Eutierria

Regent Hipster

 

A positive feeling of oneness with the earth and its life forces where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a deep sense of peace and connectedness pervades consciousness. (eu =good, tierra = earth, ia = suffix for member of a group of {positive psychoterratic} conditions). [Albrecht 2010] (Pronounced: You tee air ia)

In contrast, to solastalgia, tierratrauma, ecoanxiety, ecoparalysis and global dread, when the human-nature relationship is spontaneous and mutually enriching (symbiotic) we experience a state of ‘eutierria’. As indicated above, I define eutierria as a positive feeling of oneness with the earth, its beings and life forces.

Eutierria now exists as a secular alternative to what has previously been described within religious and spiritual writings as “that oceanic feeling”. This earthly feeling is one where the boundaries between self and the rest of nature are obliterated and a deep sense of peace and connectedness pervades consciousness.

Alexander von Humboldt described this experience thus:

Nature can be so soothing to the tormented mind, a blue sky, the glittering surface of lake water, the green foliage of trees may be your solace. In such company it is even possible to forget the reality of one’s personal existence. It lends wings to our feelings and thoughts. (von Humboldt 1829: Letter to brother, in Von Humboldt 1995:xliii)

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