Our stories can
tell us who we are, where we've been, how we've come to this present place.
the stories we tell ourselves about our place in the world, our skills, our
weaknesses, and our dreams define how we will move forward into the future.
Our stories may
not tell us where we will end up, but they can shape who we will be when we
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Declaration of the Four
The Earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many
different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire,
water, and earth.
Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother,
or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of interconnected
systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.
To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their
usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standard by
which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged.
No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the
expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its
All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are
sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice
can assure balance; only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in
freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full
To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment,
sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor
the sacred is to make love possible.
To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences,
and our voices. To this we dedicate our lives.
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