When in the Work that Reconnects (WTR) we go through Gratitude and Honouring our Pain for the World, something shifts inside: we no longer perceive “nature” as something “out there” that we may be able to replicate, substitute of live without: we start seeing nature and all her elements and beings as an inseparable part of ourselves…and we also start seeing ourselves as inseparable part of nature.
We also see how “others” may have similar doubts and fears and may need and want similar things from Life. We see how those who seem so far apart may be under the spell of centuries of colonization of their minds and hearts and are acting the way they are because of long-term inherited patterns passed from one generation to the next through traumatic events.
This is not a completely “new” way to see the world: this is the only way indigenous peoples from all cultures have always seen the world: as an animate, interwoven and interdependent being, place or Mystery where every single piece is alive: from frogs and forests to clouds and water and all in between, there is life and intention everywhere and whatever we do to one it has ripples in all the others.
Seeing with these ancient/new eyes change the way we perceive ourselves: from being alone, isolated, small and powerless as being part of a community. It allows us to see that we, same as the ants in our gardens and the grass, the water we flush down our toilets and the precious metals we mine for our cellphones, all come from a same origin and that what happens to one, happens to all. We start to see that our thoughts, emotions, relationships, the choices we create, the things we communicate, our dreams, our plans and the things we choose to take, do, change or relinquish have a consequence: first in ourselves, then in our loved ones and our communities, and later in the whole world, both “human” and “nature”.
There are many practices that help us to see with new/ancient eyes, here are some you can try: