, Sequoia blood, and with it’s rosy purple drops I am writing [a] woody gospel letter". -John Muir

THE "ECSTATIC VOICE" OF NATURE: IT IS THE GOSPEL...THE GOOD NEWS...THE GREATEST STORY!


 

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A DEEP-ER 'SENSE' OF BEING AND FEELING

ECSTATIC NATURALISM / DARK GREEN RELIGION

 

Yes! We are Created in the Image of God, we have been "thought up" by Creation...We are ..."The Dream of the Earth" (THOMAS BERRY). To be in the World is to be within the infinite intelligence of Creation: "Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself".-(MARTIN BUBER)... "through which we enter into Divine Spirit: The organic semiotic textures of sensorial rhythms--energy / feeling / viability / vitality / fluidity / reciprocity---that come up out of the unconscious and meet the conscious, and are the very spiritual signatures of the 'near and distant' Earth-Universe process itself"-mtc

 

" THE ECSTATIC MOMENT: NATURE NATURING / BEING-BECOMING OTHER"


"Natura naturans are at once in these chaoses the self-fissuring, thus the rending. Differences crackle through them, like hghtenings through a night, quartering the darkness. Differences thus fissure (ceaselessly) natura naturans in all their magnitudes, and, thus fissured, constitute them as domains (as mappings constitute once "uncharted" lands into domains, realms); these same fissurings are as plowings, cultivating natura naturans by rending them (as the plough blades did the prairies), thus rend-erring them seed beds, seminaria." -Guy Woodward 1998

"Nature naturing" represents the vastness of nature which gives birth to "nature natured" (i.e. the multiple orders and complexes of the world). Nature naturing is not only the origin of everything else, but a destination as well, a “not-yet” (Heidegger). The ontological difference between the two dimensions of nature is, for ecstatic naturalism, held open by an abyss, which a person must confront in order to gain meaning of the world....[N]aturalism becomes ecstatic when it courageously and oftimes joyously becomes open to the self-othering potencies emergent from nature naturing (the underconscious of nature)...Robert S Corrington

"...there is a movement from the unconscious, which has its own highly precise form of consciousness, toward an arising of meaning/energy [* a biosemiotic potency / vital-force ] that has, at first, a shaded or masked contour. Almost like magnetism the two are drawn together, each ecstatic in its own way. So in classical Heideggerian terms we have a standing out of the self [*self-othering / "trans-form"-ation / "the ontological difference"/ Novalis: "Seat of the Soul"--THE MEETING ! ] that is also the entrance point for a return ecstasy from nature."-Robert S.Corrington ECSTATIC NATURALISM [*bracket content/emphasis/color added- mtc]

“When the starry sky, a vista of open seas, or a stained-glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touches, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things I see, hear, or think, The "sublime" object dissolves in the raptures of a bottomless memory. It is such a memory, which, from stopping point to stopping point, remembrance to remembrance, love to love, transfers that object to the refulgent point of the dazzlement in which I stray in order to be.”-Julia Kristeva

"When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."-Friedrich Nietzche

 

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'Greetings:  I was pleasantly surprised to discover your excellent web site dealing, among other things, with my ecstatic naturalism.  The scope and range of your vision is impressive and your passion for saving the Earth comes through clearly.  Indeed, you have presented the best thinking on the philosophy of what I have called "deep pantheism."  I have much to learn from the array of thinkers and activists you have brought together under your banner of EarthHeart.  Thank you for your hard work in gathering these profound ideas in one vibrant place."
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