For clarity, It is valuable to start out by defining what is meant by "Earth Based" spirituality. Simply it means that spirit/creator permeates all of creation, it underlies it, supports, it and is integral to it. The Living God as the Great Integrity is all inclusive, indefinable, unlimited, infinite, omnipresent, but it is clothed (as well as disclosed) through all her rich and varied manifestations -- as the weavers fabric (nature). Thus within this dynamic everchanging evolving weave, one discerns the work of the weaver. Conversely by studying the weave, the weaver can be known. Indeed that is how man is woven.
Here the earth as well as man's body is a result of that weave. The earth as well as the sun and heavens are all an intimate part of this evolutionary co-creative process (as well as all her intimate parts). As such when we become aware of the causeless cause both within ourselves as well as within all of creation, then thus are revealed key vital holographic multi-dimensional living contact points with that sacred process. Abiding in this integrity we can trace back to creator in the sacred present, i.e., that sacred presence radiates through all of creation. The rest is corruptive or fragmented living.
Yes, most of humanity today have forgotten how to access this inherent "Reality". In "Reality" our native innate abilities and higher creative potential have become repressed, shut down, and deactivated through years of negative conditioning, desense, and dysfunctional programming to the point which our "beliefs" of "self" and "reality" actually serve as the glue that holds our own "self inflicted" bondage entrained. These layers of negative false belief systems and habits have replaced the underlying Reality of ALL OUR RELATIONS -- of our Becoming whole and holy. Such a life of Integrity is amoral. It is not in need of manual directives in order to live a "righteous" or "good" life. Here the church is not external; the man of integrity has become the abode of living spirit. Here we refer to the natural Integrity of spirit and nature, the mind and body, siva and shakti, creator and creation, crown and root, heaven and earth... the alchemical marriage complete and whole.
By ignoring our intimate connection to the creator through creation, we do not take advantage of our direct intrinsic connection with unborn Source. Through this estrangement with implicate Divine order in this body and in this world, we then suffer the negative consequents of spiritual self alienation, estrangement, ignorance, fear, illusion, aversion, and neurotic craving for a compensatory surrogate fulfillment which will never satisfy completely. But by affirming a living and all pervading sacred presence here and now on earth and inside the body, we affirm the sacredness of our own life, acknowledging its divine origin, as well as the divine origin and innate magnificence of all of creation as well as its active expression in ALL OUR RELATIONS.
All of phenomena is permeated with spirit. When the spiritual eyes are open, the spiritual man sees the greater whole. Then we enter into our natural true abode, or rather best put the artificial constructs of past negative conditioning fall away as illusions revealing the true nature of Reality. <
At the same time this does not say that spirit exists exclusively on earth, on the sun, in the pleiades system, elsewhere, or anywhere exclusively. Rather spirit is all encompassing -- all inclusive. The only place it doesn't exist is inside man's ignorant mind. Although spirit naturally wants to instruct and permeate man, man's ignorance fed by hubris, arrogance, pride, separate sense of self, ignorance, fear, and confusion opposes it. Although spirit exists in man, all beings, and all created phenomena, it is not dependent exclusively upon any of that, not dependent upon the physical body or any temporal phenomena. However man's life and body is dependent upon spirit and that connection which is formed between spirit and earth. The body like all of creation is temporal -- always changing (on fire), but spirit is universal and absolute, not dependent upon time or space. Universal Spirit is beginningless, deathless, immanent, numinous, omnipresent and thus is present here and now.
A nature positive belief affirms that spirit is omnipresent as well as eternal, while life itself is part of its sacred dance (although temporary).It affirms that nature is a sacred path which both clothes and reveals spirit, as an living expression of divine spirit. As such man who lives in INTEGRITY is inherently obligated to joyously treat ALL OUR RELATIONS intimately and with respect or suffer the curse of brokenness, estrangement, alienation, and loneliness. Thus it is said that the only place where spirit does not dwell is in man's illusions, delusions, fear, and ignorance.
