Growing up as a child and the end of the cold war, I remember having to participate in exercises on what do to if a nuclear bomb went off. I was in grade school at the time. It had an impact on me. So much so, I started asking myself questions: How will I really survive if it was only up to me? How to I find my family? How will I eat? What would I eat? What about surviving the elements through a cold harsh Canadian winter? Sad eh?
So much for living and looking forward to the future of abundance through the eyes of an innocent child. Okay, a bit dramatic here. I had a great childhood and growing up, but there was that seed planted and taking shape…
Moving forward a few years, I started going on a yearly week long trek into the wilderness….no cell phone, fax, pagers, internet, traffic, etc. I wanted to learn how to survive in Mother Natures untouched world. I had a little help as I went with experienced family members. I was still afraid. Afraid of the unknown. I learned the basics. How to make tea from pine needles, how to gather wood and make a fire for warmth, how to make a cup out of birch bark.
I’ve now been going for about 17 years. I love the experience! I am comfortable walking around in ‘Gods’ Country’….miles and miles and miles from civilization. It’s evolved for me on my ‘why’ for going. To learn survival skills, then to ‘unplug’ from a crazy busy life, now – to walk in nature, breathe in the cool crisp air, to feel the sunshine, or rain, or snow on my face. You see, I’ve realized that it’s with Mother Nature that I find and feel peace.
Something is changing though. I am about to embark on this yearly trip with some resistance. Now that I am awakening the world within through the teachings of the Master Key Experience, I am questioning 2 things: my why/dharma and how can the MKE be taught to children. There is a little birdie sitting on my shoulder named Mark J. I hear him saying in a lot of things I’m participating in now – “What do you REALLY want?!” I’m not sure if I really want to embark on this trip anymore. My heart sings with travel and nature, yet I really want to explore the world and experience new things. Also, now that I now the associations with words, what is this survival thing? All I need is within. So, moving forward with my next thought is how can this be taught to children so they can ‘survive’. Better word – instead of survive – THRIVE! MKE for kids……I’d love to help out on this kind of project!
I’m shortly off for my yearly trek in nature, I’ll let you know how it goes now that I have the Master Key in my back pocket.