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The Book of the Green
The womb of nature, the garden of Eden, including of course that prolific little weed called Man - This is the true קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים Qṓḏeš HaQŏḏāšîm:  the Holy of Holies. For in the language of the dream-voice, "She is also in the things She creates." Thus, when we wound or destroy the natural world we are wounding or destroying the ark of the divine, the Vessel of the Shechinah, the House of "the Eem, Great, Great, Great." We are wounding or destroying where God lives. It is written, "The Earth is the Lord's," and, like my pagan brothers and sisters I think also that the Lord (not to mention the Lady) is in the Earth. Therefore, we who are of the House of We say to the developers and the businessmen, to the oil companies and the frackers, to the coal-burners and the chemical dumpers, to the messy human race as a whole, to whoever claims a piece of the earth: Just because you think you own it, or bought it or won it in a war does not mean it belongs to you. In Judaism, from whence I spring, it is sometimes permissible to take life for the sake of life. This means that in each case one must ask, "Is the healing deeper than the wound?" "Will the blessing outweigh the sin?" Will the building of the office, the bank, the store, the parking lot or the pipeline contribute more to the perfection and repair of the world (the mandate of Tikkun) than the felling of the "tree" from which the office, the bank, the store and the pipeline are created contributes to its diminishment?" Will the building of the office, the bank, the store, the parking lot or the pipeline contribute more to the perfection and repair of the world than the ravaging of the soil upon which the parking lot and the pipeline are laid contributes to its degradation?  Will the cheapness and convenience of synthetic goods more numerous than the grains of sand contribute more to the glorifying of God's name than the poisoning of the ocean with mountains of plastic contributes to its defiling? Can a way be found, if we are patient and careful that cherishes and protects them both? Word of the Dream "In Judaism, everything you eat, and everything you use to eat, is holy." There is room enough we believe, for the creations of the creator (“everything you eat”) and the creations of the created (“everything you use to eat”), for the “God-Made” and the “Man-Made.” But in each case, when choosing one above the other it is necessary to ask, "For what I do now, will the "the Eem, Great, Great, Great" smile upon me or turn away?" The natural and the "sub-natural," nature and the objects we create from nature, the tree and the house that is made from the tree, all contain a spark of the divine. It is just, the further away you get from the original creation, the weaker the spark becomes. We who are of the House of We want to live in a world where the spark is strong. "The ground calls out to humankind: Why do you trample all over me? Are you really any better than I?" Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi Word of the Dream "To walk in nature's town-house is to walk in the way of the Lord." This means, that to walk in the way of the light and the air and the river...To walk in the way of the wild beast... To walk in the way of the grass and the rain and the flower is to walk as God walks. This means, that to walk in the way of the wind and the stone and the tree... is to follow the path of divine thought. We who are of the House of We want to ask, "Will we know how to walk in the way of the Lord and the Lady, if nature is not there to teach us? Will we know how to walk in the way of nature, if the ‘house' of nature falls? If the "town" becomes a town of ghosts? Are we in fact, already forgetting?" The rabbis and the priests and the imams of the modern era and before, taught the book of the word, small "w," and the word, for the most part is a beautiful book indeed. But it is not by itself, complete. Not if one wants to know, in so far as humanly possible, the whole truth of God. For this, we also need the book of nature, a book which can be read not only with the faculty of reason but with the organ of the senses. With the eye and the ear and the nose and the skin. For had they been taught by the rabbis and the priests and the imams, who, after all, are most responsible for what men view as sacred, that reading the law of Moses is not the only way to know what God is thinking and feeling, that Gods heart and mind also expresses itself in the beauty and the wisdom of the earth, had they had been taught by the rabbis and the priests and the imams, what the shamans and the healers who guide the native peoples understand and teach, that in order to gaze upon the face of the Creator, one must also read the book of creation, would the developers and the businessmen and those who claim Gods house for their own, have now so little respect for the air and the tree and the water? We who are of the House of We believe the Book of Eden, the Book of the Green is also the Word, big "W," of God.
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