by Joanne Saleeba
Earth hurts; it needs healing;
And it speaks the loudest through the most sensitive of us
Sarah Conn, Ecospychologist
physically and psychologically I share in the pain of global environmental
destruction. On a physical level I suffer as a consequence of the way
on which modern society operates and the impacts it has on the environment.
I am sensitive to the constant barrage of noise, pollution in our air
and water and toxins in our food.
On a psychological level I suffer with nature from being devalued. The
modern worldview has resulted in a very narrow understanding of value
which has led to dis-ease and destruction both in nature and myself. Perhaps
I can best illustrate this with a story.
earth was young she was beautiful and perfect. She was loved and appreciated
by people. She had so much potential and so much to give. Earth was
very happy and loved these people in return.
Over time people lost their connection with Earth. She was no longer
important to them. Nonetheless they made more and more demands on Earth.
Earth struggled to meet these demands. But still this was not enough.
They were not happy; they wanted more.
became unhappy. However she continued to meet all the demands made of
her and continued to accept all the crap and muck that people put on
her. Earth was unable to say stop. She blames herself. Surely all these
people could not be wrong. Maybe somehow she deserved this.
no longer saw the beauty and intrinsic value in Earthl. They only saw
her as a resource to be exploitted. Earth felt unworthy after
all she had limited market value. She lost her sense of
value, her self-esteem. She became depressed and considered giving up
a consequence of society in general or a demanding father in particular,
the result of this type of devaluation is devastating. However, future
is not necessarily bleak. Both nature and I have the ability to be healed
and to heal. My healing work is healing work for nature and natures
healing work is healing for me. We are one and the same and we are perfect.
herself and loving the Earth are the same practice.
(G. Reiss: Process Work)