Saturday, March 21, 2015

Melissa Scott Playlist on Women Speaking in Church. Scriptural Support.
I have stood alone for so very long and against so very much, most could never understand nor even dare to comprehend what I have seen of this ol' world and to what I have stood for, with and against. I know who I am and I stand firm in the certainty of the Truth I know to be me, a Spiritual Warrior Frequency Holder and Keeper of Light.

I do not fear death, nor mourn death, as I fully trust in the Great Spirit, in fate, destiny and in our creating our own lives and lessons or at least it's potential before we come here to our Earth lives. This is between the individual and the Creator, and there is no need for me to wallow in their lesson and choices. I am only to LOVE, to Let Go and to simply keep moving through.

Death is but a graduation, a gift, perhaps even a celebration. Death is the end of the suffering, a graduation of lesson, a returning home to the light. Death is burdensome on the living who don't understand it's place in life and on those who have been shocked at the loss of this person in their daily human reality. However, for those who cross over, it is a TRUE, Calm and Complete GOING HOME.

As Mother Jones said, "say a prayer for the dead and fight like hell for the living". Don't die with them folks, look around at all those still alive, looking to you for a smile, a kind word, a hug. Love You. Love the Living and Trust in God / Goddess's Grand Plan, even if you quiver, shake and cry at the insatiable inability to understand WHY.

Death is as much a part of life as anything else, and we truly must trust God / Goddess and the person who has died, in the higher purpose of it in which we may not be able to comprehend.

If we truly have full faith, we Trust that Death is in the hand's of the Holy Spirit and we simply Trust it.

In not fearing Death, I am free to live, to love and to welcome Death when that beautiful graduation day comes.  We are born with a spiritual entourage, we die with one as well. We are never really alone in that way of the light. However, in this incarnation I have made my stand alone for the most part and in that I am strong in my Truth, and I am certain in my Path. Though I do, at times, question where I may lay my human body, make my life in these earthly homes as such. My PATH is Certain.

Have Faith. Tell your Guardian Angels, your Higher Self, God, Goddess, the Great Creator, Spirit, what you want, as for the healing you want or need, as you must remember Earth is a planet of free will. You have to ask Spirit for what you want and NEED, Literally.
I don't believe you need to go through Hell to have a good relationship. So many say that, the thing is, maybe in my younger day, but now, no way am I am going through Hell and forcing it to be named Love or a "relationship".  They say if you just stick it out and hang on. The thing is either you are friends, have fun, love or like each other or you don't. Don't settle simply because you fear change. Ya you will be alone for a bit, so what, in that you will find the real you and never lose it again. Do NOT Settle for HELL that will one day pass, or POTENTIAL that you have to wait for someone to grow into.

So many stay together for the kids sake. I say WOW to that one. I would rather have been raised by a single mom, then a mom unhappy, abused, fighting or simply waiting to pass through the HELL.  Kids need and want peace MORE than one mommy and one daddy.

In my experience, if you go through Hell in a relationship, you will be there a very long time. And even if one of you "change" into the potential the other needs, well how is that not some form of Hell for one of you, even if they never tell you. If you are no longer friends, lovers, have fun, enjoy each and stay because you fear being alone or think the Hell will pass, well folks that is simply time that passes and does not create a stronger relationship. You feel how you feel, it's truth does not change, you are who you are, you like what you like. Just because you compromise your truth, your dancing, your diet, your fun, your art, your writing, your drumming, your spirituality, your job, your joy to meet your lover's expectation and the HELL ends, that does not make a good relationship nor is it you being true to the real you. Either you are healthier and happier together, have fun and enjoy each others company or you don't, Period.

The insatiable heart feeds on itself.
Matters not the source of the soul,
for in the madness of seeking, we
cannot see outside our version of reality
and we tempt the drowning of the human form
to seek a peace the soul craves
that logic cannot forewarn. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

the Truth, a formidable ally and a synical old fool

Time forbade me
as illusions piled up in
my Earthly stomach.

The more Truth I aquired
the more Earth life
became outraging, and slipping
into muggle mundane.
Spiritual Grace and Connection, the dividing sentiment as time marches merciless on.

