I know, we have covered this. But it bears repeating in the context of our beautiful, bursting Springtime. I have written about baby ducks and fertility rituals. I would like to talk about our relationship to the natural world.
There are two opposing views of how we as homo sapiens should approach the rest of creation.
One, the mechanistic, mastery, patriarchal view, sees the natural world as a field of untapped resources to be extracted and used. It was illustrated quite effectively by Kevin Costner in “Dances with Wolves,” in the slaughter of the buffalo herd for their hides by the white man who left the bodies to rot.
The other view holds that all created things are allies, and we are one species among many. That everything that is alive has a function in this world of form, and a higher purpose in the world of Spirit. Perfect alignment is when each living thing is able to fulfill its function and its higher Spirit calling – when it follows its Sacred Path. This view was shown in the same movie by the Lakota buffalo hunt - when the People took in gratitude only what was needed and used every part of the gift that Buffalo and the Great Spirit provided.
I have talked about the Wiccan law “Do as you will, but harm none,” and I rhetorically asked what it might be like if we all followed just this one rule.
What would it be like if we saw every rock, tree, plant, creature, and the water, air, earth, Sun and Moon as allies?
What is an ally?
I journeyed on this question, and here is my answer. An ally is an empowered being that has a specific identify, energetic signature, a special function in this world of form, and a Spiritual purpose, who agrees to help you.
An ally can be a stone, a plant, any creature that walks, crawls, flies, or swims, and all the elements. Each of these created things has a presence in the world of form, and it also has an animating Spirit, and something to teach if we are willing to listen. We can all learn to interact with that animating Spirit – the higher self, if you will - of the stone, plant, or animal.
In the Shamanic journey, our Spirit animal allies accompany us to help us relieve dissociation and despair and perform various other acts of healing. The totem animals you can come to know through the Shamanic journey represent the Spiritual function of the animal you experience in this world. So, if you establish a Shamanic helping relationship with a mouse, it means you may benefit from finding a way to express the detail orientation and industriousness of Mouse in your life.
In this world you would see a mouse. In the journey, you meet the archetype of Mouse. Either encounter could mean Mouse is helpfully suggesting you focus on those traits.
To the Shaman, the Witch, the Healer, every created thing is alive, created from Universal Life Energy by whatever you consider to be Source, and therefore has its own animating Spirit and a special function. They are here for a reason, and they have a sacred path – to fulfill the purpose for which they were created.
Even if you believe that their purpose is to be used and consumed for their qualities, there are two ways to hunt Buffalo. One is driven by greed (ego), the other by gratitude (Spirit).
In healing work all plants, stones, metals, water, four-legged two-legged, many legged, creatures that crawl and creatures that swim, are potential Spiritual allies, if they agree to help us.
And, so are we to each other. Because each of us is an empowered being that has a specific identify, energetic signature, a special function in this world of form, and a Spiritual purpose. We have only to agree to help each other on this journey.
On my journey, I asked what I could say that would be helpful to you. Here is what I heard:
“When you have a healing need, manifestation need, need for a message, the ally will appear. What you most need is the observant mindfulness of the Shaman who sees what is happening in all worlds, sees shifts and changes and perceives messages that need to be passed on. Make no assumptions, be observant, see who comes to call in response to your question – that is your ally.
Remember that each of you can look at your lives and change what needs changing. There is no need to accept the unacceptable, and no one can say what is acceptable but yourself. Do not listen to guilt or remorse. As long as you harm none, there is nothing to be remorseful about. Act for the highest good, and those of us who can help will come to your aid.”
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