- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (September 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684830337
- ISBN-13: 978-0684830339
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World Paperback – September 17, 1996
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The book shows how plants and animals have language - they have feelings - and just like people, they're impacted by trauma and the destruction of their ecosystems.
Hogan describes how all living matter has conscious energy that is embedded with human cells. We are all affected by the history of shared air molecules, shared water molecules, and passed on DNA containing the stories of our ancestors - and we all feel global tragedies and desecration of life - stories carried on the wind.
Dwellings helps us remember the divinity of all life, the sacred fragileness, how our instincts are real and should be followed above societal madness of being closed off and human-centric.
"Do you remember the friend that the leaves talked to? We need to be that friend. Listen. The ears of the corn are singing. They are telling their stories and singing their songs. We knew that would be true," Hogan explains how the earth is a generous giver who wants peace and natural balance. It benefits all species - human, plant, animal and molecule - when we "participate in a reciprocal and balanced exchange with life," gratefully receiving the gifts of the present, while giving back with compassion.
Nature is the deepest reality of earth and the universe, and to deny that reality causes us to suffer from toxic life: pollution, global warming, broken heartedness, emptiness and loneliness.
Hogan observes, "What we really are searching for is a language that heals this relationship, one that takes the side of the amazing and fragile life on our life-giving earth. A language that knows the corn, and the one that corn knows, a language that takes hold of the mystery of what's around us and offers it back to us, full of awe and wonder. It is a language of creation, of divine fire, a language that goes beyond the strict borders of scientific inquiry and right into the heart of the mystery itself."
Dwellings describes the importance of listening to this language of mystery, and to our own intuition, feelings and dreaming, which provide intrinsic knowledge and understanding.
Hogan describes how our role as intelligent human guests on life-giving earth is that of care takers and compassionate stewards. We can help reestablish a balanced world by simply praising the miraculousness of all living things - this praise-giving attitude of tenderness helps the creatures by letting them know we share an allegiance of wanting health, respect and love for nature; in turn, such actions sustain ourselves and life on this planet.
"Here is a lesson: what happens to people and what happens to the land is the same thing." -Linda Hogan