Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
Earth is a living, breathing biosphere of energy, supporting us as we grow and evolve. We are creatures of magnetism and gravity, inextricably linked to our mother, the earth. We live in extraordinary times where we can actually see the earth from the perspective of outer space, fulfilling what the ancient prophets saw only in dreams. In Black Elk’s great vision, he looked down upon “the whole hoop of the earth.”
“Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw;
for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops
that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,
and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter
all the children of one mother and one father.
And I saw that it was holy.” Black Elk, 1931
Try meditating on the earth from the perspective of Black Elk, high above the earth and outside of time. This film was created by expedition 28 and 29’s crew onboard the International Space Station using a time lapse sequence of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera from August to October, 2011.