Art quilt by Carol Bridges, titled `Rebirth of the Earth`
“The substance earth is the raw material for everything made
on this planet,including it`s life forms,the plants,animals,
and human beings.
In twentieth-century technological societies,there is little
awareness of the conciousness that dwells within anything
made of Earth, other than the human form.
However,the native peoples of the world have always seen
conciousness indwelling all things. It may be easy for you
to recognize conciousness in animals,even plants,but what
about dirt itself,stones,and human-created goods?….
Each gem and stone is an individual entity with a lesson of
it`s own to teach. And each one is also a jewel in the conscious
living body of Mother earth herself. Mother Earth is a very
luxurious being,though she may appear quite simple on the surface.
her treasures,like your own, are within. They take some digging and
polishing to uncover.
She also has gifts of gold and silver to give you,precious metals,ores,
oils and woods. Most often we recieve these gifts, in our modern lives,
after they have been manifactured into products by others. It is easy
for us to forget Earth`s part in their creation. And it is particularly easy
to forget the aliveness of these things. Native people once understood
that for every process they put a natural object through,they must make
up for its loss of aliveness or conciousness by replacing it with their own.
Put simply, when they polished and shaped a stone,changing it`s former
integrity,they added their loving desire to create according to an inspired
vision. In other words, they put their spirit into each object.
Today we think of artists and craftspeople doing this. But in native lives,
every process was art. A builder talked to the trees and stones requesting
them to give up their forms to become a dwelling. With their agreement,
she would proceed,adding hir love every step of the way. The finished
product was then a living thing, a dwelling filled with life energy. You
can intuitively sense this energy in any handcrafted item.
What about present-day mass-produced items? These are,for the most
part,dead. They have often been taken,no doubt without asking
permission from the Earth, as raw materials in a disgraceful and
ungrateful way. Nothing has been given back to Earth in return for her
treasures,her body laid bare,unloved,unrespected. The materials
are handled by a series of unhappy,underpaid, uninspired workers
ignorant of their role in this crime….
You may have and enjoy all the riches of the Earth.You may aquire
as many possessions as you wish.Your power and theirs,comes only
from loving them and using them with your own high conciousness.
Any object can empower you if you treat it as an entity with whom
you have a relationship. Any object can steal your life energy if you
are unaware of its life process…
Foods are gifts from Mother Earth, too. It is perhaps easiest here to see
that you end up healthier if you garden,cook,and eat simply and with love.
If you eat highly processed,chemicalised foods from abused soils,your
body must simply give up its life force to them. Youth has an abundance of
life force and the results of a sugar,soft drink,abused animal,pesticided
vegetable diet can go unnoticed for years. But balance will come,either
through human awareness and change or disintegration of the body….”
This excellent text is taken from Carol Bridges` book ”The medicine woman
inner guidebook‘‘ fully experienced accompanied by ”The medicine woman
tarot deck” also by Carol bridges.
Carol bridges has been a very important and inspiring guide to me through this
book ,escorting me in many different stages of my journey,teaching me the lessons
of creation and the endless wisdom of Mother Earth.