Life so beautiful, so magically they say. These "they", one wonders if the truth is more or less to them.

Perhas they awakened, wondered down the road of truth and then saw another layer of beauty, of magic here on Mother Earth.

Time moves yet does not exist. It's secrets belong to the light. This moment, a time to change all moments into what, perhaps you would wish them to be or to have been.

I am but a mortal now, and in that frustrating Truth, I move along in human form seeking joy, seeking what I have found and sitting in the tommorrow of yesterday.

My human form stiff at times and the pain of the human body is often a serious distraction from the lessoned journey one might have chosen.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Enlight Yourself. All Paths Lead Home. Be at Peace in the Here and Now.

Proceed courageously and contagiously upon the principle that even a tiny amount of light will lead to more light. Be Brave. Dare a lot. and receive a lot.

Mysticism is a Path to Mental Health Wellness.

The Seeker must be willing to listen and to learn something completely knew from their conditioned, perhaps addictive path.

Your Life will transform in direct relation to your ability to let go of the shore in which you are used to, and in direct proportion to the amount of truth we can take without running away.

Our Task is to raise the unconscious sense to the conscious level where it enrishes us, jus as pearls enrich the man who brings them up from the ocean floor. ~ Vernon Howard.

You must allow yourself connection to a Higher Power, or else life will seem meaningless, mundane and only of this incarnation. A Spiritual connection is your way to knowing the truth about yourself and therefore not letting the illusions of this life, this incarnation take the place of your true essence.

Don't fear teaching your children to pray, to communicate with Spirit. It is not about religion it is about connection to our true self and a higher power.

If you persist, in spite of your doubts and fears and the the yammerings of other people's version of you, you will find the answers you seek.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Deeper connection to intuition and the Holy Spirit.

Patience and Persistence. Go with the flow, in tune with Spirit's clear direction. First you must clear the debri of other people's energy in you, namely your abusers.

Once clear then you can have a direct link to Spirit.

It is hard to trust your gut when you have debri of those who have abused you in the past and in other lifetimes. Once this is clear and you are aligned, do not do anything that is not in alignment with your truth.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Back for Thor: how Iceland is reconnecting with its pagan past. Bringing Back the Goddess.

''On Thursday, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, who lives near Reykjavík, flew to the tiny fishing town of Höfn on Iceland’s south-east coast to conduct a marriage ceremony. He is not a churchman or a registrar; in fact, he is a pioneering film composer and musician who has collaborated with Sigur Rós and Björk among others. But thanks to his position as high priest of Iceland’s neo-paganÁsatrúarfélagið or Asatru Association, he has an authority formally recognised by the Icelandic state to conduct marriages, name children and bury the dead.
The ceremony itself, Hilmarsson said shortly before departing, would be a simple one: after performing a hallowing ritual to sanctify the space, he would read from one of Iceland’s celebrated epic poems and then invoke three ancient Norse gods and, “as a countermeasure”, three goddesses including the fertility deity Freyja. The couple would then grasp a large copper ring and make vows to each other, and that would largely be that. “It’s a short ceremony; there’s no preaching because the idea is it’s the couple who are marrying themselves, and I just sanctify that.”
Hilmarsson has conducted more than 200 weddings during his time as high priest, but he and the Norse pantheon of Thor, Odin, Freyr and Frigg are likely to find themselves even busier in future. In the 12 years since he took over its leadership, membership of the Ásatrúarfélagið, which the Icelandic government recognises as a formal state religion, has increased sixfold. In March, after decades of planning, the group will start building what is almost certainly the first temple to the pagan Norse deities since Iceland was officially converted to Christianity in 1000AD.
Not that this is a religion like many others. He may be building a temple to Thor and his fellows, but Hilmarsson says he doesn’t pray to the Norse gods or worship them in any recognisable sense, nor does he believe in the literal truth of the texts – the treasure-trove of 13th century Icelandic “Eddas” recording the mythology of earlier times – on which the religion is based. He cheerfully admits that the rituals and blods or gatherings that the group practises are no more than creative reimaginings of how pre-Christian Norse people related to their deities.
“So yes, it’s partly a ‘romantiquarianism,’” he says of his faith. “But at the same time, we feel that this is a viable way of life and has a meaning and a context. It is a religion you can live and die in, basically.”

