“the original Mother”

In a letter (“George Washington Carver: His Life & Faith in His Own Words” put together by William J. Federer), written to Hubert W. Pelt on 24th February 1930, the truly great pioneering African-American scientist  George Washington Carver tells us that he has come to see

“nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour, and every moment of our lives, if we will only tune in and remain so.”

Frederic Gros observes, in “A Philosophy of Walking”, that “The Native Americans….regarded the Earth itself as a sacred source of energy. To stretch out on it brought repose, to sit on the ground ensured greater wisdom in councils, to walk in contact with its gravity gave strength and endurance. The Earth was an inexhaustible well of strength….” This recognition that the Earth, indeed Nature, “was the original Mother”, prompted them “instead of stretching their hands skyward to implore the mercy of celestial divinities” to prefer “walk[ing] barefoot on the Earth” — and live as  possible to the “mothering power.”

What does walking barefoot do? “Walking, by virtue of having the earth’s support, feeling its gravity, resting on it with every step, is very like a continuous breathing in of energy” from “the earth’s force.”

Frederic goes on — “It was good for the skin to touch the earth. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.”

Peace 🙂

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