A chilly rainy day on the Meseta. May 22, 2014. Camino Day 17. I was walking by myself, surrounded by other peregrinos. Tired, cold, and wet.
Walking, and walking, and walking.
Then – the dawning awareness of a massive heart beneath us, in the Earth, supporting us and buoying us. Loving us. My heart was connected to this heart, as were the hearts of all the pilgrims around me. All our hearts were tethered to this one great Earth Heart.
Through this Heart we are all connected.
I’m connected, through this Heart, to the child atop the Mumbai garbage heap, to the American sex trafficker, to Donald Trump.
I’m connected, through this Heart, to all the woody green tree hearts, the flinty granite rock hearts, and the wild blue ocean heart.
I’m connected, through this Heart, to raven hearts, rattlesnake hearts, and otter hearts, too.
I think it’s probable that Earth Heart is connected to Moon Heart, Mars Heart, Orion Heart, etc. And that all those interstellar hearts are connected to Universe Heart. But I don’t have any data to back up my hypothesis. 😉
I think our connection to Earth Heart is what we call “God.”
This connection is how prayer works.
This connection is why my choices matter.
This connection is why I must heal what’s broken in me.
Because we’re all connected through this Deep Heart.
All of this is, of course, completely unprovable by any quantitative measure.
And I know it’s true.