One of the greatest issues facing us, is our profound and painful sense of disconnection – we have become disconnected from ourselves, from our bodies, our interior world, disconnected from nature, isolated from our neighbour and from God. This is leading us into more and more destructive behaviour patterns. I once heard the saying, “if you want to be happy, get connected.” There is a truth in that statement.
D.H Lawrence, in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, recognized the serious consequences of being cut off from nature and from our own dark, secret root system.
“Oh what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off
from his union with the sun and the earth.
This is what is the matter with us. We are bleeding at the roots,
because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars and
love is grinning mockery, because, poor blossom,
we plucked it from its stem on the tree of Life and expected
it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table”
We have to get back in contact with our secret root system; according to Lawrence we need to make a ‘detour’ back toward the primal state, in order to revitalize and invigorate civilization, to recover the mysteries of nature and the sacredness of the body. Get reconnected.
Our lack of organic connection to the whole of life takes its toll. Our inner ecology, the ecology of the soul can be unbalanced and even destroyed by the disconnection we experience.