We'd like to introduce David Rotter, an Openhander in Berlin, otherwise known on Openhandweb as "The Other David" (sense of humour is essential!). David has been exploring the path for many years and has delved deeply into many varied approaches, including (we are blessed) Openhand. Currently he's an editor with Sein, one of Germany's best known online spiritual news sites. He's also recently created his own spiritual site Den Weg Gehen and is wonderfully unveiling his deeply intuitive facilitation skills. You might feel to check into his site and if you're in Germany connect up with him. Here is an inspiring article he recently wrote about his experiences with Gaia. It's very aligned with the Openhand approach to life...
Experiencing the Flow
I have been in love with nature all my life, but lived a life quite detached from it, in bigs cities, with lots of technology. The more I progressed on my path, the nearer I got to nature, but never really felt like part of it, really one with it. That started to change a lot when I moved out of the city and bought a garden to grow vegetables. Often missing any idea how to plant certain seeds, I began talking to them, receiving information how they would like to grow. I tried to feel nature, understand its cycles, tried to feel its energy patterns.
And then, quite suddenly, something opened. I felt Gaia, the consciousness of nature, as a very specific frequency. And for the first time I could let myself fall into it completely, I could be completely one with it. And from that place, I could see how my mind had sounded like an oblique tone in the song of nature for a long, long time, like a rattling noise amidst a total quietness, a completely silent cosmos. I could see how the human collective consciousness is coarsely out of tune - like a chainsaw in a delicate piano piece. I could feel everything inside me that is not in alignment, together with the deep peace of Gaia's song. And I could feel that, for a moment, I came back into the arms of the natural flow, having let go of everything that is artificial in me. I was like her. I stood in front of trees and felt complete unity, no difference, the same current of energy flowing through me and all of nature. Wonderful.
This experience deepened more and more. I became acquainted with the essence of this frequency. I learned to tune into it even when in the city. I learned more and more, to let myself go, to be one. What amazing relaxation! I could feel how much energy it takes to maintain an artificial identity, how much we invest in our synthetic world, the noise in our head, the illusory bubble that we have built on this planet. As if it were possible to create a different reality. As if it were possible not to be aligned, for a moment longer!
I learned to feel essence more deeply, what the things are in their core, their frequencies. Water, wind, trees, the energy of certain places. As if I had been blind, deaf and without feeling. Now I understood the Indians, yes, I could feel the spirit of the tree, as if he were a being, a person. I could feel Gaia and I could feel that she really is an awareness, greater, wiser and more powerful than all of us. I loved all that, as I previously could only love people.
The times I was really able to delve into this consciousness, I had incredible experiences in nature. One meditation a mouse crawled into my lap and sat there, peacefully looking at the landscape with me for a good five minutes. A deer grazed two meters next to me, as I would not even exist when I am merged with his world.
In this natural flow, the artificial parts in me fell away more and more, my spiritual identity. There was nothing left to say, nothing special to "be" anymore. All I wanted was to be with Gaia, to feel that peace.
Trees, power lines, messages
Over time a strange kind of communication presented itself. I had always hoped that I might someday speak with Gaia - but as so often it happened completely differently than I had ever expected. The first time I spent a night out alone with our camper van, next to a lake. On my evening walk, I was led to a series of 1,000-year-old oaks, with whom I was meditating. Before I went to bed, I said "Good night" to the trees - almost in passing, but because I could feel it, I really spoke to them for the first time, not just into the air. And to my own amazement, I could feel the response as an experience in my field. An emotion that I had never had, that did not come from me. I understood that Gaia answered by my own feelings. In awe, I stopped and said quietly, "I can talk to you, right?" And at the same moment it was as if time stopped, the atmosphere changed completely for two seconds - as if the entire planet would have "wiggled" for one second - I can not describe it better. Something touched me in my heart, a wave of gratitude and friendship.
So it went on and on. I was guided by chance to power spots, laylines, I learned to feel and to work with their energy - wonderful experiences.
One morning I was on a walk, I felt Gaia very close and asked her, "What will you do" She responded with a tremendous feeling.. so wonderful. A huge wave of joy and relief swept through me, as with a cry of triumph, a crust would be blown up. Such joy and boundless freedom, expansion and advancement. Free at last, and immense love. The whole lasted barely a few seconds and my system returned to the quiet state in which it had been before. I had tears in his eyes and whispered: "Yes, be sure we are all waiting for that, we want it so much."
There is only an intuitive understanding of what she has told me since, and he who can, will probably understand. I am quite sure that the door has never been so wide open to return to the natural flow.
If you like to, feel it in your heart: the longing for this connection, the knowledge of a different way of life. And look around in this world, feel for yourself whether this is right, whether it feels good between the supermarket shelves, whether that is really your deepest longing. Is that right? Or do you wish for something else deep inside. And you might want to remember the sunsets at sea, the spring wind in your face, walking barefoot. What is your truth?
I could cry about what we have done. From Gaia, there is no accusation, she has allowed it voluntarily. I'm sorry for my own soul, for all of us. And I wish so much that we find our way to return to the natural flow. The way I see it, it is the only thing going on this planet. Gaia's arms are wide open, very wide open.
The Other David