Let us respect the Spirit of Nature

Every living being in nature has a spirit, all of us; animals, plants and people depend on each other to live in harmony. This is the message Ananeywa, “Jaguar Spirit”, wants people to understand. And this is the message he passed on to the participants of the “World-view of Protected Areas” symposium that took place yesterday on the I Latin American Congress of National Parks and other Protected Areas in Santa Marta – Colombia

The symposium’s goal was to talk about these protected areas from a mystical, philosophical and spiritual point of view, an approach that has been forgotten by the conservation of big spaces of discussion. Besides Ananeywa, several indigenous locals, from different ethnic societies, were summoned to talk about the magical dimension of nature according to their interpretations. This way, an important step into a different style of conservation of protected areas has been taken.

Joel Johuanchi Marca, this “Spanish name” belongs to the Wachiperi ethnic group, indigenous society that dwells in the south oriental jungle of Peru, in the Manu National Park. As a child he begins his preparation to become a Wuatopakeri, Visionary Shaman of his culture with the endeavour of searching spiritual development and spread his message to the Huachiperi and western cultures.

Mankind has not awakened his intuition to appreciate nature at its best, we should not only believe in can we can touch and see; there are many things that cannot be seen or touched but can be felt.

This is the time for every human being to awake his own internal world. This is the path we must start. Joel Johuanchi wanted the symposium attendants to understand nature not only as a biological laboratory, but as a magical world that has spirit, a spirit we need to respect and know; this is what the balance of nature depends on.

Part of Joel Johuanchi’s message is to have a reunion with ourselves before we can have it with Mother Earth.

We all possess a piece of spirituality we must develop from within, so we can understand the origin.

Mario Gonzáles – SURAPA