In the scientific world in which we live there are many fine technical advances but in truth we have paid a great price for our modern 'strictly ordered' way of life Most people no longer have the traditional sense of being in the land instead they walk on the land and on each other too some of the time. The land has become alien and distant to many people. In a survey carried out some time ago into reservations people have about buying organic produce, the number one misconception they found was that organic vegetables were unclean and dirty. Cleanliness and proper hygiene are absolutely to be applauded always but many of us have lost all balance of perspective in these matters. By praying on people's natural traditional alertness in such things consumer marketing has amplified normal common sense into a veritable paranoia of super-germ proportions. With this mindset it is far safer to watch panoramic nature serials on the television rather than get your hands dirty in the garden. Today also, the natural human inclination to come together in communities and groups has been replaced by strongly divided networks of narrow self-serving interest groups. In this system everybody debates and nobody listens so that some groups which defiantly proclaim to support nature are at times unwittingly undermining Her instead.
This ‘nature’ we separate ourselves from sits patiently waiting for us just outside the door. And the natural way of living is a heritage each one of us holds in our heart. The beat of the land inside us cannot be undone in a few generations when it informed the hearts of our ancestors over hundreds of thousands of years!!
The spiritual kinship our ancestors shared with the land goes all the way back through our family line. It's indelibly marked on our souls. The key to unlocking this wisdom again lies in taking time out to look into traditional ways. Timeless practices like divining and singing and sharing and meditation soon reawaken the heart and the soul. These outwardly simple practices open the pathways to our vast inner gardens of traditional awareness.
In the real life story above, the woman with the flowers was absolutely in the land. And because she carried no other agenda save a genuine wish to honor the place, her offering of flowers was truly unconditional and as such it met no resistance at all. Instead she found in the project leader a heart as genuine as her own. It happens so often that nature and place manifest these things in strange ways. From my point of view it is no accident that this genuine lady came to be the leader of the project in the first place, nor that these two women came to meet. For as I so often remind people, places have a curious influence sometimes in selecting the people who work or live there.