MOON Shine | Reimagining our stories, ourselves

“Story is the very fabric of our lives. Every life begins and ends with a story and, taken as a whole, is a story. Every relationship is a story. Every dream. Every experience. …The world itself is a story; indeed, it might be more accurate to say that the world is made up of stories than to say it is made up of atoms, earth, trees, and other things. The German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein insisted the world divides up into facts, not things; I prefer to say stories, not facts.” – Bill Plotkin

“I believe that the disenchantment of the modern universe is the direct result of a simplistic epistemology and moral posture spectacularly inadequate to the depths, complexity, and grandeur of the cosmos. To assume a priori that the entire universe is ultimately a soulless void within which our multidimensional conscious­ness is an anomalous accident, and that purpose, meaning, conscious intelligence, moral aspiration, and spiritual depth are solely attributes of the human being, reflects a long-invisible inflation on the part of the modern self. And heroic hubris is still indissolubly linked, as it was in ancient Greek tragedy, to heroic fall.” – Richard Tarnas

I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call ‘The Physics of The Quest’ — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: ‘If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself… then truth will not be withheld from you.’ Or so I’ve come to believe.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“For people, generally, their story of the universe and the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. …The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation. We might summarize our present human situation by the simple statement: that in the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human. From here on, the primary judgment of all human institutions, professions, programs and activities will be determined by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore, or foster a mutually-enhancing human/Earth relationship. The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of Earth.” – Thomas Berry

“I believe that at the center of the universe there dwells a loving spirit who longs for all that’s best in all of creation, a spirit who knows the great potential of each planet as well as each person, and little by little will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us.” – Fred Rogers

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

“The fundamental worldview of industrial society is that Earth is like a gravel pit or a lumberyard — just a resource for human use. We live disconnected from the evolving Earth community, but our deepest allurement is a rich, intimate participation in nature and the ongoing adventure of the Universe.” – Brian Swimme

“The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation. Do no harm. Practice compassion. And do not gossip behind anyone’s back – not even seemingly innocent remark! The words that come out of our mouth do not vanish but are perpetually stored in infinite space, and they will come back to us in due time. One man’s pain will hurt us all. One man’s joy will make everyone smile.” – Elif Shafak

“This world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.” — Plato

“For us, for women, there has been more than enough focus on ‘man.’ For the planet, there has been more than enough focus on humankind. In our endless self-obsession we have clearly lost sight of the ‘crucial mystery,’ which is not man, and is not humankind; it is an understanding of our place in the wider web of life on this beautiful and mysterious Earth.” – Sharon Blackie

This is what is the matter with us. We are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the Earth and sun and stars, and love is a grinning mockery, because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the tree of Life, and expected it to keep on blossoming in our civilized vase on the table.” – D.H. Lawrence

“The deep masculine…is the pioneering spirit that’s willing to go out and take risks and explore. It invests selflessly in the protection and support of nature, of women, of children, of the feminine. The deep masculine is the courage in the heart of every one of us, able fearlessly to confront the challenges facing the planet.” – Scilla Ellworthy

The grief in men has been increasing steadily since the Industrial Revolution, and the grief has reached a depth now that cannot be ignored.” – Robert Bly

“A daughter is like the Mother. She is the guardian of the Mother. The Mother is the owner of everything—all the rivers, all the mountains. Without women and daughters, who would guard all of this?”—Kogi woman

Have you ever felt so at one with the world, with the universe, with everything that is, that you were overcome with love? That is reality. That is the truth. What we make of it is up to us, as the painting of the sunrise is up to the artist. In our world humanity has strayed from that love. It lives hatred and power struggles and manipulations of the Earth itself for its own narrow reasons. Continue and no one will see the sunrise. The sunrise will always exist, of course, but people on Earth will know nothing of it and finally even stories of its beauty will fade from our knowing.” – Richard Bach

“As you fall, remember that you are part of a beautiful story that did not start when you were born.
Remember that you are the universe exhaling, a breeze waiting to blow across a field of tall grass.
Remember, you are part of a beautiful story that did not start when you were born.
As your body cuts through the air, think of only the things that made you smile, the people that made you love, the ideas that made you strong.
Remember, those things will never happen again but they cannot unhappen.
Remember, you are part of a beautiful story that did not start when you were born.
Remember, what you felt can’t ever be taken away.
Remember, you are part of a beautiful story that did not start when you were born.
And it will not end when you die.
Remember.” — Iain S.  Thomas

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