~*~ Nature is our Spirit just as Spirit is our nature ~*~
Written by Kryystal McMullan
In nature our children experience the oneness that is their nature. Given space and time, their ego selves shrink leaving an expanded form; they have access to their divinity when they are immersed deeply in nature. It is the same for us as adults, potentially though as we have layers of belief patterns to get through before that experience can be ours. Exploration in nature with our children connects us with our deeper story. It reveals our fears, our hopes and dreams for that is where they were formed.
Though the indigenous parents emulated and lived this love of nature for their children on deeper levels than we can hope to achieve in our culture ravaged of it's nature, any small step towards their ways with their children will leave us with more wealth as parents than we could ever dream. We would do well to remember that all accounts written about the children of the new world were how amazingly joyful, happy and energetic they were. I often tell my children how to delightful and easy to play with the children of my childhood in Fiji, Arabia, Africa and Pakistan were. The Fijian children were perhaps fifteen to twenty generations removed from those first people described by the early explorers but the easy childhoods had continued up until my childhood in the early seventies. After we left Fiji, industries targeted the place for cheap labour and production created jobs and pulled communities and families apart. When we returned after five years, we the found a modern Fiji without their huts and their traditions; the average mother working in factories; modern day slavery in my mind. Never the less the children still possessed that joyful nature; seemingly as yet protected by generations of intact community spirit in their genetic banks.
Now is the time to rekindle community and a lot of people are out there doing it. It is also time to get our kids back into nature. To do that deeply we have to look first for our nature within nature. By facing our beliefs as just that, multi-generational fears of an alien race in an alien land. (Our ancestors were an alien race to the original inhabitants.) Then by gently pushing ourselves just past our comfort zones, chipping away at the crusty and brittle ideas of those "alien" ancestors of ours, we can visit nature and trust our children in it
This is the greatest respect we can pay our ancestors because when we look through the lens of the genre they lived in first, we can more deeply understand their personal story in its true spirit. So too when we see ourselves in this current times we would prefer to see ourselves outside of the collective consumer ego that has possessed the world.
When we decide to take this journey back to nature with our children we are rewarded by our trust with wonderful experiences, never to be forgotten memories. Nature rewards and expands our trust. We have taken a leap back into our indigenous mind; the collective understanding that our essential nature is nature itself, one in the same. Then a new journey awaits us with our children.
Go first to the place you have the most fear about...it might be the cold and the idea that inclement weather makes you sick. Explore it and take a walk in the rain or swim in the chilly ocean. If it is the dark then go for a moonlit walk, you will be amazed at how much your children will love you for doing it! If it is fear about dirt and being dirty start with some clay or make mud cakes.
Make sure that what you pick you are happy enough to do because your children will magnify your fears or apprehensions. Enjoy it for yourself, your children and your ancestors and for nature herself. Go in as deep as you feel comfortable and then go in some more. There, in the moments of trust, have we xpanded just a bit further into our true nature.