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"Everything Tells the Story of the Universe": A Moment of Thomas Berry: Everyday Magic

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

My friend David shared a quote on a listserv today that reminded me of where I live: in the universe, and in story. I pass this onto you from the wise words of Thomas Berry, an ecological theologian and bioregional writer who tells us that "The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects." You can change your life for the better by reading more of him, particularly his astonishing book, The Dream of the Earth.

Here’s what else he says:

“Firstly, the primary status of the universe. The universe is, ‘the only self-referential reality in the phenomenal world. It is the only text without context. Everything else has to be seen in the context of the universe’. The second element is the significance of story, and in particular the universe as story. ‘The universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything.”

Tell your story, and listen to the stories all around you being told, sung, danced and dropped at your feet.

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