This environmental crisis is becoming more visible and immediate ….. And yet it is just a symptom of a much deeper crisis …. even though it lies at the root of our outer, environmental tragedy: the spiritual crisis caused by a deep forgetfulness of the sacred within creation.
This primal imbalance began centuries ago. We are the children and inheritors of a culture that has banished God into heaven. Early Christianity persecuted any earth-based spirituality, and the physical world became a place of darkness and sin. Then, after the Age of Enlightenment, Newtonian physics saw the world as an inanimate mechanism whose laws needed to be discovered so that we could master it. The earth as a spiritual being with a soul, what the ancients called the anima mundi, the soul of the world, was forgotten, banished even from our collective memories.
Instead we developed a materialistic culture that uses the earth for its own selfish purpose. Rather than our traditional role as guardians of the planet, the earth is just here to serve our ever-increasing material desires. Our greed now walks with heavy boots across the world, with complete disregard for the sacred nature of creation, until we are living in a dying world whose sacred ways we have long forgotten. And yet because for centuries we have been taught that we are separate from the world, that it is just an object which we should try to control, we have forgotten that it even has a soul. We are cut off from the world and its interconnectedness."