After over three hours walking we decided to stop, lay over the grass and admire the after-midnight sky covered by hundreds of stars. We were looking for our way back to camp in a forest in northern Germany. The feeling of simply “being” there in that moment, taking a break to watch the constellations so far and at the same time so close is unforgettable.
This episode happened during a survival camp I signed-up for. My goal back then was to test how far I could go on my own without equipment in the middle of the nature. I wanted to audit my limits physically, emotionally and mentally. There are tons of stories and positive things, including friendships, to tell about the days in camp but here I want to focus on one aspect of the trip: our connection to nature and why it felt so good to simply stop that night and watch the stars.
In all the rush and fuss of our daily lives it’s not only hard to find space for reflexion, but we end-up immerse in a world that has none or very few nature left. We live in the middle of skyscrapers, buildings of concrete and metal with large glass facades, with streets made out of asphalt, enclosed by artificial lights.
We surrounded ourselves with things created by men and we forgot to keep a space for what came from the divine. Trees, rivers and all else that belongs to nature is barely integrated in our cities. As divine beings that we are, also created from nature, we draw our energy from it. If this natural energy is not available in our environment, problems start to appear, from simple diseases to stress and anxiety to severe depressions. We have all of a sudden a society who grows so disconnected from nature, that they have forgotten who they really are.
Being in the camp was an extreme way to incorporate back nature. First there was discomfort and shock. The first night went without sleep under a self-made shelter of leaves and wood having eaten nothing for over sixteen hours and freezing with twelve degrees outside lacking proper clothes to keep me warm. In the early morning from within the exhaustion the space for integration opened-up when I was sitting by the campfire. It was like the forest had embraced me with a deep sensation of peace and quietness. I looked around and I felt literally safe. As if I would have been taken care of. It was in this moment that all worries went away. The forest was not a dangerous and unknown place any more, it was a home.
Every morning each member of the group shared how they were feeling. After the first night the whole group described the exhaustion I was talking about, but as the days in camp passed, the members were more and more excited about being there. A new energy was building up because we felt integrated with the forest. The campfire, the shelters and all the rest we built respecting that environment made us feel extremely well. It was a sense of completeness, of having all that you needed. In the last day we left camp as if we haven’t being there. The nature stayed untouched. Although we passed through a “survival” situation and were praying for a proper bath and well cooked food, we were all glowing. We left happy.
The camp turned out to be our base, a place where you can go to withdraw from all noise and worries. It’s where we found our safe space, time and peace to look inside. It was also a place to re-engage with all our inner strengths and capacities. It was the gateway back to our inner selves. Being surrounded by nature granted us the chance to re-establish the connection to ourselves.
Sitting on the ground, feeling the earth with my hands, laying against a tree with closed eyes and listening to that silence around me brought me back. I was connected to nature, but most importantly, I was connected to myself. It’s when you remove all noise, expectations, worries, plans, titles and all other things the current society demands from us that you finally find the space to meet yourself. It’s from emptiness that we encounter who we really are.
Fortunately we don’t need such extremes like a survival camp to find out who we are and to re-establish our connection to the divine. Spending your free time in nature, be it at a park, a forest, a river, a lake or just spending time watching the sunrise or the sunset is already enough. All that matters is your intention to be in harmony and merge with it. Nature brings us inherently to a meditative state. It is so subtle that we don’t even notice. To meditate is to be in flow.
There will be a time when people will start moving from outside of the metropolises we built and will look for smaller towns and villages where they can live much closer, integrated and in harmony with nature. All that has become big and lost control will find its way back to the source and nature will be a central part of it. At this time, humanity will live in a state of integral harmony. Technology will be used in its finest form – efficient and unintrusive – to enable this new relationship between nature and high standards of life.
We are cosmic beings forged by nature. As a mother nature is always waiting for us to team up again. All we need to do is to take some time to look inside of us or for the stars in the infinite sky.
You will know you are on the right path, once you look upon the horizon and smile.
18.04.2017 – Carolina Fernandes TRANSPERSONAL COACH