Context of the here and now and the writer…
I acknowledge the first people of this land, of all the lands. The true custodians who have taken care of the lands and nurtured life, without whom I would not be alive today.
I acknowledge the land, the natural environment, the sacred soils of this country. Nature too gives me life, sustains and nourishes me. For this, I am grateful and pay my respects.
I am not indigenous, but I do belong the Earth.
I also acknowledge the pain and suffering of our first people. The blood shed, the irreversible trauma, and the unthinkable atrocities that was caused by the invasion of your lands. Land that I could never claim, never own.
I acknowledge that this pain and suffering lives in me.
My remembrance of tribal days of living, of close kinship, of walking bare foot on the land and oneness with all things living is alive within me. I remember days of living in ancient times and I long for my return to this harmony with the land and all of life. I remember my lives lived thousands of years ago, a remembrance that lives in all of us. It is only through my dedicated practice and ceremony that I have accessed these memories… an honour and a grievance.
My drive and my passion come from my yearning to return to the harmony of nature, as one humanity. It is nature herself that works through me, an almighty force that is urging me to step forward in humanities current crisis of disconnection.
Once we reclaim our connection to nature, we reclaim our connection to our own nature. This is where true harmony resides. This article series, ‘Web of Connection’ offers a road map back to universal connection, to spirit, to nature, to self. It is a realisation of wholeness… not a process, for all of this already exists within us.
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