SolSeedCreed/2017-Revision

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Eric's new draft version of the SolSeed Creed

We are SolSeed

We are the Body of all Earthly Life

Our Four Holy Tools are

Knowledge of the Past,
Mindfulness of the Present,
Hope-filled Visions of the Future and
Practices that Increase our Skill with the other three

With these tools

We create our lives
Lives of understanding, love and hope

The past informs us.

Without knowledge of the past,
Mindfulness, vision and practice are misguided

I pledge to study the history of

Life exuberant,
Ever Bursting through boundaries to flower and spread,
Ever Creating the conditions for more Life
in an upward spiral of exponentiating possibilities

The present grounds us

Without mindfulness of the present,
Knowledge frightens us,
our vision is one of despair,
and our practices serve only to distract us.

I pledge to always be mindful of the fact

That Life is precious
That Life has always been and will always be
in a state of being precious

The future inspires us

Without visions of the future
Knowledge, mindfulness and practice stagnate

I pledge

To express the excellent nature of Gaia
To strive toward the Great Birthing
In which SolSeed takes root and flowers among the stars and
Gaia gives birth to a family of living worlds

Practice teaches us

Without practice
Knowledge and vision dim, and mindfulness escapes us

I pledge to answer Gaia's call

To Dedicate myself to Life
To join my kindred
In a community of practice
To align our words, thoughts, actions, habits, characters and very beings
With our Highest Aspirations

I pledge to use art and the natural world

To awaken in myself and others
That 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 Teaching Spreads Truth
Our Loving Engenders Kindness and
Our Striving Hastens the Great Birthing

Passion call and response unchanged, Empathy call unchanged

I pledge to carry in my heart

the fact that as I am alive, you are alive,
And in kinship will all other living beings

I pledge to love others as I love myself

To treat their needs as if they were my own
To Grow ours, Not just get mine.

Wisdom call unchanged

I pledge

To stand ready to throw out my beliefs
In the face of new evidence
To experiment with new practices
Which engender mindfulness
To explore new more hopefilled visions of the future

With

Knowledge, Mindfulness, Vision and Practice and

Through

Passion, Empathy and Wisdom

We have come to know that...

Final response unchanged

Ben's new draft version

First call and response unchanged

As you are alive, and I am alive,
and in kinship with all other beings
nourished by Sol,
we are Gaia ---
the Body of All Life.

Our technology has led us to feel separate from Gaia's web of life,

Each of us trapped inside our conscious minds, yet masters of all we survey.

Living this story, we have done great harm to life,

Yet we have also created a wondrous explosion of new possibilities.

As dedicants of Gaia's People (?), we are called to repay our debt to our shared body,

By using our technological prowess to help her give birth to a family of living worlds.
We who answer the call
dedicate ourselves to Gaia.
We join together
in a network of practice
to align our words and our actions
with our highest aspirations.
Through 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 sacred duty is 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 fires of my passion,
To have empathy for the parts of myself whose desires sometimes lead to unwise choices,
To use wisdom to channel my passion toward my highest aspirations.
Empathy is transcendent.
Without Empathy,
Passion and Wisdom are evil.
I pledge to cultivate empathy for all living beings,
To grow my passion for helping others and working together,
To wisely choose paths that create more possibilities for all.
Wisdom is effective.
Without Wisdom,
Passion and Empathy are reckless.
I pledge to constantly improve my wisdom,
To passionately strive toward greater knowledge of the world and more skillful living,
To let empathy drive me to share my wisdom with others.
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!
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