This is true of everything in life. Our planet is unhealthy or out of balance because the people who are living on her are unhealthy and out of balance. We can’t fix the planet without first starting with the individual people who live here. Treating one person at a time, and helping them to achieve some type of balance is the way to “save the world.”
I am an acupuncturist, a shamanic practitioner, an artist, and a writer, but these are just tools. Tools will not help the world. Underneath this, I am a lover of Earth. I believe that our Earth is a living, breathing, sentient being whose sole/soul desire is to take care of her children, the living beings who make up her mass.
A friend of mine lives out in the Shenandoah valley on a farm. She is dabbling in herbal medicine and belongs to a local group of herbalists who meet regularly and share information. On my last visit to her place she showed me a common weed that has always been there, but had suddenly started growing prolifically. At the local meeting, the other herbalists said they had noticed the same thing. As they investigated this herb, they found that it was particularly useful in treating MRSA. There had been a large number of people infected with MRSA at their local hospitals. This to me was amazing, the Earth responding to a need for her children!
I know beyond anything I can put into words that this amazing planet is alive and conscious of all that is going on. This is why I believe helping people become balanced and healthy is helping the Earth to become balanced and healthy.
We have been married to a particular way of life that has made us miserable and sick. It is bringing out the worst in us, and the worst in our “Mother.” Fear keeps us here. Fear that we won’t have enough, that we won’t survive. It is that very belief which is making us impoverished. And in that impoverished state we think we need more and more and more to feel safe. This perpetuates destruction. We are not at peace or ease, we are dis-eased. By letting go of this way of life and practicing gratitude, balance and recognizing the abundance all around us we are “divorcing” the way of life that makes us sick and miserable. Just like you can’t raise healthy children in an unhealthy marriage, we can’t save the planet as unbalanced people.
I treat people, not disease. I treat the planet by treating people. This is why I am here, this is why I do what I do.