CONNECTING TO LIFE AND THE LIVING WORLD
In May 2015, Jonathan and Zara were teaching at Schumacher College in Devon, UK, and were invited to give an Earth Talk:
The Earth is our Home, but how do we relate to it? How much do we see it, feel it, open to it and hear it? In the shamanic worldview, the Earth is seen as a living, animate being and everything in it is alive and filled with spirit. Many indigenous people know and remember that life is not just made of physical matter but also contains other dimensions. They live their lives fully inhabiting this knowledge. This way of life does not belong only to the past or faraway places. It is right here and right now. This way of life is not strange or complicated. It is simple and possible to enjoy, every day, wherever we are.
We are all indigenous to the Earth. From a shamanic perspective, current ecological challenges are not only a physical disaster, but can be seen as a spiritual crisis and a symptom of soul loss on a huge scale. It shows us that we have forgotten and lost a deeply essential part of life. It is time to rediscover our connection to both the body and soul of Nature. As we do so, we can hear that the natural world has its own voice, and feel the value it carries. If we listen to the Earth now, what does it have to tell us? What stories will it share with us to guide us and help us find our way?
Watch the live Earth Talk video on the Schumacher website here:
You can find many other inspiring Earth Talks on a variety of subjects relating to spiritual ecology and sustainable living: