Nature-Based Spirituality

 

 

A key aspect of life in Lemuria was the ability to see the divine in everything, and therefore honour all nature as sacred. It was a practice that encouraged true respect and responsibility in relation to how people interacted with the world around them, and encouraged people to flow with the cycles of the Earth instead of fighting against them. These nature-based spiritual practices have continued on to this day and form the basis of our modern definitions for many paths such as paganism, Neopaganism and druidry.

 

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Current-day anthropologists and archaeologists have found evidence of nature-based spiritual practices that stretch back for tens of thousands of years (in Europe, for example, evidence has been found of nature-based spirituality existing 30,000 years ago). Whilst Lemuria itself has not yet been scientifically proven, channelling and past-life regression have shown us that these practices were passed down from generation to generation and have survived in our collective unconscious until the present day.

The idea of nature-based spirituality is broad and there are almost as many paths as there are practitioners. Each person will have their own interpretation and take on how to approach spirituality through nature. However, the base ideas are the same; that the Divine itself is present in nature, and that nature is just one more way in which the Divine reveals itself to us.

Whether you refer to the Divine as God, the Goddess, or any other name, the concept of nature-based spirituality is that every tree, every leaf, every river, every rock, every animal and even every person is the Divine. Rather than Spirit being an entity that is set apart from the world, who created nature and then stepped back from it to observe, those who follow nature-based spiritual paths believe that the natural world is Spirit existing in many different forms.

With this view in mind, the next logical step is to accept that when we hurt the world around us, we are hurting God.

 

 

As humans have slowly grown to live more apart from nature over the millennia, we have begun to lose touch with Mother Earth herself. Many have forgotten her cycles, her rhythms, her needs and requirements. This increased as we became more of an industrialised society and certainly since the mid 20th Century, people began to lose all comprehension of what it really takes to get food to our table. Now at the beginning of the 21st Century, those of us in the Western world at least have become used to getting everything we want instantly, heedless of how far something must be flown to us or how unnaturally it must be raised.

Certainly we are blessed to have such abundance in the Western world. We are spared the struggle for survival that people faced even one hundred years ago. However, what is the true cost of the services we have come to rely upon? Do we really need to have fruit flown from another hemisphere, or could we eat something else until spring comes? Do we really need to eat that meat that has come from an animal in a factory farm, or could we find another source of iron in our veggie garden? Do we really require that much plastic packaging, or could we perhaps bring our own bags and containers instead?

If losing contact with nature means we unwittingly harm her, then surely it stands to reason that rebuilding contact with nature means we will gradually learn how to step lightly upon her.

 

 

I won’t speak too much on environmentalism here; I will let you explore that in the Sustainability section of this website. However, nature-based spirituality and environmentalism are very, very difficult to untangle from one another. Even if you don’t particularly see yourself as an very environmentally-minded person, the deeper you delve into your nature-based spiritual path, the more you will want to protect the beauty you discover.

In Lemuria, life was slow and simple. People worked with what they were given by the land and sea they lived in, observing the natural patterns and rhythms. During dry season, certain plants would thrive and certain fruits would appear. During rainy season, other plants would flourish and other fruits would appear. The people did not try to force the plant world to behave differently; rather, they adjusted themselves to suit the plants. They also kept a keen eye on the movements of the animals, such as the birds and fish and did not try to artificially create different conditions for the animals or themselves. The people also observed the cycles of the moon and noticed the movements of the sun. Depending on how far north or south they were, they would identify days such as the solstices or equinoxes and held festivals to mark these special events. They also closely watched the stars, understanding that just like every other cycle they witnessed, the constellations moved too.

We can begin to experience a deeper level of spiritual understanding simply by observing the natural world. Even those already on a nature-based path such as paganism can experience deeper heights of joy or a more intimate connection with Spirit by spending time in nature. And once we do this, nature becomes more like home. We begin to care for it and defend it the way we would defend anything else we cherish. In doing so, we honour Gaia (Mother Earth) herself as well as the Divine in all of its forms. Even those with a strong monotheistic faith, such as Christianity, can begin to orient themselves towards a nature-based spiritual path by recognising the amazing creation of God everywhere.

 

 

Nature-based spirituality is one of the many legacies gifted to us from the time of Lemuria, and it can offer us a way out of the disconnection we find ourselves saddled with in the modern world. To renew the connection with nature and understand that it is truly divine is to remember so much of life in the lost lands. These spiritual paths can serve as a bridge between our memories from a time long gone and the peaceful future we are so excited to create.

 

 

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