Name: madis senner
Where you live: Syracuse, NY
What you do as a vocation or avocation? I am dedicated to nurturing Mother Earth and understanding our dynamic relationship with her. I am keen to learn about Mother Earth and her subtle body; the various planes of existence, earth chakras, spirit lines (what some call ley lines), etc. and how they all work and how we interact with her. I also look to learn how to apply this knowledge to her, as the mystics did by focusing on their chakras or various parts of the subtle body to exponentially advance their spirituality. From this I have learned that space matters and where we meditate, pray or make sacred structures will influence our results. I am also passionately interested in learning about the structures that ancient cultures made such as stone circles or mounds to tap into Mother Earth. I educate others about this and how to gain sentience of Mother Earth. As Sri Aurobindo says our evolution is intimately connected to Mother Earth.
Your two favorite books: My two favorite books are interpretations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga and Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar school’s Four Chapters on Freedom: Commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Your two favorite songs: Amazing Grace, songs by Krishna Das.
Why you are interested in spirituality? In 1997 my life changed as I left Wall Street and I felt as if I was being called by God. In February of 1999 I accepted the call to be God’s servant. It is God’s lead that I have followed ever since, whether it was advocating for a local Muslim targeted and selectively prosecuted by the Bush Administration (Dr. Rafil Dhafir) or getting people to pray in 2002 around Onondaga Lake (Syracuse, NY where the Haudenosaunee prophet the Peacemaker planted the Tree of Peace and gave us the Great Law of Peace that would serve as the model for our constitution and democratic form of government.) It was a stretch for me at the time to think that land has special meaning or significance, but here I am and http://www.motherearthprayers.org/ is the result.
Your favorite quote: “Give with one hand, get back with two,” my mom Linda Senner.
Your favorite web sites: Bihar School’s Yoga Journal has a search menu that allows you to access their archives that contain all sorts of great information: http://www.yogamag.net/
Your hero? Jesus
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? To have the compassion and caring Jesus had to turn the other cheek and not resist even if it means your death.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” My favorite place is any of the sacred sites within Mother Earth’s soul in upstate NY; an area that has been a well spring of spirituality and social justice for the USA and the world. Where democracy, the women’s movement, America’s Second Great Awakening, the New Age movement, Spiritualism, Evangelicalism and a host of other initiatives were born.
To learn more about madis senner and Mother Earth go to: http://www.motherearthprayers.org/