April 18, 2020-
Today would have been the start of Earth Week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day One. As it happened, I spent quality time (2 hours) watching and listening to young people talking about their concerns regarding Mother Earth. Few are really blaming all of the mess on the human race, but each made the point that we are not blameless, nor are we powerless, in the face of the climate challenge. Youth groups and the Farmers’ Market are my anchors, in this Center that is my Home Base.
There are also four spiritual posts, one in each direction, that help me stay centered, and which have connections to one another, and to the Center.
East– The Baha’i Faith originated in Iran, spread gradually in all directions, and is now found in nearly every nation on Earth, with its World Centre being in Haifa, Israel. The Teachings of Baha’u’llah have confirmed my lifelong conviction that there is only one Race,the Human Race, and that all religious teachings emanate from One Creator. This eastern spiritual post has led me to the others. http://www.bahai.org
South– Elizabeth Peru is based in Adelaide, South Australia. I was drawn to her website, was introduced to her daily guided meditations and insights into the interaction between Earth and all other elements of the Cosmos. These meditations and observations both affirm and enrich my own. The southern spiritual post affirms my connectedness with all living beings. http://www.elizabethperu.com
West– Earth Rising, based in San Francisco, also focuses on the connectedness of all beings on the planet and in the innate spirituality of mankind. I was drawn to this site, through other Baha’i friends on social media. It’s a private group on Facebook, yet I feel abundantly welcome, and affirmed here. I join in regular digital conferencing of this group and its affiliate, Gaia Calling. New members are welcomed, through Earth Rising’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1039631319395983/
North– Chief Phil Lane is a longtime Baha’i friend and well-deepened Lakota spiritual guide. His Four Worlds International Institute, in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, is in many ways a North Star. I have deep genetic memory of being connected to First Nations people, especially those of the eastern woodlands. Four Worlds has graciously welcomed me into its fold, with regular digital conferencing, for the time being. http://www.fwii.net
In the midst of the current turmoil, I have increasingly felt the need for these four posts, and for my center. There is, I feel, a new society rising out of all that is happening, and all that remains to happen, in the foreseeable future. Those who live their truth have little cause for alarm.