|Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.|
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14
(39) Global Fever
Carl Jung experienced a massive heart attack in 1944, at the age of sixty-nine. In his near death experience, he saw the earth from a thousand miles above, in a “gloriously blue light.” After his heart attack, he wrote much more directly about what he thought and what he believed.
Since my heart attack, I am more and more clearly and painfully aware that the institutions I work with on a daily basis are not compassionate systems. The Court System is far more concerned with inflexible rules and penalties than with individual circumstances or mercy; the Correctional System is overwhelmingly concerned with punishment rather than rehabilitation. The Psychiatric Unit at the local hospital routinely medicates people who may be having religious experiences.
What is missing from these organizational systems is a sense of the Feminine and a sense of the Sacred; this is heart failure on a massive, societal scale.
The whole planet is threatened by global warming, which is a devastating reflection of our current one-sided masculine approach to the world and of our collective state of unconsciousness. Perhaps the increasing awareness of this heedless wound to the Earth, the sacred ground we live upon, will bring about compassion for the Earth, and will foster an awakening and a transformation on a global scale.
Non nobis solum sed toti mundo nati.
Not for ourselves, but for the whole world we were born.
(Motto of The Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, Paul McCartney's school)
March 24, 2007