Many of you may have read stories recently regarding wild animals showing up in greater quantities or for the first time in years into the cities and parks around the world since the world has become quieter due to the COVID 19 virus response. I feel the energy of these animal beings expanding almost as if they are breathing a sigh of relief in terms of their increased ability to roam without harm to their well being. You might say they are just reclaiming territory they once inhabited but I feel it goes deeper than this.
What I feel energetically is that the earth and its inhabitants have a chance to heal in this quieter, less aggressive world at the moment. Whenever any being holds itself back due to fear of harm, then that withholding itself causes suffering, illness and depression. As cities become more and more crowded and parks and forests are decimated, natural habitats of animals are destroyed and with them goes the animals. Or the animals and nature beings find another home. Unfortunately, the home they find might not suit them as well biologically and emotionally as the original home they once inhabited. This disruption creates a domino effect of disharmony that is experienced by other creatures and humans.
At this moment, I feel the silence and the healing that is occurring all over the world. There is less pollution as well due to less emissions from cars and pollutants from other sources. My hope is that each and every person around the world can take a deep breath and feel into the healing of mother earth that is settling in at this very moment. And because of the healing that mother earth is experiencing, we all have a chance to heal as well.
Have you noticed you may have a greater awareness of the birds singing, you may have noticed other animals frolicking more out in the open? I have even noticed a significant increased number of earth worms in my garden. At first, I thought this was because of the record rain fall we had, and that may be the case. But I also feel that even the earth worms, as a collective consciousness, are following this energy to explore the earth.
I was talking to a friend the other day about the changes in the animals. I realized as I was talking to him that I felt awe but I also felt a very deep grief. The grief came from my fear of humans harming these animals once life goes back to some semblance of what it was before this pandemic. Some people, unfortunately, feel they hold dominion over the animal kingdom and some see these beings as a commodity to be sold and tortured or discarded as trash rather than beings with an inherent consciousness all of their own who feel pain and suffering just as humans experience.
There is a possibility that when the earth becomes louder again, when greater amounts of people flood the streets, these animals will be seen as nuisances and harm may befall them, if they do not go back to where they were before. But I also grieve as I know that this natural flow will be suppressed again. I pray that this shutting down of energy will be less and humans will be more aware of their impact on the earth and learn to walk more softly on its soil and treat its inhabitants with greater love, awareness and consciousness.
When we get out of the way of the earth’s natural rhythms, it heals. Likewise, when we get out of our own way, we heal. There is a natural flow of energy that animals and nature beings both seen and unseen are tapped into. We have been given an incredibly rare gift of being forced to slow down. Not just a few people slowing down but the world slowing down so we can see what happens when humans get out of the way of these natural rhythms.
This natural flow to me is God. It is the universal ultimate power that flows through each and every creature on this earth. Some cultures, such as indigenous people, have a much greater ability to tap into this energy. Children and animals, if given the freedom, will also step into this way of being naturally.
Our own body has the ability to heal, when we step back and allow this healing to occur, and get out of our own way. If we can fully take in and observe the healing of the earth at this time, we can experience on a deeper level how our own busy minds, and busy bodies keep us from experiencing the healing that we crave. We pollute our bodies, just as we pollute our air. We cram our minds with thoughts and our homes with material things, we run around like we are on fire and then we wonder why we can’t breath very well, why we have burning pain in our stomachs, or why we are feeling depressed.
The earth is giving us a huge gift right now of reflection. It is showing us how we can heal ourselves. It is showing us how humans have taken over and have created pollution, and pain and suffering to each other and to the animal kingdom. The earth is giving us a reprieve right now, a chance to ponder, to regain our footing, to regain our consciousness regarding other beings of this earth. The earth is giving us a chance to breath deeper as pollution subsides, to walk more slowly as there is less to do, to hear the birds singing and the creatures exploring and to feel the joy that we used to feel when times were simpler and humans were not so narcissistic.
The biggest impediment to healing is the blocks we put in our own way. If we can embody these moments of silence in our days right now, and allow our own natural flow to find its way back to us, we will experience a lightness of body, mind and spirit, that will bring a greater sense of well being into our lives.
This time can show some of you that your natural state is one of being quiet, of introspection. You might realize that you have spent so much agonizing time thinking you should be out in the world doing more and being more, that you missed who you really are, perhaps a quiet deep reflective person who enjoys simple things and simple pleasures or a deeply creative person who has spent too much time in the technological world.
I urge each and every person to ask yourselves what this time of quietude has shown you about yourself about who you really are deep inside. There is nothing wrong with being out in the world exploring, trying new things, meeting new people, those are wonderful things. The problems ensue when we get out of our natural rhythms and pursue certain activities because we think we should do them, because we will experience ourselves as less if we don’t partake in these things. When we push our bodies, minds and spirits in directions that are not natural to our own unique being, sickness takes hold just as the earth experiences disharmony when we push ourselves onto mother earth in an unnatural way out of sync with natural rhythms.
I wish for all of you to receive the gift that mother earth is giving you at this moment. Take heed and pay attention to the natural rhythms unfolding both in the outside world and within yourself. Take a deep breath and acknowledge your own unique rhythm that is showing itself to you if you will allow it.
I wish for you the healing of body, mind and spirit that is yours if you accept it by stepping into these gentler, more flowing ways of being.