Material development with all the good it has brought us may be distancing us from nature. Books, computers, smart phones and man made instruments can blind us to the world of nature, and we don't know fully the results of this alienation from the natural, and what it will do to the mental and spiritual makeup of the individual.
Imagination expands a child's vision, and openness to the world. By means of
imagination the child begins to ask questions. Can I exist in this
world in a different way? How would I feel? What can I find and create?
Within community, imagination helps a person grow to maturity and
enables one to give their special gifts to society. During the years of
growing up we are continuing to develop our imagination.
Peace Weekly spirituality columnist recommends the dream
world of the child be encouraged, and the need to draw out the child to
express colors, sounds and touches experienced. Concern is not with interpreting the dreams but to exam and deal with the
feelings that are aroused and help them to speak about their dreams.
show that 80% of the dreams children have are about animals which show
their relationship with nature in the wild. Not only concern for
material and personal matters is important but life is filled with
interesting and inviting opportunities, and children are acquainted with
this. Children do not grow up with only what they experience in the
The world of the imagination is what helps the
child to mature. They should be encouraged to experience internal
reality to the degree they experience their external reality. William
Blake says: "But to the eyes of man of imagination, nature is
We are a part of nature. Children
don't just examine nature but all their senses are in mutual
interaction with nature. They don't only see a bird on the chimney top
but their arms move and body feels lighter. They hear the sound of the
wind, and the bird's song; trees are to be climbed, water is drumming; they want to run into the water. They see themselves one with the
animals. Rain brings to the child a sense of loss, the sun warmth and
hope, storms bring fear to the child. Imagination, Body, Emotions and
Nature are influencing the child complicatedly and charmingly,
interacting with the child. Children need to experience
the four of these, when one of them is ignored, the other three are
in some way damaged.
think we have exploited nature too much," Pope Francis said, "Thanks be to God that today there are
voices, so many people who are speaking out about it." We need to find again a harmony with nature and deepen it daily.