The first is a tactile language--the Earth speak to you in the language of TOUCH--the message is about the textures of the planet--the hardness, the roughness, the softness, the fluids, and currents...the Earth speaks to you through palpable sensations. You make physical contact with it through your skin and nerves.
The textures you feel become muted. the Earth begins to speak to you in the language of TASTE. This message is both pungent and delicate--and more. You are able to savor the many flavors of the Earth as it speaks to you.
The flavors fade slowly, and are replaced by scenes. This is the language of SIGHT. The planet displays itself before you--you see broad vistas and images of the planet. The message is of light and shadow, of many colors. Your eyes are filled with these visions.
The glimpses the Earth has revealed to you begin to soften and fade. You become conscious of a sensation in your ears. SOUNDS of Earth reverberate in you. Cadences, tones, and silences make themselves known to you in Earth's language of HEARING.
Now you become aware of fragrances and odors of the Earth. This is the fifth language --that of SMELL. You inhale deeply to capture the fullness of the essences and scents of Earth. You accept this message also.
The aromas and smells are slipping away on a soft breeze. The Earth once again reveals itself as a warmth before you. You are filled now with a sense of beauty and peace. Your five senses have filled every level of your mind and body with the Earth's messages. You feel yourself responding, sending a message of your own to the Earth.
You become aware now that there are many of us in a circle around an image of the Earth--beaming thoughts and wishes towards it. You recall that one of the Earth's messages to you that was more vivid than the rest. Remember this one, focus back on it and relive it for a moment. Then take a few deep breaths and open your eyes.
-- by Sarah Spengler, The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio