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Even though the mycelium that lives in a mycorrhizal relationship with tree and plant roots in the soil are invisible, they interconnect everything on land through a web of life.

Since the beginning of time, human cultures have honoured an interconnected web of life.

This great spirit is found in the mycelium in the soil and it also forms our bodies and who we are because we have emerged from the soil.

Many Native American peoples share a belief that they emerged from the Earth. Even the English word human is rooted in the latin word humus, which means soil.

We are literally soil beings and fungi are the mycelial magicians that interconnect life in the soil and self-organize the decomposition system of the life cycle that recycles and regenerates organic life.

As the ancient Blackfoot Proverb profoundly observes, “Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.”

The interwoven strands of mycelium make up an ecological Internet that is crucial for soil biodiversity.

Nature exists is a life cycle of growth, death and rebirth and the interconnected mycelial networks provide an invisible link that creates the conditions for this miracle of living and breathing life to thrive on Earth.

It’s not easy to wrap your mind around something that is invisible. This short video explores the importance of fungi mycelium for terrestrial life.

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Kyle Pearce

Kyle is a learning experience designer and experienced naturalist who leads educational retreats and group storytelling adventures around the world through Awecology.

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