Earth as Sacred Community – Thomas Berry
“Our present urgency is to recover a sense of the primacy of the Universe as our fundamental context, and the primacy of the Earth as the matrix from which life has emerged and on which life depends.
The Earth with its layers of land and water and air provides the space within which all living things are nurtured and the context within which humans attain their identity… The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context, in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning.
There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment.
This presence whether experienced as Allah, as Atman, as Sunyata, or as the Buddha-nature or as Bodhisattva…
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