UN’s turn today in manhattan . . .

WHAT’S POSSIBLE
today’s opening film to UN general assembly at UN CLIMATE SUMMIT
produced by earth day network

come home, earthlings!

SACRED UNIVERSE shows the way like none other i’ve read

one must-read

this is hard

yes of course, she moves me
beautiful shots of mother -the colors,
textures, sweep who can ignore

then those places loosely heard tell
someone now describing in moving detail
places where ma most hurts -those melting poles

there’s been undeniable science
pointing to horrendous overstepping
facts hard-&-fast, the evidence ever mounting

so much of all of that
to blog about here
to take in, digest

even breakthrough guides
like brave go-it-aloner james lovelock
father of holy cow, she’s alive!

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and then there’s thomas berry
1st thought: my god!
how come so long to hear this prophet?

talk about she moves me!
does mother ever move him!
words rung clear as chiming matins

THE SACRED UNIVERSE to be sure, but
not just religion any more
not even earth by herself

let’s start with alienation
ok, one hellofa way to start
but clearly the one we chose

here in the west straight from day one
say, so-called enlightenment day. and on those heels
industrial revolution: enslavement days

thence our god, our land
even our constitution, our very one-another
look around to see -what’s left??

but berry doesn’t leave us there
takes us back to places deep-known
a great looking back w/o going back!

no way i can summarize this work for you
so here on out, in blog posts to come
rattling-pillar quotes -as they have my own

meantime please, if you haven’t already, and
if still hobbling on this trek with me
do pick up thomas berry and see for yourself

insights original, work that glows
sure to change your life on earth
can’t now imagine other way to get going . . . !

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The future must be felt as already present. Humans cannot long sustain ecstatic bliss that is the culmination of all great cultural traditions. If this is not granted in the immediacy of the present in its legitimate reality then we will seek illusory fulfillment in whatever ways are available to us. We must live in paradise not tomorrow but today.

. . . The primordial symbolism and the spiritual disciplines of the ancient traditions were not ephemeral productions of passing human fancy. They are tough and enduring realities capable of carrying the weight of the centuries and the larger hopes and destinies of humankind. They are more real and more needed today than ever before if human life is to have the serenity and vigor required to move the peoples and civilizations of the world into deeper integration with earth processes.
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What is needed is a new pattern of rapport with the planet. Here we come to the critical transformation needed in the emotional, aesthetic, spiritual, and religious orders of life. Only a change that profound in human consciousness can remedy the deep cultural pathology manifest in such destructive behavior.

. . . The poets and artists can help restore this sense of rapport with the natural world. It is this renewed energy of reciprocity with nature in all its complexity and remarkable beauty that can help provide the psychic and spiritual energies necessary for the work ahead.
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francis & mother thoughts

On a double-sided card
i’m preparing for another earth-spirit weekend with pax christi florida
sure frank would agree; they belong together!
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the way a poet might’ve put it

let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life,
the firm resolve to achieve sustainability,
the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace,
and the joyful celebration of life.
( concluding lines of the charter )