EARTH MAGIC Steven D Farmer
In Earth Magic, Steven Farmer (Doreen Virtue's husband) shows how to use ancient spiritual and shamanic healing practices to help heal the spiritual causes of physical and emotional illnesses, augment personal power, enhance manifestation abilities, and encourage a balanced and harmonious relationship with our Earth. Although the foundation for Earth Magic is universal shamanic wisdom, you don't need to have an interest in shamanism to benefit from its contents, as it expands beyond this topic to incorporate processes that are useful for all those with the sincere intention to heal themselves, others, and our planet.
280pp, 152mm x 228mm, Paperback, 2009
Earth Magic, Shamans and Shamanism
We're in the midst of an evolution in human consciousness, evidenced by not only the numbers of people who are weaving their spiritual beliefs and practices into their lives but also by a new generation of children. Many of these kids, sometimes called Indigo Children, are coming into the world with much less tolerance for deceit and hypocrisy and are psychically and intuitively attuned to the nonvisible world. Some in particular, sometimes termed Cyrstal Children, have demonstrated acute sensitivity, along with telepathic and psychic abilities that equal and exceed those of any professional psychic.
Along with this expansion of human consciousness is the keen awareness of the dramatic changes that are taking place on the planet right now. Global warming has become a concern for increasing numbers of people, and many are willing to alter their lifestyles and consumptive habits in the hopes of reversing the course of the climate changes that are obviously occurring, ultimately bringing humanity more in balance with the Earth. Some corporations, such as Whole Foods Market, no longer offer plastic bags, and we now see people frequenting stores with reusable cloth bags. Home owners and companies are replacing inefficient incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and are installing solar-energy systems. It's become increasingly apparent that oil, upon which our industrial society has been so dependent, must be replaced with renewable sources of energy.
All of these signs suggest that we're individually and collectively moving toward a more conscientious and respectful relationship with the Earth - one where we can truly live in much greater harmony with the environment.
The increasing interest in shamanism is one outgrowth of our species' evolving consciousness and the awareness that our relationship with the Earth is in a very delicate balance and needs our attention. The cumulative effect of centuries of human arrogance, mismanagement of natural resources, and ignorance will take extraordinary efforts to reverse, yet we must do our best to do so. In addition to its focus on healing, an important aspect of Earth Magic (with its foundations in shamanism and shamanic practice) is to increase that awareness and do what we can to contribute to the renewal of a more balanced relationship with the planet.
James Lovelock, a British scientist and inventor, first theorized the idea of Earth as an organism in the 1960s. At the time, he was working with a team at NASA to determine whether there was life on Mars, which they determined that there probably wasn't. This was a springboard for further research that ultimately led to what he termed the Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess of the Earth. The essence of the theory is that the Earth is likened to a self-regulating organism.
The Gaia Theory posits that the organic and inorganic components of Planet Earth have evolved together as a single living, self-regulating system. It suggests that this living system has automatically controlled global temperature, atmospheric content, ocean salinity, and other factors that maintain its own habitability. In a phrase, 'life maintains conditions suitable for its own survival.' In this respect, the living system of Earth can be though of analogous to the workings of any individual organism that regulates body temperature, blood salinity, etc. So, for instance, even though the luminosity of the sun, the Earth's heat source - has increased by about 30 percent since life began almost four billion years ago, the living system has reacted as a whole to maintain temperatures at levels suitable for life.
Stop Making Her Sick
When Wallace Black Elk, Lakota Elder, was asked how we can heal Mother Earth, he replied, 'She can heal herself; we just have to stop making her sick!'
My friend Chris Prelitz, who's an eco-friendly contractor and the author of Green Made Easy, offers several tips for changing habits that will help make the planet healthier. Among these are using refillable water bottles rather than plastic bottles. To manufacture the approximately 70 million bottles of water consumed each day in the U.S. alone requires 1.5 million barrels of oil each year. Also about 86% of these bottles are never recycled!
As Chris says, small changes in habits add up. And as I always suggest when the subject comes up, aim for improvement, not perfection. I've changed most of the lights in my house to compact fluorescents; I turn off the lights in my house after I've left them; I drink water from stainless-stell canteens; I eat mainly organic foods, mostly plants; and I donate to the organization American Forests, whose mission is to plant trees to balance the carbod dioxide for driving and flying. I recently bought a small motor scooter that gets about 60 to 70 miles per gallon, and I can't wait until electric cars are more affordable. My plan in the near future is to have solar panels installed, to purchase a composter, and get a bike for local travel. There's always more to do, and I do believe that we can turn the corner on global warming.
The purpose of a blessing ceremony is to offer your love and gratitude in a focused way. You can do this by yourself anytime you choose, or you can do this with friends and family members. These kinds of ceremonies, like all sacred ceremonies, have intention as their most important ingredient. Sometimes the simplicity of a cermony is the most elegant and powerful way of offering a blessing to our Earth Mother.
Blessing the land - Ask your spirit helpers to work with you on this one, especially your spirit animals. This can be done alone or with others and is a great blessing to do with the land on which you live. You can do this using a rattle or simply with your hands. If you use a rattle, rattle all aound the property or area you're blessing.
To start, stand in one place and simply observe the land. Feel the ground beneath your feet; and notice the colors, sounds, and the weather. Acknowledge how it feels to just stand and breathe the air outdoors on this particular piece of ground. Say prayers to thank Earth Mother and all of the beings who share this land, including the bugs, plants, animals, and of course, humans. Then slowly walk around, noticing whatever else you might see, hands just out in front of you, palms down. As you're wondering, continue whispering your prayers of gratitude and blessing. Let the power of Spirit move through your hands and into the land. If you have a rattle with you, gently shake it as you walk.
Take your time in doing this and enjoy it. By offering your blessings in this way, you're also clearing the land.
From Earth Magic, ?2009 by Steven D. Farmer, published by Hay House.
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