Rainbow of Spirituality
The Living Earth
We have an ancient and
indigenous awareness of the Earth as a living being. We attune to her
through our rhythmic sleeping and waking and our receptivity to the
magnetic, solar, and elemental forces. Her tectonic, ionic, magnetic
and organic systems are analogous to those of our bodies.
consider the metaphorical relationship of our body systems to the five
elements that I work with in my healing and magickal work, as well as
of the ancient Greeks. (The Chinese and Hindus also use five elements
of different names.) The solar and fiery element corresponds to our
nervous system. The airy and gaseous element is related to our
breathing, vocalization, and hearing, and the watery element to our
circulatory and lymphatic systems. The earthly element is related to
our skeletal and muscular systems. Our chakra system, which receives
cosmic energy, is most related to the ether element. I have recently
been asked, "How do these elements and bodily processes affect our
relationship with the Earth as a living organism?" The following is an
explanation from my perspective.
We experience the fire element in the desert, the flowers,
the auroras, and lightening, which are manifestations of the Earth's
eye, brain, and nervous system. We ourselves are electromagnetic
systems that are affected by electromagnetic charges in the
environment. Electricity is a conduit in both our nervous system and in
hour chemical processes.
fire comes light and darkness, the sources of color. Our eyes receive
light waves from the Sun and convert them into photochemical and
biochemical pulses which then are decoded by the brain. Both
electromagnetism in the body and the light in the eyes are sourced from
Sun itself is like a rotating pinwheel, flinging fiery particles out
into space. Upon entering the zones of the poles, these radiated
energies stimulate the atmospheric molecules to glow in the auroras -
somewhat like gas in a neon tube. The fire of the electrically charged
particles from the Sun is deflected by the Van Allen Belt - a ring of
particles and cosmic energy that penetrates the outer layers of the
Earth's magnetosphere. The magnetosphere acts as the Earth's brain,
receiving messages from the Sun and decoding them. Magnetism then
enters and exits through the planet's deep interior through the poles.
matter is a mutable fireflow within the bones and heart of the Earth.
The fire of the desert is part of the Earth's metabolic heating and
cooling system. Here, seeds drift before the Sun and reach for the dew
in the morning. Underground waters, like blood, upwell in hidden places
under the searing Sun.
The air element consists of all the atmospheric
manifestations - the jet stream, the clouds, the rain and the biosphere
cycles. Weather, wind, and sound all shape the energy of air. As
temperatures change, hot air drifts up and the cooling air sinks down,
creating a gaseous swirl. Air particles drift with the clouds, creep
across mountains, and sweep into canyons as the breath of the Earth.
rays descend through the etheric noctilucent clouds that spread between
the ionosphere and mesosphere and fan out towards the ozone layer.
Below the ozone is the stratosphere, where mother-of-pearl clouds
suspend in midair. Miles below that are the cirrus and cumulonimbus
clouds. Below these lies the naked Earth, receiving rain.
ozone umbrella is the Earth's most far-reaching spiritual aura. Ozone
protects us from ultraviolet rays, converting them into heat and
chemical energy. Radioactive fallout from nuclear testing and
fluorocarbide residue from industrial production have caused ozone
depletion, gouging holes in the Earth's auric field and exposing all
life to disease.
Earth's breath gives voice through the sounds of the winds, tides, and
creatures. Sound arises from the rhythmic compression of air particles
in vibrating bodies. All such molecular movement creates sound, though
it may not be heard by human ears.
Water is the lifeblood of the Earth, as it is to us. Holy
creatures slither and swim in the flowing dance of rivers and seas.
Springs bring minerals to the surface and distribute them through the
tributaries of the planet's circulatory system. A watercourse brings
green to the ground and refreshes us with its scent. Lakes give
nourishment by storing water, heat, and chemicals in high places that
are otherwise arid.
salt density in our blood is similar to that of the ocean, whose
pitch-black depths call us back to the primordial womb that gave us
birth. Here subtle energy generates the vital force of life out of the
yin darkness. The swiftness of the riptide and the slow undulations of
the deeper currents are part of the Earth's intensive rhythms.
and permeable, water unites. All movements are part of this element.
The spinning of the Earth's axis creates the Coriolis force, twisting
the oceanic currents to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the
left in the southern. The resulting spiral - carrying the chaos of sand
and sea - generates subtle energy that vitalizes all life systems.
oxygen and blood mix in our veins, so the trade winds set the North
Equatorial currents in motion, the great stream deflected by the spin
of the Earth. This colossal, reverberating sea circulates the force of
life from continent to continent, creating weather from its cyclonic
The earth element is the most physical, the most formed and
rigid. Rocks hold the Earth's memory - as in the fossilized protozoa
and other simple life-forms contained in layers of limestone. Lying
deeper are the slates born of clay, and deeper still, the glittering
micashists, and gneiss. The primal rock is granite - composed of
quartz, feldspar, and hornblende. The igneous rocks - granite,
porphyry, greenstones, basalt and lava - break through the sandstone
and limestone layers during volcanic eruptions. These diverse
derivatives and structures of the Earth derive from their contrasting
interactions with water and fire. The story of the planet is the story
of elemental conflict and regeneration through the undulations of time.
In the earth element are buried seeds of all things, awaiting a new
tectonics reveal the Earth's skeletal and muscular system. Without
these chiropractic adjustments to maintain harmony between structure
and movement, cataclysmic Earth changes would result.
Comprised of the eternal fusion of subtle energy and light,
the etheric element permeates consciousness as well as the body of the
Earth. The timeless etheric celebrates the unchanging and the changing.
All landscapes, all elements, all forms live in this formless sea.
Withdrawn, ether draws out everything to be itself. Invisible, it makes
all things visible. Intangible, it touches all.
The ancient idea of all-permeating ether or akasha was interpreted by
Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer as a psychic fluid in which planets could create
tides or flows of subtle energy. As a healer, he knew that illness
resulted when the flows of subtle energy currents in the body were
interrupted, thus depleting vital force.
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