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Let the Carrot Guide

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The Roots of the Carrot

What is the carrot root seeking, moving seven feet down into the Earth? Is it just water alone or is the pureness of the nutrients in and of the dirt healthier seven feet down? Can you see the roots of the carrot reach what it is after and then taking it in? Can you imagine the moment in time when the nutrient in the ground and the carrot root become one. This oneness in the human is where all anxiety is soothed, where all dualism is surrendered, where the words of Borges are actualized,”Praised be the love wherein there is no possessor and no possessed, but both surrender.”

 

Earth Spirituality

Here we begin to feel the words of Thomas Berry in relationship to Earth Spirituality, “the spirituality of the Earth refers to a quality of the Earth itself, not a human spirituality with special reference to the planet Earth. Earth is the material principle out of which we are all born and from which we derive all that we are and all that we have. We come into being in and through the Earth. Simply put, we are Earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfillment. At its core, even our spirituality is Earth derived. The human and the Earth are totally implicated, each in the other. If there is no spirituality in the Earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.” Since all of who we are is derived from the Earth, and if we are spiritual beings, then that spirituality must originate in the process that brought the Earth forward. Whatever spirituality is comes from the unfolding of the ingredients originating billions of years ago. In other words spirituality existed before the human arrived. We are in the spirituality of the Earth. We are not on the earth, we are not other than the earth, we are in the earth. The definition of Earth includes the atmosphere. When the astronauts were observing Earth from space, they did not separate the air from the ground. When they reentered Earth’s atmosphere, they were moving in the air claiming their place as one of Earth’s expressions.

Torn from nature

Recently I have been reviewing the ideas of Eric Fromm, of how human beings have been torn from nature. Grace Griffith in her song “The Last Leviathan” sings it, “my soul has been torn from me”; Chellis Glendenning observes that the characteristics of an intrusive empire wound people so seriously that the state of post traumatic stress syndrome has been normalized; Father Thomas Barry says that in the past hundred years with the intensification of the extractive economy, “the dissociation of the human from the larger context of nature is the most significant change in human existence”.

Good soil

The good soil for human existence is becoming compacted, dense, and the nutrients are becoming weaker and nonexistent. Our roots are not going deep. The nutrients that are seven feet down are still six feet from us. For our roots to reach the purest and healthiest nutrients in the soil, it must be loose and absent of toxins.

A Biblical Story

Looking at the parable of the sewer, “Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, some a hundred”, we become aware that the nature of the soil will determine the health and well-being of the imaginative and spiritual processes of the human. Our hope is in attending to the soil, our individual and collective imaginations, to loosen up the stiffness and rid ourselves of the internalized toxins so that our roots may join the roots of of the carrot and find the most purest and healthiest nutrients seven feet down.

 

 

 

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Greg Wilson

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A progressive advice column must deal with at least two areas of life. One is the interaction of relationships, the every day moving about of families and couples, individual growth and the struggles we all go through as we pass through time. The second area is how culture, laws, religion, and social constructs affect our daily living. For example, “How do I deal with my Christian fundamentalist brother?” or “How do I introduce my family to my partner of four years knowing they supported Amendment Two?” Some of the issues we deal with are unique and I hope in this column our community finds a place to deal with that uniqueness. There have been moments in my life where a word, a comment from some one at the right time made a difference in how I saw a situation and the decisions I made. The older I become the more I realize the wisdom in listening. Decisions that seem important, or seem unimportant, can influence years of a persons life.

Dr. Gregory Wilson’s D. Min. is in Pastoral Psychotherapy

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