Gaya’s Gift of Awakening
What is the need for awakening? When we look at the world around us today, we see destruction in so many places. Humanity has landed far from the dream, and the suffering that is rampant now, is waking us up.
Life is a cycle of energy. What we give is what we get. The Earth is now treating us like we having been treating her. The ever-increasing amount of natural disasters is not a conscious act of retaliation from Mother Gaya ~ it is the phenomenon of energy coming back into balance. The traumas we have caused to the Earth are now being released back to us. This is the natural interplay of yin and yang. Because our actions have been extreme, culminated with intent over time, an equal and opposite force is now pushing back.
We have taken for granted our bountiful earth. We have been exhausting her resources, polluting her waters, her air, her ground, hurting her flora and fauna, and she is in great pain. It is time atone. It is time to give back. It is time to awaken from our unconsciousness, our insensitivity, our self-serving imperative, and begin to extend care to Gaya that has been sustaining our life.
It is a curious human trait, to take and take and take until there is nothing left to take. And when all is gone, what is our response? We mourn our losses and weep. We do not weep for this that has been depleted; we weep for our plight; we weep that there is no more of what we want. But within moments, our energy returns, and we go onto devour the next thing. We rarely give back, for the sake of it. We mostly give, only if we see some personal benefit in it. However, true giving, is free from such calculations.
The Earth is in relationship with us; she is not just the place we inhabit. She has been an all-giving, all-embracing, all-nurturing mother to us for millennia thus far … but now she has reached her limits. How much can one continue to give to one who does not give back, or one who barely gives thanks? If you were her, even you would reach your limits too. Even you would retract, protest, and withdraw your support at some point, without some reciprocation. Mother Gaya is only doing the same, for she is an alive and feeling being.
The calamities that plague the Earth now, should not be explained as merely natural phenomena whose time has come (means, as merely inevitable). We should take responsibility and see her response to us is not a phenomena but a result. Our planetary calamities are indeed a direct result of our insensitivity and unconscious disregard for Gaya. She can no longer sustain our way of life, and she is expressing this to us clearly now. Natural disasters occur daily. Our climate is ever shifting out of balance. Our soil is ever depleting, our resources ever shrinking, our fresh waters becoming ever more impure, our air ever more polluted. But, we only become aware of these adversities when it directly affects our species. We only become aware when we are in trouble, when our source for survival starts cutting us off.
The Earth is powerful, but so is the humanity that inhabits her. Looking around at the state of our Earth, it is apparent the impact we are capable of having. The positive side to this is that, where we have once destroyed, we can instead use the same energy to create; where we once consumed and depleted, we can instead use the same energy to replenish and restore. Some of us have awoken, and have stepped forward to repair the matter. Let their awakening to the importance of preservation, replenishment, restoration and loving kindness towards Gaya be our example. An awakening means to see Gaya’s sentience and the sentience of all her creatures and life forms. Awakening is a deep lesson in empathy. When we feel for everything, when we can experience the whole within our own selves; when the sorrow of others is felt within ourselves; when the joy of others is felt within ourselves ~ then we are approaching a state of Oneness.
What is this ‘Oneness’ that you hear about everywhere? To live in Oneness is to see there is no division between our inner state and the outer world. The division we make is only a function (or: a matter) of mental understanding; in reality, there is no such division. The world is not separate from us. The outer world is a projection of our inner state. The world we see around us is the world that exists inside our own selves. The people you see around you are inside your own self. The Earth is inside your own self.
It requires a shift in perception to understand. But basically, it is a fundamental illusion to see this world as a separate entity. The world is a direct extension of our consciousness. It is who we are at a greater level. In realizing we are one, and then, in seeing what we are doing to our own selves as a planet, is to be startled and disturbed. The Earth is bountiful, celestial and awesome in all her wonders, and is so deserving of love and care from all the life she sustains. And yet, her reality is quite the opposite, and furthermore, her cries of despair fall onto deaf ears. She must throw up earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, famine, tsunami’s and countless other disasters of catastrophic proportions to wake us up. Let her effort not be in vain.
Her story is the same as ours, and this is not coincidental. We are also incredible beings, born of a divine intelligence and eternal light, and yet in our incarnate forms, we cause so much suffering to ourselves and to others. Our bodies become sick, our minds react in fear, and our hearts go cold. What are we doing to ourselves? Our relationships, our work, our health, the circumstances of our lives are all balancing precariously on a thread. Our downward spiral is the same as that of the Earth’s but we cannot see that. In fact, we are the very same being as the Earth. Our stories are the same, because we are the same consciousness.
There is a message now being delivered on a massive scale, on a massive stage now. The Earth is extreme in her compassion, displaying for us at large what we are doing to own selves. She is teaching us. She is trying to wake us up, but because our sleep is so deep insight alone is not enough to inspire us to change. It appears we must see everything around us destroyed, until we wake up and get it. But take heart, for we have the choice and a small amount of time to spare. If we can awaken and work towards the conscious love and restoration of our environment, as an extension of our own selves, then we will have taken a quantum leap beyond where we have been. If we wish to work on our consciousness, to support a collective shift in consciousness, that is also an equally valid path. Allow Gaya’s teaching to sink deep. She is calling out to us to awaken.
As Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If you change, the world will change ~ because the world is inside you. If you change ~ you will see this world transform in parallel time (means: at the same time). And what does it mean to change? It means to give yourself the love, forgiveness, acceptance and compassion you deserve. It means to walk this Earth with a gentle step, to touch others with empathy and understanding. It is to be strong, live in your light, but give way… for we all live here together. If your every breath is the movement of love and gratitude, then this world has a chance. The hour is late. It is time to wake up.