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Goddess Thealogy Study of the Divine Feminine

The Study of Thealogy - the meaning of Goddess and Her relationship to ALL Life

"Thealogy (a neologism coined by Isaac Bonewits in 1974) is a discourse that reflects upon the meaning of Goddess and Her relationship to life forms. It is a discourse that critically engages the past and contemporary Goddess community's beliefs, wisdom, embodied practices, questions, and values. The term suggests a feministapproach to theism and the context of God and gender within the context of Neopaganism. "Thealogy" increasingly appeared in feminist literature associated with the Neopagan Goddess movement during the 1980s to 1990s, perhaps coined independently of Bonewits, as Naomi Goldenberg is often credited with first using the term in 1979 in her book Changing of the Gods

However, thealogy is more accurately religiously pluralistic as thealogians come from various religious backgrounds that are often hybrid in nature. In addition to Neopagans, they are also Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Quakers, etc. or define themselves as Spiritual Feminists

As such, the term thealogy has also been used by feminists within ainstream monotheistic religions to label their efforts to describe in more detail the feminine aspect of a monotheistic deity or trinity, such as God/dess Herself,Sophia of Eastern Orthodoxy or the Heavenly Mother of the Latter Day Saint movement."

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"Thealogy is distinguished from feminist theology, which is the study of God from a feminist perspective,[3][4] but the two fields can be seen as related and interdependent.[5]"

The term's origin and initial use is open to debate, and the definition and scope of thealogy are currently being defined by the key scholars in the field. Often attributed to a neologism coined by Isaac Bonewits in 1974,[6][7] Patricia 'Iolana traces the early use of the term to 1976 crediting both Bonewits and Valerie Saiving in its initial use.[8]
In the 1979 "The Changing of the Gods," Naomi Goldenberg introduces the term as a future possibility with respect to a distinct discourse, highlighting the masculine nature of theology.[9] Also in 1979, in the first revised edition of "Real Magic", Bonewits defined "thealogy" in his Glossary as "Intellectual speculations concerning the nature of the Goddess and Her relations to the world in general and humans in particular; rational explanations of religious doctrines, practices and beliefs, which may or may not bear any connection to any religion as actually conceived and practiced by the majority of its members." Also in the same glossary, he defined "theology" with nearly identical words, changing the feminine pronouns with masculine pronouns appropriately.[10]
Carol P. Christ used the term in "Laughter of Aphrodite" (1987), acknowledging that those who create thealogy cannot avoid being influenced by the categories and questions posed in Christian and Jewish theologies.[11] She further defined thealogy in her 2002 essay, "Feminist theology as post-traditional thealogy," as "the reflection on the meaning of the Goddess".[12]
In her 1989 essay "On Mirrors, Mists and Murmurs: Toward an Asian American Thealogy," Rita Nakashima Brock defined thealogy as "the work of women reflecting on their experiences of and beliefs about divine reality".[13] Also in 1989, Ursula King notes thealogy's growing usage as a fundamental departure from traditional male-oriented theology, characterized by its privileging of symbols over rational explanation.[14]
In 1993, Charlotte Caron's definition of thealogy as "reflection on the divine in feminine and feminist terms" appeared in "To Make and Make Again".[15] By this time, the concept had gained considerable status among Goddess adherents.

Thealogy as academic discipline[edit]

Situated in relationship to the fields of theology and religious studies, thealogy is a discourse that critically engages the beliefs, wisdom, practices, questions, and values of the Goddess community, both past and present.[16]

Similar to theology, thealogy grapples with questions of meaning, include reflecting on the nature of the divine,[17] the relationship of humanity to the environment,[18] the relationship between the spiritual and sexual self,[19] and the nature of belief.[20]

However, in contrast to theology, which often focuses on an exclusively logical and empirical discourse, thealogy embraces a postmodern discourse of personal experience and complexity.[21]

The term suggests a feminist approach to theism and the context of God and gender within PaganismNeopaganismGoddess Spirituality and various nature-based religions. However, thealogy can be described as religiously pluralistic, as thealogians come from various religious backgrounds that are often hybrid in nature.

