I have come to believe that all land is sacred… and that we are in relationship with the land, no matter where we live now or where we are from. Our Sacred Land and Sacred Spaces are around us, with us.
My ancestors created sacred spaces in their lands — Ireland, England, and the Isle of Man. Does this mean I cannot connect to the beautiful land where I now live, around Vancouver, even though it is unceded land of the First Nations who first called it home? I think I can. I think I must.
Our connection to Mother Earth is profound. We are all connected through the gifts we receive and share from her — her water, air, and nourishment from plants and animals. And we need to share that love, return that love, nurture those relationships, and help our Mother Earth with sustainable ethical practices.
We must treat our land with the same reverence and respect we give to all sacred spaces…. temples… holy places… healing places.
Let’s not give up on Mother Earth… or our Selves.
Poet Alice Walker says it well. I read this quote in a workshop today (the Goddess Magic Circle from Brigid’s Grove) and found the words to be so inspiring:
“As long as the Earth can make a spring every year, I can. As long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can, because I’m the Earth. I won’t give up until the Earth gives up.