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Anima Mundi (World Soul)

July 19, 2015

“We are the children and inheritors of a culture that has banished God to heaven. Early Christianity persecuted and ultimately largely extinguished any Earth-based spirituality, and the physical world became a place of darkness and sin. Then after the Age of Enlightenment, the prevailing worldview that grew out of Newtonian physics framed the world as an inanimate mechanism we could easily master, indeed were meant to master; we simply needed to discover its laws to tame it to our own ends. As a legacy of that view we have developed a materialistic culture that treats the earth as a commodity that exist to serve our own selfish purpose. Our greed now walks with heavy boots across the world with complete disregard for the sacred nature of creation. We have cared only for our own material comforts and well-being and as a result live in a dying world whose soul cries to us in despair. And yet, because for centuries we have been taught to see ourselves as separate from the world and the world as just an object we should try to control, we have forgotten that it even has a soul. We’ve cut ourselves off from the living world and all its interconnectedness. Our Western culture no longer knows how to relate to the world as a sacred being.” 

— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in “Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism” 

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