Are You Connected?

I’ve always felt connected to other people. I learned a long time ago that every soul is connected and all of our actions towards others also affects us. That’s why it’s so important to forgive and to live in a place of peace and tolerance. Lashing out at others only creates more disharmony for you. Conversely, if you give out love that’s what you will receive in return. For years this is how I’ve tried to live my life. But I’m guessing that you already know about this. It’s not a new concept.

What I really want to discuss is being connected to the planet – to Mother Earth. I have just returned from the US where I explored my past lives as an American Indian. I know I’ve had several such lives and was eager to find my tribe. I pursued knowledge and looked for an affinity with the different tribes I came across in my travels, including Hopi, Navaho, Ute, Anastasi and Lakota. Their history reveals some incredible stories of survival and hardship at the hands of the white man and of Mother Nature. As I travelled around Arizona and Utah I could feel their spirits still very present in some of the sacred sites and it was a humbling experience for me because I know I’ve been one of them. It’s always saddened me to know that these people, along with tribes from other civilisations, have not been connected the way they should have been. The white man denied them a connection. They’ve been marginalised, land taken away from them, the graves of their ancestors disrespected. Yet they continue to hold a presence and I think this is because they always remained connected to their land and to the elements. They have always known what was most important.

As I sat on top of a mountain in Sedona, Arizona deep in meditation it was revealed to me that it doesn’t matter which tribe I belonged to and where in the world you come from. We all belong to the same land. All indigenous tribes from every culture are connected. All lands are connected by the oceans the mountains and the skies so feeling an affinity with Native American, Aboriginal, Maori, Celtic or any other tribe means a connection with all of them. These people have a tremendous respect for nature and have learned how to work with her.

As I stared out across an expansive valley of absolute beauty I marvelled at the magnificence of our Earth and realised I was a very small part of an enormous whole. I felt an amazing connection with the ground, the animals, the insects, the plants, the trees, rocks, creeks and rivers which seemed to transcend any human connection. As humans we are only here for a short time but the earth has been around for billions of years. We should have more respect and know that we’re just borrowing this land for the duration of our existence and have no right to destroy it and deprive future generations from having something sustainable. We are all part of it and just like with human connections, whatever we do to wrong Mother Nature will come back to hurt us.

I felt so small and insignificant that day and realised that earth, water, fire and air are the only things we should be worshipping and honouring for they are giving us life and will continue to give life to future generations long after we’re gone if we do the right thing. Indigenous people know this which is why their spirits live on in the land. I don't need to mourn their loss of any human connection. Believing as I do in reincarnation, this means that to disrespect and destroy our planet now will take away our home in future lives. Mother Nature can only tolerate so much. I sometimes experiment with future life progression in my group workshops and the results are always the same. Our planet will not survive the next couple of hundred years unless we do something now to save her.