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Energy Flow as Sacramental

From Gary Snyder’s essay “Re-Inhabitation” published in The Old Ways:  Six Essays (San Francisco:  City Lights Books, 1977):

We must find our way to seeing the mineral cycles, the water cycles, air cycles, nutrient cycles, as sacramental–and we must incorporate that insight into our own personal spiritual quest and integrate it with all the wisdom teachings we have received from the nearer past. The expression of it is simple:  gratitude to it all, taking responsibility for your own acts; keeping contact with the sources of the energy flow into your life…

I used this quote as a reading for a Green Sanctuary Committee (GSC) meeting at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill.  The GSC strives to realize (i.e. to make real) the 7th principle of UUism, which affirms our “respect for the interdependent web of which we are a part.”  A large part of such respect, as Snyder suggests here, is an understanding and appreciation for how energy flows into and through our lives, as well as the proper management–the energonomics–of such energy flows.  This is one of the goals of the Green Sanctuary movement among the UU church, which mirrors a broader spiritual movement across denominations to restore a proper sense of the sacred to our relationship with the earth.

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