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Stan Renfro

Ten Billion Trees

Reforest the trees,
Disown the car.
We an Eden's army Are.
Ten billion trees,
The staff of God,
Shall rise with our
Green army's aid.
Reforest the trees,
Disown the car.
Cool Earth's orbit
By a star.
Reforest the trees,
Disown the car.
Build deep soils
Life will share.
Reforest the trees,
Will bring about
Heaven on Earth,
Put war to rout.
Reforest the trees,
Our mantra frames,
The God of Adam
Eden dreams.
Ten billion trees,
Ten billion more,
Bulwark the entire sphere!
Moments grow to eons
For the seed
Planted right here.

Rumi

Don't Go Back to Sleep

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

David Wagoner

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

The Earth Charter

A Declaration of Interdependence and Universal Responsibility

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future.
As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, The future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward, We must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms,
We are One human family and One Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society Founded on a respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
Towards this end, it is imperative that We, the peoples of Earth, Declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

Iroquois Elder “Uncle John”

There is a River

There is a river flowing very fast.
It is so swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has a destination.
The Elders say we must let go of the shore,
Push off into the middle of the river.
Keep our eyes open and our heads above the waters.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate!
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all ourselves. For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves together.
Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

Caitlin and John Matthews

Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom

"The ultimate soul restoration is that which is undertaken on behalf of the land and all that lives upon it."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Forest.
Thousands of tree-bodies and mine.
Leaves are waving,
Ears hear the stream call,
Eyes see into the sky of mind,
A half-smile unfolds on every leaf.
There is a forest here
Because I am here.
But mind has followed the forest
And clothed itself in green.

Allen Kardec

The Spirits' Book

"As the invention of the microscope has revealed to us the world of the infinitely little, the existence of which was unsuspected by us, and as the telescope has revealed to us a myriad of worlds the existence of which we suspected just as little - so the spirit-communications of the present day are revealing to us the existence of an invisible world that surrounds us on all sides, that is incessantly in contact with us, and that takes part, unknown to us, in everything we do. Yet in a short time, the existence of that world, which is awaiting every one of us, will be as incontestable as is that of the microscopic world and the infinite realms of space."

Lao-tzu

"The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any time you want."

Haida Gwaii

Traditional Circle of Elders

"The trees are the Elders of the Earth. Go to the forest or to the mountains and find a young tree. Then find an old tree. Spend time with each. Sit by the young tree and listen to your thoughts. Then move to the old tree and listen to your thoughts again. Just being in the presence of an old tree, you will feel more calm. Your thoughts will contain wisdom and your answers will be deeper. Why is this so? These old trees know more, have heard more and are the Elders of the Earth"

Mohandas (“Mahatma”) Gandhi

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

Marianne Williamson

"The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down.

And the only way to spread one's influence wide is to learn to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls.

Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it."

Mary Oliver

Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
Breathe out whole buildings
And flocks of redwing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children
And freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen
And breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening:
Hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools:
Flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.
Make soup.
Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
Imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty
Or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Wage peace.
Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Don't wait another minute

Willis Harman

Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in.

Barbara Marx Hubbard

The planet is increasing its pressure upon us to evolve - or to go extinct. We have reached CRITICAL MESS. Millions of us are literally "speciating," evolving from our separated self-conscious state to our whole-centered, spirit-centered co-creative phase. We are pioneering souls, called out by the very coding of our deepest nature and the planetary "crisis of birth" to express our full potential in the conscious evolution of self and world.

Thomas Merton

The Reality that is present to us and in us: call it Being ... Silence. And the simple fact that by being attentive, by learning to listen (or recovering the natural capacity to listen) we can find ourself engulfed in such happiness that it cannot be explained: the happiness of being at one with everything in that hidden ground of Love for which there can be no explanations... May we all grow in grace and peace, and not neglect the silence that is printed in the centre of our being. It will not fail us.

Antoine de St. Exupery

We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors - We borrow it from our children.

Swami Beyondananda

State of the Universe Address

If you're fed up with the current programming, my advice is to turn off your TV and tell-a-vision instead.
I see us in a new reality show - Extreme Planetary Makeover - where everyone can play and everyone can win. Only a crazy person would dare to propose anything that sane. But maybe it's time to declare the current institutionalized insanity illegally insane, and set about building a sane asylum big enough for all six and a half billion of us.
The time for revolution and overthrowing has past. Now we need an evolution where we "overgrow" the current dysfunctional system from the grassroots up.
You are probably familiar with the story of the Native American grandfather who tells his grandson that there are two wolves fighting inside all of us: the wolf of fear and anger, and the wolf of love and peace.
"Which wolf will win?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one we feed," replies the grandfather.