Tim Flinders has used his elegant literary voice to bring to life the words of Father Thomas Berry and Sri Eknath Easwaran in his book, Thomas Berry's Sacred Surround: An Introduction to His Thoughts & Spirituality.
This book could not have been better timed considering the planetary challenges of global warming and the pressing need to become active trustees of our planet.
Thomas Berry makes a strong case for a new spiritual ecology movement in which we realize our interconnectedness as humans to a common spirit and to the universe. Both eastern and western mystics point us in the right direction toward a spirit centered life if we are willing to do as Sri Easwaran instructs and turn inwards and contemplate their words.
I believe the following quotes by Carl Gustav Jung perhaps sums up the problems associated with the ascendency of rationalism at the expense of numinosity asserted by Berry and Easwaran, and the mindset/spiritset that will lead us to an interconnected spirit-centered trusteeship of our planet:
"Modern man does not understand how much his `rationalism' (which has destroyed his capacity to respond to numinous symbols and ideas) has put him at the mercy of the psychic `underworld.' He has freed himself from `superstition' (or so he believes), but in the process he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. His moral and spiritual tradition has disintegrated, and he is now paying the price for this break-up in world-wide disorientation and dissociation."
~CG Jung, Man and his Symbols
"At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the plashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons."
~ C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections