In response to my first meditation on Kali and the virus, I received the following thoughtful essay from Kristal Parks (responding to “Coronavirus and Kali: Desentimentalizing Our View of Mother Earth”) called “Coronavirus from the Earth’s Point of View.”
She has given us permission to share her thoughts:
My life has been informed and shaped from my studies as a biologist, my years of living as a hermit in a forest and time spent with Indigenous communities. I tend to want to see happenings from the point of view of Mother Earth and Her critters: the 4 legged, finned, feathered, creepy crawlers and rooted ones. They are, for me, my elders and teachers.
So, at the risk of being tarred and feathered, I’d like to offer the following point of view vis-a- vis the Coronavirus.
I don’t think she risks being tarred and feathered by the readers of our Daily Meditations.
I start with the awareness that the Earth is a living, dynamic organism. And like all living things, seeks to rid itself of anything harmful and threatening to its wellbeing. There is nothing more threatening to Mother Earth than us, we human beings.
Here we find a direct link between the virus and the regular themes of the sacredness of the Earth found in our DMs.
I wish to suggest that the Coronavirus and other very threatening viruses (like Ebola and the Swine flu virus), are the Earth’s way of trying to rid herself of the parasite that is killing her… US! These viruses are canaries in the mine shaft. And perhaps they are more friend than foe.
I don’t think pandemics will end until we stop what we are doing that is destroying the Earth, our home. So besides taking precautions to protect ourselves (wash our hands, cough into a Kleenex, etc.), I suggest we also take a very deep look at what is making Mother Earth mad as hell, and do all we can to change that.
This would seem to be the agenda of Kali, Cailleach (Hag), and the Black Madonna as we recognized in yesterday’s DM.
So, when things settle down and kids go back to school and restaurants open again, I hope we won’t go back to life “as usual,” doing the same old, same old stuff that is driving ourselves, and all life, to extinction. Let’s listen to the clarion call of sentinel Coronavirus and make all the changes we need to. Now.
I couldn’t agree more. There may well be something much more foundational happening in this entire emergency. A wake-up call from the Great Mother, from Mother Earth herself, to move beyond the systems and thinking we are now engaged in to a deeper way of living on and with the Earth. A spiritual awakening that takes us beyond the narcissism so prevalent in our educational, economic, political, media, religious systems and battles to more beautiful ways of living on this planet. Together.
See Matthew Fox, “Mother Earth is Dying,” in The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 11-18.
See Richard Hendrick’s poem “Lockdown” (read in today’s video) here: https://www.a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com/coronavirus-prayer-poem.html
Banner Image: “Pollution” by Jay Parker on Flickr
Queries for Contemplation
Do you feel Mother Earth may be wanting to throw us off the earth as a virus against her creation? What can we do about that?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.