Two of the principles of core shamanism are that everything is connected and every living thing has a spirit. In the shamanic path we know that what we do affects everyone and everything, that we are a connected whole, a oneness. We also know that since everything has a spirit, this means that everything, everyone, is sacred and holy. Every person, plant, animal, insect, stone, tree, river, fire etc. is sacred and holy. The earth is alive and therefore has a spirit as do all the life that live upon her. And since we know we are connected to everything, we also know that all life is continually communicating with us.
I think what we truly need in our world is to "re-frame" how we see our world and each other. We need to look at it in the shamanic way, where all life is sacred and holy, and that everything is in communication with us. If we saw the world in this way, we would treat each other with respect and reverence, we would not pollute the earth, we would honor each person as the sacred being that they are.
I have been working with this "re-frame" of perspective and can truly say that the days that I am able to hold in my heart (shamans see with their heart), and feel in my heart the holiness of everything around me, my days just flow. There is a beautiful energy that emits from my heart and that my heart receives as I am in awe of the beauty and holiness that surrounds me. And I know others feel it to. When I went to the grocery store and finished checking out, I thanked the clerk and looked in her eyes, we held our gaze for a moment, and I felt like we were both acknowledging each other's soul. We both had tears in our eyes. I felt the holiness of the encounter.
I have also discovered that when holding this "reframe" as my perspective that I am more mindful, more present, and that each act becomes a sacred act. "Chop wood, carry water" is a sacred act. Everything we do is a sacred act as we are connected to the whole that is holy and sacred and we know everything we do affects the whole. And of course, from this understanding that everything is a sacred act, comes kindness, gentleness, respect, and compassion.
I came across a beautiful writing by David Suzuki that truly shows what a "re-frame" regarding our earth can do.
"The Way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity--then we will treat each other with greater respect. This is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective."
And I believe that different perspective is from seeing and acknowledging the sacredness of everyone and everything. It is walking a shamanic path. "We're all just walking each other home." ~Ram Dass
May you walk a path of the heart, with love for all,
Blessings upon your beautiful hearts this day and all days,