Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing

Where I live it rains a lot and it’s warm for most of the year. The soil is rich volcanic clay. Things grow really well, including grass and bugs. Along with those wonderful things come mould, mud, mosquitoes, tropical parasites and a roaring trade in lawn mowing and garden equipment repairs. And along with all that also comes – ANT MOUNDS!

Picture yourself coming out on a sunny morning to see your beautifully mowed, bright green spring lawn covered in little conical mounds of mud at the rate of up to 20 per square metre: like a minefield on your lovely lawn that you have to step carefully through, unless you want mud packed into your soles and up the sides of your shoes, or between your toes and under your toenails.

Many people in this area react by poisoning the ants, to keep their lawns looking pretty. All good, yeah?

Well, hang on a minute, let’s look at what’s really going on here. That high rainfall and that rich clay soil means – waterlogging. I watched my lovely big tomatoes and avocado tree curl up their toes and die in one very wet season, and there were shortages of avocadoes, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables all over the region.

So, what have ant mounds got to do with it? Well, ants live in a dense network of tunnels – like a city under your lawn. When they make those mud mounds they are bringing up all the soil that’s washed into their hallways due to the rains. They clear their underground city’s tunnels thus allowing air to flow though.

Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing
Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing

The piles of mud brought topside can at last dry out in the sporadic warm sun. And they are in tiny grains, no longer the big rock-hard, water-repellent clumps they used to be. Thus what the ants do for themselves, they are also doing for everyone, keeping the soil aerated and soft so plant roots are happy and plants can grow well and be productive. Great, so we must accept the good work the ants are doing and perhaps adjust our perspectives on aesthetics.

But what’s this ant mound blog got to do with health and healing?

Well, just like that ant-soil-plant-ecosystem process, there are ALL kinds of processes of clearing and correction to maintain vitality and balance whether it be the ants, bandicoots, groundhogs or badgers digging up our gardens, or entire rainforests, deserts, oceans, coastal reefs, etc., right down to our cells and our body. Our body is also an ecology which maintains itself dynamically, clearing out stagnation and old stuff to keep the flow going and the balance harmonious. And our body process, the ant and soil process and all others like it, are connected and mutually dependent in one big sphere of life.

Do we treat our bodies like many people treat the ant mounds? Do we complain about the farts, coughs, rashes, headaches, pains, cellulite and pimples? Do we resort to various treatments to keep ourselves ‘looking good’ (on the outside) like a pretty lawn, while the stagnation and old toxic substances and energies build up unseen below the surface because they are not being cleared?

Do we want a temporarily pretty lawn at the expense of the long-term health of our garden and the land? Do we want a nice-looking body, one that we can do to whatever we want at the expense of our long-term health and wellbeing? Well, ‘better out than in’ as they say, is my feeling here. Of course clearing something from our bodies can be uncomfortable and not-so-pretty at times.

What if we were to change our views and accept the lovely ecological re-balancing opportunity being offered by our illnesses?

With this I don’t mean trying to get sick, continuing to disregard and abuse our bodies or keep accumulating toxins, which will then force our body to correct and clear itself! What I do suggest is taking a deeper look at our relationship to how things look on the surface, our comfort, convenience, and aesthetics, and what might really be going on underneath as a totality.

So perhaps when we see those ant mounds, or holes dug by the other little ‘ecology minders’ in our gardens, it can be a reminder to us about the ecology within our bodies and how that connects to and is part of the whole big picture of life on Earth.

Inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

By Dianne Trussell BSc Hons, Goonellabah, NSW, Australia

Related Reading:
What are Illness and Disease?
Choosing the Best Medicine for Me: Bringing Self-Care into Health-Care
Illness and Disease are Healing

1,061 thoughts on “Of Ant Mounds, Pretty Lawns and Healing

  1. I love your understanding of science and how you break it down and make it relatable for people. I also love the analogy of the ants going underground and clearing the tunnels and how it might not look ‘pretty’ on the surface but it is doing a job and how this can be like our bodies in life. We might not like when something comes to the surface but at least it allows us to look at it and deal with it and better out than in.

  2. Not only do our bodies communicate with us constantly, so does nature. Dianne your observations of the world around us are brilliant.

  3. It’s easy to react to something because it interferes with our picture of how we want or think things should look but in that reaction we ignore what is being shown to us and what if there is a deeper understanding for us to see and learn from when our body throws things up so to speak…

  4. Love this Dianne, the truth of anatomy, ecosystems and all geography – ‘there are ALL kinds of processes of clearing and correction to maintain vitality and balance’.

