I went to the Disney nature movie, Earth, on Sunday. I left the movie theater traumatized after watching animals stalk and kill one another, while my 9 and 10-year-old thought it was great. As they stated, “It just showed the natural cycle of life.” But for me, it isn’t natural. Death and killing are not natural. Deep down inside I have ancient memory of paradise, where the lamb and the lion laid together. With no killing, no separateness, and no need to eat.
I remember as a kid, thinking that it seemed that I had always been alive and would never die. Now as a shaman, I understand that those feelings were more real, than real life. It truly is not natural to die, grow old or become ill. Somewhere along the line we lost our way, our connection to our divine nature. Our natural state is to be healthy and alive forever.