Tuning Into Nature: Listening To the Earth’s Wisdom
By Mitch Given
It cannot be denied that as a race we are pretty much out of touch with our planet. We, as human beings, are primarily concerned with ourselves. Most of us like to keep our circle of real friends around us fairly small. You may have hundreds of Facebook acquaintances, but if you think that they will be there for you when the chips are down you are kidding yourself. Digital friends are like moths around a flame, fascinated by the light, but when a brighter light shines they move on rather quickly.
Tuning into nature: listening to the Earth’s wisdom; can we really do it? Or, is it too late for us and are our heads too full of concepts and theories about things? How do you listen to the earth? Through meditation or something like Qigong? A method or process which can stop us paying so much attention to the endless recycling of thoughts inside our heads? Hugging a tree maybe? Embracing the ancient whorls within the trunk of a silent sentinel, which has stood on this earth for hundreds of years? So many questions and so few definite answers.
Even if we take the time and spend many years tuning into nature: listening to the Earth’s wisdom; do we ever hear anything else but ourselves and our imaginings. Prophets from the religious traditions in the Bronze Age thought they heard the voice of god inside their heads. All of the Judaic Christian religions are based on these revelations; but were they truly prophetic? People, even today, fight wars on the basis of these ‘so called’ revelations. Be careful about the kinds of stories that you put your faith in. Belief in supernatural powers can be a very dangerous thing.
The belief in psychics and channels, who ‘supposedly’ have an innate ability to converse with the wisdom of the ages, is equally fraught with problems. For many New Age folks, they have never left behind the Oracle of Delphi and believe whole heartedly in the words of psychics and spiritual readers. Humankind, it seems, is genetically susceptible to auguries and the belief in magic. We long to listen to the heart beat of nature and to feel the aura of some supernatural force. Does the Earth whisper its secrets so that the human animal can perceive them or is this, merely, our wishful thinking?