Have you ever wondered why certain gardening techniques don’t work? Have you ever wondered why the relationship between humans and animals has changed so drastically over the decades? What if the reason these things are happening is because we allow the drive for power to control us and we begin to manipulate them and treat them as property?
I believe we as humans need to be careful because we have developed an idea that animals, plants, and the planet are less than we are, that they are things for us to manipulate and control and through this we have lost all respect for them as well. God created man to take care of nature. Many different cultures believe that the Universe created humans to help take care of nature, to benefit from it but never to manipulate it and control it.
What if those ancient civilizations that many thought worshiped trees and nature didn’t really worship the tree itself but they worshiped the Life Force within them? What would happen if we looked at a tree and instead of seeing just a piece of wood we actually saw the Life Force contained within it? Would we tear them down for no reason? Would we abuse and mistreat the Creator within?
How about an animal? Can you see the Life Force within it or do you see a dumb animal that needs manipulation? What if we all treated animals with as much respect as we would the Creator of the Universe? I believe that the relationship between man and beast would not be where it is today, so many animals suffer because of our indifference towards them.
When you go to start a garden or any other project in nature try not to manipulate it, instead try to respect it and see the Life Force within.
About Mimic Nature
Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids.
With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away.
So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature.
Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting.
I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family.
Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
I definitely have the drive to manipulate my garden. Trying not to be so overbearing lately.
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me too Dan! This is the first year I have not done my garden the old fashioned way with rows and tons of tilling 🙂
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I appreciate this article on many levels, and I feel it is important for me to say that you and I probably have very different beliefs as I am not Christian, but I love that we can agree that our species has become very disconnected to the natural world (generally speaking of course).
Being one of those pagans who would be misconstrued as “worshiping nature” ; ) I love that you have highlighted a way for me to better communicate my connection to nature for the ears of my Christian company. I appreciate that! If I am hearing you correctly, I think you are saying there should be more of an appreciation for all life on the planet and no assumption that we as individuals should manipulate/control the living things around us. Cheers to that!
No matter what we believe to be the creating force/being/energy behind the life of a plant, animal, or person….I couldn’t agree more that it is important to work to unlearn our habits to control our environment.
I believe patriarchy has instilled the patterns of control you speak of, but manipulation is a great way to put it too. No matter what one believes really, it certainly is time to consider a new appreciation for life….and all life on this planet, not just the life of our selves.
I don’t think we are at all different. I believe in a higher power but don’t box myself into the label of Christian 🙂 you have understood me perfectly! You might be right about the patriarch system. My husband has the final say but we work as a team side by side to make our lives better, neither is ‘above’ the other.
Thanks for your feedback and I’m glad you enjoyed the article!
P.S. You are not pagan (i understand your analogy though) 🙂 I feel too many people want to diminish their existence into labels, the unfathomable cannot be defined in words. Hope you have a great day!!
oh a wonderful response! Thank you and I apologize for the delay. I have been stepping out of the blog world for a bit.
I hear you on not being defined, but I suppose I throw pagan out there to give people a slight idea of what direction my belies may be headed in. I don’t really believe in a higher power actually, but I do hear what you are saying as far as our not being that different. I really hope for more of our species to come together despite belief systems. I hope we can mimic the natural world more in that way. We do not see nature, unless terribly disturbed by outside forces, working so hard against other elements of the environment as our species so often does.
Life is but a short journey in the larger scheme of things and its lovely to consider rattling our cages more and opening to new patterns and habits of living.
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Don’t worry lelahb39 about the delay, I have been really busy lately and out of the blogging world myself.
I agree, we all need to come together more and just accept each other just as nature does 🙂
Insightful post, Jana.
God provided man with many gifts; the Earth being one, and all that it contains. Man was given dominion over all. Yet with that power also comes the reponsibity to do no harm. To use, but not misuse.
God being all good, made nothing that is not good. Even man, but it is through his fee will that his fallibility enters in and causes him to misuse. And in so doing, often negatively manipulates, as you have rightly noted in your discussion.
Only when we truly understand from Whom the power that we possess comes, will we then use it for the good of all that has been put in our charge.
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So true Alan!