Respect Mother Earth and life will respect you
Updated: Apr 20
Intuitive Healer Katarina Winslow
reflects on our relationship with our caregiver
Published in togethermag.eu September 2019 #101
Who is your ultimate caregiver? Who feeds you and ensures that you have everything you need to stay alive? Who is it that even makes life possible? Some people may say it is my loved ones; others may give credit to their ambition and work; others may say it is the power they hold, while the more esoteric may give credit to the stars, the moon and the constellations of our cosmos.
Looking closer at the reality of life, going beyond our first impressions and our top-of-mind agendas, we find that the one answer is the same for all of us. While being part of humanity and being a living, breathing human being on planet earth, it is she - Mother Earth - that is our ultimate caregiver. However detached you are from nature, you can’t deny that you need the air that the Earth is creating to stay alive. Mother Earth is working day and night to make the oxygen in the sky remain at a certain level, so that we may fill our lungs for yet another day of being alive. Neither can we deny that all that nourishes our bodies stems from nature. If we zoom in, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is the Earth that is our ‘original’ larder. So, Mother Earth is not only providing the air she is also providing the nutrients that make life on this planet possible. Whether you are a carnivore, a vegetarian, or a vegan, what you feed yourself is provided by the one entity that has what it takes to sustain life - Mother Earth. She provides the grass for the cows, she sustains the oceans for the lobster and the cod, she receives the sun for the crops, and she makes the wind blow to fertilize it all in the endless cycles of nature.
The question is, what do we give back for this selfless act of love? What do we return to our ultimate source of life? Mother Earth is not only giving us the possibility to experience life; she is also the source of all that we need to stay alive yet another day. Going even further, she not only offers the opportunity for us to have life, she is also our most powerful agent for rejuvenation and bliss. If you feel low, take a walk in the forest or by the seaside, and you will see that you are not alone. You will feel held by her soothing presence, and you will feel the connection to her presence and love. Love is what she is; she is pure unconditional love; she gives everything and expects nothing.
With all this love below our feet, how come humanity has evolved to a state of complete slumber to her love? How come people, who want to defend her rights to be respected, are scorned and ridiculed - even hated and threatened - while the destruction of our basis for life continues unabated? To ignore the fact that without Mother Earth, you are nothing is completely absurd. What will you breathe when the air is polluted? What will you feed yourself when the oceans are wasted? Where will you wash yourself when the water is gone? What will you eat when the crops are dead? Where will you live when you have destroyed all the love that was below your feet?
To be grateful for the unconditional love Mother Earth holds for us all is the basis for being human. You just need to open your mind a bit more, unveil your heart from the shells of false protection and realise that Mother Earth is your life. Without her, no matter how secure or powerful you are, there is no life for humanity, there is no life for you.
On my many spiritual journeys, at one point, I received the message that no matter what happens, she will survive. It was comforting, even soothing, to know that whatever is destroyed, she will be the last one standing. She is the embodiment of not only love but strength beyond any human construct. However many wars that are fought, and however many natural disasters we will have to endure, she will survive when all humans have perished - or flown to Mars. She is and will always be the basis for our life, and if she is not, it means that we are gone. We are long gone to another dimension where we may start dreaming of having a new opportunity to experience life on a planet as beautiful as our beloved Earth. We may begin to dream with such intensity and bliss that we will be given a second chance. A second chance to start respecting the one person that makes our life beautiful. The one person, yes, believe it or not, she is a living breathing creature just like you and me.
The other day, I talked to my beloved about Russian dolls, and I was happy to find that we both had a love for these in our childhood. There was something mysterious and true to these dolls; one person containing another, then yet another — a touch of the mystery of life, the micro cosmoses of the macro cosmoses. The universe, in the universes, is a true reality of our existence. There is an ocean of life in our seas; there is a universe in your eye; there are many layers of illusions englobing our visions of ourselves and the concepts of life. But the one illusion that we cannot - and should never -deny is that Mother Earth is the essence of our life as human beings on planet Earth.
Let us all wake up to the respect that we need to embrace for our home, our caregiver, our basis for life. Let the rain wash away your tears, let the wind blow your problems away, let the sun melt your heart, and open yourself to feel the embrace that Mother Earth holds. She is not only holding your feet while you walk to work, or the car you are driving or being driven in. She not only puts all the flavours on your plate. She is not only filling your lungs with air so that you may breathe yet another breath. She is also there for you to soothe you, heal you, and make you aware of the beauty, care, and respect a life may hold.
We all share the same planet.