Excerpts from Pg 22/23: In order to understand the method for re-establishing the health of your land, you may have to shift your perspective for a moment. I keep repeating that the land is alive. This may be obvious on a physical level, with the myriads of teeming creatures on and beneath its surface (when the land is healthy). But what I mean is alive in the same way that you and I are alive, that is conscious, capable of being damaged, of feeling pain, love, anger, excitement, sadness and grief, of falling sick and becoming well again. This know to be true at the core of my being.
The first step in co-creating a garden with nature involves working to heal the land. W are mirrors for the land and it is a mirror for us, so healing the land leads towards our won restoration, back to our true selves.
This method of healing does not create changes overnight. There are no instant transformations – no miracles to be expected. It is a slow and steady process, but if we are determined, and our intentions is to keep reaching for the light, we will get there eventually. If we allow the light to shine on all the dark places in our lives; if we have the courage to face our fears, face adversity with courage and strength, then recovery and growth will take place.
It is the same with the land. It takes time, but you will see positive results if you work to acknowledge, release and repair the damage. The blockages will be dissolved and the land’s original vibrant abundant self will emerge.
Healing involves looking at the overall picture. You cannot solve a problem by resolving the physical level alone. You will also need to find and correct the underlying causes of the physical symptoms, whether conscious or unconscious. If you don’t do that, the problem will return as it was or take a different form.
Similarly, if the land you are working with has been damaged by years of misuse or neglect, you cannot just replace the topsoil and expect it to magically become whole again. You must first identify and then correct the underlying issues that caused the problem in the first place.
This: But what I mean is alive in the same way that you and I are alive, that is conscious, capable of being damaged, of feeling pain, love, anger, excitement, sadness and grief, of falling sick and becoming well again.
I believe this completely. This is why I feel so emotionally ill when I see how people treat the Earth. The same emotions are evoked when I see anyone abusing another person or any living creature.
We are all connected. All living beings.
…. with Love <3