We have discussed the subject of ecopsychology many times: there is our site on this subject, there is our book called Ecopsychology.
And now let us see together what one can do specifically in the forest — within the frame of ecopsychological work on spiritual development.
Let us start as always with explaining the terms: so that everything we are going to discuss can be comprehended without misunderstandings.
So ecology is the science about relationships of an organism with its environment.
And psychology is the science about soul, which is the same as consciousness.
Therefore, one has to understand ecopsychology as the section of ecology that studies relationships of an organism with the environment not on the level of the body but on the level of the soul. And the main theme of research in ecopsychology is methodology of spiritual development of man.
It is through harmonious communication with living nature, with souls embodied here in such an abundance, that one can easily grow up to successful interaction with our Divine Teachers — Holy Spirits, Who represent here in the Creation our common Creator.
Such classes in nature can be very useful for children — of course taking into account their capabilities to comprehend information. This can teach them to regard people, animals, plants as living beings: that is tenderly, carefully, with compassion. Those who learned from childhood to live in this way can live their lives without spoiling their destinies in the eyes of God and will not cause suffering and afflictions to other beings.
Introducing the true spiritual culture into the mentality of masses will change the attitude of God towards the population of the countries where this process goes on successfully. And then one can expect, thanks to this, growth of the level of well-being of the population of these countries.
… What does one have to start with? For example, one can teach children and adults to feel with one’s palm the energy cocoons around the bodies of living objects. An apple, a tomato, a fern, a tree trunk, the body of a kitten, a dog, a human — all have such cocoons formed by the energy fields of the body’s cells.
And if there is a wound or a source of illness, pain in the body, then against this area one can easily discover change of the density of the cocoon and distortion of its boundary. It can be, for example, a prominence of the cocoon’s boundary against the focus of an acute inflammatory disease, or on the contrary it can be a concavity — against places with a lower level of energetical activity in the case of chronic diseases.
This is a tree wounded by an axe… This is another tree with cut bark, maimed alive… Here someone put a wire around the trunk of this pine (of course we removed it); but the tree has to grow wide with its trunk, and it suffers from this wire… This is a pine with Scotch tape put around its trunk: the cells of the bark under the tape lack air; they cannot get dry and become covered with mold; this living being begins to rot alive… If you see such cases, please remove these tapes!
If one feels the cocoons of such plants, attunes with them by the soul — one can see and understand that such wounds are not insignificant for them: yes, they can suffer!…
And if children become convinced that this law is common for every one of them, and for all people, and for all animals, and for all plants; and therefore everyone can suffer from the cruelty of ignorant people… — such children from an early age discover in themselves the emotion of compassion and hopefully will not become like those primitives who maim their own destinies by causing harm to other beings… After all, by making evil to others, we program evil to our own destinies…
Sathya Sai Baba cites a precept of ancient Indian sage Vyasa: “Help ever, hurt never!”. It is appropriate to rephrase this formula like this: “Help everyone in everything good, hurt no one!” — and then let this important principle be remembered by everyone: by children and by adults — as the multiplication table or even better than the multiplication table!
The principle of not causing unnecessary harm to other beings (ahimsa) is the first serious step towards mastering LOVE!
God is LOVE — He Himself teaches us this through the New Testament!
And we can become closer to Him not through taking part in various rites and reciting of standard prayers, but through gradual transformation of ourselves into LOVE. (Let me note that Jesus did not teach ritualism! He taught ethics and further spiritual development!)
Love has many aspects. For example everyone can check themselves:
Do I have, for example, the quality of caring (non-obtrusive)?
Do I have tenderness (non-sugary)?
Or, for example: that coarseness, that despise towards others, that haughtiness in me — do they correspond with the principle of LOVE? Why did I not understand this before?!
Note that Jesus Christ said much about this! Also Sathya Sai Baba, Messiah of our days, teaches the same in His discourses. (One can read about it in our books Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present and Ecopsychology).
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The next very important step in spiritual development of man is opening and further development of the spiritual heart. How it can be done is described in detail in the book Ecopsychology and demonstrated in some of our films, including Spiritual Heart.
Also everyone certainly wants to get rid of long-lasting diseases, which get aggravated with time…
To improve health, to realize in oneself the functions of the spiritual heart — all this is very easy to do at corresponding places of power. This is probably the most interesting aspect of practical ecopsychology for beginners!
Places of power are zones on the land or water that differ significantly from the background by their energetical features.
There are positive and negative places of power. The former are useful for us, while the later are usually harmful. At positive places of power it is much easier to work on cleansing and development of the chakras and meridians, to get rid of various diseases, to refine and grow oneself as a consciousness. What concerns negative places of power — one has to avoid staying at them: this can result in an illness and loss of power, can induce destructive emotional states… And it is very bad if one settles to live on such a place (examples of this kind are given in the book Ecopsychology).
There are also stones of power and plants of power…
At many positive places of power one can get acquainted and converse with Divine Teachers… They call such places Their working sites…
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So we can use positive places of power for healing, for cleansing and developing the chakras and meridians, for correct formation of the emotional sphere and refinement of the consciousness, for communication with the Divine Teachers and Mergence with Them, also for cognizing the structure of the multidimensional space, for Mergence with the Creator in His Abode, for divinizing the cells of the body.
And now let us walk a little in the forest…
(See demonstration of practical work with plants of power, stones of power, and on places of power in the film).