In addition to Pagans, Neopagans, and Goddess-centred faith traditions, they are also ChristianJewishBuddhistMuslimQuakers, etc. or define themselves as Spiritual Feminists.[22] As such, the term thealogy has also been used by feminists within mainstream monotheistic religions describe in more detail the feminine aspect of a monotheistic deity or trinity, such as God/dess Herself, or the Heavenly Mother of the Latter Day Saint movement.

In 2000, Melissa Raphael wrote the text Introducing Thealogy: Discourse on the Goddess for the series Introductions in Feminist Theology. Written for an academic audience, it purports to introduce the main elements of thealogy within the context of Goddess feminism.

She situates thealogy as a discourse that can be engaged with by Goddess feminists—those who are feminist adherents of the Goddess who may have left their church, synagogue, or mosque—or those who may still belong to their originally established religion.[23] In the book,

Raphael compares and contrasts thealogy with the Goddess movement.[24]

In 2007, Paul Reid-Bowen wrote the text "Goddess as Nature: Towards a Philosophical Thealogy", which can be regarded as another systematic approach to thealogy, but which integrates philosophical discourse.[25]

In the past decade, other thealogians like Patricia 'Iolana and D'vorah Grenn have generated discourses that bridge thealogy with other academic disciplines. 'Iolana's Jungian thealogy bridges analytical psychology with thealogy, and Grenn's metaformic thealogy is a bridge between matriarchal studies and thealogy.[26]

Contemporary Thealogians include Carol P. Christ, Melissa Raphael, Asphodel Long, Beverly Clack, Charlotte Caron, Naomi Goldenberg, Paul Reid-Bowen, Rita Nakashima Brock, and Patricia 'Iolana."


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mother Jones: The Woman; "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."

"Stories, Sinclair wrote, were Mother Jones' weapons, stories "about strikes she had led and speeches she had made; about interviews with presidents and governors and captains of industry; about jails and convict camps." She berated the miners for their cowardice, telling them if they were afraid to fight, then she would continue on alone. "All over the country she had roamed," Sinclair concluded, "and wherever she went, the flame of protest had leaped up in the hearts of men; her story was a veritable Odyssey of revolt."

When Sinclair wrote these words, Mother Jones was one of the most famous women in America. Articles about her regularly appeared in magazines and newspapers, and for many working Americans, she had achieved legendary, even iconic, status. Yet the woman for whom Mother Jones magazine is named is scarcely known any longer. Some might recognize her name, know something about her activism on behalf of working people, or even recall her famous war cry: "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."

