Today I was contemplating peeling away the layers of separation and began to observe the children. In my opinion, the children are commonly attuned to this awareness of being whole until circumstances and experience render a different belief system. To learn more about this I decided to interview two wonderful children, my son Cedar and our sweet friend Seneca, both seven years old. I asked them many questions and asked them to lets their hearts answer. Their answers are so simply powerful. As a result, I would like to share this with you as children can be the greatest of teachers. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes has brought me a deeper understanding of my connection to all my relations.
What is your relationship with Mother Earth?
Seneca in her elegant way states, “My main relationship is loving”.
Cedar simply states without hesitation,” Love. Love and respect the Earth like your own Mother and yes, I always feel safe with her”.
What is love?
“Love is the most powerfullest thing that cannot get destroyed”, says Cedar.
“Support and respect”, says Seneca.
In what ways to you connect to the plant people?
Seneca answers, “Talking with my heart and not my brain”
Cedar responds, “Talking with love not fear”
In what ways can you give back to the Earth?
Cedar replies, “We can give back gentleness, love and respect. Mother earth needs what we need”. Cedar also mentions, “Offerings are really important to give because we wouldn’t be alive without Mother Earth… not even close to even being born without Mother Earth”.
Cedar confidently says, “I know I am connected to the Earth because I love and play with her”
The children both agreed, “Go slow in nature – you learn more”
How do children’s relationships to the plants differ from adults?
Seneca proudly states, “Children pay attention. When we see a beautiful plant we stop to look at it, adults see beautiful plants and don’t always stop to look at it.”
What do you like about harvesting plants?
Cedar shares, “I can experience more with the plants when I harvest and explore … giving me a relationship to the Earth.”
Seneca replies, “I like the walking. When you walk you can see more by going slower. I like to eat the wild plants”.
So much of what Doug continues to teach me is how to remember my own wholeness.
As I observe Doug and how he walks in nature, I notice that his sense of separation from the natural world is non-existent. This is something I am continuing to hone in, removing the layers of separation I have created through circumstance. As I peel away these layers, I beginto recognize the power of the subtle energy which is often seen human/plant relationships. As I learn to increase the power of observation within my walk of life
I am learning that it is when we pay close attention to the subtleties of mother earth and all she has to offer that our communications become stronger.
A few weeks ago in the desert Doug peacefully walking in the the beautiful sonorant desert. It’s like his body so comfortably moving. I could barely see him as he camoflouged into the array of desert color.
What does it mean to have meaningful relationships with plants?
Seneca “Love and respect”
Cedar –“Kindness, love, and caring”