by Anneloes Smitsman
The Wholeness of Life
Kanyini is best expressed in English
as the combination of the two words
'Responsibility' and 'Unconditional Love',
but it is actually a relationship;
it is an enormous caring with no limit
- it has no timeframe:
it is eternal.
Never before has
our conscious evolution been so
required. There is growing consensus that we need to change and
learn to work together for the solutions to address these
Somehow, we understand that a much deeper shift is needed, and sometimes we can feel this as an aching pain in our hearts and sorrow in our minds.
Many of us do not feel whole and it may seem difficult to even experience a sense of peace in a world that demands us to constantly divide and be fragmented.
It is difficult for us to feel whole
in a world that demands us
It is not surprising that
so many of us burn out; our inner flame slowly fading, lost in
systems that compromise the very nature of our being and our
False Dream of
And yet, deep in our
hearts, we know that this dream is crashing.
Are we losing our connection
to the natural world
at the expense of progress?
Perhaps our challenge today is,
There we may find some of the answers we need.
I had the great fortune
to learn from, and about, them during my eight years of living in
Australia from 1998-2006. Those years became the foundation for
everything I do and share today.
It restored my sense of humanity and purpose and gave me strength to stay true to myself and my direct relationship with life.
hold deep wisdom
as one of the oldest
continuous living cultures.
We tend only to care for the worlds we feel a part of, yet,
This sense of connectedness is the foundation for Kanyini:
The purpose of being on this Earth plane
is to be of service to all that will be.
Be willing to care for all things equally.
Uncle Bob Randall
Life as Family
To start with Ngura -
many of us no longer feel like we belong to
the natural world.
Instead, we feel more and more divided, internally and externally.
This madness of modern
life emphasizes our worth only in terms of what we can produce and
achieve, and not by who we are intrinsically or the land that
This same Elder explained to me that they see the root causes of these dis-ease patterns stemming from the disruption of 'oursness' and disconnection from 'life as family.'
Many of us feel disconnected
from the natural web of life.
It is this spirit
nourishment, also called Kurunpa, that provides inner peace and
sustainability for our whole self.
When we experience life
as family, irrespective of whether we are living in nature or in the
city, our heart is sustained by a deep unconditional love that is
always here for us.
Without this nourishment we feel lost, lonely and without a sense of sacred purpose.
gives us spirit nourishment
directly from the land.
For many people, nature is now only a source of food and materials for things to make, own and consume.
In that concept, there is
no sense of sacredness and no gratitude for the sacrifices made by
our living relatives of the natural world, like the animals, plants,
trees, and insects.
that connects us all
restores our sense of wholeness.
Every day is another
opportunity to restore and appreciate our connectedness with the
wholeness of life. This love is not withheld from us when we move
astray or lose our way. It embraces everything and everyone
In English, Tjukurrpa has been translated as 'the Dreamtime'.
This refers to the
teaching that creation is an ongoing process in a multi-dimensional
universe based on sacred principles; laws, by which we remain
connected through all time and space while changing form.
The Elders believe that this sacred knowledge was passed on via a process of transmission from the Ancestral beings to humanity, to guide us as custodians for this world.
teaches us to live
according to sacred Laws.
Painting by Colleen Wallace Nungari.
We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe,
to learn, to grow, to love…
and then we return home.
Accordingly, many people do not know what it means and how to live
their life by these core universal principles.
By becoming aware of
these universal principles we learn how to balance, heal and restore
our sense of inner worth and sacred communion with all life.
We start to experience this directly by listening closely to nature, and by allowing our heart to guide our knowing. These principles were not created by anyone, they are not mental constructs.
By living in close relationship with the wholeness of life we start to see these laws and principles as a foundation for all that is unfolding within our created worlds.
and restore your unity with all life.
This starts simply by remaining attentive to your whole self: your feelings, thoughts, dreams, desires, the quiet voice within, the spiritual presence both within YOU and all around you.
By becoming aware first
that you are 'all that', you can then start to see if there is any
way that you divide, suppress, control or fragment these various
qualities of yourself.
Then consider, why you would do this if life does not ask you to compromise your inner being, nor does it ask you to compromise the inner being of others.
Through these inner
enquiries, gentle observations, and deep listening, you slowly
become aware of the universal wisdom principles of Kanyini that
restore our wholeness, and our perception of unity with all life.