DEEP TIME

My own experience of a new heaven and earth are coming from an app. Yes! Believe it or not ! The award-winning Deep Time Walk App is a tool that “enables anyone, anywhere, to experience a walking audio history of the living Earth.”

One of the originators of the app is Stephan Harding. In a chapter he writes for A Wild Love for the World, a book written with and in honor of Joanna Mac (environmentalist, activist and teacher), he describes his first experience of an expanded sense of time. In the 1990s, he and his partner were guided by Joanna in a slow meditative walk in an English country garden, along a hundred-metre cord representing the world’s 4.6-billion-year history; stopping at points to note key evolutionary events.

“I remember feeling a wonderfully liberating expansion of consciousness. Despite all my scientific training in evolutionary biology, this may have been the first time I properly experienced and embraced our planet’s deep trajectory through the fabric of time. It was perhaps the first time I truly felt her wonderfully huge bulk, her vast age, her almost timeless being.”

Stephan Harding, “A Wild Love for the World

My first experience of the Deep Time Walk App was walking 4.6 km from Banff to the Tunnel Mountain camp ground. As I was walking, I listened to the story of the earth, as it progressed from a disc of rocky debris to the complex biosphere we currently enjoy. The story is told with poetry and science through the relationship of two sympathetic and passionate characters, a scientist and a philosopher,

The last million years are measured using your body, with the final 20 cm (the length of a man’s hand) representing 200,000 years and the period when Homo sapiens have resided on Earth.

In the whole 4.6 Km walk from Banff to Tunnel Mountain campground, the long way by the Bow River, humans beings are on the scene for slightly longer than the length of my hand as it opens the camper door!

There are lots of takeaways, not least the sense that every human being born on the planet should be given an orientation (a bit like driving lessons) to the beautiful complexity that we are evolving with and that miraculously supports life, before they are allowed to start messing around!

The Deep Time Walk App, which I intend to use as a contemplative tool on a regular basis, is redefining my understanding of the earth, but, more importantly, it has given me a different felt sense of what it means to be a breathing being, and, through that breath, part of the liveliness of life that never settles!

Read artist Frank Oscar Weaver's account of his experience with the Deep Time Walk App on his blog.

In the whole 4.6 Km walk from Banff to Tunnel Mountain campground, the long way by the Bow River, humans beings are on the scene for slightly longer than the length of my hand as it opens the camper door!

Join Green Exodus as we experience deep time together. On Saturday, May 15, we will kick off an inplace Deep Time Walk with a Zoom meeting at 10 a.m. (MDT), then break to complete the walk wherever we are before coming back for a Debrief Zoom meeting at 3 p.m. (MDT).