  5. I love how the little details found in our natural world always relate back to our human world. Everything is always a reflection of the bigger picture. Awesome thank you Dianne

  6. I love this Dianne, such wisdom is always on offer if we wish to see the reflection. Who would have thought that an ant mound could reflect that looks aren’t everything 😉

  7. I know several people who clog up many shoes stomping on all the little mounds that ruin the aesthetics of their lawns without a second thought as to why it is happening. This is a great reflection of the attitude we have towards our ill health… just bury it back down and fix the problem but not actually look at why or attempt to address it or support the healing. We indeed need a fundamental shift in our thinking for nothing happens in life without an offering for us to learn from.

    1. It is true – we as humans have a tendency to quite literally push underground that which rises to the surface to gain our attention if we do not want to deal with it. But unless we deal with this then we will continue to have ever increasing rates of ill health and disease due to the poison we are seemingly quite happy to sit in as long as it is hidden from view.

  8. The ant mounds are a great example of how in nature everything works together for the greater good of all, the whole system. Never mind the prettiness.

  9. An awesome blog in showing how to not react but instead take a step back and see the bigger picture. Something I keep reminding myself to do more often.

  10. I love your ability Diane to always bring us to a greater understanding of the bigger picture at play with nature and the reflection it continually offers us.

  11. It is a humbling moment when the species that considers themselves to be the forerunners of evolution on this planet (us humans) gets to see that we, in all our championed human ‘glory’, are not yet living with the harmony and diligence of one of the tiniest species on Earth, the common ant – that not only are we not yet living in obedience with the cycles that govern us, we are actually creating ways of living that completely oppose them.

  12. And thank you Dianne for this lesson on nature/science/the Law of Reflection – I never knew that is what ant mounds were for! But naturally, like everything within God’s body, it makes complete sense.

    1. ‘But naturally, like everything within God’s body, it makes complete sense.’ Great point Liane – nothing means nothing in this world, or the Universe in fact.

      1. In the great big seeming ‘nothing’ is found the everything we are ignoring 😉

  13. Thank you for setting out the facts about the role of ants and how their diligent housework also provides a positive contribution to our environment. That we so often react to this and complain because of how it looks aesthetically exposes how caught up we are in looks rather than the bigger picture of what supports life for all. Feeling great appreciation for the hardworking ants and for the insights you are offering us all.

  14. ‘What if we were to change our views and accept the lovely ecological re-balancing opportunity being offered by our illnesses?’ Thank you this is so supportive for me to read today Dianne as I am currently going through a big clearing in my body and have been resisting all that is on offer through this experience.

  15. “Do we treat our bodies like many people treat the ant mounds? Do we complain about the farts, coughs, rashes, headaches, pains, cellulite and pimples? Do we resort to various treatments to keep ourselves ‘looking good’” You have an amazing way Diane of seeing life completely out of the box, could the way we relate to other problems in our life be the same as how we relate to our own bodies? And by addressing one, could we be addressing both?

  16. Thank you Dianne, this is a great analogy of the way we treat our bodies nowadays, it is all about getting the superficial look right with no regards to the quality of our movements and the harmony within, as a result the look is short lived and we end up chasing something that is unattainable unless we reconnect and live from soul.

  17. I love how nature knows exactly how to take care of itself and everything else. It is constantly working towards harmony. Enter a picture of ideal from the human’s point of view, some things are inconvenient and not pretty to look at and we want to control them, but there’s something to marvel at and appreciate when we look at a bigger picture.

  18. A beautiful, down-to-earth teaching of the interconnectedness, a purpose and a reason to everything, which if we ignore this just because we do not like its aesthetics it leads to long-term complications and imbalances that will require correction or chaos. Thank you Dianne.

  19. Thank you very interesting to hear about the ants as we have also have heaps of those mounds. Also I didn’t know tomatoes had toes – although I see it is obvious when you look at the word toma-toes.

  20. Dianne, this is such a refreshing way of looking at illness and disease; that it is not just bad luck, but is our bodies clearing things that do not support us and that we need to get rid of; as with the wet soil needing to be cleared from underground, this is a really helpful analogy with the ants, thank you.

  21. Love it Dianne and love your ant analogy… the body is an incredible eco-system designed to restore, rejuvenate and re-build daily… when we don’t get in it’s way.

