“I have thoughts to share with you newcomers. They are lessons we have known since time began. They are lessons that maintain the balance that Mother Earth requires. Bear with me while I share them with you.”
“As I have mentioned before, for the beings in our world, life is simple. We survive, we bring and protect new life, we maintain the Balance. We never stray from this pure reason for being. We do not want more. We do not amass riches. We do not value any being over another – all are equally important.”
“Why don’t humans understand that concept?” asked Will.
“They once did, long ago and even not so long ago on this very land where we are meeting, but certain groups of humans moved beyond caring about Mother Earth and began caring more for themselves than for the entirety of beings.”
“How could that happen?” asked MJ.
“Too much thinking perhaps. Humans started to think they understood how nature worked and then they thought they could control that to their benefit. This thing you call science is a double-edged sword. Science helps humans to understand how things work, but it also makes them believe they are somehow above it all, that they can control it. Thus humans have separated themselves from nature; they no longer understand balance; they have forgotten their origins. They think they are not part of the equation even though they very much are.”
“So they can cause something like global warming?” suggested Phee.
“Indeed, young Bat. That is so.”
“Is it mainly science that is to blame?” asked Alex.
“Sadly not. Humans have another invention that is equally deadly. It is called religion. Religion, unfortunately, reinforces the idea of humans being special and separate from nature. It teaches a false sense of there being some kind of external control over what is happening on Mother Earth. There is only one control and that is Balance. Without that, many forms of life will disappear.”
“Many forms have disappeared,” declared Lucy. “Almost eight hundred in the last five hundred years.”
“That is something we must remember.”
“How can we learn or re-learn this simplicity?” asked Leo.
“The teachings are ancient; we have always known them. They are who we are from birth. Animal beings have always known where they belonged, who they were, and how to be themselves.”
“But we were not born with that understanding,” said EJ. “How can we begin to understand?”
“When you are your other being, you will have that awareness in you. But I understand that each of you has two beings, so I will explain.”
“Thank you,” added EJ.
“First we must understand humility. Our Mother Earth is the pure definition of humility. She exists for the sole purpose of providing a haven for all life forms. She is our teacher who shows us how to live a good life. She shows us the principles of being - harmony, unity, loyalty, trust, interdependence, compassion, generosity, sacrifice, and empathy. These are what is required to maintain balance.
We must understand that we are all interdependent. The loss of one creature may seem a small matter, but it affects the balance throughout the chain of life.
Interdependence requires empathy. We must understand life from the other point of view because all are of equal importance.
Once we have empathy, we will know compassion, generosity, and sacrifice - all are necessary for balance. We cannot be selfish, or balance disappears. Once we understand humility the natural byproduct will be sharing.”
“Is anyone in charge to make sure it works?” asked Carrie.
“We do not need a hierarchy or leadership because, as I mentioned, the natural byproduct of humility is sharing.”
“Humans would have trouble with these ideas. They do not trust easily. They want guarantees,” said Will.
“Real trust does not require certainty; it is given. Trust begets certainly.”
“Do all animals have trust?” asked Cora.
“Trust is natural to us because we do who we are. We survive, bring and protect new life, and maintain balance. Nothing is required beyond these three. I have explained these things because humans do not seem to understand their place. They want it all, and sadly, they are capable of taking it all. And this will be their downfall.”
I am the author of The Summer of the Ennead and I want to use this blog to engage readers in a dialogue about what this book means to me and what I think it has to say to others.