The other day, I was walking up on my mountain and entered an energy of deeper alertness towards all of nature around me. As I noticed this, I began to receive insights about authenticity on a new level.
We may think authenticity means being an honest and genuine person who is centred in their truth, as least, that’s more or less how I was looking at it. But all of a sudden, I realised authenticity goes a whole lot deeper.
Authenticity is to be stripped right down to our pure presence. Would we even recognise our pure presence if it was staring us in the face? We might call it our savage or primitive self.
We would be bare naked, not only physically but in every sense, emotionally, mentally, energetically.
And even if we stripped off all our clothes and rubbed earth or mud or ash over our bodies, we are not authentic until we do that to our heart and mind also.
Authenticity exists on that fine precipice between life and death. It’s basic, it’s knowing we are one with the Earth and nature, and living it in every moment.
A Western man was in the Amazon with a local tribesman. He was learning how to be a shaman. The Westerner asked the tribesman, “Why is it that when I walk into the forest, all the animals and birds stop calling. It’s as though the jungle is devoid of life. But when you walk in, the forest is alive with sound?”
“The forest recognises my spirit but doesn’t know yours. You smell wrong, your mind is full of distractions, your emotions are not controlled and your body doesn’t know how to move. You don’t know who you are so the forest doesn’t know who you are. You are not one with the forest.”
“How do I become one with the forest?”
“For a start, let go of all the baggage you’re carrying.”
Here are some affirmations that will empower your connection with the Earth through your earth star chakra. Look out for Thursday’s post for more:
“I acknowledge and accept my connection to Earth.”
“I actively honour the Earth.”
“I am connected to Source through my breath.”
[Image: ‘Ty Canol Woods, Pembrokeshire, Wales’ photograph by Amenet Drago]