But few remember much about Mother Jones, who battled corporate presidents and politicians, who went to jail repeatedly for organizing workers, and who converted tens of thousands of Americans to the labor movement and the left.
As I worked on a recent biography of Mother Jones, however, I came to appreciate her significance for our own times. With dramatic speeches and street theater, she organized workers, women, and minorities, drawing public attention to their hardships and giving them a voice. Mary Jones' greatest achievement may have been creating the persona of Mother Jones. She was born Mary Harris in Cork, Ireland, in 1837. When she was barely 10 years old, she witnessed the horrors of the potato famine, which drove her family from their homeland to Toronto, Canada. Her parents established a stable, working-class household, and young Mary learned the skills of dressmaking, and also trained to be a teacher, a high ambition for an Irish immigrant woman of her day.
Wanderlust struck her in early adulthood -- she taught for a few months in Monroe, Michigan, then moved on to Chicago, and another few months later to Memphis, Tennessee. There, on the eve of the Civil War, she met and married George Jones, a skilled foundry worker and a member of the International Iron Molders Union. They had four children together. In 1867 a yellow fever epidemic struck Memphis, killing George and their four children. Now a 30-year-old widow, Jones returned to Chicago and dressmaking, where her tiny shop was burned out in the great fire of 1871. For the next quarter century, she worked in obscurity. As the new 20th century approached, Mary Jones was an aging, poor, widowed Irish immigrant, nearly as dispossessed as an American could be. She had survived plague, famine, and fire, only to confront a lonely old age.
But then she invented Mother Jones. Or, to put it more precisely, she began to play a role that she and her followers made up as they went along. By 1900, no one called her Mary, but always Mother; she wore antique black dresses in public, and she began exaggerating her age.
The new role freed Mary Jones. Most American women of that era led quiet, homebound lives devoted to their families. Women, especially elderly ones, were not supposed to have opinions; if they had them, they were not to voice them publicly -- and certainly not in the fiery tones of a street orator.
Yet by casting herself as the mother of downtrodden people everywhere, Mary Jones went where she pleased, spoke out on the great issues of her day, and did so with sharp irreverence (she referred to John D. Rockefeller as "Oily John" and Governor William Glasscock of West Virginia as "Crystal Peter"). 
Paradoxically, by embracing the very role of family matriarch that restricted most women, Mother Jones shattered the limits that confined her.
For a quarter of a century, she roamed America, the Johnny Appleseed of activists. She literally had no permanent residence. "My address is like my shoes," she told a congressional committee. "It travels with me wherever I go." She was paid a stipend by the United Mine Workers and, for a few years, by the Socialist Party. 
But she always felt free to work in whatever cause most needed her -- striking garment workers in Chicago, bottle washers in Milwaukee breweries, Pittsburgh steelworkers, El Paso streetcar operators, Calumet copper miners. She helped workers fight not just low pay, 12-hour days, and horrifying mortality rates, but also the servitude of company stores and company housing. She also spoke out in defense of IWW leaders on trial for murder in Boise (she was one of the original signers of the Industrial Workers of the World charter), labor activists imprisoned in California, and Mexican revolutionaries in Arizona.
Mother Jones lost as many battles as she won, but still she got results. She was by far the most famous and charismatic organizer for the United Mine Workers. When she began working for that fledgling union in the 1890s, it had 10,000 members; within a few years, 300,000 men had joined, and she organized many of their wives into "mop and broom" brigades, militant women who fought alongside their husbands.
The moniker "Mother" Jones was no mere rhetorical device. At the core of her beliefs was the idea that justice for working people depended on strong families, and strong families required decent working conditions. In 1903, after she was already nationally known from bitter mine wars in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, she organized her famous "march of the mill children" from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's summer home on Long Island.

Every day, she and a few dozen children -- boys and girls, some 12 and 14 years old, some crippled by the machinery of the textile mills -- walked to a new town, and at night they staged rallies with music, skits, and speeches, drawing thousands of citizens. Federal laws against child labor would not come for decades, but for two months that summer, Mother Jones, with her street theater and speeches, made the issue front-page news.
The rock of Mother Jones' faith was her conviction that working Americans acting together must free themselves from poverty and powerlessness. She believed in the need for citizens of a democracy to participate in public affairs. Working families, Mother Jones argued, possessed vast, untapped powers to fight the corporations that bound them to starvation wages and the corrupt politicians who did the businessmen's bidding. But only strong, democratic organizations of citizen-activists, she felt, could achieve real egalitarian change.

So, as we reclaim the memory of this great American, what was her legacy for the 21st century? Certainly some of her impassioned rhetoric would seem overheated in the cool medium of television. And in a world where oratory is a lost art, her speeches today might come across as over-blown and strident, even to many progressives.
Her agenda was also limited, even by the standards of her time. Mother Jones opposed giving the vote to women -- or, to be more precise, she believed that suffrage was a false issue, a bourgeois diversion from the real problem of worker exploitation. She argued that only powerful organizations of workers -- industrial unions -- could bring justice. And while she helped organize women in various trades, she believed that working-class women were better off in the home than having their labor exploited.
In a sense, Mother Jones' greatest strength was also her fundamental weakness: She saw the world primarily through the lens of class. Her single-mindedness sometimes blinded her to the unique issues facing women and minorities. Yet such myopia might help bring a little clarity to our own times.

