Nature has its own consciousness. This is one of the things I’ve learned from traveling to sacred sites. For a long time, I thought I had to go to these faraway places to experience the refined energy, but I was wrong. It is possible to cultivate a relationship with nature in your own backyard or neighborhood.
I’ve always been drawn to places with water. Many people enjoy the relaxing qualities of the beach or lakes, so that is a given. On a psychic communication level, I have found that nature spirits will communicate if there is a sacred water source nearby.
It is no coincidence that on my past travels, the first place I remember seeing was a body of water. When I first arrived in Paris, I walked to the Seine River. The first picture I took in Peru was the Pacific Ocean. At home, I walk daily to a freshwater pond where many animals and plants.
When they say water is life, this is more than just words. Water has its own spiritual essence, thousands of years of people worshipping it, medicine men and women tending to it not only as a physical life giving essence, but a spiritual being.
People are starting to renew their sacred relationship with Mother Earth. Native leaders are at the forefront of climate change activism, but more importantly, they are demonstrating the sacredness of life by performing ceremonies to give thanks to the Earth and talking about the spirit of all life whether it’s a tree, water or an animal.
Here are a few examples of how Native leaders integrate spirituality with their environmental activism:
At a ceremony in Paris before COP21, Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota and Dine) said: “We encourage everyone to renew their relationship with Mother Earth.” As part of Indigenous Environmental Network’s “Red Road to Paris”, there is an Indigenous Water Ceremony scheduled Dec.11, 2015 during the climate conference in Paris.
“The pipes will be lit and smoked,” she says. “This is to pay respect to the sacredness of water and how water is a source of life, and particularly for indigenous people in Unama’ki. The water is a huge part of the way of life.”
“My name is Andres Noningo Sesen, I live in Puerto Galilea, a community in Northern Peruvian amazon. We are Wampis, one of the first peoples…our relationship with the natural world is very different. It goes far beyond conservation. For us, we have a deep faith that the natural world will provide for all our needs as our ancestors have thought deeply about the world around them. They noticed that the animals speak and even the earth moves and they asked where do these animals come from? What is the origin of the air we breathe, who looks after the trees? What is the origin of life ? These are some of the questions they asked. To get answers our visionaries would spend up to three months in a forest in a small hut to seek wisdom.
They learnt that the plants we now cultivate in our farms were brought to us by Nunqui, the mother of the earth and the fish were given to us by Tsunkui, the people of the water. They taught us that every animal and tree are people just like us and have their guardians which protect them.”
The wisdom and ceremonies of indigenous people need to be an integral part of everything we do in our current society. When we connect spiritually with our Mother Earth and every living thing upon it, our relationship with her is a deep, personal one.