Exploring Eroticism with the Earth

Many of us have been conditioned to think of our earth as a resource that we can take from endlessly. We often refer to earth and nature as “Mother,” which is another figure that we tend to assume will provide for and love us unconditionally.

In reality, we are the earth and the earth is us. Just like the earth, we are composed mostly of water. Just like the earth, we undergo seasons of growth and blossoming, of decaying and death. Many of our ancestors have decomposed and become one with the earth and one day we will all join them.

When we begin to recognize the earth as a living organism with wants, needs, and the ability to feel pleasure and pain, we are encouraged to be more mindful of how we are in relationship with it. Rather than feel entitled to the earth’s abundance, we can enter a healthy exchange with our planet, one that has broader benefits.

Eco-sexuality is a form of environmental activism that is based around the idea of fetishizing nature and taking the earth as a lover. It invites us to treat the earth with love rather than seeing it as an infinite resource to exploit. Our planet is in crisis and we will be more likely to take meaningful action to protect it when we can perceive the inherent connection that exists between us.

In this ritual, we invite you to explore eroticism with the earth and what gives our planet pleasure.

Time commitment: 20-30 minutes

Items needed:
Journal / notebook

It is recommended that you do this ritual outside. A park, the beach, or a garden are all great options.

Begin by finding a place where you will not be disturbed and begin to ground yourself. Depending on your nature and which elements dominate your being, there are different ways that you can tune into your unique connection to the earth. If you are earth-dominant, simply sitting directly on the ground and envisioning roots connecting you to the earth below might be sufficient. If you are water-dominant, perhaps you can imagine yourself as a fish or bottom-feeder on the ocean’s floor. If there is a stream or running water nearby, you can focus on this sound until you can imagine yourself as the water. If you are fire-dominant, picture yourself connecting to the earth’s molten core. If you are air-dominant, you might think of yourself as a geyser, boiling under the surface until you burst with steam.

Consider the earth beneath you. Recognize that in some form, it has existed for billions of years. Imagine what might lie beneath its surface: entire ecosystems of insect life, the tunnels of burrowing animals, and a network of roots belonging to the trees that surround you. Think of the humans who might have lived on this land in past millennia, whose bones have since decomposed into the earth that you now sit on.

Once you can perceive yourself as intrinsically connected to the earth beneath you, open your eyes and allow your senses to come alive. Listen to the sounds of nature: the songs of birds and even the flies that buzz incessantly in your ears. Take a deep breath in through your nose and see if you can taste the air. Perhaps if it has rained recently, you’ll be able to taste the moisture or maybe you’ll perceive the scent of dirt or freshly mowed grass. Feel every part of where the earth connects with your body; is it cushioned, sturdy, or pliable? Gaze around you and let your eyes to drink in the scenery.

Affirm: I am nature. I am earth. I am grounded.

Return to this mantra throughout the ritual whenever it feels right.

You will notice that bugs do not perceive you as separate from nature. Almost immediately, they will treat you as part of their home, something to navigate through rather than to avoid. Let the ants or spiders crawl around or over you. Examine any fears you have around bugs or insects and try to be receptive to their wisdom. Remember that they have existed on this earth much longer than humans have.

Imagine that you are once again a child, venturing out into nature for the first time. Let your fingers thread through the blades of grass and dig into the dirt underneath to see if you can feel a hint of aliveness. Remember that in a child’s mind, everything is animated. See if you can intuit how the earth is responding to your touch. Ask what it wants from you.

Let yourself play; crawl, walk, skip, or run to anything that calls out to you. Feel the different textures of nature: the bark of a tree, the cool earth beneath your feet, the running water of a fast-moving stream. Notice the beauty around you and compliment the earth just as you like to be complimented.

Then, be still and pay attention. When we step away from our human hamster wheels, we can begin to notice that nature is in constant coitus all around us. The bee’s stinger pulsates as it hungrily gulps pollen from a flower in bloom. Squirrels dart up and down trees in spontaneous games of chase. Birds and butterflies let the wind choreograph their dances of procreation. All of these sensual surprises are waiting to be discovered as soon as we take the time to stop and notice them.

Continue this ritual for as long as it feels good. Notice afterwards how it feels to be intimately connected to earth energy. Did you receive any messages on how you can be a better steward to the earth? Write down three actions that you can take to be in healthier exchange with our planet.

If you would like to continue building on these themes, you might consider introducing plant materials into your personal pleasure practice. Sprinkle rose petals across your sheets or in your bath and notice how their satin-y texture feels against your skin. Tease or tickle yourself with a feather and see what feelings take flight. If you’re into impact play, a wooden paddle can be a fun way to submit to nature’s force.

Return to this ritual anytime you need to be reminded of the sacred connection between humans and the earth.

Feature Image by Alex Kacha

Author: Danielle Dorsey
About: Danielle Dorsey is a regular Chakrubs contributor who writes our monthly tarotscopes, new moon rituals, Chakrubs Current and edits most of Chakrubs editorial content. She is a freelance writer whose words have appeared in GirlBoss, LAist, Travel Noire, Lonely Planet, and more. Danielle has five years experience as a tarot reader and is a certified reiki master in Usui and Tibetan techniques. Danielle’s work centers around ancestral healing and helping those with marginalized identities achieve peace and wholeness. To check out Danielle’s writings visit DanielleDorky.com and for more information about her tarot and reiki offerings visit tarotviews.com.