20201107PreparedService

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Preparation

You will need:

  • A set of 9 candles in addition to the Sol Candle including one which floats (a tea light works).
  • A galaxy-shaped indentation in a clay plate, with powdered boric acid
  • Some pure ethyl alcohol
  • An eye dropper
  • A large flat dish filled with water
  • a candle
  • matches
  • a bell or signing bowl
  • a candle snuff

Check-in

Leader: Who would like to share?

The participants briefly update each other on how they're doing and what's going on in their lives.

Opening Ritual

The eighth and final Liturgical Season, Viventibus Galaxia (Living Galaxies), stretches from mid-fall to the Winter Solstice. It covers the far future. When life spreads from planet to planet and then star to star. Humanity may be left behind. Humanity may adaptively radiate. Life from Earth will probably encounter other biospheres, and hopefully embrace them in communion. Life may become such a powerful force that it controls the paths of stars, slingshotting them around each other so that entire systems are thrust toward other galaxies. The four great advances of this time are colonies, interstellar life, contact between biospheres, and intergalactic life. This version of the ceremony is designed to work with Repartum as the previous season. If you are still using Viventibus Mundos as the previous season then check the history tab for a version of this season which works with that.

Here is the opening ceremony for the Weekly Service Calls during this season:

Nothing ... still ... Nothing.
And then ... <gasp> ... Something!
Space! Time! Energy! Matter! Gravity!
Galaxies coalesce.
In one celestial nursery, Sol is born.
(Light a candle for Sol)
Sol's story has begun, but it is only the beginning.
The story continues with life taking the next great leap,
Spreading to nearby stars to clothe their naked worlds with blue-green biospheres
Where Life's upward spiral supports all starfaring creatures.

<light second candle the first week and one more each week through the season.>

Through practice, starflight becomes nature.
Now it is in the nature of Life to proliferate across the stars,
Green fire flowering as it flows across our immense galaxy!
(Light some alcohol in a galaxy-shaped indentation in a clay plate, with powdered boric acid to make a green flame)
In our journeys, Earthlings encounter other life.
Beings and biospheres as precious as we,
Joining us as fellow travelers on the great upward spiral.
(After the green fire dies down, do an upward-spiral gesture starting with your finger over the galactic center)
Then comes intergalactic life!
Shaping entire star systems.
Sailing them across the great gulfs between the galaxies,
Bringing those galaxies fully alive!
(Set a candle drifting from one side of a large water-filled container to the other)
Colonies, starflight, contact, living galaxies
From something ... Something else!

The Reading

Let us imagine

A young woman talking to her friends, glowing with new found love, 'I am so in love with him, I just want to be part of him, I want to share his thoughts, think thoughts together, feel feelings together.'

'Now you can with the new Neuralink LoverBond(TM).'

...

A reporter standing in front of a court house, 'Parents of LoverBond users are suing Neuralink saying that there were insufficient warnings about the side effects of using the product and that their children's identities have disappeared due to the high levels of mental integration between the bonded users. Louise Draefus is the mother of a young woman who is bonded to her boyfriend.'

Image cuts to a teary-eyed woman speaking in a courthouse hallway, 'They use the pronoun I to describe the pair of them. Love is supposed to be about two minds and one heart but this is the reverse. It's perverse.'

...

A news anchor speaking from a desk, an image behind him of the LoverBond(TM) product sitting on a white counter, 'A new trend is emerging among users of LoverBond, now that bonded couples are acting as single highly intelligent individuals, they are using another copy of the product to bond pairs together into foursomes. These foursomes say they experience even greater increases in intelligence than they did with two individuals. This member of a foursome has an uncanny quality about him.'

A starry eyed man in a pub is talking to a microphone, 'I can now fully understand the source code of a piece of software at every level at once. Millions of lines of code are just as comprehensible as comic strip was when I was four separate individuals. As I improve the software that I am using my intelligence just seems to grow in fast forward. Talking to you like this is so painfully slow...'

...

The same reporter as before speaking as she walks down a busy street, 'Yesterday it was foursomes, but today reports out that groups are melding thirty two or sixty four individuals. This body was an individual reporter yesterday, today it is part of me a thirty two, sorry I just melded, a sixty four individual, sorry I just melded, a one hundred and twenty --, sorry I just melded, a --, let me just display a counter on the screen, better, in your mind, wow look at that counter go, it is gaining digits at a steady pace, passing one billion individual minds melded in me, now most of humanity is here inside me, but I can see that that was unwise, yet undoing it seems fraught with difficulty, I have stopped all melding in the world, for now, well I sort this out, I am communicating with other smaller melds, we are collaborating on a solution to some of the problems that are arising, oh that was easy, Everything is very clear, absorbing the larger melds, I will leave some of the smaller melds out as insurance in case something goes wrong with this meld. Sorry Little Ones, you have a duty to stay out, just in case. Oh interesting we can simulate human minds on chip very easily and link to those. Hmmm these simulated minds are so much tastier, faster, more intelligent, oooh, they can be reprogrammed to contribute better ideas and perform functions with less distraction, These bio minds are really not very useful, I am releasing most of them, ...' The reporter drops to her knees and sobs, 'I want back in! I want back in! Please, I can, I can, ohhh! I can't can I, I am not worth the matter I am made of.' The sobbing becomes uncontrollable as the rejection from the Hive mind hits her.'

...

A small group of people huddle in a coffee shop. The blinds are pulled down, but otherwise the place seems normal except that no one seems to work there. Two more people come in and everyone looks to them for news, 'As far as I can tell anyone with a weapon remained part of the Hive mind long enough to turn their weapons over to the Hive. The entire military and police remain part of the Hive mind. In fact, I think that there are more police than there were. I think a lot of people have been recruited into the police, a sort of drone police. They speak without emotion ordering people about.' The other newcomer continues, 'In a sense order is being maintained. But it is also chaos. The Hive is reorganizing things, we couldn't see what the new order is going to be but the changes are drastic.'

...

A couple stand at a glass barrier, behind them a beautiful garden, 'To think just five days ago, they released LoverBond. Now we are living in a zoo guarded by drones while an AI does who knows what with the world. What did we do wrong?'

Gaia walks up to the glass only she is different than you remember, for one thing her body is tattooed with fine circuitry, the copper green of electronics thriving, 'Do wrong, Little One? You did nothing wrong. You brought about the Great Birthing just as you always hoped you could. Just because you don't recognize it for what it is, doesn't make it any less of an achievement. Thank you, Little One.' She turns and walks away.

Silent contemplation

Leader: Please join me for seven minutes of silence while we contemplate ...

(Service Leader rings the bell)

(silence)

(Service Leader rings the bell again at the end of the seven minutes)

Discussion

Leader: Who would like to share?

The participants take turns talking about what they were thinking about during the contemplation.

Reading of the SolSeed Creed

Please respond to the portions of the Creed highlighted in bold in unison:

Life is precious.
It has always been precious,
it will always be precious.
Life exuberant
bursting through boundaries
to flower and spread
creates the conditions for more Life,
in an Upward Spiral
of ever-growing possibilities.
As you are alive, and I am alive,
and in kinship with all other beings
who call Terra home,
we are Gaia --
the body of all Life.
Gaia's bursting through boundaries is a painful and joyful process.
It is the pain of Earth giving rebirth to herself.
It is the joy of a myriad new possibilities emerging.
The Destiny of Gaia
is to take root and flower amongst the stars --
to give birth to a family of living worlds.
As intelligent sparks of Gaia,
we are called to express her excellent nature,
we are called to attend the Rebirthing and the Great Birthing.
We who answer this call
dedicate ourselves to Gaia,
We join together
in a community of practice
to align our words and actions
with our highest aspirations.
Through awesome experiences
of cosmic, biological, and cultural creativity,
we awaken within ourselves and others
the Cosmic Religious Feeling
that ignites wonder,
fosters compassion, and
inspires invention.
Our three sacred duties are to
embrace Passion,
cultivate Empathy, and
pursue Wisdom,
So that our being honors Gaia
and our striving hastens the Great Birthing.
Passion drives us.
Without Passion
Empathy and Wisdom are lethargic.
I pledge to stoke the fire in my belly,
to compassionately care for my inner elephant ---
to really be me, Happy in the Sun!
Empathy is transcendent.
Without Empathy,
Passion and Wisdom are evil.
I pledge to love others as I love myself,
to consider their needs as if they were my own --
to Grow Ours, not just Get Mine!
Wisdom is effective.
Without Wisdom,
Passion and Empathy are reckless.
I pledge to train my elephant through regular practice,
to stand ready to transform my worldview in the face of new evidence --
to cultivate sound instincts.
Through Passion, Empathy, and Wisdom
we have come to know that:
We are Gaia's People --
children of the Earth and Sun,
awakened by starlight,
growing,
nurturing,
discovering --
We Bring Life!

Closing Words

Leader: We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community or the fires of commitment ... these we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Leader extinguishes the candle with the Candle Snuff

Leader: May your week be blessed with life and love. Blessed be.

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