Everything that happens on or in the precious planet that is her home and ours, that is her vehicle of expression, has a meaning, literal or symbolic, that is intended to help the human beings who are honoured to be chosen to live lives on Earth, volunteers in the great experiment devised by divine will to test souls and change the nature of Spirit. The messages may be a blessing or a warning, a hint or an encouragement: they are signposts to a better way.
The messages may be as small as the call of the cuckoo, or as strong as a volcanic eruption. As I write to you, a juvenile cuckoo is practicing his singing in nearby woods, and the Fuego volcano in Guatemala is erupting violently with considerable loss of life. It is known to be an active volcano, but this is unexpected and more severe than anything experienced for decades.
The sound of the cuckoo reassures me that despite man’s carelessness, nature is strong: the familiar sound is a reminder of the beauty in the sounds of life around us, but because it is increasingly rare, of the need to take care of this and many other family species, for we are its guardians after all. Volcanic activity, meanwhile, is becoming very frequent, and not just in Guatemala and Hawaii – even dormant volcanoes are coming back to life. Earth is moving underground, restless and distressed by the plundering of her resources and the threats to her well-being. We try to control her, and she is showing she is in charge, and always will be.
The cuckoo’s pure song is a message of innocence, an invitation for us to remember the same qualities of simplicity and grace with which we were born and so easily forgot. The volcanic eruptions reflect the anger of so many people: violence is everywhere, in street crime and in the minds of terrorists, in domestic abusers and in the countless civil wars that are so destructive and so pointless. Measured anger can be a useful spur to action for the highest good, but too often it is driven by self-focus, desire or fear. Do you choose anger over grace?
Gaia’s messages are everywhere. Let us listen, all of us, let us hear.