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We All Belong to the Biosphere

The Biosphere is
an Expression of Spirit


The Biosphere is Process, Place, Community, and Spirit.

When humans have opportunity to be immersed in nature, over time, and become intimate with the processes of other lives, as we watch a falcon break out of the egg, or watch the exuberance of adult horses playing in snow, our intuition and awareness wakes again to a shared life Spirit.

Our science demands that we ignore such intangibles as spirit. Spirit can't be quantified; its evidence cannot be tested. We are told to leave such things to the artists. Just as well.

In a sense, we humans are the part of the biosphere that can perceive the biosphere; we are the part of Earth that is able to look at itself, as in a mirror. This brings us back to the arts, which are traditionally defined as mirroring or imitating nature. Art is Earth expressing its spirit, through its portion called human.

We are the Earth made conscious; as we observe the natural world, we observe our larger selves.

Art has been a vehicle to carry Spirit through time. Over the centuries people of all cultures have shown in their arts the sense that there is a wholeness to Earth, a unity of Life, known but not directly seen.

Here is an essay exploring Art in relation to Ecology, and four directions artists have taken, through time and across cultures, to express this Spirit aspect of the biosphere.

The Ecological Function of Art
Earth Goddess, Mother Nature, Gaia
The Tree of Life
The Green Man
Earth Art

Explore Further in the Biosphere

Biosphere: Introduction
Biosphere as Place: Introduction
Biosphere as Ocean: Life Zones
Biosphere as Ocean Floor: Benthic Biomes One
Biosphere as Ocean Floor: Benthic Biomes Two
Biosphere on Land: Terrestrial Biomes
Biosphere on Land: Anthropogenic Biomes
Biosphere as Process: Introduction
Biosphere Process: Floating Continents, Tectonic Plates
Biosphere Process: Photosynthesis
Biosphere Process: Life Helps Make Earth's Crust
Biosphere Process:
Rock Cycle--Marriage of Water and Rock
Biosphere Process: Marriage of Wind and Water
Biosphere Process: Gas Exchange
Biosphere as An Expression of Spirit
The Ecological Function of Art
The Earth Goddess
The Tree of Life
The Green Man
Earth Art
Biosphere as Community
Biosphere Microcosm: Bacteria and Archaea
The Procaryote Domain
Biosphere Microcosm: Germs
Biosphere Community: The Eucaryote Domain
Biosphere Community: Protists 1: Algae
  Biosphere Community: Protists 2: Protozoa
Biosphere Community: Plants: What's New?
Biosphere Community: Plant Diversity--Major Groups
Biosphere Community: Plant Defense
Biosphere Community: Plant Pollination
Biosphere Community: Plant Seed Dispersal
Biosphere Community: Kingdom Animals
Biosphere Community: Kingdom Fungi
Biosphere Community: Six Great Extinctions
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