Connections with the Earth

Me chillin’ with fish friends

So it’s no secret that I love the water/ocean/sea/lake/puddles… lol, whatever. I’ve done more reflecting on it lately, and I think it’s because I feel some sort of deeper spiritual connection or fulfillment when I’m near the ocean. I feel it sometimes in the forest, or when a hummingbird came to visit me today, but I feel it most strongly when I’m in the water. There is no other experience like being in the ocean. It’s constantly moving, flowing, changing, and yet it somehow seems unchanged and … indifferent? It’s powerful. It just is. It isn’t wrong, it has helped life on this planet for, well, forever. It doesn’t judge or discriminate. You can be carried along peacefully or glompfed by a wave… I’m never offended when that happens.

I’ve been speaking with people about nature traditions lately and finding solace/comfort outside, drawing in energy from nature. I always return from the ocean feeling energized and recentered, like I know what matters for me and then I feel more unshakeable.

I was surprised to do some reading that included some opinions about how finding solace/energy from nature is like, sinful, or something? I just couldn’t fathom it. If a God created everything, why would it be “bad” to enjoy it, interact with it, and feel connected to it? I don’t know. I’ve always felt drawn to just lay in the grass and feel the ground support me. Walking barefoot in the grass/moss seems to just help recalibrate me so I can think clearer.

Lately I’ve been coming to feel a common thread through all traditions, spiritualities, religions etc… I feel like they’re just different paths with different details to the same place. I don’t know how anything that brings me so much peace could be bad. Reading that didn’t bring me down at all, or lead me to question what works for me, it just made me wonder, like, why can’t everyone see common threads between belief systems? I don’t claim to have all the answers but I’m figuring out what works for me more and more. I do still pray sometimes. Though I’m not sure of the particulars about what I believe and I’m okay with that. It’s just getting increasingly hard for me when I hear people judging others for not believing exactly what they do.

I think it makes sense to be wary of people who are too sure of themselves and say that they’ve got everything figured out. That’s always been a warning sign for me when I interact with people. lol

A friend recently commented that it’s interesting that I like the chaos of the ocean. I thought about that, and it’s interesting because I don’t see it as chaotic. I see it as calming the chaos in my mind. Maybe because I have to pay attention to not drown? lol. Idk. In all seriousness the ocean seems to make the most sense to me… more than my own thoughts. The moon pulls it and it just adjusts with its tides. It doesn’t get all angry and bent out of shape. It just is. It can mold rocks, shells, anything over time… patient. Pure presence.

Ocean waves felt so much more powerful than sea/lake waves. It was so neat to be a part of that.

3 thoughts on “Connections with the Earth

  1. Happy snorkeling,

    For sure God wants us to enjoy His creation – to the fullest! In my lifetime I’ve known many who came to see God through their excursions in nature, then turned to the Bible for deeper understanding and found Christ. For His Word tells us that He created everything, and placed man and women (also His creation) on the earth to “be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it.”

    However, the feeling or thinking that all roads lead to heaven and God is one of the greatest deceptions that have been foisted on mankind – for it is belief in Christ alone that does that. He plainly tells us in Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name [but Christ] under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

    Take a journey through the Bible and see what it says”
    Romans 3:23
    Romans 6:23
    Romans 5:8
    Ephesians 2:8-9
    Acts 4:12
    John 5:24

    Blessings, joy and happy trails,

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      1. Natalie,

        That is a valid question, but it has no man-wise answer this side of heaven.

        If the Bible is the ultimate Truth as God claims it to be, then I have to trust that His truth surpasses what I feel or think, because my mind is so finite, and He created the universe and everything in it. He said He knew me before creation and in my mother’s womb, has numbered the hairs on my head (even as they fall out and fail to be replaced as I age☺) so I trust and believe what He said even when I don’t understand it because God cannot lie. For sure there is a lot I do not understand but I stay fixed on Jesus and learn more each year.

        God also has told us that Jesus will be the final judge of where we spend Eternity because He knows our hearts better than we know ourselves. Because He knows and we don’t I don’t have to question what happens to those who never heard of Christ – just trust Him at His word. He also said that God desires that no one be lost, as well as only by faith in Christ are we saved.

        Deut 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

        My call is to trust and obey and as the old hymn taught me “there is no other way, but to trust and obey”. Family Truths – Are They?

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