Big Issue: By David Slater of Friends of the Boar
Human consciousness is often perceived to lie totally within the body.
It is my belief, however, that it constantly interacts with its surroundings, whereby each animal, plant and even crystal interacts together in an amazing orchestra lying far beyond the human ear.
Modern culture has separated us from this ancient knowledge. Indigenous people know they belong to a larger story, and create what appear to us to be childish superstitious myths about their world and its origin.
As a nature photographer I've travelled to many rainforests of the world and I see their beliefs are based upon real perceptions and knowing. The one tangible thing they know about the forest is peace.
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We in the West are so accustomed to stress it's hard to imagine a state of peace. Animals live in the "now" without stress until forced to hunt or flee. In contrast, our lives have been so marketed that many of us cannot awaken and see this pervasive peace that is the beauty of nature. We live in perpetual stress that leads to dis-ease (disease) within us. So much so that many modern ailments such as attention deficit disorder are in fact relieved by contact with nature. This disease may instead be a "nature deficit disorder", just like others.
I'm lucky. I've a remarkable forest and heritage on my doorstep in the Forest of Dean where I can get a daily fix of healing and connection. People without connection and purpose tend to go to war. How wonderful if we could all sense the prospective power of the Forest? It is the forest that our ancestors used as an ally in their healing, be it herbs that cured or the silence that made them look inwards.
Unconsciously I feel part of something larger, as the Forest heals by putting me at ease, and with this presence of mind I see clearly what is happening in physical space too. Indeed, the Forest is slowly healing itself from traumas that some have inflicted, and I wonder if we can now help each other along?
Is it the restoration of a deep sense of wholeness that not just I had lost in my teens, but society around me seems to have lost too? Some still see the Forest as a dark place full of beasts. Others may see conifers sterilising the landscape, or a place of weird laws allowing a few to hunt for their own pleasure. These are cultural snapshots of how we have been constantly manipulated away from the true essence of the Forest.
I'm a scientist and I mourn that science often fails us. It observes nature as outside us. Science often claims that disease is not our fault and externalised, so take this drug and make someone rich please. Science disconnects you from any inner ability to heal. Science is often another propaganda tool used by manipulators, be it the church, state or big business. They ignore that a healthy ecosystem means healthy humans. The implementation costs money.
The result loses money. It requires a will power hard to muster, for these same profiteers have overworked us and dumbed us down to the point we no longer notice we are slaves.
As our Forest evolves it also heals; so it has called back one of its icons. Nothing symbolises the Forest more than wild boar. It's a Celtic totem and a Shamanic power animal. Often associated with the feminine power of protection, it is rooted in our collective psyche. Many cultures see the boar as a protector of the Forest – and so should we. We lived alongside wild boar in the Ice Age, learning from each other to such an extent that religions began to forbid the eating of them as if it were an act of cannibalism.
But the trusting human condition allows the less moral to lead us by the nose, unwittingly succumbing to their dirty gospel. Their new God called money seems to offer all sorts of reasons to kill the wild boar and other animals, yet none of it is for your financial interests, is it?
Corporate man thinks it acceptable to kill if it makes money. How distorted a view of nature can you have? For so long as man massacres animals he cannot reap the joy of love, and in my opinion, it leads to a psychopathic lack of interest in humans too.
No, I can no longer be told truth by men, for the Forest shows me truth. The wild boar is here because it's their forest as much as mine. They behave according to natural law: live in harmony with your neighbour, eat only what you need, and procreate according to what your environment can support. They surely may be allowed to "damage" road verges as much as our road has damaged the Forest in the first place?
This is where I think we are with the future of the wild boar. On the one side is the Forestry Commission. An institution created by politics to manage your land using your money. And they wish to shoot boar.
They seem unable to awaken. They garner support using hunting myths. They kill wild boar hoping to appease the farming sector at least, because our politicians are coerced to support this business for financial gain. Yes, they ostracise the "soul" from daily life. "Go back to sleep, we know it doesn't make sense but it does make money."
On the other side there are people like me. I see amazing creations with beating hearts and minds.
Only our unique planet could have such miracles. I give gratitude each day.
The wild boar are so in tune with us, having shared a long history both in evolved spirit and in the flesh, that to know that any human is so manipulated by their toxic masters that they abuse them, is something I will fight against forever.