Thursday, May 12, 2011

Learning a different way of being in the world

As I am writing I realise that I would like to make clear what I understand about how changes, in the way I am and in the way I walk the land, have happened. This way that I have learnt to bewith the natural world has (as I see it) contributed to my being given opportunities to learn from custodial peoples. So here is just a little about me.
As a young woman I chose to make some lifestyle changes. I seemed to know that it was important for me to be more in touch with the rhythms of the natural world. Then later, about twenty years ago now, I wrote about the changing perceptions of the world that came with the changes I chose to make.

“The changing skyscape was mind-shattering. My mind slowly (sometimes quickly) let go of my conditioned way of thinking, of seeing how things are in this world. I learnt about the plants and animals, about the hills, valleys, rivers, fires and floods. I was in touch with the changing phases of the moon. I delighted in watching the splendour of the sun, rise across the ocean and set beyond the hills. I began to feel a part of the Earth and all her life forms. The different rocks, stones, pebbles, soils, clay, sands and colours became a whole new world. The interplay of light on dewdrops, frost, mists, leaves, clouds and hills expanded my sense of connection with a world of so many facets that I was ‘blown out’ of my old way of thinking. As I came to allow my senses to function, I became conscious of feeling all that I was experiencing. I slowly became aware that I was feeling ‘energy’… well I came to feel the Earth, the sky, the sea, the wind etc as energies, not just with my visual and aural senses. This was not as weird to me as it might have been if it wasn’t for my growing awareness about the way (many) Aboriginal people feel things too.”

Today, as for most days, these days, I am grateful for the fact that I had the chance to learn to see the world differently, to appreciate the world in such a way that the interconnectedness of all life, the whole of everything, sits in my consciousness on a day to day basis. It is this that helps me to feel truly alive and helps me to trust in our ability to live with the Earth, in harmony and with respect, in our changing world.

Janette