She offers a vivid reminder of what remains among the most underacknowledged issues of our day: that America is a class-driven society, where the wealthy have grown obscenely rich as working people have fallen further behind.
Here, Mother Jones' voice would have risen loud and clear. Her memory evokes the great American tradition of protest. It reminds us that passion still matters, and that a well-crafted symbol can offer inspiration, emboldening us in a world where the possibility of meaningful change sometimes seems beyond our reach.

Elliott J. Gorn is the author of the recently published Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America."


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Here they call it Freedom

I see Judges "MAKE" teens be strapped down and forced chemo by LAW. Strapped down and chemical poison forced into their bodies as a matter of man’s court ruling.  I come across talk shows and news that discuss this as a good thing. Though the Holy Spirit put cures and healing methods on Mother Earth at it's creation. A so called “Christian” nation, so far from being Christ like and so far from Equality and letting the Holy Spirit’s purest plan play out.

I see bodies and am told they were shot in the head in the street, I see no blood in the photos, the images. ~ I am fed what they want me to focus on as some murders are a BIG deal and some are ignored for centuries.

I live in a  world where people are sold as sex slaves and tortuous behavior seems to be the norm more than most may be able to see, to admit. For the consequences of truth that you cannot unknow, well that is a life that is hard to live and be a happy joyous self. A life of a Spiritual Warrior bringing in the light and digesting the dark no matter the pain.

Our food here on Earth is poisoned to allegedly make it grow better. We are not “allowed” to use what the Holy Spirit put here for our cures of diseases, as a matter of law. We print money and make up religion to control people and the promise of heaven, this odd place of alleged pristinity that you will get as a prize AFTER you leave this Earth and only if you have behaved the way they say is best. They call it God’s word here. Thing is I know God, Goddess, and the Light of home and it is not of Earth origin and it is beautiful and it is not tyrannical.

What if these they do not OBEY the words in this book they call the Holy Bible? Well then they won’t get into heaven and their family will turn their back on them. They don’t seem to remember that our Family of Light is vast, our family is universal and who cares of this Earth family shuns us for not buying into the illusion they have digested. This Holy Bible of rules to play by is often used to attack, to kill, and to oppress the rights and beliefs of others who are not drawn to worship it’s content.

They poison the air they breath with factories and they think this is a “good thing”. Those who want or try and fight for clean air and water are made to be the outcast and even unGodly in many cases though they believe that Earth was created by this same God, yet they don’t respect the planet and they radically fight back against whom they call Environmentalists who want to protect the air, water and soil that this God of theirs alleged created and they allegedly hold sacred. Odd at best.

The News they hold sacred yammers on about things that are illusions, lies and chaos. The truth is easily seen or found but they don’t want to know or simply believe the power of the Nightly News and live their lives accordingly.  

I long for all to connect to Spirit, to Mother Earth, to Truth and to AWAKEN one and ALL.

However, if the "Courts" of man RULE they must be poisoned then they must. ~ I do not relate to this world I landed on. I hold a frequency of Light to the best of my ability.

I bare witness to the best of my ability. I live on Earth but not of Humanity.

I bare witness, it's all a movie, actors stage left and stage right day in and day out. They have lost their connection to the Holy Spirit. The Cycle goes on and on. STOP PRAY. I beg in my mind's heart. ~ The "news", the "yammer" of talk shows continue and so many have AWAKENED but still so many believe the lie in which is so far away from Mother Earth's cures, and what is of the highest and best vibration for Mother Earth and her people.

I Live here on a Planet, truly a tourist witnessing a culture, a society that has never been kin to me. I hold the FREQUENCY OF LIGHT and pray that "THEY" See. I remain calm in chaos and move through til graduation into the light of the other side in which I came. Goddess Bless ~ Reverend Crystal Cox.

Your Relationship with God, with the HOLY Spirit is NOT about Man nor Man's Translation of what is your RULES to being a HUMAN.

Obey God.

Why? How?

Cuz I said So, I Speak for GOD.

I will show you where the “RULES” are written down. You can Trust me, I am a man of God. I Speak for God. I went to Theology school and learned how to Speak for God. I will tell you what to do to get into Heaven AFTER you Die. ~ How about NOT Folks. Trust your GUT.

