Sacred Places of the Earth Part 1
Will you ever begin to understand the meaning of the very soil beneath your feet? From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred. Yesterday and tomorrow exist eternally upon this continent. We natives are guardians of this sacred place.~ Peter Blue Cloud, Mohawk
To the Native American and most aboriginal people everything they experienced in their natural environment was sacred. They revered the rhythm and beauty of the natural processes since their very survival depended on them. They well knew the costs of violating the rules of nature because to violate them meant death and living in harmony with it meant life. The earth and the environment were not seen as something to conquer but to live in peaceful harmony with.
It was a simple philosophy of why change something that works? They knew their vulnerability and the dangers of nature yet did not consider it a an enemy. Life’s lessons were simple and they knew that to resist the flow of nature around them meant they would not survive. They co-existed along with all other species and considered themselves only as partners, no less, no more.
When the white man came, he came as a conqueror and a lord of the land. According to his book of religion, the Bible, he had dominion of the earth and had free rein to cut down, destroy and remake with no fear of his god’s wrath. The white man soon learned the power of the wilderness yet instead of finding easier paths, renewed his onslaught to conquer and bring it to its knees. Yet we only dent the surface and instead of conquering we make it a toxic world, unforgiving spewing hydrocarbons, mercury, oil, etc. while the earth answers with melting glaciers, higher sea levels, changes in weather patterns, violent storms, global warming and we refuse to see that nature quietly and forcefully retaliates, never in a hurry but in it’s own time and when least expecting it we may all be replaced with a new species or maybe nothing will since we play no part in the necessary eco systems that nourish life in general. We are here but by the grace of nature and we will be shrugged off like the parasites we are; nothing lost, everything to gain.