[am reposting a recent review of Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother from it’s Amazon page… most humbling to receive such beautiful reviews…]
Listening to the Earth Mother
Yet, it is a gift that asks much of us in return for that with which it graces us.
It is a gift for which so many seem so ungrateful; so many plunder without thought, without grace, without caution, without thought for either the planet or for coming generations.
Mare Cromwell brings us a delightful, so needed, so beautiful conversation in her Messages from the Mother. A young woman, Sarah, is pained because of a boyfriend’s decision. As many of us do, her pain takes her to the park, to nature. We instinctively know that we are a part of nature, even if in our over stressed daily lives we often forget that. There is still that part of us that knows our environment is there for us, close to us, healing for us if only we immerse ourselves in it.. In working with veterans of war each day, I constantly recommend that they spend time in nature to help heal themselves and her. I highly recommend this book to those who have suffered the destruction as soldiers and the planet in war. It will help them find peace.
In her search for understanding, for healing, for peace, young Sarah comes upon a woman, a wise crone if you will, dressed not for Fifth Avenue but in tune with nature. As their conversation develops over time, Sarah becomes aware that the woman with whom she is speaking is Mother Nature, speaking of the needs of her, of our, planet.
Mare’s book arose from intense spiritual experiences. When we listen, truly listen, nature will speak with us. One of the things that so touched me in this book, in this world where fracking, pipelines, water, climate change, and GMO’s are major issues, was the Mother speaking of us digging into her body, into her bones, for power – destroying our land, endangering our future – when the sun, with its intense energy, available to be easily and non-destructively harnessed, shines so brightly above us. Her body, her bones – our home, our only home.
Mother Nature points out to Sarah the uncountable forms of life on our planet – those extinct, those viable which so depend for life on what we do, or don’t do.
Messages from the Mother is a book that is gentle and in its gentleness lies its immense power to open hearts, souls, and distracted minds to how we need to reevaluate how we live on our planet. To date our footprint has been terribly heavy. Just north of the Gulf here we are aware of the ongoing destruction to the environment from the oil disaster, from the natural gas disaster this January, to the creatures, to the people, to the land, to our very way of life.
If we open our eyes, look at the weather, we have to see the reality of climate change we have wrought. Louisiana just closed down a few days because of the icy weather to which we are not accustomed, nor for which are we prepared. If you seek a better way, a way of living in harmony with the planet, Ms. Cromwell’s lovely book will help you on that path.
Sit down with Mother Earth, listen, touch nature and know you are a part of something so immense and wonder filled. It is up to us, each one of us, to protect her, to protect ourselves and coming generations. This book is a wonderful place to learn that lesson as it is presented with so much love. After all, all is in the choices we make.