Spending time in nature is soul nourishing. It provides a feeling of bliss, of unity, of interconnectedness, of divine connection. Completely open hearted.
This is our natural state. Our truest true.
This bliss is available to anyone who chooses to open themselves to the mystery. The keyword is choose.
When we feel anything that is not this true, peaceful, open hearted space, it has been covered over by a barrier. We acquire these barriers through our ancestors, our life experiences, our family patterns, and our culture. Because these barriers are acquired, our true state is always waiting for us underneath. We simply have to choose to remove and heal the barrier.
The barrier is an energetic pattern, which may be returned to the highest original source.
This path is a choice. Anyone can choose it. But it must be undertaken consciously, because it is either or. We either choose to experience our true nature, or we choose the barrier.
On this path, nature provides the doorway to our individual divinity. But, this is a partnership. It is not one more thing that humans receive, or abuse. It comes with a responsibility. A responsibility to assume our place in the larger whole.
This requires actually giving up the power in the outer world. The trade is this: do I choose to experience, feel and know divine connection and bliss, or do I choose the human idea of power.
In the truest sense of partnership, one side cannot exploit and use the other solely for gain. They are interdependent: each bringing that which is uniquely theirs to bring. Nature brings the Divine. Humans bring the agency. Together, we heal each other.
My role in healing nature is clear: Every time I am in her church, in her realm, I bring an offering, and I restore peace by removing trash.
Through this path I have come to learn that our human ideas of power are actually incomplete. It is time to be up-leveled. Humans have gotten caught in a web of jockeying for position amongst each other. In truth, we are all equal. We always have been. When we fight for power with another equal, we’re fighting for that which is impossible. Because we all have agency, we are actually always all equal. Our circumstances and our innate qualities may differ, but *we* are equal. When we shortsightedly fight each other for power over another, we are caught in a web of distortion. Any one who has agency is equal. In truth, the purpose of our agency is to serve those that do not have agency. The environment. Children. Animals. It is time to assume our rightful place within the greater hierarchy. Filled with divine spirit, the spirit flows through us out into the world.
Unfettered greed and individual abuse of power have gotten us into this position. We are unhealthy being this disconnected from the interconnectedness of life. We must give up the old ways in order to heal. Healing comes from assuming our rightful place in the greater whole. And the correct use of agency. We restore both by returning to greater integrity, greater wholeness. We heal ourselves by coming into right order in the greater ecosystem. We heal ourselves by returning and restoring that which is not ours. We heal others by the correct use of our agency. Interdependence. Interconnectedness.
Norma Van Horn