EarthCare: A Future Worth Choosing

Published on: September 1, 2014

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For many people in the world today, there is a great loneliness of spirit. They feel disconnected from one another as well as from the natural world. We yearn for connection but sometimes it seems as though we just don’t matter. We feel powerless against forces in the world that disrespect our dignity as individuals and devastate the environment. It would be easy to sink into resigned apathy. However, as it says in A Course in Miracles, the anguish we feel for what is happening to our world is inevitable and perhaps even healthy. Pain is useful so long as we’re not afraid of it. Once fear is removed, we realize that pain comes from love: love for one another and love for this world. That’s what is going to pull us through.

The villain here is not big business, the corporate media, the military-industrial complex, or even those who for personal profit seek to clear-cut our forests, overfish our oceans, pollute our atmosphere or drain our aquifers. The villain is an outmoded worldview—a way of seeing the world in which such unthinkable acts appear reasonable, sensible and even intelligent.

I believe the first step in realizing our potential for conscious evolution is to come into deeper alignment with our own essence, awakening our own inner guide to allow emergence of the universal human to unfold within us. In his article “A Deeper Shade of Green,” Bill McKibben thinks history will look back on this as the time when denial finally began to crumble, when we finally began to understand that the planet as we’ve known it was at stake, not from a possible scenario like nuclear war, but from the consumption of the oil and gas that power most of the actions of our lives. Humans have never faced a civilization like this before.

Unity teaches that God is all good and everywhere present. This means all ground is sacred and needs to be cared for and honored. It is grounded in the beliefs of Charles Fillmore, who stated in Christian Healing, “Intelligence [is] inherent in every form, animate or inanimate…. Even rocks and all minerals have life…. We should be speaking words of truth to everything, not only to [hu]mankind but to the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. We (all of humanity) have a sacred duty to respect, protect, preserve and live in harmony not only with the natural world but one another.”

This is the key to healing the hurt that many of us feel. Through our shared love for our earth home and with one another, we can create a world based in love rather than fear, a sustainable world for all life. This is the vision of the Unity EarthCare Team. Through programs such as its partnership with the Pachamama Alliance, you can make a difference as an individual. You can become a dynamic force for change. Your actions will immediately start transforming the world around you.

Learn more at www.unity.org/earthcare or by contacting [email protected]

 

Mike McCord
Mike McCord has lived in the Kansas City area since 1986 and is a commercial real estate appraiser with an MBA Degree. He attends Unity Church of Overland Park, KS, was a chaplain and started its Green Team in 2004. He also co-founded Unity’s EarthCare Program in 2008.

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