“See, we are power.
They deal in violence and repression,
we are power.
We are a part of the natural world.
All of the things in the natural world
are a natural part of the creation
and feed off the energy of our sacred mother, Earth.
We are power.
But they have separated us
from our spiritual connection to the Earth,
so people feel powerless.
We look at the oppressor and we look at the enemy
because they have the most guns
and the most lies and the most money.
People start to feel powerless.
We are power, we are a natural part of the creation,
we were put here on the sacred mother Earth to serve a purpose.
And somewhere in the history of people
we’re forgetting what the purpose is.
The purpose is to honor the earth,
the purpose is to protect the earth,
the purpose is to live in balance with the earth,
the earth is our mother.
And we will never free ourselves as human people,
we will never free ourselves as sexual people,
we will never free ourselves
until we address the issue of how we live
in balance with the Earth.
Because all our resistance and all of our struggle is hollow,
it’s false, it’s another one of the oppressor’s hypocrisies.
If we do not look out for the welfare of the Earth first,
because I don’t care who it is,
any child who turns on their mother
is living in a terrible, terrible confusion.
The Earth is our mother, we must take care of the Earth.”
“Place your hands into soil to feel grounded.
Wade into water to feel emotionally healed.
Fill your lungs with fresh air to feel mentally clear.
Raise your face to the heat of the sun and
connect with that fire to feel your own immense power.”
~ Victoria Erickson
“I think we all fundamentally and early on love wild things and sunsets, but some of us have it socialized out of us. We forget that love. There might be a point you can’t turn back from. I feel sorry for people who don’t have that identification with nature, because they’re living half a life.”
Sacred Earth Institute stands with Standing Rock.
“On one side is the unquestioned assumption that land is merely a warehouse of lifeless materials that have been given to (some of) us by God or conquest, to use without constraint. On this view, human happiness is best served by whatever economy most efficiently transforms water, soils, minerals, wild lives, and human yearning into corporate wealth. And so it is possible to love the bottom line on a quarterly report so fiercely that you will call out the National Guard to protect it.
On the other side of the concrete barriers is a story that is so ancient it seems revolutionary. On this view, the land is a great and nourishing gift to all beings. The fertile soil, the fresh water, the clear air, the creatures, swift or rooted: they require gratitude and veneration. These gifts are not commodities, like scrap iron and sneakers. The land is sacred, a living breathing entity, for whom we must care, as she cares for us. And so it is possible to love land and water so fiercely you will live in a tent in a North Dakota winter to protect them…”
~Robin Wall Kimmerer & Kathleen Dean Moore
It is time for each of us to treat Mama Earth
with love, honor and respect.
Find Robin and Kathleen’s entire article here: The White Horse and the Humvees—Standing Rock Is Offering Us a Choice
Water Is Life