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Multiple Dimensions to Healing Earth – Day Six

Multiple Dimensions to Healing Earth – Day Six Nicole

Love is the seventh wave

Peace activist, John McConnell, believed humans have an obligation to take care of the earth, and to share its resources equally, based on such passages as Psalm 115:16. Two years before I was born, in June 1965, McConnell spoke at the National Education Association Convention in Madison Square Garden where the public came together for a “Minute for Peace.” In October 1969, at the National UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, McConnell proposed a global holiday to celebrate Earth’s life and beauty and to advance peace. And in 1970, US Senator Gaylord Nelson established April 22nd, first as an environmental teach-in, followed by the annual observance.

palm sam bw

Growing up in Denver, CO, I remember years of looking toward the foothills, not able to see them for the perpetual brownish haze that lined the Front Range. Despite regulations imposed on oil and gas industries, air samples in some areas remain at greater than national percentages, higher even than refinery-dense Houston. National regulations have made an impact, however. The Clean Air Act, for instance, has been good for overall health and for the economy.

What is often missed in the discussion about environmental concerns is that global warming most acutely impacts the poor. My father-in-law, Howard A. Snyder, cogently discusses this issue, our responsibility to the earth and to the underserved in his Salvation Means Creation Healed. His impulse is much the same as John McConnell’s but Snyder takes the conversation further by suggesting that creation care is part of God’s redemptive plan. If you believe this as I do, perhaps we might be doing more to make things right in and for this world?

swinging trees sam

Today I had another mind-blowing conversation with my son, Howie chiming in a bit later. We were talking about four-dimensional constructs and the vectors that define them. This always spirals into the (friendly) argument over how to conceive of four dimensions and what additional dimensions indicate. It is such fun, but I’ll leave the details for another day. This is where Howie interjected. He recalled the lyrics from Sting’s, “Love is the Seventh Wave” based on the principle that waves come in sevens, the seventh of which is biggest. Sting asserts that Love is that 7th wave. So we considered the importance of seven in scripture and that perhaps six dimensions are the constant, including time, and that a seventh dimension permeates the reality of the six . . . . Of course, if you subscribe to string theory you’ll want to take it out to eleven, so a twelfth can be Love (you, know, 12 disciples, 12 tribes of Israel)

Yeah, this is how we spend our Saturday’s – and this Earth Day. At any rate, nearly fifty years after the first observance, I have hope that my children will continue to make all things right for the world, for this earth, entrusted us from the beginning. I believe this because of the advances in maths and sciences and technology and, well, YouTube, and they can think in terms of dimensions—beyond what I was taught and limited by in primary school. I have hope because Love is a reality that is beyond all dimensions and my son, for one, lives in that reality.

The lyrics are beautiful to contemplate and Sting’s performance can be viewed here:

“Love Is The Seventh Wave”

In the empire of the senses
You’re the queen of all you survey
All the cities all the nations
Everything that falls your way
There is a deeper wave than this
That you don’t understand
There is a deeper wave than this
Tugging at your hand

Every ripple on the ocean
Every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert
Every power we never see
There is a deeper wave than this
Swelling in the world
There is a deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

Feel it rising in the cities
Feel it sweeping over land
Over borders, over frontiers
Nothing will its power withstand
There is no deeper wave than this
Rising in the world
There is no deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

All the bloodshed, all the anger
All the weapons, all the greed
All the armies, all the missiles
All the symbols of our fear
There is a deeper wave than this
Rising in the world
There is a deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

At the still point of destruction
At the centre of the fury
All the angels, all the devils
All around us can’t you see
There is a deeper wave than this
Rising in the land
There is a deeper wave than this
Nothing will withstand

I say love is the seventh wave

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  • Yes! I get goosebumps reading those lyrics! 🙂

  • Reblogged this on Howie's Blog and commented:
    Best Earth Day Ever! Beautiful bike ride enjoying the earth, beautiful time with the fam and sharing about the cosmos and the deeper wave of love!! 🙂

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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO, MI).

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