Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Sept. 6, 2007)
Learn how to investigate nature
Water moving over smooth stones finding avenues, pathways, release hold back, pools
and gathers, release. I am water. I am dew. I am fog. I am rain, one drop of sweat;
one breath of suspended molecules.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|The heavy dew hangs on spider
webs as if lace doilies were strung from the trees.
Our breath is a part of the river as the rains and our tears fall to the earth to
become water again moving over smooth stones finding avenues, pathways,
As the brook flows it mists the scented pines. As the smoke rises from the hot
coal fire, it meets the evening fog. As the aroma of steaming coffee warms and
fills all the damp dark places of the forest, we are united with this lone hammock,
with that domed tree canopy, this moonlit temple, this earth we call home.
I believe we are living our lives so far removed from nature, our mother earth
that we, as a society, are incapable of making sound decisions based on ancient
earth wisdom and medicine. Of what else can we depend upon?
Our basic instincts have become dulled by our choices based on law rather than
ethics. The lessons learned from nature are dependable. The lessons learned from
humans are somewhat less reliable.
I dont consider the past as a panacea for the future. I dont relish
slugging through the swamps or being eaten alive by mosquitoes as a better way of
Civilization has made marvelous advances beyond lighting a fire in a damp bear
cave, but have we become so far removed from the earth beneath our marvelous
inventions that life on this earth is becoming inhuman?
Unlike Chicken Little, I dont believe the sky is falling, nor am I knelt in
prayer waiting for the end of the world to come, but I do believe we have a chance
to reverse some irresponsible decisions made in the past. I believe we can make our
earth a better place for our children if we are just willing to try.
There seems to be deep lines drawn in the sand concerning global warming. There
seems to be those that can find a zillion reasons to dispute the very facts stated
in front of them. If humankind had always thought like that we might not have ever
sailed the oceans.
Perhaps those that swore the world was flat or that volcanos were punishment
by angered deities werent thinking with great foresight. Sticking our heads
in the sand so we dont have to hear the truth or deal with the truth is only
going to give us sun burned behinds.
Obviously theres always going to be challenges facing humanity; monsters at
sea and fires to battle, imagined or real. The question is how best we deal with
Step out of that ivory tower. Pitch a tent upon the cool ground. Listen to the
river roll over the smooth stones. Breathe in the mist. Watch the stealthy raccoon
creep through the night, or the little mouse pretending not to be seen at the edge
of the moss. Hear the owls call to his mate. Understand his soundless flight.
Each of these entities has a lesson to impart.
Let us study earth medicine as cultures before us. Let us learn how to investigate
nature, that by observing and learning natures lessons we may have the skills
and appreciation for survival in the future ... back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.