Healing Earth

I have just spent over a week in Halls Gap doing some locum work. It is such a beautiful place with lovely native bush and so much wildlife. We would sit outside on our veranda and watch the currawongs, magpies and cockatoos as they came to visit. The blue wrens would occasionally make an appearance too but they can be shy.

Sometimes the kangaroos would graze in the yard and some adolescent emus would wander down the road. My daughter scared a snake in the yard and it took off towards the bush, probably as terrified of her as she was of it.

On our walks we saw more kangaroos and emus and the occasional echidna wandering along the track. The bush was dry but incredibly beautiful with tall eucalypts and grassland eaten down by the kangaroos. Climbing further up the rocky hills the understory thickened and the wallabies plunged away into the scrub as we approached.

The spirit of each wild place is evident if you just take a moment to feel and connect with it. And we need to take the time to connect with this spirit that permeates the earth. This is the only way we can begin to heal the earth from the damage we have done. We have to become part of her spirit again. We have to live within nature rather than battle against her. We have to regain our deep connection with the land and ask ourselves what we need to do to help the healing that needs to happen.

It is tempting to turn to Indigenous wisdom for answers and this will certainly help but the connection with the earth energies has to happen on a personal basis. We need to feel with our hearts the spirit of the earth and then we realise we are all one larger system. We are part of the earth and we can no longer afford to believe that we are separate and in control. We cannot reduce the problems we are facing to little bits. We need to view it holistically and to do what we need to become part of the system. Becoming part of nature again rather than trying to control everything.

As we lean into the earth and connect our heart with hers we can begin to know what she needs from us in order to help the system heal. For some this is healing on a personal level from the illnesses our separation has shaped; we come back to ourselves. For others it is work that supports the earth rather than destroys her. For many it will mean turning away from consumerism and towards more self-reliance. For most of us it will mean a radical shift in the way we think about the world. Our beliefs about how the world works need to change.

Go out in nature and open your heart to the connection we all need to make our lives meaningful. We need to connect with the earth to heal ourselves and the earth needs our hearts to help her heal. We will not succeed in this by thinking about it but rather by feeling out the way. By feeling what we each can do to make a difference. This inner knowing of how to help can come to us in dreams or visions, as sounds or sights or feelings. When we connect with the earth energies we open ourselves up to experiences beyond thinking that can help forge new directions. We just need to stop thinking with our heads and start living from the heart, opening ourselves up to the greater wisdom of the earth and being present to our true selves.

I haven’t been writing my book this past week because I wasn’t sure which direction to take. So I’ve been reading some great books by Stephen Harrod Buhner and doing some yoga and working. And I feel like the book needs some reworking so this week’s blog took on a life of it’s own. It sprang from my spending time with earth energies and realising that if I am open I will write what I need to write. What I write doesn’t have to fit into a western medical paradigm but is actually a different way of looking at our health and illness. I keep coming back to the holistic view.

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I acknowledge and pay respect to the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land on which I work and live.

How to Heal Yourself – Chapter 13

Nurture connections 

This week I’ve been working on Chapter 13, which is all about nurturing our connections with people and with the earth. I’ve been thinking about connections a lot this week with the terrible fires all around us here in Australia. I’ve been thinking about how important our connections with people are as we rise together during and after such natural disasters. I’ve been thinking also about our connection to the earth and how we have failed to look after her properly; we have forgotten how important our connection with our planet is.

So this blog is about how we can connect with the earth better; it is a shortened version of the chapter but it gives you an idea of how we might renew our relationship with mother earth.

There are two parts to this renewal; the first is to restore our connection with the earth and the second is to look at ways to look after the earth better. In the book I go into more detail but here are the ways of connecting with and looking after the earth that I think are important.

Ways to connect with the earth

  • Go outside

We should make it a priority to spend time in nature. Walking in the bush or swimming at the beach or tending plants in our own garden are all very therapeutic. 

  • Grounding activities

I have three favourite grounding activities. The first is just to walk barefoot on the earth; grass and sand are ideal. Walking on the beach has a double benefit if you put your feet and legs into the water. 

The second activity is to find a tree and either lean into it and give it a hug or sit at its base with your back against it. Imagine you are part of the tree with its leaves touching the sky and its roots sinking into the earth.

The third activity is to lie on the earth. I like the beach but any grassy area will do. Lie on your back and feel your weight sink in and be supported by the earth. Visualise how big the earth is and how you are part of her. Feel her energy flow into you.

  • Animals

Having animals in our lives has been shown in many studies to be beneficial but we don’t need research to tell us this. The joy that pets and other animals bring to us is immeasurable. Connecting with both wild and domesticated animals brings us healing and brings us closer to the earth.

  • Indoor plants

Tending to plants connects us with their cycles and their needs and can be a mindful activity. Enjoying the growth and changes in our plants brings us in touch with the natural world. Especially if we live in a city having indoor plants is a wonderful way to remind us of our connection to the earth

  • Gardens

Connecting with the earth through gardening is an easy way to bring more earth energy into our lives. Gardening is also a mindful activity and can be done by almost anyone on some level. Maybe only indoor plants are achievable but getting outside and getting our hands in the dirt is what we have been doing for centuries.

  • Pay attention to cycles

If you are a gardener you will notice the cycles of the earth. Even without spending time gardening we can pay attention to the cycles of the earth. The days get longer and shorter, the tides come and go, the moon goes through a 28 day cycle, the seasons cycle around the year. When we connect with the earth and her cycles we become more in tune with her energies. 

  • Consider taking herbs

Herbs have the energy of both the earth and the individual plant itself. When we take a herb we are not just getting the actions of all the parts of the herb but we are getting the energy of the whole. Plants and particularly herbs that we use have developed over millennia to have useful properties. 

Ways to look after the earth

  • Consume less

While generally decreasing our consumption of stuff the important areas to focus on are buying local and seasonal foods with minimal packaging, avoiding the use to single use plastics, eating less meat and dairy. We can grow some of our own food and avoid wasting food. We can make do with buying less stuff.

  • Use renewable energy

Using renewable energy instead of those based upon fossil fuels is an important change. As well as using renewable energy we can make an effort to use less energy in our homes and workplaces.

  • Cut down carbon emissions

This follows on from the previous point and I believe we all need to think about our personal carbon emissions. Flying and driving are large contributors to carbon emissions and we can take personal action by decreasing our travel where we can and offsetting the emissions when travel is essential. We can make a difference by using public transport and cycling or walking instead of driving; holidaying closer to home and having virtual business meetings instead of flying to meet in person.

  • Become an activist

This is my 2020 news year resolution – to become an activist and help bring about change. I encourage everyone who is able to become active in pushing for change. This might mean becoming active in a local conservation group or a worldwide organisation. It might mean lobbying the government for change or supporting a greener politician or entering politics yourself. 

  • Avoid investing in non sustainable companies 

For those of us who invest, either through our superannuation or out of it, we should avoid investing in companies that aren’t sustainable. Investing in renewables instead of fossil fuels can make a difference .

  • Talk about it

Start a conversation with your family and friends about looking after the earth better. Let them know what you’re doing and simple things they can do to help.

Let me know in the comments or by email if you have any more suggestions about connecting with and caring for our planet.

In my next blog I will go back to Chapter 2 which is about making choices and decisions on treatments.

I acknowledge and pay respect to the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land on which I work and live.

Disclaimer. This blog is for research and entertainment purposes only. The information given in this site is not intended to replace a therapeutic practitioner relationship.