I trust you are well! My word for this week is simple and also so complex...
Gaia - "Earth; Life; Conscious Life"
Gaia, also known as Earth, is the only planet known to have liquid water on its surface as a resource to support life, an atmosphere that shelters it from too much sunlight and heat, and a moon that stabilizes its rotation and tides. Gaia is a 4.5 Billion year old planet that is revolving around the sun through space at 67,000 mph (30 kilometers per second), holding steady at 92.96 million miles away from the sun, the third planet of nine in our solar system, which is at the edge of the Orion Spur in the Milky Way Galaxy. A tiny speck of dust in the Observable Universe which is home to 30-billion-trillion stars!
If you have seen the movie, Horton Hears a Who!, you can resonate with this shift in perspective from being on the planet to seeing life from outside and far beyond the planet. In the movie, an elephant, Horton, holds a tiny dust speck with its world of Whoville, trying to convince the other animals in his bigger world that this tiny dust speck is its own world - and it needs to be protected. A story written in the 1950's by the clever Dr. Seuss, it is layered with wisdom for all of us humans, inhabiting our precious home of Gaia.
I often imagine our planet from this perspective of the outer edges of space. What does it appear like from that vantage point? The 7.442 Billion humans walking around in our own individual experiences in the physical form are such tiny pin dots on this planet, which is a tiny dust speck in our Universe.
The beauty of the Dr. Seuss movie is that the elephant is convinced that he can hear the cries of those on the dust speck and he does everything possible to protect this tiny little world so that those "Who's" can continue living and their planet is safe. The movie offers a powerful and simple parable for us as humans on our own planet. There is no big elephant on the outside, protecting us from harm. Instead, WE are the ones with the power to keep our world safe. Every choice that we make impacts our environment, our home planet of Gaia. And so we are constantly co-creating our future HERE in this present moment.
This has been a week of devastation in many places around our world: here in the US, as we have witnessed the flooding and resulting disasters moving along the coast of Texas; and on the other side of the world with monsoons and flooding in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.
It is painful and difficult as compassionate beings to witness pain and struggle in those around us. The suffering of one person as seen in a photograph or video can touch the heart of thousands or millions on the other side of the world. I believe that is one of the gifts of being a Soul in a human body. We are able to feel, to connect emotionally, to expand our hearts and allow more Love to flow through from one person to the next, even in (perhaps especially in) times of turmoil.
Suffering can lead to greater and greater Love rippling out across humanity. The unity of communities coming together can provide healing for so many as we allow in support and tenderness, being witnessed in our times of need.
I believe that Earth... our home planet... Mama Gaia, is healing the damage that has been done by humanity to our lands and our oceans and our air.
I believe that in our planet's healing, we as humans - inhabitants of our planet - are being offered a profound opportunity to also heal. To let go of structures and security and perceived stability. To step into deeper and deeper levels of trust.
This can be a frightening process as we witness suffering and feel helpless. And yet this can also be a time for us to step into our strengths and our gifts, coming together in new ways that were not visible before in our old systems.
As we watched the news of the flooding in Houston, my husband showed me a video that someone had made from their car, driving down the highway towards Texas. The video was of this long stream of cars and trucks, individuals from neighboring states choosing to tow their own boats down to help in whatever ways they could. Humans coming together in real, tangible ways to support other humans - immediately, powerfully.
Gaia, our planet, is providing us with the opportunity to come together. To heal individually and to heal collectively as ONE humanity, ONE race of humans that all walk this Earth together.
Gaia is now our greatest teacher through humbling us and bringing us fully into THIS present moment.
This moment is ALL that we are able to experience, believe in, and count on.
We don't know what is coming next.
And we can't change what has happened in the past.
But here in THIS moment, we are offered the opportunity again and again to be our BEST selves. To explore the highest options and co-creations together. To come up with new, innovative solutions where we support each other.
I believe that the waters are just beginning to rise and Gaia has her own plan of how to self-correct the damage that we, as humans, have created on this planet.
Much like a Mother's nurturing, I do not believe that Gaia is punishing us or bringing her wrath on humans. I believe she is gently and also fiercely reshaping the surface of the Earth for what MOST serves the future humanity and the future balance of our planet.
And so perhaps our "work" to do now is to Trust and Surrender to being fully present in each moment, following our inner guidance on how to best support this shift that humanity is moving through.
I have a deep love for this planet, as I believe most humans do. I honor the beauty of each day, where I can walk with my feet on the grass, breathing fresh air, marveling at the movement of the trees in the wind, feeling the sunshine warming my skin, smelling the scents of nature.
Each day of being in this physical body as a human is a precious gift and perhaps that is what Mama Gaia is reminding us:
To be present.
To be in gratitude.
Knowing that all is well.
Here in Cincinnati, we have a light rain today, grey clouds, and a Labor Day weekend stretching out in front of us. As a Mama, my heart is celebrating to have my daughter home from college for a few days, my son settled into his freshman year at high school, and my husband enjoying a couple days to regroup after his first two weeks of teaching again for his 23rd year. The realities and details of our human lives are where we find gratitude and presence. It is no coincidence that I write these words on a holiday weekend where we celebrate pausing work to take a day off to rest. To be present and to be in gratitude.
I invite you to join me for an hour of slowing down and tuning in to the present moment, to discover what gifts we already hold in each moment. We are gathering on Sunday at 10am ET for The TimeKeepers' Message of the Week, a guided meditation that includes a recognition of what is happening with humanity on our planet at this time. I am constantly surprised and delighted by the beauty that moves through this meditation time together.
May you find time and space this weekend to honor Gaia, our Earth, for the beautiful home and cocoon she constantly provides for humanity.
So much love from my heart to yours...
"Divine Teacher, Beloved Friend, I bow to you Again and Again
Lotus sitting on the water, beyond all time and space, this is your way, this is your grace." ~ Ong Namo
Vivienne Gerard - Healer / Guide / Lover of Souls and Humanity
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