Be Open-Minded and Heart-Centered
This is one of the first steps on the Path to Partnership.
For centuries, western culture's belief system held that Nature should be exploited and "tortured for her secrets." That statement was made by a 17th century philosopher, Francis Bacon; credited with being influential throughout the scientific revolution. Much good has come to humanity from the scientific revolution. But during its development and even now, much harm has come to Nature. It was assumed that Nature Beings were not alive and that they didn't possess consciousness.
The devaluing of Nature and the assumption that scientific observation was the only valid approach limited many people's potential for expanded sensory awareness and intuitive perception. You, yourself, may have been limited by that structure of beliefs handed down over the centuries which put humanity above all else and de-sacralized the world.
To take the path to partnership with Nature, a good place to start is with an open mind and a loving heart. The first idea to embrace is that trees, plants, and Nature Beings are, in fact, alive. They have their own consciousness. This realization--an awakening to spirit in all life--has started to spread in Western culture since the 1930's. (For more information, please read Chapter 4 of Edmund J. Bourne's book Global Shift.)
With your open mind and loving heart, the possibilities that trees have goals, that insects can make an agreement, that ecosystems can thrive in harmony--all those and more--can become certainties.
It is only through an open mind and a loving heart that the extremes of the planet's ecological imbalances can be healed so the humanity has a chance to survive on Earth.