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Everything exists in relationship. In Nature there is no hierarchy to relationship. One does not dominate another and when one element is dominant it is to come into balance. Nature is always looking to be in balance and restore equilibrium. Evolution is always in a state of change so Nature is always recalibrating to find balance. As our population changes, Nature is adapting. As our climate changes, Nature is adapting. We look at these adaptations in Nature and say it is a disaster.

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Do not worry so much about Nature for Nature has the power to right itself. It is we, as humans, where we need to put our attention. It is our state of imbalance that creates an undue stress on Nature and therefore requires her to be in an excessive state of recalibration. We can assist Nature in doing her job by reducing the stressload we place on her.

It is like this too with our bodies. Our bodies have an innate wisdom, a divine intelligence that knows how to heal. Despite poor diet and self-care, people recover from trauma, surgery, illness and disease due to the miracle of our body. Yet we can assist our body and support its heath by eating right, exercising and reducing the stressload we place on our bodies to allow our bodies to do their job with less effort, less strain.

It is the same with Nature and the body of Earth.

We are the biggest stressload on Nature. All that we waste, all that we consume creates tremendous stress on our planet. Simplify. Live simply. If each of us were to do this we would reduce the stress significantly.

So do not worry about Nature for she is doing her job. Worry about you. What stress are you creating? What if we thought about everything that we dispose of? Where does it go? What does Nature do with it? How does my waste effect the elements? Where am I not in balance with my own body? When I am creating pollution, garbage and toxicity within me I am creating that in the world around me. This is serious to look at. Cleaning up the planet begins with cleaning up ourselves.

Look at the elements within you for you are made up of all the elements of Nature.

You are of this Earth and to her you will return. How are you tending to the element of Earth? How are you taking care of your body?

a small excerpt from the forthcoming book written last weekend, title yet unknown, raw and unedited

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Never in my life had I experienced the Earth under my feet as I did that day. Descending from 16,000 feet after ceremony in the Andes I began running. Not so much by choice but rather because I had no other choice. The life force of Pachamama, the Earth herself, rose on up coursing its way through my body. The power of a stallion surged through me unleashing my body into an insurpressable stride. In that moment I understood how the four leggesds run across the Earth effortless, wild and free.

They are not distracted by mindless chatter as they charge across her belly. They are not competitively striding to reach their destination. They are in deep communion in the most intimate of connections with the divine life force pulsing beneath them. They are fed by her, sustained by her. They open without restraint to her. Again and again and again. In a dance of glory across her belly.

By the time I reached bottom all I could do was bow to the ground in a cascade of tears. To taste but a drop of her divine nectar is spontaneously humbling. To receive a kiss of her sacred elixir touches grace. The power of Pachamama is undeniable and yet this power source below our feet is often absent from our awareness. Through centuries of conditioning we have come to believe we have dominion over Earth. We walk across her belly with a sense of ownership rather than servitude.

Perhaps the most blatant power play of this in our world rages between the corporate oil infrastructure and her resources. This hold on power is nearly unshakeable. Why on Earth would an oil company willingly give up this position of power? So much invested. So much at stake. So much has been gained. And so much to lose.

It may be easy to point fingers at the imbalance of power in the world around us but can we see the interplay of these forces within ourself? Where have we lost our power? Where do we give it away? What beleifs about power have created the infrastructure of our life? Where has our idea of power brought harm or suffering to another? When have we abused our power? When have we been abused? What do we gain through our power? And what have we got to lose?

The power play in the world around us takes center stage in our own heart. There are no easy answers to what is power but this much I know. Whatever we once thought is no longer true. Answers may not come easy but the questions are necessary to build new bridges to power within our own hearts. For a bridge to the power of our own heart creates bridges to true power in the world around us.

A balance of power is a dance on the Earth rather than dominion over her. A balance of power is a union of our heartbeat with that of the Earth. It is a balance of maintaining relationship with the world around us without losing the sovereignty of our own heart.

courtesy of Feathered Pipe

courtesy of Feathered Pipe

An empowered heart does not rely on the heart of another to meet its needs for love, security or approval but rather integrates the heart of another to uplift and empower. An empowered heart knows its force magnifies in union with other hearts in a force greater than alone. True power sources from a heart that is generous, a heart that cooperates, a heart that at its very essence longs to share.

It takes practice to fortify our heart in this way. To avoid falling prey to the old belief structures deeply embedded in our systems. It takes courage to build a new infrastructure from the true power of our heart. How do we drop our protective armor and expose our most tender heart when everything we have been conditioned to informs us to protect, defend, attack and justify in the face of threat?

This is the vision of Melissa McNair, co-director of the Feathered Pipe Foundation. This is the work of the open hearted warrior. There are ways to access this power. There are tools to keep our tender heart open. To dance in a new way with power that serves rather than suppresses. That uplifts rather than diminishes.

This is the conversation to empower your heart.

This is a call to your most tender heart.

This is the work I invite you to join.

This June at Feathered Pipe.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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I was wading through the waters along the rocky shores of Long Island with an intent of prayer and cleansing during our New Moon ceremony. A little boy of about four fearlessly ran barefoot over shells and rocks straight into the water. He was kicking and splashing and playing as if the water was another child he had just met on the playground.

The poetry of Kahlil Gibran came to mind…

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.”

A few moments later adults descended. Get out of the water! You are getting your clothes all wet. Put your shoes back on. Your feet are going to get hurt. With grown ups towered over him the little boy stood defenseless while chastised for his behavior. Playtime came to an end.

What I have come to see as the root to most people’s pain and illness is a disconnection from the healing and life sustaining force lying right beneath our feet. For twenty five years I have seen people with pain in their bodies. And it doesn’t matter if the pain is in their feet or their neck. The problem is we are not connected to the Earth. Oh we walk along the ground to get where we need to go but in subtle and overt ways we learn that the Earth is not a safe place so best to retreat from her belly.

I was encouraging a client with chronic pain to walk barefoot on the Earth. She shared how she was beaten as a child for walking barefoot. She had stepped on a nail and the ensuing hardship of doctor care and expenses unleashed the wrath of her mother’s own fears upon her. Not only did my client suffer the pain of a nail in her foot but the trauma was compounded by a lesson literally beaten into her. The Earth is not safe for danger lurks right below our feet.

We have all received this message in one way or another. This disconnection appears as a violation of trust. If we cannot trust that the Earth is safe, that we will be provided for and that our needs will be met, how do we expect to cultivate this feeling within ourself? Our own body becomes fraught with fear. If we cannot live outside on the Earth or inside of our bodies, where do we go?

The strategies we use to avoid both the body of the Earth and the body in which we dwell creates much of the pain and suffering. Muscles have to literally shape themselves into twisted knots in order to withdraw from the ground beneath us.

For to trust in the Earth is to relax in our own body. To trust in the Earth is to believe that we are provided for fully and completely. To trust in the Earth is to delight in her elements.

I could not do much for the little boy that day but I said a prayer of thanks for his Spirit message. A prayer to each child. A prayer for every heart. To remember to delight with bare feet on her belly. To remember how much Pachamama longs to have us play on her Earth.

AHO my friends! AHO!

Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit
www.karenchrappa.com

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