I read a passage that was similar to your quote in one of my religious classes today.
They talked about in the Vedic texts (which are the earliest religious texts found) that Brahman is the unifying character behind all of human beings, and that once a human being realizes this, then he will act in ahimsa (which translates to "do no harm"). Once a person realizes that he is one with the universe he will see himself in the plants, the animals, and the mother earth. He will walk on the earth and say thank you to it for supporting his feet and for allowing him to have ground to walk on.
He will become a vegan and not eat the flesh of animals because he will realize that he is eating the flesh of himself, etc.
Now you've gotten your head out in the sunlight, thank you very much for sharing it. As an aside, did something about reading this ... irk at you Sirnik? Make you harden your shell a little, butt up against (hehehe we just can't get away from it can we) 'beliefs' of yourself that in order to 'accept' this, you would have to alter? Resistances rather than letting a thing pass through (groan!!) create the hardening of the shell. (or shit).
I humbly bow to the wisdom of the elders and the keeping of knowledges that flow through the passages of time.
Respectfully I 'notice' that these wisdoms in their purest forms are situationally, geographically and culturally relevant and true.
The first part is universally true, it is a statement of matter.
The line I've separated out, and that Donna has 'noticed' are prescriptive - You shall, you shall not sort of reference.
This is where the situational, geographic and cultural context can be misconstrued when taken from its origin.
For instance - just because other ancient cultures did not write their wisdoms down, does not invalidate them. My own ancient culture has this knowledge, as do the ancients of pretty much every land on Earth - but their prescriptions after the universal facts are also situationally, geographically and culturally construed.
For instance, my ancient people are fisher folk, shepherds and oat farmers - based on the availability of resources natural to their environment. All with the ancient knowledges take the given resources respectfully into them selves, knowing the blessing that it is, and that it will be returned to the Earth on their passing.
In Australia the indigenous folks who do still have their also orally transferred wisdoms of 40,000 years of living with their mother - the Earth that holds them and knows them, know themselves to be either desert people - where lizards and snakes and cacti may be resources, salt water people - not unlike my own, fresh water people where crocodile and maybe wallaby, or mountain people. Indigenous folks all over the world adopt their prescriptions based on the resources available.
Each region has enough to sustain itself. With the advent of trade things got a little more diverse, but also complicated. One, because a 'value' was put on 'things' and we all know our 'shit' is worth more than other people's 'shit'
or out of balance we may have started to 'envy' the shit of others.
Two, what is a 'weed' to Europeans is a precious geographically specific resource in situ elsewhere.
What is unclean in one area may be revered in another. This may be because genetically we have built up tolerances for some things based on the 'naturalness' of them to our environment and the taking in of them through generations.
But, that's 'content'. If you find a prescription anywhere, its 'content'.
Regardless of where you are or what the prescriptive nuances are based on resources and the use of them, the 'process' of the sort of reverence, awareness and gratitude can still be employed.
Halal is an example, ancient American gratitude and reverence another
"All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them." - Arapaho
"Before eating, always take time to thank the food. - Arapaho"
When I fish, I fish with love and joy and gratitude for the waters and the life within them. When a fish comes onto my hook I honour it's energy and vibrancy. When I bring the fish to the surface I greet the fish with love. When I cook the fish I do so quickly and cleanly. When I eat the fish I do so with gratitude for all of life. If I am not the one to catch, kill, clean and cook the fish.. no matter where the fish and I meet in the process I employ awareness and love. Also for the fisher person who caught it, those who cleaned, those who cooked, plus the herbs, the fire, the salad or vegetables in the process.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we take each other into ourselves all the time. In the air, in the water, in our food, in our feelings and in our thoughts.
Do so with gratitude and respect and you will always feel vibrantly, gratefully alive.