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One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality
Stephen Harrod Buhner
This book affirms that experiencing the earth as sacred is essentially an experience possible for all of humanity.

1 "The Lakota [Native American tribe] could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the essence of the Great Mystery." Luther Standing Bear (Sioux Native American)

2 "A basic tenet of Earth spirituality: Any element of Earth, because of its origin in spirit, can evoke all the power of the sacred, can become more than just plant, tree, or stone. It can transform itself and become PLANT, TREE, or STONE because each form of matter contains within it a divine logos."

3 "From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying force that flowed in and through all things – the flowers of the plains, blowing wind, rocks, trees, birds, animals – and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery." Luther Standing Bear (Sioux Native American)

4 "The goal is to purify or make sacred the numerous parts of the self. Many established religious traditions have charted this journey in great detail and supply deeply useful information about the terrain the traveler encounters."

5 "The exchange of love between the contemplative person and the sacred center of all things keeps one on the path."

6 "The sacred, at the core of all physical things, expresses itself in patterns of the Web of Life of the Earth. These patterns are a part of that living bible of the Earth."

7 "At the root of all mystic experience is the knowledge which comes from the first touch of the sacred upon a person, that there is but one source for all things."

8 "There is no place so dark that sweet Spirit has not been there before you and prepared your place." Mary Baker Eddy

9 "As Gandhi observes: 'What may appear as truth to one person will often appear as untruth to another person. But that need not worry the seeker. Where there is honest effort, it will be realized that what appear to be different truths, are like the countless and apparently different leaves of the same tree.'"

10 "Because all things on this Earth are from one source, interspecies communication is not only inherent within us, it is necessary for understanding our own humanity and our own sacred nature."

11 "There are millions of interlocking and interdependent communication patterns among all the physical forms of the Earth, and with training human beings can perceive and understand those patterns of communication. It is part of our species' purpose to do so."

12 "At the center of all is a sacred thing that is alive and aware. It is the source of all things."

13 "All religious traditions assume that there is a sacred center to all things. The name differs from religious form to religious form, but it is clear that there is an inherent tendency for human beings to encounter this sacred center."

14 "He [Black Elk] related that Buffalo Calf Woman said:…'You must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred and should be treated as such.'"

15 "I tell you truly, you are one with the Earthly Mother; she is in you, and you in her….For your breath is her breath; your blood her blood, your bone her bone, your flesh her flesh." The Essene Gospel of John

16 "The presence and word of the Great Mystery is within every being, every thing, every event. Even the smallest being, a little ant for example, may appear, and communicate something of the power of the Great Mystery which is behind all forms of creation." Joseph Epes Brown

17 "In a letter dated April 2, 1996, Avrol Looking Horse, the current keeper of the original sacred pipe of the Oglala people, called on all people of all faiths to actively pray together to support a healthy Earth: 'The prophesies tell it is time to begin mending the SACRED HOOP and begin GLOBAL healing by working towards PEACE & HARMONY.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite