PEI, November 2002 Meeting
Musings and Afterthoughts
O Beautiful Gaia
Mellifluous harps and a visualization led by Sylvie grounded us in Gaia as
we moved into the third gathering. It was a day of dangerous acts, learning,
creating new music and words and feeling the power of commitment expressed
through singing, laughter and tears. From the circle's tentative beginnings
over two months ago we have evolved to a place of connection and intimacy
and a reperceiving of the Earth. Carolyn wove her sensuous magic around
the circle and brought us further along this road less traveled.
Laura Sewall ends an article on ecological perception with a message from
Gaia. It says what I want to express about our evolving circle.
A Message from Gaia
The earth speaks to us through our bodies and our psyches. She often
cries and many of us feel her tears and see her pain. Recognizing her
voice is perception. I experience it as a force of nature, entering me
like light. In other moments, I feel as if Mercury has delivered a
handwritten message from Gaia, signed by all the relations. Their
signatures are patterns in snow, or squawks and screeches, or abstract
forms shifting into patterns and symbols, a sense of the sacred. In those
moments, it feels as if the earth is calling for me to awaken.
The Earth calls continually. She calls us with beauty, sometimes truly
breathtaking, sometimes heart wrenching, and always provocative and
visceral. We are embedded in a multi-dimensional web of beauty. It is
where we are now. We are also at the interface between an
objectified world and post modern relativism, between a kind of
cultural arrogance and unified traditions. Matthew Fox calls it an
"age of weddings" Martha Heyneman refers to this era as a "moment
of grace" in which great transformations may occur. The moment
calls for the reperceiving of our Earth, for perceiving the myriad
and magical relations that may inform an ecological ethic. If we
are receptive to the ways in which the landscape speaks to us, or
the ways in which perception serves as a channel for communion, we
may reawaken and preserve a sense of human integrity within the
family of all relations.
From The Skill of Ecological Perception by Laura Sewall
In 'Ecopsychology, Restoring the earth,
Healing the mind'
Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes and Allen D. Kanner
Impressions of GAIA day with Carolyn, November 16th
women with hearts flung open
soulful, joyful singing
warm hugs and shining tears
the rousing call of keyboard
gentle grace of harps
drum and didgeridoo
a wild-hearted muse entreating, cajoling
sitting like school girls
hot bowls of soup embraced,
as one another
offerings of self
each caring for the whole
strolling amidst the wonder of Gaia
past swollen streams,
spent mushroom heads
leaves crackling underfoot
the smell of earth renewing
laying her glorious fronds to rest
air still with winters' hushed kiss
anger and fear
profound appreciation for our earth mother
and all the precious lives
deep gratitude for who we are when gathered together
as lovers of this life
"to go rightly in this world is to be free" (c.mcdade)
Photos of Gathering 3
I have to say that what I had expected from the gathering (a sense of unity)
has definitely been sensed all week. Also a profound feeling of
understanding on how unity makes us feel supported. Supported in what
we do, supported in who we are and in what we have to give to this world.
Unity makes us feel lighter.
A very enjoyable day: all that singing! Sometimes the power built up and
I felt goose bumps, or an emotional release with a few tears. I enjoyed the
food, the sharing with other women in conversations at lunch and during the
walk, the incredible calm wisdom of Carolyn and her ability to speak and
sing that wisdom out into the world, the gathering at Gail's, Paula's
song and her incredible voice and movements, the realization that we all
have something to offer. The songs have been weaving in and out of my
consciousness all week. I am happy to be close to nature.
A few thoughts on the week-end. It was so wonderful. Carolyn is so clear
in her vision and undistracted by the clutter and confusion of daily
life, or so it seems. She is able to call forth the best in all of us.
That day was a shot in the arm for our fledgling group. I'm hopeful about
where we are going. Oh, I did find the David Suzuki book in New Market. It
also a very hopeful book - each person's efforts do have meaning.
Closing Prayer from PEI Gathering
written by Nathalie Lefrancois
SPIRIT OF THE LAND - Help us to be aware of the elemental beauty of the
land, to respect it and to live in harmony with it. The land nurtures all
that is living here, with so much love and abundance. Help us mould this
clay, within us and around us. Spirit of the land, you are like the
structure of our own body.
SPIRIT OF THE WATER - Cradle us in your waves. Like gentle ripples in the
stillness of the water, our voices harmonise, reverberate and reach one
another. Help us create fluidity, within us and around us. Spirit of the
water, you are our movements, our dance in infinity.
SPIRIT OF THE AIR - Teach us how to connect us all with one another - One
breath, one essence - Boundless - Transparent. Help us transform and purify
with each breath we take and to create unity, within and around us.
Spirit of the air you are our own soul.