I was delighted to attend my favourite cinema in Palma recently, Cine Ciutat, for the pre screening of Down to Earth, a film described as a mirror to humanity. The film was made by Rolf Winters and Renata Heinen and their three children and is about their journey around the world meeting indigenous peoples charged with keeping humanity’s wisdom alive.
The film was inspiring in its simple message – live in the now, take only what you need from Mother Earth and stay connected to her in nature. Perhaps the message of “slowing down” could be the starting point for those of us fortunate to enjoy the film yesterday.
This beautifully made film, shot on location around the world from the Amazon, Ecuador to the Northern Territory in Australia, covered the family’s journey across six continents and the young family learned from the elders, those wise ones, about the importance of connecting to nature.
Afterwards we were treated to having the family – bar Zoeli, the eldest child – answer questions and give us their thoughts and reflections on their journey. The two younger children, Skye, some 15 years and Levy, 11 years now, impressed everyone with their maturity and natural wisdom and it was a delight to see them comfortably growing up. As the questions could have gone on all night, it was suggested we take our message from the film home with us and I did so, with great consequences!
For me the film was a reminder of the importance of staying connected with nature and I am blessed to not only live on a beautiful island, but also in a small town surrounded by nature where it is easy to get out into her on a regular basis. I feel I am blessed as quite frankly the idea of living in a city or having a regular 9 to 5 scares me witless. The best thing I ever did was to give up my job two and a half years ago and start my own journey, albeit here in Mallorca!
I will take the message of staying in the now, not dwelling on the past or focussing on a future of what if’s and maybe’s, something I have been trying to do these past couple of years. I shall also persevere with letting go and what better result of having done that this week than having four more weddings confirmed as soon as I did so! I had decided that I was willing to let what needs to come into my life and bam, the magic happened.
Down to Earth is a beautiful journey with an important message. There is nothing we need except what is our human right on earth – safe shelter, food and water. The Earth Guardians are simple in their living and wise beyond their years. Why? Because they are connected to God, to Mother Nature, to their source and to themselves, something so many of us find hard to do.
Thanks to Christer Soderberg, another Earth Guardian here in Mallorca, responsible for being inspired by Renata and Rolf and for filling the cinema to bursting!
Down to Earth – http://www.downtoearthfilm.com