  22. What you are teaching us here is that everything happens for a reason and that it is always wise to stay open to what we are presented with. We sell ourselves short if we content ourselves with the pictures we have we think life to be.

  23. Nature sure has a lot to teach us about working harmoniously with the all. It’s us so-called intelligent humans who fight it, and ourselves. This is not to say we should abandon our smarts, but we definitely need to redefine what we think intelligence is.

  24. “What if we were to change our views and accept the lovely ecological re-balancing opportunity being offered by our illnesses?” Yet the medical model has been so ingrained in us. Even after serious illness so many return to their old ways and are then surprised when the illness returns once more. Making new lifestyle choices – and celebrating an illness as a clearing is a whole new paradigm yet to be accepted by humanity. We have so much to learn form nature.

  25. I am presently preparing an area of clay soil that has had some trees removed to plant a lawn in its place. I thought that once the trees were out it would be a simple process of cleaning up abit, levelling the soil, throwing around some seeds and watering them and hey presto a luscious lawn would be grounded. I have since learned there is much more to the science of lawn growing and it has much to do with the quality of soil and the time of the year you plant it in. So my quick project has turned out to be not so quick after all – but like everything, if you don’t get the foundations correct nothing will ever flourish.

  26. I learn a lot reading your blogs Dianne! They are so interesting and make complete sense of the world, for instance why Ant Mounds are valuable to us as well as the ants. When they appear in future I will remember that we are all working harmoniously together or at least that is the plan!

  27. I loved re-reading your blog today, it was such a great reminder of how we need to support ourselves from the inside out, and how beautiful it is when the body clears itself, and that we don’t get hooked into wanting to look a certain way because as soon as we do it is all about the picture and not about how we truly feel about ourselves from the inside out.

  28. Thank you Dianne, this is a stunning and sobering analogy that really exposes our tendency as humans to live a part (apart) at the expense of the whole that the part is a part of. This simple truth explains how and why we have drifted so far collectively from the truth of who we are and that we all know and have access to deep within us and lived instead a vastly reduced version of ourselves in its place upon the surface.

  29. ” What if we were to change our views and accept the lovely ecological re-balancing opportunity being offered by our illnesses”
    This is beautiful Dianne, this phrase would help all medical staff, perhaps it’s a title of a book for medical staff.

  30. It is beautiful how nature reflects so much to us. Our challenge is to be humble enough to accept the reflection and learn from it.

  31. Great article and it was what came to mind when I started reading about ants, how they aerate and take care of what lies beneath us. Reading this does give me a point or an awareness to reflect more on how much focus there is on how something looks and not on it’s overall quality. A lawn is a great example as these can be almost badges of honour in some areas and spark heated debate but what are we fighting over? The right to have the best looking lawn in place of the overall feeling. Life around us can always bring us back to the bigger picture and while ants are small, the quality and strength that they work in is unsurpassed.

  32. We do tend to want to suppress and get rid of our unpleasant physical complaints because they are ugly, messy and well uncomfortable! However bringing a deeper understanding here to why the body might be doing this is very valuable.

  33. If we label ailments, illnesses, diseases and the like as ‘bad’ then we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to learn and grow from what is being reflected to us.

  34. The simple facts of nature and how it works, this includes our bodies, can be, at times so ignored. This article shows how such ignorance can be to the detriment of our whole planet.

  35. Nature and ants have so much to teach us. One ant on its own can achieve very little but a whole colony working in harmony together with a shared purpose can move mountains – of earth.

  36. Such a glorious presentation of the inter-connectedness of everything, how each part supports the whole and the reflections of our self in nature. Thank you Dianne.

  37. Looking healthy is great, but only if it is a reflection of true health within, rather than the application of cosmetics, fake tans, or even surgery. Being healthy is a state that will naturally radiate.

  38. Treating my body in a loving way and accepting it just as it is is a relatively new thing. I used to spend hours worrying about how I looked or what I didn’t like about various aspects of my body. Making friends with it and treating it kindly has changed my relationship with it. One of the consequences is that I am far more relaxed in my skin, and have more head space.

  39. I would have enjoyed science a lot more at school if I had a teacher like you Diane, your love and understanding of science is deeply inspiring and ignites the scientist within us all.

  40. This is wonderful, with pearls of wisdom right through. There is nothing more beautiful than a person – male or female, makes no difference, who treats their body with immense love and surrenders to what their body needs to do, in order for this love to be in their body. Their whole being will emanate with the true beauty they are – and no pimple, blemish or ailment can take this away.

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