It's where we live. It's a big ball of matter. It's the solid ground upon which we stand as we spin on an axis and orbit around the Sun. It's Earth.
Earth is the name of our planetary home, but earth is also one of the five classical elements, which include fire and water (covered in the last two blogs), as well as air and inner space (to be covered in the next two blogs).
Of all the elements, earth is the most solid, hence its nickname terra firma, which literally means "firm land". The material of earth is durable and able to retain specific shapes for extended periods of time. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built with massive blocks of limestone and granite, is a testament to this special characteristic of resilience. While entire civilizations have risen and fallen across the span of several millennia, the Great Pyramid has stood comfortably still.
When I look at my own body, I see plenty of elemental corroborations that reflect the broader scope of Earth's material. The hair growing on my arm resembles the grass that grows out of soil. The bones which make up my skeleton are not dissimilar to the rocks and stones which make up a mountain. My belly button could just as easily be a sinkhole connected to a vast underground network of energetic channels and living tissue.
Clearly, our personal body is a microcosm of the bigger Earth body we inhabit.
Walt Whitman wrote:
Have you ever loved the body of a woman?Have you ever loved the body of a man?Do you not see that these are exactly the same to all in all nations and times all over the earth?If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred,And the glory and sweet of a man is the token of manhood untainted,And in man or woman, a clean, strong, firm-fibred body, is more beautiful than the most beautiful face.
In the AYP practice of cosmic samyama, we use our calm awareness to scan the body, lightly touching upon sutra locations that ultimately move us beyond our personal body, allowing us to tap into Earth consciousness, as well as the rest of the cosmos.
Yogani has written: "One hundred thousand years to cross our galaxy at the speed of light? We can meet on the other side right now, and be back again in an instant. The universe is our playground when we are reborn in the divine flow resulting from the marriage of abiding inner silence and our ecstatic awakening. We are here, everywhere, and nowhere. Free!"
So, it turn outs that the Earth and our body are more than just conglomerate masses of material; they are intergalactic portals.
Let's take advantage.