The phrase The Ship is a metaphoric representation of Gaia (or the planet Earth), with a special emphasis on its role in life support. The phrase first appears in The Parable of the Ships where a distinction is made between the "old ship" (i.e. a ship constructed on the foundation of old energy) and the new ship. The phrase is used in various places on The Lightning Path to draw attention to plight of the planet, and the consequences of treading water while the old ship slowly, and inexorably, sinks beneath the water of creation for ever and ever, amen.
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