Your Relationship with GOD is between you and GOD and no Man, no Woman makes the RULES up for you. You know what is light and what is dark. Talk to God. Listen to God. Whom I Call Goddess.  Know GOD for you and about YOU, without a “translator” that says OBEY God, and by GOD I mean what I say God Says.  ~ Reverend Crystal Cox

Mother Earth is a Living Organism and Should have LEGAL RIGHTS Everywhere

"Where the Earth Has Legal Rights

As the nations of the world prepare to meet in Brazil for the environmental summit Rio+20 (20 years since the first one there), one of Brazil's neighbors, Bolivia, isn't waiting for other countries to take action. It's pushing ahead on what it calls the Law of Mother Earth.

Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognizes that all living things have certain legal rights, and that the natural world has equal status to human beings.
Once it's fully approved, the law will recognize the Earth as having 11 specific rights that include:
The Right to Life – the integrity of life systems and natural processes which sustain them, as well as the capacities and conditions for their renewal.

The Right to the Diversity of Life – the preservation of the variety of beings that comprise Mother Earth, without being genetically altered or artificially modified in a way that threatens their existence, functioning and future potential.

The Right to Water – the preservation of the quality and composition of water to sustain life systems.

The Right to Clean Air – the quality and composition of air to sustain life systems.

The Right to Equilibrium through the restoration of the interdependence of the components of the Earth for the continuation of its cycles and the renewal of its vital processes.

The Right to Restoration of life systems affected by direct or indirect human activities.

The Right to Live Free of Contamination from toxic and radioactive waste generated by human activities.

Pachamama-060712An initial act outlining these rights was passed by the Bolivian government at the end of 2010. It defines the Earth as a dynamic and “indivisible community of all living systems and living organisms, interrelated, interdependent and complementary, which share a common destiny.”
At its heart is an understanding that Pachamama (Good Mother Earth) is sacred, a worldview that derives from the indigenous Andean understanding of the Earth as a living being.

From pristine forest to desert

Bolivia is one of the countries most threatened by climate change. Its glaciers, which supply most of its fresh water, are melting (most glaciers below 15,000 feet are expected to disappear completely within 20 years), and this leads to flooding and then, in its aftermath, to searing drought.
Research by glaciologist Edson Ramirez of San Andres University suggests temperatures have been rising steadily for 60 years and started to accelerate in 1979. If this continues, much of Bolivia will become a desert.

The Law of Mother Earth is part of a larger revision of the country's entire legal system – away from the Western emphasis on growth and exploitation of resources to the indigenous concept of Vivir Bien – living well. According to the proposal for the law:

“Vivir Bien means adopting forms of consumption, behavior and and conduct that are not degrading to nature. It requires an ethical and spiritual relationship with life. Living Well proposes the complete fulfillment of life and collective happiness.”

One example of its commitment to the Earth and its living creatures was Bolivia's decision, last year, to close all circuses that exploit animals. As part of that move,  the government worked with Animal Defenders International to send 25 circus lions to a sanctuary in Colorado.
A clash of worldviews

Of course, Bolivia can't separate itself from international politics and economics. Its main trading partner is still the United States, which takes a dim view of the country's moves toward socialism and its ideological ties to the Castro brothers of Cuba and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. And it depends on partnerships with international corporations to develop its natural resources in order to feed its people, more than half of whom live in poverty.

evo-morales-061312One of its cash crops is coca. And while President Evo Morales (photo right) insists that his government is not involved in helping refine coca into cocaine, other countries, including the U.S. are suspicious.

Morales counters that "the central enemy of Mother Earth" is capitalism, and his rhetoric draws support from such countries as Iran and Syria that have little interest in protecting the Earth, but great interest in stirring up trouble with the West.

Morales himself comes from an indigenous Bolivian/Andean family. According to his heritage, the country's rich mineral deposits would be seen as "blessings" rather than resources.

But Bolivia has long been subject to major environmental problems from the mining of tin, silver and other minerals. So the new law would enshrine the right of nature "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities."

On the other hand, the country earns $500 million a year – nearly half its foreign currency – from mining operations. And Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in South America, with a long-term agreement to sell that gas to Brazil through a pipeline that, in turn, creates environmental damage.

