LEARNING from LIFE
by Sophia Roselyn Breillat
NATURE’S LESSONS 1.1
The earth is our first teacher. Through her ancient wisdom we learn about patience, connectedness and gratitude. Through her infinite nurturing beauty we experience an intrinsic bond with her life-giving power and vast well of replenishment. We learn throughout the transforming changes of her seasons and the ebbs and flows of her spiralling cycles. We learn throughout the awakening of each new day and the velvet darkness of each evening.
In earlier civilisations, education was a unity of body, mind and nature that has now degenerated into an authoritive system of rules, instructions and directions. In all indigenous cultures, everyone is taught and mothered by the mysteries of the land and the universe.
In contemporary society, young children are being taken from the bodies of their mothers and the body of the earth to become educated by the ignorant acceptance of modern patriarchal values. These teaching methods deny the subtle wisdom of the heart and suppress the profound healing we experience from burying our hands in the earth.
Our intimate trust in Mother Nature’s deeply feminine knowing has now been replaced by a masculine obsession with modern technology. This strange twilight realm of virtual reality forcefully entices our young ones from their natural union with the earth and their intuitive capacity to learn from her divine intelligence.
Although many educators are now attempting to re-address this imbalance through experiential learning, a young child’s only real teacher is its mother, for when it learns from her, it learns directly from Mother Earth.
WOMB of LIFE
A baby’s individual learning process begins at conception. Every doubt, every fear, every emotion within both parents’ bodies enters the psyche of the foetus at this moment, as does every unresolved conflict and structured pattern of their historical family conditioning.
During its prenatal life, this pure little being absorbs all the love and all the unhappiness that its mother carries within her. It also carries its own unique impersonal karma to be potentially lived out and healed throughout its life upon this earth. Everything it needs to learn is already psychically imprinted within its tiny body long before the awesome power of life sweeps it from the comforting waters of the womb and into the magnificent leela of this world.
It does not need to be taught how to live in the womb, how to be born or how to breathe. Embodied within the still seed point of it vast essence, all it needs to learn is love and truth and all it needs to know is that it is loved. A tiny child’s intelligence embraces a place of acute sensitivity, alertness, stillness, clarity and consciousness.
This place does not need to be added to, filled up or controlled, for it contains a wise and miraculous capacity for instinctive awareness, intuitive perception and natural learning. It does not need to be taught how to flow against nature or against its own unique nature. Yet this is what happens when it enters an educational system that denies the true freedom of individual creativity.
AWAY from the EARTH
The fast pace of the modern world, with its computerised entertainment, gadgets, games and learning, is separating our innocent children from the natural sensuality of their bodies and the natural clarity of their minds. Through an increasing emphasis upon computerised learning, they are being pulled outwards, upwards, into their heads, away from their bodies, away from the earth.
All children are born with an inherent capability to learn through their senses, skills, talents and their love of nature’s beauty. When the stressful pressure of forced thinking, analysing, competing and trying replaces the free flow of their sweetness, innocence and openness, they become human robots instead of joy-filled beings.
Children cannot truly learn from their outer world unless they remain harmoniously connected to their inner world. When a child is shown how to remain awake, whole, alert, free, that child knows the joy of true learning.
When a child repetitively gathers facts, figures and information from books, computers, magazines and television, it loses touch with the spirit of fluidity that emanates from the creative inner source.
And later, if it really desires a life of love and truth, all those burdensome facts and all that boring knowledge have to be relinquished, emptied from the mind,so that it can return to its original state of innocence and simplicity.
When a child learns through a system of punishment and reward, robotic shallowness and empty words, its behaviour becomes mechanical and opinionated. This unnatural way of learning then replaces the infinite stillness and silence of inner peace with the incessant chattering of a busy mind.
Destructive of all freedom and sensitivity, it prevents the full awakening of body, mind and spirit. Without the gifts of insight, perception, looking inwards, being simple, being humble, all forms of learning mean nothing.
© ~ Sophia Roselyn Breillat ~ not to be reprinted without author’s permission
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Roslyne Sophia Breillat
Within the womb of every woman glows the consciousness of Mother Earth. Wildheartwisdom is a web site for nurturing the truth of this powerful feminine spirit and offers support for the female psyche’s many cyclic transformations. Wildheartwisdom focuses upon the deeper joy and purpose of menstruation, lovemaking, pregnancy, childbirth, mothering, relationships, menopause and beyond. Find spiritual guidance for healing from eating disorders, sexual abuse, miscarriage and abortion. There are currently three galleries featuring Sophia’s art and a selection of her article excerpts. As wildheartwisdom evolves more art and articles will be added as well as an extensive resource section. Sophia’s beautiful art and illustrations are for sale and she is currently seeking a publisher for her two books.