Sacred Earth Alaska

a creation spirituality community

Re-membering

The modern world cast off the view of the earth as sacred, allowing a forgetfulness that has created an ecological crisis. But people often experience the wisdom of nature speaking to their souls. It is important to the earth itself and to our own health that we begin once again to listen and respond.

 

Where Land & People, Contemporary Science, Art & Spirit Come Together

“The universe is a communion of subjects not a collection of objects …The ancient human-Earth relationship must be recovered in a new context, in its mystical as well as in its physical functioning. There is need for awareness that the mountains and rivers and all living things, the sky and its sun and moon and clouds all constitute a healing, sustaining sacred presence for humans which they need as much for their psychic integrity as for their physical nourishment.”   ~ Thomas Berry

Recovering Our Sacred Relationship

Re-awakening

To listen & respond to the scripture written in nature, in the aboriginal traditions, in the mystics of the world religions, in contemporary science, & in the wisdom of our ancestors, in the archetypal realms, and in our hearts; To respond once again by experiencing these enlivening natural relationships which give meaning within our lives. 

Invitation for those interested in forming an Alaskan Creation Spirituality Community

 

For more information about Creation Spirituality, what it is and what it is not, or for presentations, study groups, or planed activities in Anchorage or on Zoom, message us at

Welcome

 

Welcome to this statewide creation spirituality site for Alaskans of many faiths or none at all, renewing our definitions of the sacred within ourselves, each other, the earth, even the solar system and the universe itself; looking at creation as the first scripture, a sacred word given to us, a teaching to meditate on; and learning what that means for us today. In this time of climate crisis and global warming how do we express this relationship with the earth and all our relations in this beautiful arctic land on this beautiful planet .

Science with its focus on scientific facts and insight comes together in a wild and wonderful dance with Creation Spirituality with its focus on the mystics - each enthralled with the other. No longer do we have to decide between the two. These lovers belong together. Below

“We will recover our sense of wonder and our sense of the sacred only if we appreciate the universe beyond ourselves as a revelatory experience of that numinous presence whence all things came into being.” 

                                 – Thomas Berry

Zhang Zai’s “The Western Inscription”

“Heaven is my father and Earth is my mother, and even such a small creature as I
finds an intimate place in their midst.

Therefore that which fills the universe I regard as my body and that which directs the universe I consider as my nature.
All people are my brothers and sisters
and all things are my companions.”

Zhang Zai, (Chang Tsai, 1020-1077) was a pioneer of the Song dynasty philosophical movement called “Study of the Way.” “The Western Inscription” is an excerpt from one of his long essays. It is so named because he painted the inscription on the western wall of his house.

 

 

Creation Spirituality & Science

“We have, in a sense,
a new revelatory experience of the Divine

through our present understanding
of an unfolding universe,
a cosmogenesis rather than a cosmos.

                    – Thomas Berry

The Song of Uvavnuk: Earth and the Great Weather 

The great sea moves me, sets me adrift.
It moves me with the great river within it.
The vault of heaven moves me.
Mighty weather storms through my soul.
It carries me with it
Trembling with joy.

Uvavnuk was a great and powerful Inuk spiritual healer. A “great fire ball coming from the sky” entered her and filled her with light. As it entered her she saw its spirit and became a shaman. When she regained consciousness she sang this song. The Song of Uvavnuk: Earth and the Great Weather, recorded in Kurd Rasmuson’s journal of the 5th Thule Expedition from 1921- 1924

Creation Spirituality & Creativity: Below are expressions of creativity as meditation, creativity as prayer, creativity as listening & responding to the earth's creatures, to the elements, and to the wisdom of our ancestors, acknowledging beauty, wonder, inter-relationship, grief and joy. Creativity could be a garden, a new business or a cabinet you have made.

  

Jannah Sexton Atkins –
Prayer Markers-Ecological Relics

   Located in the State of Alaska Online Museum

Jannah Sexton Atkins’ series Prayer Markers combines found and recycled objects with hand-drawn and sculpted elements. These mixed media assemblages contemplate society’s connection to nature. Each of the artworks in the exhibition includes a portrait of an insect, bird, fish or plant. Sexton Atkins playfully combines these portraits with salvaged, societal waste. The resulting Markers encourage connection and responsibility to our planet.   

Pamuya - Ocean Prayer

Pamyua is Alaska’s most famous Yupik Inuit Soul group.  Their performances honor and share Indigenous Inuit cultural traditions and stories of their heritage through music and ceremony passed down through generations. The founding members are Phillip Blanchett, Stephen Blanchett, Ossie Kairaiuak, and Karina Møller.  Check out their performance at the Kennedy Center. 

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John Luther Adams - Become Ocean

John Luther Adams is an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes of Alaska, where he lived from 1978 to 2014. His orchestral work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. It is part of a trilogy which includes Become River, Become Desert. His earlier piece, Inuksuit, based on the poem above, The Earth and the Great Weather, is a powerful concert length work for percussion.

Creation Spirituality & Creativity: Below are expressions of earth mysticism creativity as meditation by Alaskans , creativity as prayer, creativity as listening & responding to the earth's creatures, to the elements, and to the wisdom of our ancestors, acknowledging beauty, wonder, inter-relationship, grief and joy. Creativity could be a garden, a new business or a cabinet you have made.

  

Jannah Sexton Atkins –
Prayer Markers-Ecological Relics

   Located in the State of Alaska Online Museum

Jannah Sexton Atkins’ series Prayer Markers combines found and recycled objects with hand-drawn and sculpted elements. These mixed media assemblages contemplate society’s connection to nature. Each of the artworks in the exhibition includes a portrait of an insect, bird, fish or plant. Sexton Atkins playfully combines these portraits with salvaged, societal waste. The resulting Markers encourage connection and responsibility to our planet.   

Pamuya - Ocean Prayer

Pamyua is Alaska’s most famous Yupik Inuit Soul group.  Their performances honor and share Indigenous Inuit cultural traditions and stories of their heritage through music and ceremony passed down through generations. The founding members are Phillip Blanchett, Stephen Blanchett, Ossie Kairaiuak, and Karina Møller.  Check out their performance at the Kennedy Center. 

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John Luther Adams - Become Ocean

John Luther Adams is an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes of Alaska, where he lived from 1978 to 2014. His orchestral work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music. It is part of a trilogy which includes Become River, Become Desert. His earlier piece, Inuksuit, based on the poem above, The Earth and the Great Weather, is a powerful concert length work for percussion.

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Healing Through the Mind of Christ

Identifying Beautiful Sites in Alaska,
Clearing, Cleansing & Blessing Them.

 

Identifying Land or Waters that have suffered abuse, assessing and prioritizing their needs, developing and initiating a plan.

 

Recovery Dharma

Oct 31, 2018 @ 5:30pm
1234 Divi St. San Francisco, CA 93513

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San Francisco, CA 93513

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Healing Through the Mind of Christ

Nov 15, 2018 @ 8:00pm
1234 Divi St. San Francisco, CA 93513

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