We are indivisible from Nature. You breathe in the same breath exhaled by the ancients, by Confucius, Buddha and Jesus. The stuff that makes up these bodies, these vehicles, is the same stuff that makes up every form of existence. Look at compost. The decomposed bodies of plants are the building blocks of the fruits and vegetables we eat. And we are what we eat.
Truly knowing our interconnectedness with all life, all matter, makes us responsible, respectful guardians of this beautiful planet. How can we then pollute the soil, water and air of our home? We are inseparable from these elements. They are in us and we don’t want to pollute our bodies.
We are by nature creative beings. To be God-like is to be creative and alive. Why has the Creator brought us into existence? Our journey out into this world is co-coincident with a longing to return to the formless essence from which we come. But to be here in this world is to be a creator.
We are here to openly and freely communicate and share with each other. In order to bring completeness to our communications we must release any holding on to experiences of the past which bind us. When I was six I was sent to the office to get the strap for saying hello to my younger sister as we passed in the hallway of our school. When I was twelve I was told by a teacher to, “Speak softly John, your voice carries,” while walking through the hallway of another school. For many years I spoke softly in social settings. I had a subconscious fear of being reprimanded. Only through years of sound work and yoga have the emotional memories of these experiences surfaced where I’ve been able to release them. Today I am a confident public speaker and singer freed from the clutches of past fears and experiences. You can be too.
In order to get something you’ve never had you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. You’ll have to walk beyond the gateway of the known into a land of trust. To grow is to take chances. Only those who risk are free.
John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.