The Day the Rains Came
In the fall of '92, I spoke at a conference
called "Planet in Change" in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the conference,
the speakers were given a tour of South Africa: first stop, Kruger National
Park, one of the largest game reserves on earth.
"We call all of the nature spirits and devas
of this entire area: the spirits of the land, the air, the fire and the waters.
We call the wind and cloud devas. "We know that humanity has been ignorant.
We have damaged the natural world in many ways, polluting, tearing down the
rain forests, stripping the land, with little regard for the wondrous gifts
and vital importance of nature. But we want you to know that things are changing;
we are waking up! We are beginning to bring our relationship with nature
back into balance. We ask your understanding, and forgiveness, and patience
as we move step by step into wisdom.
We left the next morning, sharing with the staff
that we had prayed for rain. I could see that they expected nothing from
it because truly, the day had begun exactly as had all the others, gray and
overcast but with no hint of coming rain.
I pondered this on the long flights back to northern
California. My area around Mount Shasta had felt six years of drought almost
as deeply as the rest of the state. While our drought was not as extreme
as South Africa's, it was certainly severe. I had worked on it some, but
I had never given it a prayer so passionate and determined as the one I had
spoken in Kruger Park.
Now on this beloved Earth, we have a unique
opportunity to demonstrate what the power of passionate prayer can do. We
are in a period of great upheaval, a transition to a whole new way of life.
There could be no better time to gather together in large or small groups,
or by yourself, to bring peace to our changing times. The power of even one
passionate voice is so powerful and important! And the prayer of groups multiplies
this power many times over. Here is one possible prayer:
"Beloved Mother Father God, beloved Earth Mother,
and all the spirits of nature, we ask your help in creating a peaceful transition
for Earth. We ask the divine being of everyone who lives here to join together
and create peaceful progress. We now call upon the healing love, light and
power of God within each to dissolve every past thought form, belief, prejudice,
hatred, fear, ignorance, and limitation of any kind which would keep the
beloved people of our world in disharmony within themselves and with each
other. These are being dissolved NOW, to the degree of readiness and willingness
Copyright Joanna Cherry, 2007
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