I want to share some background about membranes and communication systems in nature and in humans and then describe a win-win process we can use to heal ourselves and nature around us.
A membrane is like a cell wall. Every organism has them and also large natural systems and communities have a type of membrane, also called boundaries. The Spirits and Sages say that the large earth membrane systems such as the forest system and the ocean system work together with the synapse/communication systems of plants, animals and humans and they both need to be healthy for maintaining and healing the Earth and all the creatures here.
I talked in an earlier post about how many people tell me they feel adrift in their life, not tethered to any deep sense of purpose, not deeply a part of any community, not really close to many other people. Yet most say they would really like to feel more connected and rooted in a community.
In the earlier post titled SOME RESOURCES FOR GROUNDING on this subject I shared a GROUNDING MEDITATION EXERCISE. If you haven’t tried that I recommend you go to it and try using it daily.
Below is another exercise for grounding and strengthening our sense of purpose. Try this one as well. It comes from the great 6th century BCE Chinese Daoist sage, Lao Tzu, in poem or stanza form.
I have been an Aikido student and practitioner since 1974. I’ve always believed in the rightness of robustly defending our boundaries with non-violent self-defense methods. However when I was preparing to be initiated as a medicine man, the Spirit instruction I was given was to give up the war vibration. I learned that this was more than just renouncing sorcery or physical violence, which I don’t believe in anyway. It is a total renunciation of an orientation toward vengeance—giving up focusing on retribution and instead asking inside, “what needs healing here?”