1 : belonging to the earliest period or state : original
2 (a): not spoiled, corrupt, or polluted : pure; (b): fresh and clean as or as if new



Pristine (adj.): 1530s “pertaining to the earliest period, primitive, ancient,” from Middle French pristine or directly from Latin pristinusformer, early, original,” from Old Latin pribefore” (related to prime, primal). Meaning “unspoiled, untouched, pure” is from 1899 (implied in a use of pristinely) but according to Oxford English Dictionary 2nd edition print still regarded as ignorant “by many educated speakers.”



“If you’d rather live surrounded by pristine objects than by the traces of happy memories, stay focused on the tangible things. Otherwise stop fixating on stuff you can touch and start caring about stuff that touches you.”

Martha Beck (American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who helps individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals)

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“If one loses wealth, he may regain it by some means or other. If he loses health, some doctor might prescribe a tonic to win it back. If one loses status and authority he may, by sheer luck, gain them back. If Virtue is lost, it is lost forever, nothing can restore the pristine purity. So one has to be ever vigilant and should never slacken.”

Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011, Indian spiritual teacher and philanthropist)

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“Scientists are very much entangled in their culture and this cultural is not pristine, untouched by other culture and practices.”

Bruno Latour (b. 1947, French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist of science; known for his work in the field of Science and Technology Studies.)

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“Thus will be the fondest dream of Phallic science be realized: a pristine new planet populated entirely by little boy clones of great scientific entrepreneurs free to smash atoms, accelerate participles, or, if they are so moved, build pyramids / without any social relevance or human responsibility at all.”

Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941, American author and political activist who describes herself as “a myth buster by trade.”)

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“I discovered that close to half the planet is ‘pristine.’ We live in towns such as London, Paris or Sao Paulo and have the impression that all the pristine areas are gone, but they are not.”

Sebastiao Salgado (b. 1944, Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist, who focused on the human side of the global story that involves death, destruction, or decay.)

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“I discovered that close to half the planet is ‘pristine.’ We live in towns such as London, Paris or Sao Paulo and have the impression that all the pristine areas are gone, but they are not.”

— Sebastiao Salgado

Every once in a while when gleaning quotes and biographies I become transfixed by the research.  This time I was totally engaged in watching Sebastiao Salgado’s Ted Talk presentation on his life-altering course to heal his life and generously give back to the planet.

I won’t spoil his story for you.  But, I encourage you, when you have a 15-minute break in your day, to visit the Ted Talks website because it’s one of those lectures that will make you cheer.  (The direct link to Salgado’s speech is listed under his short biography on the website’s wisdom tab.)

Salgado evoked me to think about our holy missions in bringing Heaven to Earth, but also about the Garden of Eden and our true connection to this beloved planet.

Maybe we, the so-called civilized human beings, were the ones who were thrown out of the pristine Garden.  And perhaps the indigenous peoples are the wisdom keepers and the mature enlightened beings of this planet, who were privileged to stay behind and cultivate, nurture, and maintain the pristine spiritual nature of the Garden.

Perchance the Angels were barring us from entering the Garden, because we were the ones who were too young, too gullible, and too immature to be seduced and corrupted from our beliefs.

Perhaps the “snake” in the Garden of Eden is a symbol of artificial synthetic chemicals, erroneous thoughts and knowledge that not only poisons and destroys the land, but also facilitates disease within our bodies.

Possibly, very possibly, our awakening is all about restoring our planet, bodies, minds, and spirits to the pristine internal and outer landscapes we were originally created to be.

When I bump into teachers like Salgado I get super excited about the possibilities for our future.  Don’t you feel it too, especially now?  It’s a new beginning and there are so many creative opportunities to change our course and alter our lives.

Stay loose and creative, my friends.

Written With Love, Tonya


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