"To see the preciousness of all things, we must bring our full attention to life." ~ Jack Kornfield
Earth Medicine is a way of describing Animism which is an ancient way of "being" where humans experience an interconnectedness with all of Life. This way of being has been practiced all over the world for at least 40,000 years. Remarkably it is still being practiced today! The Earth Medicine way of Animism is rooted in a deep knowing and relationship with the Universal energy that organizes and animates, or gives life to everything. This includes everything here in our ordinary reality and in parallel realities that co-exist along with our own, (something that quantum physics have also agreed upon).
When we walk the path of Earth medicine, we learn to safely connect in with the unseen realities, sometimes known as the Spirit World, Non-ordinary Reality, the Collective Unconscious, imagination, or the Dreaming. We also learn to tend and be responsible within the many relationships with helping and kindred spirits such as Ancestors, animal or plant spirits, angels, or luminous earth beings, and land spirits.
Earth Medicine as a Spiritual Path
Like all spiritual paths, the Earth Medicine path is one of initiation and knowing - not the knowing of our current world, which is "information" for our mind, but the knowing that results from "experience". The types of experiences one might have on such a path include: spirit flight journeys, ceremonies, healings, rituals, meditation, prayer, pilgrimage, initiation or trials, tests, and challenges. When one goes through these experiences consciously, then a process of trans-formation occurs where the ego is dismantled. We are not the same as we were before the experience, who we were has died, and we are now reborn with new knowledge. This is a direct reflection of the Earth who in every moment is living, dying and rebirthing.
Over time, the spiritual path of Earth Medicine be a powerful way to gently and gracefully navigate along the river of Life, in a harmonious, caring, and reciprocal way.
Because our ancestors lived in this way, as a spiritual practice, the Earth Medicine path is trans-cultural, and can support you to:
- re-member and explore lost spiritual or ancestral roots
- discover a new spiritual path that feels authentic
- enhance a spiritual or religious practice you may already have.
"When we discover the rich, fertile landscapes of the soul of Life, our own souls, and our spiritual threads to our Ancestors come alive with wisdom. We can then find practical ways to bring this wisdom to the families, homes, and communities of our surface dwelling lives." ~ Angela Prider
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