Blessings for Earth-Healers

Starhawk

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Awakin FeatureWe give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composter, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, who risk themselves, to those who have bled and been wounded, and to those who have given their lives in service of the earth.

May all the healers of the earth find their healing. May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth. May they know their fear but not be stopped by fear. May they feel their anger and yet not be ruled by rage. May they honor their grief but not be paralyzed by sorrow. May they transform fear, rage, and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love. May they find the help, the resources, the courage, the luck, the strength, the love, the health, the joy that they need to do the work. May they be in the right place, at the right time, in the right way. May they bring alive a great awakening, open a listening ear to hear the earth's voice, transform imbalance to balance, hate and greed to love. Blessed be the healers of the earth.

Excerpted from The Earth Path by Starhawk.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion of healers of the earth finding their healing? Can you share a personal story where you were both a healer of the earth and in need of healing? What helps you feel gratitude for healers of the earth?

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    On Aug 18, 2016 Caitlin wrote:

     I do not heal but I participate by attending. My presence gives the refraction, the slight distaff, the blip of distortion so that the other can use it as a reference point. My place is to hold space so that the other can test the parameters of wholeness.I am tickled to be chosen to do this.


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    On Aug 1, 2016 madhur wrote:

      I just went to a 3 day 'vipassana' course where this reading kept coming back to me. Not only did the 'metta' sound familiar to above passage but also the centre's environment. Trees with several types of leaves, filled the space and it was an awakening to realise the valuable asset and gift given to us in form of plants and leaves by Lord Almighty. It's a blessing and in wonderful abundance. I felt much gratitude. Thanks.


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    On Jul 28, 2016 Lucinda wrote:

     I feel incredibly nourished by being close to trees and I try to acknowledge their gift to us 
    by feeling my love and gratitude towards them . I thank them for being so generous 
    and am always painfully saddened by their destruction . 


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    On Jul 28, 2016 jenn wrote:

    Feeling of gratitude to be healed by the healer of the earth and vice versa by doing random act of kindness and nurture by the earth's natural effect. There we're most of my life filled up with negativity, anger, fear,rejection, frustration where naturally healed by seeing beautiful creatures around us, like when I'm alone, I spend myself seeing far, appreciating dancing trees, whirling winds, sunny and sunset and rivers flowing. They are all natural healing of earth. And vice versa, I share this realization to every people I know who is need of healing too like me. I feel all the gratitude that God made creatures that will give you natural healing, seeing around will make you realize the bigger picture of life. 

    God Bless!


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    On Jul 26, 2016 NneJ wrote:

     Every time I am in any garden (planting, weeding, harvesting) or eating a meal, I am thankful for how the earth nourishes our bodies. Anytime I go on hikes in nature I can feel the earth recharging my inner being and giving me strength. I heal people around me with smiles and hugs and the earth embraces me. Together we can heal each other and the earth.


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    On Jul 26, 2016 jhurn wrote:
    As an urban dweller and recent home-owner, I have developed a greater responsibility and stewardship for the physical surroundings of the block I live on, and a responsibility to develop and nurture positive relationships with my neighbors.  Sometimes an easy task, as there are great people here, sometimes a difficult task, as we are in close proximity to gun violence and drug-related crime.  Healing is sorely needed here.  I respond deeply to the line in the prayer, about the healers: "May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth...may they transform fear, rage and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love."  I have the luck and resources to help clean up the block, beautify the tree pits our trees occupy.  May I have the strength and courage to do the work.  This is new territory for me, and I take tentative steps to heal, because there is an urgency to my actions, that I am saving my own life.   ... [View Full Comment]

    As an urban dweller and recent home-owner, I have developed a greater responsibility and stewardship for the physical surroundings of the block I live on, and a responsibility to develop and nurture positive relationships with my neighbors.  Sometimes an easy task, as there are great people here, sometimes a difficult task, as we are in close proximity to gun violence and drug-related crime.  Healing is sorely needed here.  I respond deeply to the line in the prayer, about the healers: "May they be fueled by passionate love for the earth...may they transform fear, rage and grief into compassion and the inspiration to act in service of what they love."  I have the luck and resources to help clean up the block, beautify the tree pits our trees occupy.  May I have the strength and courage to do the work.  This is new territory for me, and I take tentative steps to heal, because there is an urgency to my actions, that I am saving my own life.  

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    On Jul 26, 2016 vic smyth wrote:

     I had to cut down two small trees on my property, but planted seven new ones in their place. Not only good for the environment, but good for my soul as well -- the joy I get watching them grow. 


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    On Jul 25, 2016 Indira Iyer wrote:

     Healing of the earth, the very space-time  we occupy is fundamental to our own personal healing and awakening of our consciousness to our cosmic mother. Lately, I have been experiencing this emotion strongly-the need to connect to the planet ever more deeply, to help heal atleast the space I occupy. This monsoon season, I helped plant 1200 trees in our community along with my friend. We picked trees of a rich-diversity that will enrich the soil and provide food for birds. We gathered seeds, dug pits and sowed them far and wide to help rapidly afforest our semi-arid community. I have also helped build bunds and trenches to trap rain water runoff to divert into her womb, so she can be nourished from water that has been painfully drained from her bowels.
    Now,  I can see hear her sing, as the seedlings sprout, trees bear shoots and birds roam freely with a wonderful choice of fruits to eat!. I am healing as well....


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    On Jul 23, 2016 david doane wrote:

    To heal means to become whole.  We all need healing.  No one is fully healed or whole, including healers of the earth.  A small way in which I am a healer of the earth is by recycling, not littering and in picking up litter particularly on the road by my house.  What helps me feel gratitude for healers of the earth is knowing that we are all part of the earth, what we do to the earth we do to ourselves, the earth is ours to enjoy and take care of and not exploit and destroy, all of which healers of the earth support.


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