Plus, if it opens up lithium mining operations, Bolivia could become what people have begun to call "the Saudi Arabia of the Green World."

The paradox, however, is that in becoming a green world supplier, it could destroy itself as a green country.

The paradox is that in becoming a green world supplier, it could destroy itself as a green country.
So Bolivia is caught in the bull's-eye of of the dilemma that now faces the whole world and our economic and political systems.

The nation embraces a form of socialism that seeks to free its people from economic hardship wrought by centuries of exploitation and invasion from other powers. Yet socialism is largely failed economic system. Then again, the capitalist system that its government abhors has the possibility of freeing its people from that hardship – at least temporarily. But, then again, that means subjecting itself to a world system that's now in crisis and could collapse, leaving the people of Bolivia with nothing but a desert that was once farmland and the end of one of the most diverse and pristine wildlife reserves in the whole world.

bolivia-map-060712Next door to Bolivia, as its neighbor Brazil prepares to host the Rio+20 summit, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls the upcoming conference a "a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress towards the sustainable economy of the future." Whether the 100 heads of state and government and the thousands of parliamentarians, officials and business leaders will take advantage of the opportunity is a whole other question.

While many nations don't want to be "side-tracked" by what they see as the idealistic, socialist rhetoric of Bolivia and other poor countries struggling to adapt to a fast-changing world, they might do well, nonetheless, to take a closer look at a nation that is such a classic manifestation of the dilemma that the whole world is now beginning to face.

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place."


Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation; Law of Mother Earth

"Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.

Controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities".


"It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said Vice-President Alvaro García Linera. "It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration."

The law, which is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system following a change of constitution in 2009, has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.

But the abstract new laws are not expected to stop industry in its tracks. While it is not clear yet what actual protection the new rights will give in court to bugs, insects and ecosystems, the government is expected to establish a ministry of mother earth and to appoint an ombudsman. It is also committed to giving communities new legal powers to monitor and control polluting industries.

Bolivia has long suffered from serious environmental problems from the mining of tin, silver, gold and other raw materials. "Existing laws are not strong enough," said Undarico Pinto, leader of the 3.5m-strong Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia, the biggest social movement, who helped draft the law. "It will make industry more transparent. It will allow people to regulate industry at national, regional and local levels."

Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said Bolivia's traditional indigenous respect for the Pachamama was vital to prevent climate change. "Our grandparents taught us that we belong to a big family of plants and animals. We believe that everything in the planet forms part of a big family. We indigenous people can contribute to solving the energy, climate, food and financial crises with our values," he said.

Little opposition is expected to the law being passed because President Evo Morales's ruling party, the Movement Towards Socialism, enjoys a comfortable majority in both houses of parliament.

However, the government must tread a fine line between increased regulation of companies and giving way to the powerful social movements who have pressed for the law. Bolivia earns $500m (£305m) a year from mining companies which provides nearly one third of the country's foreign currency.

In the indigenous philosophy, the Pachamama is a living being.

The draft of the new law states: "She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation."

Ecuador, which also has powerful indigenous groups, has changed its constitution to give nature "the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution". However, the abstract rights have not led to new laws or stopped oil companies from destroying some of the most biologically rich areas of the Amazon.

Coping with climate change

Bolivia is struggling to cope with rising temperatures, melting glaciers and more extreme weather events including more frequent floods, droughts, frosts and mudslides.

Research by glaciologist Edson Ramirez of San Andres University in the capital city, La Paz, suggests temperatures have been rising steadily for 60 years and started to accelerate in 1979. They are now on course to rise a further 3.5-4C over the next 100 years. This would turn much of Bolivia into a desert.

Most glaciers below 5,000m are expected to disappear completely within 20 years, leaving Bolivia with a much smaller ice cap. Scientists say this will lead to a crisis in farming and water shortages in cities such as La Paz and El Alto.

Evo Morales, Latin America's first indigenous president, has become an outspoken critic in the UN of industrialised countries which are not prepared to hold temperatures to a 1C rise."

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