Illustration: Helmer Jonas Osslund. 'Sommarlandskap från Nordingrå'
I came across the word terraqueous a couple of days ago and had no real idea what it meant, but like so much in the strange and enchanting world of the synchronous, once seen it appeared persistently for the next couple of days, online, offline, in daydreaming, in meditation, in walking, like a messenger banging on the door of my lifeline asking to be admitted. I never believe in dismissing omens or signs, and that everything comes across your path for a reason. Therefore, today's article is entirely devoted to the word terraqueous, make of that what you will.
So what does terraqueous actually mean? It literally means land and water, but its meaning can be conceptualised into the much more poetic ideal, that of the near magical composition of land and water, the coming together of the two most precious elements of life, those that have engendered countless cycles of birth, death, and rebirth, namely earth and water.
Our planet is the product of this most symbolic of relationships, we live on and for a terraqueous globe, we are nothing without it, we cannot exist independent of its relationship, despite what some may think. We enter our present life as physically a percentage of earth and water, and when this life slides away, our physical remains will be the same percentage of earth and water.
Illustration: Helmer Jonas Osslund. 'Sommarafton vid Faxälven' ('Summer Evening at Faxälven')
It is this inbuilt relationship, this symbolic harmony between land and water that is often reflected back from within us in the form of creative art. It is perhaps our homage to the good fortune that we find ourselves in when observing and understanding this most remarkable terraqueous globe, a blue and green planet, full of life, cast amongst the stars.
It is through creative expression that we can put motion and form to this our most fundamental of relationships. We are physical manifestations of earth and water; we are a consciousness wrapped in a terraqueous composition. It is important to at least contemplate the notion that we may well be a natural conscious expression of the planet. Too many critics have relegated humanity to a series of negative roles, from that of a cancerous growth, to the engine of armegeddon, and whilst we have lost our way, we are not irredeemable.
Despite the hurt and chaos we have, and continue to inflict upon the planet, it would not necessarily be a better place without us. We are not an outsider, an occupier, a species that came upon this blue/green planet from another place, we are natives, a species that is integral to the soul of the planet, we are native flora and fauna. That we are having a decidedly difficult adolescence, no one would really disagree, but to throw us out of our home because of it seems counter-productive.
Illustration: Otto Hesselbom. 'Summer Night Study'
If we are to be the expression of the planets consciousness, wrapped up within our own collective human consciousness, then we had better start acting like it. The role that the creative arts play is one of the most vital and important of human expressions. Through all of the disciplines that make up this extraordinary outpouring of humanity we have been able to guide and give projection to the fundamental relationship that we have with our planet and it is the creative arts that will show the species the way forward.
By expanding our appreciation of our own inbuilt creativity, both as a species and as an individual, we can help to reveal the complex understanding of our terraqueous globe and our role within it. We are, above all an outward and inward expression of the relationship that makes up a terraqueous planet, the most precious relationship of life, that between land and water.
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