Being your true Nature is not just about expressing who you are on the inside, but it is also about knowing that you are part of Nature and its unlimited supply of energy.
As physical beings, we live on a physical planet. Our bodies are made up of the same elements as a tree, as the sea, as the soil, as the rocks beneath our feet. These elements are organic, naturally formed by the processes of nature, organised according to natural principles of growth and movement.
We are part of the Living Planet.
In contrast, our modern lives force us to live amongst man-made structures that often cause our bodies, minds and emotions, to feel continually stressed. We often do not become aware of this until our bodies tell us that something is wrong, through disease, mental-health issues or emotional problems.
This was made very clear to me two years ago, when I was making my way to a student’s house to do some Reiki and Gaia Method training.
The First Lesson
I chose to walk along a dirt track on a ridgeway, which was lined with old plum trees, apples trees and Yew. The track runs parallel to two main roads leading out of an estate, where I had been living for twenty years.
On this particular morning, as I walked along the track, I was aware of all the sounds around me. It was as if my senses were suddenly awake. I could feel myself walking on the mud and gravel path, I could hear the sound of the gentle wind as it rustled the leaves of the trees I was walking beneath. I could feel and hear the early morning bird songs and the sound of a truck in the Valley below the ridgeway.
My entire body was listening. I stayed with this wonder for a few minutes until my mind began to drift off into thinking how this would be a great exercise to do with others, when I am in in my new home in Egypt. I began to visualise growing some trees and creating meandering pathways between them and teaching people how to be present in Nature.
Suddenly I was no longer aware of the wind, the trees or the birds; I was in the future, imagining myself there. Future-tripping about how to be in nature, before realising that I was no longer aware of the Nature I was in RIGHT NOW. I pulled my thinking back into the present and became aware again.
That was the first lesson.
The Second Lesson
Back on track, I continued my walk until I came to a T-junction where paths from the valley road intersected the ridgeway and continued on to where I myself was headed. Three men walked up the path from the valley and continued along the path I was to follow. All three had obviously been up all-night, drinking. I could smell the alcohol and cigarettes from meters away and they had that ‘I haven’t slept all night’ look, dishevelled and grubby.
They were still drinking out of cans of lager and clouds of cigarette smoke wafted around them. As they walked. I watched them, remembering when I too used to stay up all night. I felt sad for them, wondering about their lives, but I still felt connected to the trees and the wind and sounds all around me.
Until I came out of the trees and the grass and the birdsong and entered the housing estate. I looked down the street, houses lining each side, little gardens out front, but I was confused. Was this the road my student lived on? It was as if I had lost my memory. I had walked, or driven, down this road for twenty years and for the first time I felt completely lost. My mind was empty and I had no idea where I was. I looked up and down. This must be it, I thought, doubting myself, thinking maybe that I had gotten the road wrong and her road was actually the next one.
A small part of me knew that it was the right road, but I couldn’t recognise it. It was like being in an unfamiliar town that I had visited only once before. Feeling like I was losing my mind, I continued walking on the side of the road that my student’s house was on. I knew that her house had wooden fences with a gate so I made my way towards the only one that had a fence, on that side of that street. Even as I pushed open her gate it was only when her dog started barking at me that I knew I was in the right place.
That was the second lesson.
The Third Lesson
There was also a big message in the fact that the three inebriated men had ‘crossed my path’. They were a living symbol of what it means for us living outside of nature. We cannot survive in a man-made world, separated from Nature. Living in a world built of concrete and steel, tarmac and paving stones, separates us from ourselves. Our lives, even on a local level, are out of balance. The energetic difference between the natural world and the man-made world is stark. The one helps us to keep our balance and the other does not, sending us into even deeper spirals of negativity and disease.
However, the man-made world is where we live and the majority of us do not have the luxury of giving it all up and moving to the forest. So how do we balance our lives, how do we offset the confusion and disconnect we feel when living in cities and towns?
We go into nature, as often as we can. We sit under trees, on the ground, we listen, we attune, we slow down. We open our eyes, our ears, our bodies and we Listen. We grow trees in our gardens, lots of trees.
We plant food plants, eating from foods grown on our balconies, our gardens, wasteland. We learn to eat wild-foods, make jams, enjoy nature’s abundance. Walk beside rivers, along the sea shore, exploring at the wild-life all around us. We connect ourselves back into the energy of nature.
Everything is energy, some is good for us and some is not, so we have to retrain ourselves to be fed by the right energy, the vitality of the natural world, our vitality. Remember, we are made of the same stuff. We have to re-learn how to open ourselves up the healing power of Nature. We have to reopen our bodies, our minds and our imagination in order to stay balanced in our crazy world.
The only way we can do that is by being in it, being in the present moment. Enjoying the sounds and sensations of nature, enjoying our heritage as physical human beings in a beautiful natural world. Our World, our Nature.
So, go outside, close your eyes, no matter what the weather and listen. Listen to your body, be in the moment and let your consciousness touch the unlimited life that you embody. Feel your surroundings, touch tree bark, listen to the sound of the blackbird, feel the grass beneath your feet, play with water and just be.
This article was submitted by Ann Murphy. Please visit her blog at www.gaiamethod.com to learn more about Ann, her work, and The Gaia Method© system of planetary healing