Other human bodies are our
For Earthfolk when the Apollo 8 astronauts
during Christmas 1968 took the iconic photograph called
was discovered than what appears to be the trite insight that all humans
share the one cosmic dirt-ball tagged "Earth."
Earthfolk were swept up and away by an
unsettling sense of identity and a
heartfelt emotion of feeling sensually precious.
Feeling one’s sensual preciousness describes the how
of the Earthfolk experience. Namely, that
full human sensing,
understanding and imagining
occurs within moments of intimacy
when each of us knows our self
through a precious Other.
Here, the precious Other was the
Living Earth, itself. This sight of Starship Earth was a birthing
moment. As Earthfolk peered and saw it so they became fully aware—somewhat
shocked and awestruck—of the precious
intimacy which the Living Earth
is. Yes, is. We sensed with every fiber of
our being that the Living Earth is Her, Mother …
and Home! The photo conveyed the
Ancient invitation: "Come home, my children!" We
felt precious within Her nurturing embrace.