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Beneficial Microorganisms: The Essence of Gaia – the Mother Earth

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Mother Earth

Gaia – our Mother Nature encompasses all the entire ecosystem of planet Earth.  All living & non-living are interconnected                      with her through one-celled microorganisms- the agent of change, creation and death.

            Microorganisms are involved in all life processes. They produce enzymes for metabolic activities of plants and animals. Cell metabolism occurs in every living cell. Multicellular organisms have an overall metabolism that differs from the metabolism of individual cells. Metabolic pathways form a two-part process; the first part is’Catabolism,’ during which the body processes food to be used for energy. The other part is called, ‘Anabolism,’ where the person’s body uses food in order to either repair or build cells. The metabolic process ceases only when animal or plant dies. 

            Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. It is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment.  Through the global consciousness of Mother Gaia, all living things on this planet, from their most primordial instincts, are constantly interacting with their environment to ensure the harmony, balance and continuity of Life. Microorganisms are the major drivers of geochemical and biotransformation processes in soil.

             The essence of Gaia is the living microorganisms found in this planet earth. These one-celled entities are like grains of sand, countless and enormous as stars in the universe. They are found everywhere, in living and non-living. They are the essence of Gaia, our mother nature. In its untouched natural habitat, they are part of dynamic system with regulatory and specific function. They are the army of Gaia.

             Plants, both above- and below ground, offer diverse habitats for microbial colonization and growth. Plant-microbe interactions lie at the heart of plant performance and ecology. Plants provide various growth substrates and physical habitats for microbes on both sides of the air-soil interface, and numerous plant-associated niches have been exploited by specific microbial species, either by specializing on the distinct environmental conditions available, or entering into commensal, mutualistic, or parasitic interactions with plants.

            Microorganisms function as catalyst, fixers and carriers not only of nutrients and water but also of light energy from the sun. Plants are able to absorb pure light from the sun needed in the production of food during the process of photosynthesis. These pure lights are absorbed and processed by plants with the aid of microorganism, The army of Gaia. they are the wonder workers, the scientists doing the processing of food in plants. Plants acts as carriers and keepers of solar light, the source of yang energy needed by animals and human beings. Light from any source is a form of energy, and many or most of the living things like plants rely on light to provide the energy they need to do the necessary work of life. This general process goes by the name “photosynthesis,” which means “the making by light.” The energy carried by light is used to make possible reactions that make sugar, which is then used to make other materials in the plant. The food we eat exists because of sunlight falling on green plants, and the fuel we burn comes either from such plants, or was accumulated by them (in the forms of coal, oil and natural gas) long ago. 

            In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness which he named Gaia. It is this global consciousness,  Mother Gaia that makes our planet capable of supporting life while our near neighbors in the solar system are barren and lifeless.  In some Gaia theory, the Earth itself is viewed as an organism with self- regulatory functions. Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis was widely embraced and passed into common usage as part of the heightened awareness of environmental concerns of the 1990s.  (March, Green 1998)                                

            The way of Mother Gaia is the passive, feminine, Yin way of healing. All we need to do to regain our health is to return to the bosom of Mother Nature and live in accordance with Her laws. The Gaia archetype underlies all notions of the Nature Cure. Mother Nature is a healing goddess.

            The Earth and the Sun have a symbiotic relationship; they are tied together via stellar DNA, always producing a yin and yang. They balance one another on multiple levels. The Sun is the giver of life; it is our elder brother and our father light. The Sun is a portal, which streams info and light emanations from other light systems and worlds above ours. It is a storehouse of vital energies and is considered to be the great heart (McBeth- Louthan).

            Human beings should be nourished by pure light stored in plants to have wholeness and balance. However, pollution and mutation have caused less absorption of pure light from the sun due to disorientation and alienation of function of microorganisms as the entire ecosystem is disrupted and unbalanced. Diseases and pestilence come in different ways as a result of what we eat. Nobody is spared from the ailment of Gaia. As Native Indians saying foretold that whatever befall the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Mankind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chinese proverbs also says,” What is above, so is below”. What is bad or poison to microbes, will also poison man. Microorganisms mutate to survive, so are humans. We are being poisoned by what we eat; by pollution; and our way of life. Yet we survived because our mind and body adapt to the environment.

            According to Kornelia Smalla and Jan Dirk van Elsas, the intricacies of microbial life in soil has been impacted by the advanced, mainly molecularly-based, approaches that have been unleashed on the soil habitat in recent years. The application of molecular and other advanced methods (cultivation-independent analyses) has provided new insights into microbial life in soil.Soil is an extremely diverse and complex habitat containing many microsites and gradients that form a range of different biogeochemical interfaces. The aggregates formed by minerals, soil organic matter, fungal hyphae, roots and plant debris offer a range of potential niches for microorganisms with different lifestyles.

            The vast explosion of high-resolution molecular data in the past few years has provided an unprecedented glimpse into the microbial world enhancing our understanding of current viewpoints and knowledge on microbial ecological theory. Mutualism is responsible for the genesis of green plants and is implicated in their colonization of land. Current knowledge of plant-microorganism symbioses includes a range of associations with different degrees of intimacy and mutual dependence. In concert with the soil’s inorganic and organic constituents, microbes are influential in actively shaping the architecture of the soil matrix by the formation and restructuring of soil aggregates. In addition, the diversity of microbial communities is extremely high in most soils.

               Some researches showed that a key determinant of microbial fitness in the soil is the ability of microbial cells to fine-tune their cellular metabolism to the abiotic and biotic conditions that prevail locally while other studies tried to enhance the rate of adaptation of microorganisms in a changing environmental conditions by horizontal gene transfer processes but these only add to the deterioration of the microbial ecological balance in the soil.

            Gaia is weakened by pollution, excessive fertilization and deforestation. The army of Gaia had lost its harmony and balance due to mutation, a form of self-defense and adaptation. Mutations had resulted to disorientation and alienation to its regulatory functions. Mutation had caused ripple effect on everything – causing complex diseases and pestilence to animals, plants and human beings. The power of Mother Nature to heal, nurture and support all life on this planet had weakened.

            There’s a need for spiritual fire that promotes a communal commitment to a worldwide environmental undertaking. Native or primal ways will fuel that fire and give it great power.  Live in a balance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours; violate Her laws and get out of balance, and you pay the price in suffering and disease. In this sense, all medicine and healing can be seen as a system of ecology interconnected with the microbial ecology balance of the earth, the Mother nature. Let there be awareness among all mankind.   

            Let us protect and restore the natural habitat of our environment and help Gaia in restoring its healing power for harmony and wholeness. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills. Make our soil free from pollutants and excessive fertilization. Make our rivers and other bodies of water free from contamination and heavy metals. Let fishes, shrimps and other cold-bloodied animals thrive in our fields and fresh waters like rivers and lakes. Let the frogs and tadpoles be plentiful in this planet earth. They are the best  indicators of clean and healthy environment. As “Life is flowing from the breath field, prana will bring us living energy.”

            Einstein told us that we need a higher level of thinking to get ourselves out of the mess than the thinking that got us into the mess. Stephen Covey tells us that in such situations as we are in today we need a quantum change that can only be brought about by a completely new paradigm. Our current way of living is the paradigm that got us into the mess.

            “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. (Chief Seattle_)

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