Your Place in Nature? – Quiz

Humanity evolved from the heart of Nature. Day by day, season by season, generation after generation, human lives were linked inseparably to the cycles of the living world. Like the heartbeat of a great Mother, the rhythms and workings of the natural world imprinted themselves into every cell of our bodies. We knew our place within the whole and developed spiritual beliefs that honored our independence within the vast network of sibling species.

For eons, the idea that humanity could be separate from the rest of life was essentially incomprehensible. Only in the past few hundred years have our minds fully embraced these concepts that tear us from the embrace of our broader family. The new myth is hard. By keeping us from recognizing the Earth as our natural means of support, it engenders in us a feeling of abandonment.

How do you perceive the living world around you? How do you view nature? Take this quiz and find out:

As you consider each question, jot down your responses. Be brief. The point is not to have everything all polished and exact – it is to get you thinking.

1. How would you define Nature? What is your personal relationship with it?

2. What is humanity’s relationship to Nature?

3. What do you like most about the natural world? Which plants and animals are most important?

4. What do you not trust about the natural world? What aspects of it scare you? Which animals or plants would you consider “bad?”

After taking this quiz step back. Create some distance between yourself and the mainstream consciousness. Work with your beliefs. As you begin to see the world more clearly, you’ll have an opportunity to observe your own beliefs with greater objectivity. Feel your connections. The very best way to demonstrate the illusion of separation is to gain some first-hand experience of just how connected you really are. Then, when you hear messages that try to convince you that you’re isolated, they won’t have any power. You’ll already know the truth because you’ve felt it in your body.

Adapted from Earth Spirit Warrior, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Press, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by John. R. Stowe. Reprinted by permission of Findhorn Press.
Adapted from Earth Spirit Warrior, by John R. Stowe (Findhorn Press, 2002).

6 comments

Fi T.
Fi T.3 years ago

There's an inexplicable relationship of the nature and the human

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman5 years ago

As intended, a thought provoking article.

Susanne Dawn P.

I have great respect for the black widdow who bit me that I have a scar and no pigmantation on my cheek, the lone coyotee, and even the gophers that have invaded my farm. I had to reseed three different times last year, as the starving racoons came down with their dozens of babies. The racoons were attracted to my hundreds of dowels with ribbons attached {It works perfectly for me to deter the birds...as the breeze must must make the ribbons look like a web of chaos}. I don't think it would work around Blue Jays lol. Oh, it is frustrating but a good challenge! EVERY stray stray animal KNOWS this is a safe place. I get much joy from knowing I have a lone coyote who has made a den in a shed, and lives @35 yards from my ferrals! The ferrals are far too clever! I can't imagine anyone thinking they have the right to be annoyed, since it is we humans, that have infringed upon their habitat. I am very pleased by John's comment. I must admit, it is very frustrating to come outside and an eggplant that has 15 or 20 perfect eggplants, and as you go outside with your bushels to fill them with what you know from the previous night is ready to "pluck" as I say~ENTIRE PLANTS ARE GONE, disappeared. It is devistating as EVERYTHING is donated to the homeless, elderly, children, meals on wheels, you name it...these are hard times and there is no reason anyone on the planet should go hungry. It just breaks my HEART. But, {for me} I honor the fact that it is we humans whom have created

Susanne Dawn P.

I have great respect for the black widdow who bit me that I have a scar and no pigmantation on my cheek, the lone coyotee, and even the gophers that have invaded my farm. I had to reseed three different times last year, as the starving racoons came down with their dozens of babies. The racoons were attracted to my hundreds of dowels with ribbons attached {It works perfectly for me to deter the birds...as the breeze must must make the ribbons look like a web of chaos}. I don't think it would work around Blue Jays lol. Oh, it is frustrating but a good challenge! EVERY stray stray animal KNOWS this is a safe place. I get much joy from knowing I have a lone coyote who has made a den in a shed, and lives @35 yards from my ferrals! The ferrals are far too clever! I can't imagine anyone thinking they have the right to be annoyed, since it is we humans, that have infringed upon their habitat. I am very pleased by John's comment. I must admit, it is very frustrating to come outside and an eggplant that has 15 or 20 perfect eggplants, and as you go outside with your bushels to fill them with what you know from the previous night is ready to "pluck" as I say~ENTIRE PLANTS ARE GONE, disappeared. It is devistating as EVERYTHING is donated to the homeless, elderly, children, meals on wheels, you name it...these are hard times and there is no reason anyone on the planet should go hungry. It just breaks my HEART. But, {for me} I honor the fact that it is we humans whom have created

John Norman Dela Cruz
Jonn Norman6 years ago

I am greatly impressed by this read. Now as I view the world, I shall be more open to my surroundings and how it affects my life on a daily basis. Knowing what creatures reside in my locale, will help me to appreciate them more. For instance like the deer that forages my lawn and flower beds during the winter. When I first moved here, I thought that it was great having these animals in your back yard. But then they have become a nuisance and play havoc with my shrubs and plantings. However, as time passed, I became accustomed to there being here and saw it not as a threat to my garden, but found great pleasure in their presence. Our feelings change when we given in to the whim of mother nature.