"To honor and respect means to think of the land and the water, air, plants, and animals who live there as having an equal right to be here. We are not the supreme and all-knowing beings living at the pinnacle of evolution, but are in fact members of the sacred hoop of life, along with the trees, rocks, coyotes, eagles, fish, and toads. Each performs its given task in the sacred hoop of the Great Spirit, as we have one, too." Wolf Song of the Abenaki Tribe
According to the Bible and other religions’ holy books, God (by whatever name you use) created the world and everything on it. We call this beautiful, magnificent world “Mother Earth.” Since the beginning of time, she has been providing for us and she gives us everything we need to survive.
Everything in existence is made of the exact same thing. If you put a sample of everything upon the earth whether it’s human, animal, anything in nature, solid objects, etc., under the most powerful magnifying scope, you would find that we’re all made of the same energy, which consists of protons, neutrons, electrons, and mostly empty space. Once we awaken to this wisdom, we realize our connectedness to each other and to all of life.
And yet we have this illusion of separateness, and we separate each other and all things with labels. Wayne Dyer, a well-known spiritual author and speaker, said that if you take the labels off of everything, you will realize that everything is one energy. So, I tried it. I stood in our front yard and looked at everything around me. I took the labels off. It only happened for a few seconds, but for those few seconds, I saw everything blend into each other. That’s when I had the most amazing aha moment! I saw everything as one energy and I got it. Everything really is connected! Since then, my perspective on all of life changed and it deepened my spiritual beliefs.
I also realized that it is only we humans who separate each other from each other. We separate ourselves from our glorious Mother Earth to the point that we don’t take care of her. In fact, many are destroying her. The creator gave us this magnificent being called earth and if we don’t come together to save her, we will only destroy ourselves. By disrespecting and dishonoring our planet and everything on it, as well as each other, we are disrespecting and dishonoring the very one who created us.
“Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation, only the human family has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the ones who must come back together to walk the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love, compassion, and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other.” Ojibwa Prayer
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper May 26, 2017.