Connecting with Nature
Earth and Humanity – What Unites Us?
“We always stand at the threshold to the world of spirit, but this does not mean we are aware of it. We can only exist as human beings because the world of spirit acts directly within us at every moment. No organ function could otherwise be sustained; we could not take a single step, nor think a thought, let alone form a resolve. Our existence is founded on the fact that we are beings in whom the beings of the spiritual world unfold their activity.” — Karsten Massei
Earth and humanity are involved in a fragile interplay of physical and spiritual relationships, the full spectrum of which can be discerned only by higher, more refined senses. Based on actual, living discernment rather than dogmatic ideas, Karsten Massei reveals how we can unite with nature, supporting our inner development and everyday lives. We ourselves comprise the path leading to the mysteries of the earth. By delving into nature’s secrets, we are paradoxically returned to our own being—our soul gold, our luminosity, as well as our shadow, or lower nature. Deep encounters with the earth are thus self-encounters.
In a series of concise and accessible chapters, Massei illumines human characteristics—our senses, the quality of our listening, our soul wounds, and the possibility of transformation. Likewise, he lights up the natural world—plants and animals, as well as elemental beings, tree spirits, and Christ, the great being of the earth.
Among a wealth of interrelated themes, the author also portrays death as the doorway to new existence, describing the relationship of the dead with the earth and humanity, speaking movingly of the healing social deed of forgiveness.
Based on ﬁrst-hand research, this book is filled with reverence for the hidden aspects of life and their signiﬁcance for personal growth.
This volume is a translation from German of Erde und Mensch: Was uns verbindet (Futurum Verlag, Basel, 2018).
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Names
2. The Senses
4. Elemental Beings
5. Diverse Elemental Beings
6. Messages from the Elemental World
7. The Lofty Life of the Trees
8. The Spirits of the Trees
9. Plants and Trees and the Human Soul
10. Ways to Know Plants
11. The Nature of Certain Plants and Trees
12. Animal and Human Being
13. Encounters with Animals
14. Christ and the Animals
15. The Transformation of the Soul and the Animals
16. The Path to Birth
17. Paths into Life
18. Death as a Doorway into New Existence
19. Death as the Source of Life
20. The Relationship of the Dead with Earth and Human Beings
21. Soul Wounds
22. Christ in the Living Earth
23. The Power of Forgiveness