Green Chi: The Human Gift to the Earth

There must have been a Dance of the Turkeys on my driveway last night. While out walking this morning, I saw at least 40 turkey footprints, and there were some very big ones indeed, with a middle toe of about 5 inches! A few deer hoofs were tracked into the mud, too, and I saw wild animal scat but I am not well-enough trained to identify what animal left it.

How intricately these wild animals are part of nature, I thought, and how vulnerable they are to the shifts and changes that will result because of global warming. I was reminded of the words of a wise and thoughtful Cherokee medicine priest, David Winston, who told me that the Cherokee believe that humans are here on Earth, in part, as caretakers of the Great Life. Creation gave us all gifts, he said, and the gifts are the basis for that specific species’ offering back to Creation. The bee makes honey, the maple tree runs sap and the silkworm spins silk.

Our gift as humans is our large cerebral cortex, he says, and our offering or role is to find our way back to the path of being truly human and to leave the Earth better than we found it by using our problem-solving abilities. He says this gift was too much for us and, traumatized, our spirit shattered into two, our hearts as one and the shadowy side of human nature as the other. The result of this shattered spirit is the “John Grabs All” mentality toward the Earth.

Weaving our heart and shadow back together is very hard work, what the Cherokee call remaking yourself. This is necessary to heal so that we may find our way back to fulfill our sacred spiritual contract and become caretakers of the Earth.

I have a deep sense of trust that humans’ problem-solving abilities will begin to get a handle on solving global warming. Next time around, instead of “John Grabs All” we will humbly acknowledge that we are all interconnected and we need to caretake the whole.

How are you being a caretaker of the planet, or the animals on our planet? Share your thoughts in the comment field below.


Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

I forgot to add this; n, p, t. Thanks again!

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

Oh.... what a beautiful post! Thank you, Ms. Bond, for reaffirming my belief in the connection between all living things and the earth. I believe that with my whole heart which is the reason for the pain I feel when I see harm inflicted on other living things as well as Mother Earth. I am committed to helping in every way I can though at times it seems hopeless. Nevertheless, I will not give up or lose hope because I too believe in the basic goodness of human beings. The number of people on Care2 from all around the globe working together to save Mother Earth is a testament to basic human goodness. I rejoice for this knowledge which keeps the flame of hope alive in my heart.

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman5 years ago

It makes me sad that I am doing as much as I can to help the earth & still it gets hurt everyday. Yet sometimes I feel stronger than other ppl because I am more in tuned with the earth.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago

Thank you for posting!!

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

It is long overdue for humanity to love and respect this earth- then and only then can we truly say we love this earth. There are so many who pay lip servicve, it takes more than this. To each , we should do our part to heal this earth. It is not ours to trample upon, it is a sacred trust.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic6 years ago

great article

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago