“Ex-Catholics” Awaken to Father Thomas Berry

“We are at the terminal phase of the Cenozoic – the last 65 million years

We are not just passing into another historical period or another cultural modification

We are changing the chemistry of the planet

We are changing the bio-systems

We are changing the geo-systems of the planet on a scale of millions of years

But more specifically we are terminating the last 65 million years of life development

Now a person would say – Well where do we go from here?

To my mind we go from the terminal phase – if we survive it – into a really sustainable world

We will be passing from the terminal Cenozoic into what I call the Ecozoic

And the primary principle of the Ecozoic is that the Universe - and in particular planet Earth – is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects

If we don’t learn that – nothing is going to work

Whereas all this beauty of the universe that we see about us came into being without human consultation

From here on the universe will never function that way again.”

Edited Interview clip from video recording by writer and teacher Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) in 1991

India’s Spirituality—Intimacy With The Divine Through Flowering Plants and All Living Forms

We are moving from a period of industrial plundering of the planet into a more intimate way of relating to the planet. We can no longer violate the integrity of Earth without becoming a destructive force for both the surrounding world and for ourselves.

Too frequently we have based our spiritualities simply on divine-human relations and inter-human relations while neglecting any concern for the role that the natural world plays in this process. What strikes us immediately is the extent to which the experience of the divine is inseparable in India from the experience of the natural forms that surround us throughout the universe. Absolute transcendence requires total immanence. We read in the Upanishads that the divine is the numinous presence within every visible from. Especially in the Epic tale o fRama and Sita narrated in the Ramayana and celebrated throughout the Asian world we find this human intimacy with the flowering plants and with every living form, all of which become a protective and healing presence to the two exiles in their long journey through the fields and woodlands of this vast subcontinent.

From Thomas Berry, “Religions of India: Hinduism, Yoga, Buddhism”
(Anima Press, 1992).

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