The above picture of the Earth was taken by NASA in 2015, 5 years ago, today. I came across it the other night when I was looking for the first full picture of Earth, from the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. I was thinking about an observation many astronauts described when they looked back at Earth for the first time. They shared the impact of personally witnessing the visual of a borderless world. From space, Our Earth is just land, water and atmosphere, united in a giant marble, floating around with a bunch of other marbles. But our Earth is very unique and provides life for all humans, and billions of species of other life forms. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the shelter we make - it all comes from within that giant blue marble.
The Human Race is obviously the most advanced of any species on our planet. But I feel that collectively, we are not respecting the sacredness of the lives of ALL human beings, and we are treating our planet as an unending resource, instead of The Source. There are many things out of balance in the world right now. That is evident in some many ways. It's weird that the biggest thing to unite us has come in the form of a global pandemic. Yet, it secludes us all at the same time.
There is a Lakota phrase, "Mitakuye Oyasin," which implies an interconnectedness of all our lives, in relation to all people, and also our connections with our planet, Mother Earth. Translated, it means "We Are All Related." It doesn't matter what color skin you have, what religion you believe in, whose hand you want to hold, or where you are from - we are all related. I don't just mean in an ancestral lineage sort of way. This world's spiritual and ancestral roots run deep, and the threads of our lives are intertwined more than we know, or maybe care to admit. But one thing we all share is that we are part of the Human Race. And we are ALL here now because an infinitely large list of people kept each of our family trees growing. We are all here on this Earth at this exact time, together. That's impressive to think about. And right now, it seems, more than ever, we need to recognize that We ALL Matter, and we must do something about that.
There are systems that need repair and there are systems that need complete overhaul. But we must each take part in actively making sure that whatever we do, we strive to give everyone equal rights, everyone a voice to be truly heard. Some people's voices have been silenced. We need to use our voice to help theirs be heard. Someday we might need that show of solidarity, ourselves. We must come together to help each other rise up. We can build strength by building strength in others. We need to listen to our Original Instructions.
Some prophecies I've heard from various spiritual leaders across the globe talk about us being at what Chief Arvol Looking Horse has described as a Crossroads. He explains that we will:
"either be faced with global disasters, earth changes, climate changes, different sicknesses causing tears from our relatives eyes - or we can unite spiritually, globally - All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer."
(Read Arvol's full World Peace And Prayer Day statement)
Many Indigenous Elders speak of NOW being a critical time for Humanity and the Mother Earth. We need to be less destructive to each other and our planet, we need to work together, and we need to seek the changes that will leave this world better for our future generations. I've spoken with many Native American Indians that talk about making decisions that will enhance the lives of the 7th generation down the line. We need to adopt that kind of philosophy.
Please take a look at the image of Our Earth, again...
We There are no lines to divide us. We are ALL Connected. We Are ALL Related.
We are all brothers and sisters of the Human Race. We all share a sacred life on this beautiful planet. Let's look for ways to leave it better for future generations to enjoy. And let's share the beauty and sacredness of all our lives, and try to find ways to build bridges of Understanding, Peace, Harmony, Respect, and Love.
George Bowe Blitch