We are all related
Native American spiritualists have a saying; We are all related. Indigenous people acknowledge their close relationship with Earth and all that is on and in it. The two and four legged creatures, the Earth, stone, the grandfather mountains, the trees, and flying creatures, the winds and forces of weather, the water, rivers and seas, the air that surrounds us, the fire that is created by the combination of these elements, all the elements that have come to make us up and out of which our physical bodies have been created. We all are One (does that sound familiar as the core of almost every religion). Born from the same materials, living on a planet spinning in a universe where EVERYTHING we do, or that happens, has an impact on everything else and vice versa. If someone were to burn a fire on one part of the globe it has an impact, however minute, on something or someone else somewhere on the planet, in the Universe. If we drive our car, and emit fumes, blaze down Main Street noisily on a motorcycle or blast our car radio it has an impact on those around us. EVERYTHING we do has repercussions upon ourselves and the world around us. But far beyond these logical and rational assertions, on a deep physical and multi-dimensional level, possibly beyond what our conscious physical minds are capable of comprehending, there is a spiritual connection between all things, and a cause and effect relationship that reverberates throughout the Universe. Native Americans who have more recently lived closer to the Earth, forces of nature, are able to see and remember this relationship more easily than a Westernized individual living in a big city, or descendants of people from more populated areas, surrounded by concrete and technical progress, etc. In New York City, where you can barely see the sky between the buildings, you can more easily lose sight of your connection with your Mother Earth, than if you were living out in it in the Southwest, for instance, where the sky goes from horizon to horizon and nature is unavoidable. It is more difficult to ignore that those surroundings are from whence you came, and that it took hundreds of millions of years for humankind to develop. It is easy, surrounded by Western technology, by an awesome and complex man-made physical world, to forget our connection and relationship to our planet and each other and become involved in the more petty and selfish, or physical, aspects of need and want, without having any understanding of how to achieve our needs, or what our needs really are. The Lakota (Sioux) Native Americans end their prayers with the phrase Mitakuye oyasin which means All My Relations or We are all related. The ancient Egyptians had a god of unity, of oneness, named Amom. The Hebrews, who had lived in Egypt for over 1000 years, when they returned to their homeland, used the word Amen to end their prayers. We are all one. Jesus Christ was said to have stressed the existence of One god, of the One. This has been personified over 2000 years to mean a gray-haired man with a beard (more easy for simple folks to grasp) but it is clear that the origins of Christianity lay in the personal relationship Christ had with his/our Creator, the Universe/God-spirit. Mohammed, Buddha, Christ all lived in the wilderness for a time, as do the Native Americans today when they want to experience a vision quest to become closer to the One, the Creator. It is hard to ignore the fact that you are connected to your world when you are alone in the wilderness, desert, prairie, etc. Understanding and remembering the relationship and the connection between us and our planet is essential to true spiritual enlightenment and fully understanding our place in the scheme of things. That we have a power from within, to create our world, even as Christ, Mohammed and Buddha did. We are all part of the whole and the whole is a part of us. If we are living in an apartment, driving in a car or taking the train to our job in an office every day, involved in our cycle of events, we can easily lose sight of these connections with the Universe and our Mother Earth, and the God-spirit, and of the fact that we have infinite choices as to how we may live our lives. There are those who choose to live in areas of the world that may be susceptible to dramatic forces of nature; flood, earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, mud slides. We must accept the forces of nature and change as a part of our Universe. Mother Earth is not evil in her process of adjusting herself and doing her thing. In fact these processes have existed since the birth of the planet and contribute to all that surrounds us. There are times when Earth needs to wash some part of herself, maybe by a torrential rain or flood. She does not want to harm animals or people, but she needs to wash just as you do sometimes, and she will use her water or wind to do so. Just as you may destroy the life (bacteria) on your body when you take a bath or brush your teeth, our planet must go through her life perpetuating processes. We must take that into consideration when choosing a place to live, and prepare for it. The course of rivers, sought to be changed and damned, will eventually seek their natural level, though unfortunately floods will occur to accomplish this. But it must be remembered that those people living in those areas must take and accept responsibility for making the choice to live in those areas, where the risk and indications are known. They are not victims of the whimsical forces of nature, rather, if they were living in harmony and truly acknowledging those forces, they must acknowledge the choice they have made to engage in that activity, live in that location, and that they have chosen to remind themselves, and the rest of us, IN THAT WAY of their/our connection with all that surrounds them. At the same time the forces of the planet are also a reflection of our consciousness and are effected by it. The consciousness of our planet will respond to protect and heal itself from the rape and disrespect that man imposes upon it. (We will discuss later the consciousness of our planet, of stone, trees and plants as embraced by certain Native American spiritualists). Again, it is all reflected from within. The birds in the area of a flood, who are instinctually connected and in tune with the forces of nature, do not have to be reminded of that connection and undoubtedly sought necessary shelter while Mother Nature did her inevitable and essential thing. I was reading an article which revealed that there are forces, electron and proton charges, that are created in tornadoes that are not created by any other phenomenon. These charges cleanse and recharge particles in the air and atmosphere and are essential to a balance in nature. The charges that occur in the whirlwind of a tornado may be likened to an atomic reaction, where the wind, and the vacuum created, effect the polarity of the respective charges. It is said that someday we will be able to predict the path of tornadoes by studying the charges produced. In a sense the tornado is a polarity machine created by Mother Earth, that has no duplicate, just as our man-made nuclear reactors are needed to create certain atomic reactions. So rather than looking at a tornado as only a disaster it may also be viewed as a benevolent and essential planetary phenomenon for the greater good. And those living where they may occur would be advised not to live in flimsy houses with weak roof joints, but rather, possibly in deeper-set, strong houses and keeping their machinery in in-ground garages, and their animals protected. Geologists and physicists know that even sun spots have an effect on Planet Earth causing weather changes, earthquakes, volcanoes, depletion of the ozone layer and even the appearance of unknown diseases. Obviously if we live anywhere near water, we are reminded 4 times daily that the position of the moon in relation to the Earth effects the tides and water levels. However consider that Edgar Cayces psychic readings stated that sun spots were created by negative energy produced by human brain waves and that the whole planet is surrounded with this negative energy because there are so many bad thoughts. In other words they are a reflection of our thoughts. This is yet another acknowledgment of the power of thought, by a world renowned thinker. Since we are all related, and everything we do has a spiritual and physical impact on everything else, everything we do and say must be in alignment with the true goals and desires we want to achieve. We must accept responsibility for all that happens, seek to change that which we do not want to manifest and remember this connection to All That Is, that we are all One, part of Creation.