In this sense the earth as well as all of creation is the dance of eternal spirit (which does not move), i.e., WE ARE ITS ARMS AND LEGS -- its voice and its song -- all that and more! WE are its transpersonal abode. An earth based spirituality does not affirm attachment nor dependence (which is in reality simply fear) upon the earth. It does not affirm that god is exclusively earth based, but rather God is all encompassing and present. That as creator, God created the earth and thus it is sacred to those who know its source intimately. As such Earth Based spirituality is embodied love, it is an affirmation of Universal Source -- of the creator which lives and breathes creation into being and as such the true one creator of man and nature combined. So when I see that mountain, that wild herb, that frog or bird, and hear the whisper of the winds I hear the song of that great intelligence sing in integrity all the way back to beginningless Source. In that miracle I rejoice. Ho!
The man who knows spirit in creation, knows himself, knows the history of the earth and the cosmos, knows the harmony and unity of the divine. having this divine wisdom, one need not adopt foreign creation myths. Such a man walks the earth and lives his life in confidence, self knowledge, and without fear nor artifice. He is home and knows all as kin -- as Self as ALL OUR RELATIONS.
Such a man loves creation deeply as the beauty way; he knows life as sacred love; yet this not a personal love with attachment or need to possess something external. As such all one's relationships affirms this sacred meeting -- as an aloha and a recognition. It is a natural expression of pure love -- who we are. With the expression, earth based spirituality, defined above, we will continue to elaborate in celebration of eternal spirit right here and now. Here all of nature are relatives -- It all makes sense within the divine scheme of the sacred teaching.
One may be able to successfully analyze mankind's conundrum as being a result of suffering from spiritual alienation in everyday life and activities; but to live this truth in ALL OUR RELATIONS, is to complete one's love in fullness -- in a life well lived. Simply put, mankind's suffering is the result of man's heart being split between spirit and nature -- between the eternal and formless on one hand and created form here and now -- between heaven/earth, or mind/body, in his present situation.
Through man's split from his true nature -- from his alienation from nature, the larger Heart is obviated and shutdown. When spirit is not defined as some far off distant future or existing in some ancient primeval garden, but rather here and now in sacred presence, then mankind may awaken to an authentic living (earth based) spirituality. Again this is not to say that spirit is bound to earth exclusively, but rather it is an affirmation that spirit is omnipresent and all inclusive and thus earth is based upon it -- the seed or creator is found inside of the body of creation -- Here, spirit is beginningless, eternal, omni-present, never ending, and self existing while everything else is changing. Spirit is eternal -- it is found HERE. It is HERE that life is fulfilled -- by fulfilling true universal all pervading omniscient spirit. HERE
Although the mental and bodily functions can be distinguished apart, just as the stars can be separated from the earth, there never-the-less exists a greater interdependent dynamic and intelligent whole which unites them all together -- a mutuality and unity that upholds and embraces us ALL, gives us buoyancy and abundance, beauty and inspiration. this relationship provides meaning and implicate order, in a way of direct knowing. It is the basis of instinct, intuition, inner wisdom, and thus frees us from confusion, self doubt, despair, lack of self esteem, lack of purpose, and neurotic craving and uncomfortability. If this authentic Great Integrity is not affirmed and integrated into our daily lives, our life is becomes demeaned, an artificial rift is created, energy and breath is blocked. In that milieu we feel a loss, a somber absence, a lack -- dissatisfaction and desire are born -- there neurotic cravings and needs for compensation are fed rather than extinguished and also there consumerism is born, over gratification, envy, hatred, greed, and all the rest of the disturbances of the heart.
