At this autumnal equinox we tip into Fall, heralding a second season of transformation in the northern hemisphere (Spring being the first). In the southern hemisphere, you’re welcoming the advent of Spring. My theory is that those of us who love Spring and Fall usually enjoy change.
With change, there is regeneration and transformation–no matter how apparently simple or complex.
Did you already know that the earth is a complex self-organizing, regenerating and self-balancing living planet? Did you also know that your own well-being depends on the health of the earth?
No matter where your belief barometer is on these concepts—and even if you haven’t thought about it before—there’s a part of you that probably senses that it is in fact, true.
Virtually all native stories and mythology are based on the life of the earth. One of my favorite reads is a book written by Rudolf Steiner entitled ‘Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path,’ where he states, …’for the contemplation of the whole-world process, there is no more primal starting point than pure observation.’
Erich Jantsch and Rudolf Steiner, whose lives didn’t overlap in time, both introduced concepts of a living, self-organizing planet during their own lifetimes. Steiner introduced these ideas in the 1800s; Jantsch continued in the early to mid 1900’s. Then, in the 1960’s, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis re-introduced the idea as a hypothesis called Gaia—the living earth. That nature is at the core of these universal conversations should be of no surprise.
What did these philosophers and scientists see and experience that made each of them bring forward the common principle of self-equilibrium that governs all living things?
Nature as Ultimate Model
Let’s look at a river: When a river takes the path of least resistance, it isn’t being ‘lazy.’ It’s actually optimizing flow. There are trillions of self-regenerating activities that take place in a moment of water rushing from one place to another. Unseen chemistries chaotically collide during these moments that actually refresh and re-balance the water molecules while sending them on their journey.
That said, whatever water came out your tap, showerhead, local stream or watershed this morning is the same water that re-circulated itself when dinosaurs walked the earth. All bodies of water on this planet self-regenerate through a process known as the water cycle.
And it’s no mistake that our bodies are composed of nearly 75% water.
Our bodies and minds offer complex sets of input and output processes, revealing the activities of life. Just like the earth, we—and all other forms of life that are part of it—represent complex, self-organizing systems.
Going with the Flow of Change
Rather than spending time reading the news or diverting our time with technology, how can we increase our experiential awareness of a living earth?
How is your one precious life connected with the earth’s support system?
How often do you practice self-regeneration by connecting with nature?
What special talents or gifts do you have that can be used to create positive change?
Thank you for all the wonderful and heartfelt emails Marco and I have received since 2011. So many of you are seeing and exploring your own unique gifts and discovering ways of bringing them forward–I love it!! That’s what life is all about!!
Yes, move with the rythm of the earth. Your dance will be joyous and integrity-rich!
In gratitude to the harvest of change,