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Can our planet actually be a sentient being, known as Gaia? If you remember, our reality is composed of many layers, the atomic,  physical and the spirit energy level. Could the rocks, plains and oceans that we inhabit and take for granted actually be a super organism, a conscious being?

Today, Gaia is also the name of an ambitious mission to chart a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, in the process revealing the composition, formation and evolution of the Galaxy. Hopefully this will give us some answers.

Goddess Gaia

On one level Gaia (or Gaea) is the Greek name for the Earth Mother Goddess. She was created from the primal cosmic chaos.  Gaia is supposed to have given birth to all the plants, animals, gods and goddesses, and of course the human race.  Gaia was the great mother of all creation. This is goddess Gaia. She is still worshiped in some quarters today.

Gaia as a sentient being

 The Gaia hypothesis states that Earth is a single living entity, a sentient super organism. Gaia works to maintain a homeostasis, a stable and optimal set of conditions which allows life on Earth to be comfortable and thrive. Although expanded and restated by James Lovelock, in his books about Gaia, it is not a wholly new concept. In the 18th Century, for example biologists and writers such as James Hutton and Lewis Thomas were exploring, theorizing and writing about the possibility.

Lovelock defined Gaia as “…a complex entity involving the Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life.”

In his books about Gaia he gives evidence for the interconnected and self balancing factors that enable life on Earth to survive and even flourish. When you think about it there are so many factors that have to be just so for us to exist at all, let alone in our complex interconnected systems. Could it really all be random?

JL gives as one example the level of oxygen in our atmosphere. In spite of all human activities it is relatively stable. Too little we could not breathe properly, too much and fires would burn out of control. Could this be just a lucky accident?

Some think that, as a sentient being, Earth has, as we do, its own energetic system. It is these spirit or subtle energies  that permeate out (as per our ley lines and hot spots) for use by humanity.

The tricky question

This leads to the core question. Does the Earth (via Gaia) shape life on Earth? Or does the life existing on the Earth, shape it?

The modern Gaia mission, if it can find other planets with life on them, may be able to throw some light on that question.

A  final thought

If the Gaia hypothesis is true, we must hope that she does not decide that the rest of life is better off without the human race and cleanse herself of us. I suspect she has done that already several times before