Creation Spirituality in Practice

I see Creation Spirituality very much alive among native American Indians. They are totally one with nature. They see their surroundings alive with the same vivifying principle  that keeps them in existence. They see the desert and everything that is in it, full of beauty and bounty, as a living entity. They see the same life-giving principle alive in the rivers that bring them water and keep them alive and clean, giving life as well to their livestock and their crops. The mountains, that give them shelter and food and protect them from the harsh elements, are but mirrors of the awesomeness and grandeur of the source of all this life. When they have to kill game animals, they do so almost in reverence for the life that they are sacrificing so that they may have life sustenance.

In contrast, modern man is so enamored by his own achievements. He has built great cities with skyscrapers that rival the grandeur of natural canyons. And these buildings are more functional and totally under his control. Man can warm them up or cool them down as he pleases with his weather control technology. He is in control and starts believing he is god. When he kills, it is often out of greed or to control and subjugate others. Instead of being the creature, he sees himself as the creator and forgets about the real Creator.

Life is not about lording it over others but in loving one other. Life does not sort people out into the great ones and the small ones but equal sharers of the same life force, each one according to his uniqueness. We are all the same and yet there will never be another one like me. There is one Source and Creator of all life and we all mirror Him in our very existence.

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’
Matthew 20:20-28

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