The milieu of craving and suffering -- greed and want -- is artificially created from a body negative and earth negative negative cultural programming and conditioning, through causative processes of spiritual estrangement in our experience from before birth up until the present, from those who themselves have become rigid and hard in their hearts, spiritually estranged from living spirit, who have grown to fear wilderness and anything else that they can not control or conquer. We are all born from the same intrinsic Source whose architect is read from the grand diversity of her genetic material. Thus we and ALL OUR RELATIONS are all also born different, yet relatives. It is this innate sacred "relationship" between this very sacred genetic material and infinite Source which becomes programmed, conditioned, and expropriated through modern negative situations and experiences. Although the cultural conditions vary as to how great the pull has become that tends to shut down the Heart, never-the-less the individual heart can be prepared and re-tuned through earth based and body positive yoga or its cousins in body psychotherapy, eco-psychology, green psychology, wholistic somatic therapy, deep ecology, wholism, and indigenous spirituality; all of which are dedicated toward reversing this trend -- mending the rend -- making oneself whole again, as well as to prevent the retransmission of trans-generational trauma from occurring in future generations in the first place./P>
The pages found on Ongwhehonwhe and HeartMind serve to reveal the potential of instant presence -- of timeless indigenous space, and life affirming ways of living in order to grow strong together in sacred presence -- in order to live in that richness, fullness, and abundance which sustains us and uplifts us -- which honors the body of life, all living things, and love of which we are all together united in the LONG BODY -- the Great Integrity -- Eternal Self, as "who" we really are in Reality, in authenticity and integrity, so that we may cease living the lie and throw away our fear and masks, our hatred and pretension, the greed and envy, the suffering and angst.
What is necessary is a pure heart, sincerity (as opposed to seriousness), dedication to truth, open heartedness; a willingness to search which includes a joy in discarding pretense, falsehood, beliefs, ideology, and the other neurotic acquired armoring of pride and false conditioned identifications. In short we must surrender ignorance and illusion in order to find wisdom and Reality.
In these pages we will reveal the Reality of the Holographic Tree which resides at the center of the universe and is found both within and without. It called by many names in many traditions such as Yggdrasil, the Tree of of Life, the Holy Tree of the Great Mid-world, the Sacred Tree, the World Tree, etc. The yogis say that it is reached through the sushumna (central column that runs parallel to the spine which links the mind and body, crown chakra (sahasrara) and earth chakra (muladhara), spirit and nature, siva with shakti, heaven and earth, and so forth. In its deepest center there is found the Hridayam or center of the axis itself, the center of the center, the core of the core, the heart of hearts. From this still eternal center all things flow together-- all things move and are seen as-they-are. This is not an existential neutral bland reality, but a profound and sacred space. It is found within -- endogenous and indigenous, in all directions, whole and holographic, multi-dimensional, beginningless, and Ever Present.
We are the living abode of Spirit, its living continuity, its loving caretakers-- co-creators -- co-arising -- kin and ambassadors.
Ema-ho It is sacred!
The Two Trees
Gaze no more in the bitter glass
The demons, with their subtle guile,
Lift up before us when they pass,
Or only gaze a little while;
For there a fatal image grows
That the stormy night receives,
Roots half hidden under snows,
Broken boughs and blackened leaves.
For all things turn to barrenness
In the dim glass the demons hold,
The glass of outer weariness,
Made when God slept in times of old.
There, through the broken branches, go
The ravens of unresting thought;
Flying, crying, to and fro,
Cruel claw and hungry throat,
Or else they stand and sniff the wind,
And shake their ragged wings; alas!
Thy tender eyes grow all unkind:
Gaze no more in the bitter glass.
--William Butler Yeats
Prophecy of Crazy Horse
This was passed on by Chief Joe Chasing Horse, a relative of Crazy Horse. He translated it from the words of a grandmother who was present when the words were spoken.
This is a statement of Crazy Horse as he sat smoking the sacred pipe at Paha Sapa with Sitting Bull for the last time, 4 days before he was assassinated. Many of these words are often repeated. There is one line often left out, that of the "young white ones".
"Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am in that place within me, we shall be as one."
-- Crazy Horse
Return to The Real People
Return to HeartMind Yoga
The Tree of Life in the Cabala As related to the Yoga Chakra system
Tree Legends/Myths Wisdom Tales of Indigenous People
The Sacred Tree by Brian Bates
The Samkhya Interpretation of Brahmacharya: Alien Gods and Anti-Nature Cults
The Integration of Spirit and Mater in the Yoga Sutras (Professor Ian Whicher)
Countering World-Negation: The World Affirming and Integrative Dimension of Classical Yoga by Ian Whicher
The Sacred Tree by Brian Bates
Dragons and Dragon Lore, by Ernest Ingersoll. A complete 133 page book in Adobe PDF format published in 1928
From David Icke's excellent website,
Energy and Chakra Healing (based on Chinese, yogic, Huna, and shamanistic assumptions)