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Gaia, The Planetary Religion
Gaian scientists describe the Gaia Theory as global nervous system, a planetary-level phenomenon of atmospheric and temperature self-regulation. It is composed of physical chemical, biological and human components. The goal of this climate and chemical regulation is to provide a comfortable state for life. This regulation occurs through interaction of atmospheric gases, surface rocks, water, and the sun with the life-cycle and evolution of living organisms. Geophysiology (the study of the intimate link between biology and ecology on the planetary surface) studies the Earth as a network of species covering the planet's surface incessantly creating new organisms and environments. Gaia is a huge collection of interacting ecosystems that transcends all individual organisms. It is the largest goal-seeking, living entity in the solar system.
The sum of the parts of Gaia makes us whole, a holy Earth, our sacred home in the Cosmos. Even though some Gaia scientists insist that Gaia is mere science and has no spiritual basis or consciousness, there is a miraculous feeling as we look at our home planet from Outer Space. The more one becomes enlightened to the magnanimous recycling of matters and gases that make Gaia regulate our temperature, the more we can have reverence for it. In a real way, it becomes a deity; we were made in its image through the interdependence of all the parts. Saying that Gaia has a psychic component to its majesty, and a consciousness that we, as humans, cannot fully grasp, doesn't mean that we--Gaia worshippers—are anti-science. We honor science as a way of discovering more about the mystery of the Earth around us, within us, forever grateful for the breath we were given through its grace.
James Lovelock developed the hypothesis naming it Gaia, the Greek Goddess for the Earth after novelist William Golding proposed the name. To quote Albert Einstein, "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” In Doctress Neutopia, aka Libby Hubbard, EdD online book,Gaia, The Planetary Religion: The Sacred Marriage of Art and Science," she makes a case for the Gaia Theory not only being science but a religion. She says that without acknowledging the “biospiritual” component of Gaia, scientists have no way of articulating a pattern of development that leads us into a way to live at peace with Gaia.