A few days ago I received an email from a lovely lady in Viet Nam asking if Gaia was leaving the planet. That makes the third time I have heard the same question in as many weeks. How strange! Someone has likely said (or channeled) this information and it is beginning to make the rounds. I didn’t think I would have an opportunity to say this but, “FAKE NEWS!” It’s not just that it’s not true; it’s that it is impossible for it to be true. I took my time in explaining why to the nice people who wrote to me, and it bears mentioning here too.
We call the earth Gaia, a poetical form of “land” or “earth,” and a common alternative for Mother Earth or Mother Nature. In Greek mythology, Gaia was the ancestral mother of all life. Gaia is the sentience of the earth, the intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet. Another word for Gaia is Anima Mundi, or World Soul, the vital force of the earth. Anima Mundi is related to the world in much the same way as the soul is connected to the human body. We cannot remove our souls any more than we can unstitch our shadows. Like our breath, our souls are a permanent feature of this life (even when we feel temporarily disconnected.)
To be clear, Gaia is not a person performing a job — this is not a position that one resigns from. What if our souls suddenly said to us, “You know, this job is too hard. I’m outta here. You’re on your own.” Our souls are an intrinsic part of us, and even when we have felt most alone and shut out, it only seemed so. It is likely that whoever puzzled this imagined that Gaia must be fed up with humanity by now and ready to bail, but that is not how it works. The truth is, we’re all in this together. We’re here for the long haul, whether that means one lifetime or many.
A few years ago, when we first began to hear about the honeybees dying, something similar happened. Honeybees all over the planet were disappearing, not making it back home to their hives, and dying by the thousands. I received many letters back then asking why the bees were so angry at us and what could we do to make them stay. Honeybees are not a sentience, but they are necessary to the planet’s health and its people. Angry bees may chase you from their hive, but they do not have human feelings and are incapable of gathering en masse to vote on moving their colonies to another world. Today we know more about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and some of the reasons for it, which unfortunately points to careless disregard and lack of knowledge on our part.
This brings me to a potential root issue that warrants saying out loud: Do we really believe that our race, Homo Sapiens — Human Beings, are so hopelessly lost that animals, plants, and even the World Soul is bailing on us — catching the first ray of light to anywhere but here? Would we do the same? Maybe.
We are all made of the same stuff — some stardust, a few grains of sand, a little salt and water, and a measure of consciousness — enough to get us home if we use our resources wisely. And that is the lesson, the “pointing out instructions” our kin form the other kingdoms would like us to know.
As to who is putting out this kind of information and why all we can do is guess. We can choose to be upset about the inaccuracy of the message, or we can view it as an opportunity to discern fact from fiction. One of my favorite teachers once told me that one of our most important spiritual lessons is to learn how not to be deceived, which includes not deceiving ourselves.
We are Nature and nature, the World Soul and the world we live in. Together, we are a single living entity containing and connected to all other living entities. We are all related in every way, without exception.