We live with and upon an exquisite planet. It hangs in the vastness of space, a small blue ball, part of the solar system, one of five hundred solar systems in the Milky Way alone. As far as we know to date, amongst the hundred of billions of galaxies in the universe, there is no other planet like it.
Beneath its atmosphere, appearing as a tiny layer from space, is all life as we know it… the land, the seas, the skies; all flora, all bird life, all creatures and all humans. It teems with life beneath that tiny layer that separates us from the inhospitable conditions beyond it. And the teeming life is intricately bound by webs of such delicacy - interweaves in the composition of air, in the substructures, between grasses, between trees, in the water cycles…everywhere we look, all natural life is existing side by side by virtue of complex, multiple inter-relationships.
And you can just keep adding to the picture – the scents, the blossoms, the beauty, the ever-freshness and ever-renewal, the stability and the reliability; the covenant to support all life faithfully and magnificently upheld.
It’s here that we live all of our days until our passing. We watch weather and sunrises, we experience and learn and forge ourselves, all the time supported by the Earth. Many indigenous tribes have called this earth” the great mother”, but she could also be called “the great teacher”, giving us so much more than simple physical sustenance.
In this exhibition each of the artists has had the opportunity to explore and express their value, love and appreciation of our planet. In the face of these times, with climate change, plastics in the sea, plastics in the air we breathe, species disappearing, forests being cut down, the list of concerns is vast ….. it has felt right to pause, to take the time to go deeper, to feel an inner reverence for this place, to see this earth as a precious sanctuary, where the evolution of life and consciousness can unfold, a sacred space inside this vast universe, and to feel the caring that comes from deeper values.
As with so many common herbs, Lavender heals many ailments. It seems to be part of the very nature of our earth to provide for all her life forms. She has a healing and remedial nature woven into the very fabric of her DNA. Her ability to sustain life in this way, and our ability to find the properties she grows in abundance for our own welfare, fills me with wonder and thankfullness.
The Planet Earth is a small planet amongst vast galaxies within the universe. It is a very unique place. (And currently we have yet to discover any similar planets within the great universe).
Its very composition enables and supports a multitude of life, from all life created within an atomic structure - from the bedrock of the planet, to the flora and fauna that live upon it. From the micro to the macro; the deepest oceans to the highest mountains; the deserts and jungles to the arctic wastelands, and all are found in this special place.
It is a nurturing planet, which provides the nourishment to support life - the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. it is a constant, a home, to us a sacred space.
The very nature of our planet can be witnessed in the earth beneath our feet. Now known as the ‘Wood wide web’ every cubic meter of soil contains dozens of miles of hyphae (mycorrhizal fungi) that weave themselves into the tips of plant and tree roots at cellular level. It is an underground social network that moves resources and nutrients between species.
It is no longer thought to be a competitive forest of individuals. Older trees act as mother and send nutrients to younger trees. Sickening or stressed trees are sent nutrients. It is a cooperative system of collaborative intelligence. Even the mycorrhzial fungi and the tree roots exchange precious nutrients they cannot get for themselves. Dying trees divest their resources into the network and a struggling tree benefits from its neighbour. Trees under attack from aphids can send underground immune signal compounds to others trees throughout the wood to warn them of danger so they can produce the chemicals that repel the insects.
This web of life and the interdependent nature of communication and regulation is part of the sacred nature of our planet and crucial to our own well being.
This picture has three elements to contemplate.
The planet nourishing and sustaining all life.
The human being born with such fine gifts which we can share in our dealings one to another.
The vast universe which has caused this sacred place and all life upon her to evolve.
And in our dwelling and conversations it is possible to draw in the new and glimpse the unseen.