In Greek mythology, Gaia was the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the primal Greek Mother Goddess; creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe.
The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.
The human beings on Gaia evolved their ability to form an ongoing group consciousness, and then extended this consciousness to the fauna and flora, even including inanimate matter of the planet itself. As a result the entire planet became a super-organism.
The people of Gaia know that the actions of one influenced the world of the many and they worked together, created together and respected every living and non-living thing on their planet.
I believe we are headed that way, despite of what happens today on our planet.
We must raise our consciousness; each and every one of us; in every little thing; with every little action; with every thought.
In the first gratitude post entitled Gaia I shared with you that I used to love science-fiction; I still do. About 20 years ago I came across the “Litany against Fear” in the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. I used it many times, found it powerful and felt its clearing and healing effects. Here it is:
“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
This quote means a lot to me and I am very grateful for having found it; it helped me release the fear of fear itself. Whenever I got ready to face one of my fears, I repeated these words to myself until I felt a great calm energy surrounding me. From this protected space, I turned around and faced my fears, one by one. In the greater awareness of this powerful and calm energy, I was able to see my fears for what they were: inflated balloons, created by society, family or myself.
I realized that I was one with LIFE and I started to TRUST myself and the process of LIFE. By facing and letting go of one fear at a time, I started to feel a lot stronger. I felt protected and supported by myself and by the Universe.
There is so much I want to share with you and will keep writing for many days about fear and how I started to live fearlessly. I am just getting started on the fear issue and I want you to know that what I will share with you will change your life. I want you to completely release all your fears. Follow me.
So until tomorrow, here is my invitation to you: sit quietly and breathe for a few minutes. Read the Litany Against Fear as many times as you need until you start to grasp its depth and its calming, soothing power.
It is exciting to start the 365 Days of Gratitude project and share it with you. I spent the last couple of hours thinking about what my first post should be about. Many events, moments and acts of kindness that I am grateful for started to pour into my awareness. Many people who have assisted me, challenged me, loved me and taught me to be myself found their way to the surface in my memory banks. I am sure I will write about them all during the 365 day journey into my exploration of the power of gratitude.
But today I want to write about a defining moment that shaped me at a profound level and refined my beliefs and actions since I was 14 years old. I loved reading science fiction and I loved Sir Isaac Asimov’s books. In the book entitled “Foundation’s Edge” I read for the first time about the concept of Gaia: the integrated, interconnected and united world of Gaia. The human beings on Gaia evolved their ability to form an ongoing group consciousness, and then extended this consciousness to the fauna and flora, even including inanimate matter of the planet itself. As a result the entire planet became a super-organism.The people of Gaia knew that the actions of one influenced the world of many and they worked together, created together and respected every living and non-living thing on their planet.
I remember feeling a deep sorrow at the thought that I had been born on Earth, where nobody seemed to know about Gaia and how wonderful life can be at that level of interconnection and awareness. The sorrow stayed with me for many years until I realized that Earth IS Gaia. Everything inside us and around us is part of the same energetic mix. Our individual words, thoughts and actions influence everything around us, regardless of us being aware of this fact or not. Through our day to day actions we can create resonance with Earth and our life on it or we can create dissonance. I chose to create resonance, decided that I wanted to teach others about it too and have been doing that in my personal and professional life, day after day after day.
In order to create resonance in our world, we must first learn about our own internal coherence. “Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” Institute of HeartMath Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty says. “It is a state that builds resiliency – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”
So today my heart is full of gratitude for the possibility of Gaia. I am grateful for Sir Isaac Asimov’s wonderful books that expanded my awareness and shaped my inner life.