The article presents a related issue, “a fundamental problem of ecopsychology: even if we can establish that as we move further into an urban, technological future, we move further away from the elemental forces that shaped our minds, how do we get back in touch with them?”
At our Fall Equinox Circle last September, the Denton CUUPS group presented this Litany of Reconnection as part of our ritual. It won’t solve all our problems, but it’s a good start.
A Litany of Reconnection
We were not placed on the Earth – we grew out of the Earth.
We do not hold dominion over Creation – we live in a network of mutual interdependence.
The magic of technology does wonders and has made our lives easier and more secure, but it has also caused us to grow isolated.
We are isolated from our fellow humans, from our brothers and sisters the animals, from our father the Sun and our mother the Earth.
Where once we saw beauty and life, now we see only resources to be exploited.
Farms and fields, forests and meadows have been cut down and paved over. What was once a land full of vibrant greens and brilliant browns has become a desert of concrete and rooftops.
The people are cut off from the land, and the land is cut off from the people.
Meditate now on the ways in which your life is separated from the Source of all life.
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This we know. The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which units one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
Ourselves, our nation, and our world have become separated from the Earth, and from the Source of all life. But we need not remain separated. We can forge new connections with the natural world, and with all our sisters and brothers.
Greet the Sun in the morning.
Take a walk outside.
Follow the Moon through her phases.
Stand beneath the night sky and gaze up the stars.
Give to environmental causes.
Give to those who work for peace and justice.
Work for peace and justice.
Pray – speak the yearnings of your heart.
Listen – let the Goddess and God speak to you.