The green movement is really taking off. More and more people and companies are making an effort to change. It’s easier said than done, of course, but it is good to see Gaia finally getting some attention. (One hopes it isn’t too late, and one saves that rant for another blog)
I don’t know whether I have pagan leanings because I have a profound love and respect for nature, or whether I have a profound love and respect for nature because I have pagan leanings. I suspect it’s the former. And I suspect that paganism is going to get a least a lil tiny bit more respect as the green movement takes root. Natural health and herbalism go hand in hand with paganism. It’s good to see some validation, even if it’s just in the form of a little green stamp on a herbal remedy that not so long ago one would go to a local ‘wise woman’ (aka witch) to get.
Rather than ramble on, I’d like to recommend a few movies:
I recently watched WHALEDREAMERS, Julian Lennon’s documentary about aborigines whose culture and beliefs are closely tied into whales. I have to admit I got goosebumpy in several parts, especially at one point, where the tribe sang to the whale and the whale, obligingly, appeared. The individual myths and legends may perhaps be categorized as exactly that – myths and legends- but there is no denying the power of the bond these people have with the sea, and the whales in particular. It’s a beautiful movie and I recommend it.
Another to watch is BARAKA, which is a stunning collaboration of visuals that encompass the whole human experience on this planet.
Every now and then one needs to recognize how tied to the earth we truly are. Movies like these serve as powerful reminders of our ties to the earth. ties that our ancestors probably never imagined we would ever posibly need reminding of. But in an age where thousands of species go extinct every year, we are the ones with the power to make changes. This is one change – one positive change – that is actually rolling.
The way I see it, being green and being pagan go hand in hand. (Which is not to dismiss non-pagan greenies, by any means.) Herbalism and natural healing are two areas where the two meet quite happily. I’ve found the same cures in my pagan herblore books as I have in books about natural health.
Gaia deserves more than one day a year. Whatever you call her; Gaia, Mother Earth, Earth or just, the planet, this world is our mother, and there is only one of her.
There is a Native American quote that says “We do not inherit the earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children.” So true, and so worth reflecting on.