This essay is from a larger draft I am working on.
On February 14, 1990 NASA engineers turned the Voyager 1 spacecraft back toward our home planet for one last look. Approximately 4 billion miles away and 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, Earth can be seen floating off in the distance as an infinitesimal point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixels in size. It was this picture that astrophysicist Carl Sagan made famous, he saw the pale blue dot and reminded us,
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I’ve been obsessed with the subject of religion for about 8 years now and have committed myself to studying not only the Christian faith but also other Wisdom Traditions that offer a glimpse into the Great Mystery. I will soon be working on my PhD in Process Philosophy and will continue this geeky journey of religious studies for the rest of my adult life.
I’ve been enamored with the study of entheogens (psychedelic drugs often used in Shamanistic rituals), higher states of consciousness, Gaia theory, the ecological crisis, and other strange hippy-sounding ideas that are best discussed over marijuana.
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I have fallen deeply in love with the term “religion” even though for many it is problematic. Many of the things we religious folk have done in the name of our goddesses and gods are terrifying to confess. “Spirituality” has become a term my friends are now using to reframe the conversation. For them this term sings of something mysterious and transcendent. It’s the word many are using to describe the really Real and yet really hard to explain. I like what they’re doing but must confess, I’m head over heals for religion.
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In the beginning… the Universe birthed quarks and leptons, protons and neutrons. Over some 14.5 billion years hydrogen gas transformed itself into mountains, Martians, the music of Miley Cyrus, and you and me.
It turns out Joni Mitchell was right, “We are stardust.”
And this is what is so important! This is what the Donald Trumps of the world do not seem to understand; we are not distinct from Earth, we are Earth consciously experiencing Herself.
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