Speaks with the Wild

 

Would you be guided by the bending wood, the whipping wind, the buzz of the bees? Would you follow the bird’s song, the wolf’s howl, the gurgling brook? Would you let nature guide you into the unknown? Would you sit and listen to the wisdom of the wild?

Nature has always had its messengers, teachers, guides, oracles, and magicians. They were all wild things. Those who could read the signs and learn to speak with and for the wild would be the way showers for the others. To find food and water, shelter, hope, and learn new ways of being, Nature was and always will be the greatest of guides. Wisdom would come to us in the night, through dreams, or on sacred journeys to find and commune with Nature’s guides, be they trees, stones, seeds, rivers, winged ones, finned ones, hoofed ones or shining ones above and beyond.

The Gods of the Mountains and Forests were the Great Bears and Wild Cats, Birds of prey and beasts of burden, (as they’re called today.) Nature would speak to us through the animals. Nature would teach us through the powers they possessed. Nature would give us all that we needed, from sustenance to spirit medicine, beauty, art and music…..and still does.

Tragically, our world’s greatest teachers and guides are locked and caged in zoos and theme parks, unable to reveal the secrets of the wild, unable to express their unique power in the world. Others are threatened by extinction, while our own species has lost the ability to communicate beyond words. We have been taught to fear and conquer the wild, losing our trust towards one another along the way. For most, the reverence, honor, respect, and love for Nature has been replaced by mere entertainment. Instead of turning to Nature, we turn to sports, cinema, goal attainment, religion, and material wealth. And we wonder why society has left us struggling with drug addictions, violence and abuse, disease, and depression.

Yet, Nature is still there, just as beautiful, and creative as ever. Do not be fooled into thinking that we know it all. There is still much to be discovered, if it’s not destroyed first. We must recognize Nature as a powerful force capable of creating anything with the potential to surprise us all. Nature holds many secrets and is not bound by logic or reason. Nature can communicate in infinite ways and does so every day. Are you listening?

If you’re ready to restore your relationship with Nature, to learn the language of the wild, and to let Nature be a teacher and guide for you on your journey, let’s get started. Here are 5 steps towards communing with the powers of Nature around you…..

  1. Prepare Yourself.

Cleanse your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for communion with the divine. Cultivate a sense of honor and reverence towards Nature. Be grateful for the blessings of the natural world. The spirit of Nature exists in everything, including yourself, sometimes we just need to clear the space in our hearts and heads to be receptive to what is already there. Traditional methods of cleansing include smudging with sage, palo santo, or anointing one’s self with essential oils or consecrated water. Going deeper, be mindful of your diet, choosing healthy fruits and vegetables as an alternative to processed foods, and of course drinking plenty of water vs. sugary or caffeinated drinks. Alternatively, you could intentionally shower or bathe to purify, washing away any toxic residues in thoughts, feelings or beliefs that might interfere with you being an open, receptive channel.

  1. Set an intention.

Cultivate a strong intention to speak with Nature for guidance, wisdom, teachings, blessings, healing, or the like. The stronger your intention, your desire, the more potent your experience. Your intention will serve as a lens in which you perceive and interact with the world. Setting your intention is like setting your inner compass towards that which you seek, wish to experience, know, or cultivate within.

  1. Plan your Journey.

Choose a time and place. Treat this experience as a sacred pilgrimage into the unknown, however, do set some parameters for time and distance. The parameters work as boundaries for your experience to unfold in a set time and place. Your journey could be a half hour walk in the local park, a half-day hike in the woods, or a weekend camping trip. Plan it out. Tell a friend where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Pack a lunch. Turn off your cell phone and set to it with your intention strong and an open heart.

  1. Crossover the threshold.

After preparing in mind, body and spirit, with your journey just before you, repeat your intention three times aloud, and the mindfully step over an imaginary line. You can draw the line with a stick in the dirt if you like. This line represents you stepping over any barriers between you and Nature. As you crossover the threshold, know that Nature sees you, hears you, and is now sending you messages. Stay present to everything within your experience. Notice what grabs your attention. Perhaps there’s a bird calling, a solitary fluttering leaf, or a sparkling rain drop signaling you closer.  Look for the signs and follow them. Feel your way forward, back, or around. Trust the cues and see what you discover.

  1. Honor your experience.

Everyone has a different way of conversing with the wild. Some might find release and healing beside a flowing river, another may have found inspiration from a tiny seed, others might find insight from a spider’s web, a bird’s song, or a gentle breeze. You never know what you’re going to get, so don’t compare your experience with others. Do your best to interpret your unique experience for yourself as it relates to your life now. If you’re still left with questions, ask Nature rather than seek the opinions of others, and create more space and time for listening. Remember to always be grateful for whatever shows up for you, even the smallest grain of sand holds its own wisdom. Be reverent with the natural world and thank Nature for the experience.

The more we show up for Nature, ready and willing to listen to the wild and follow Nature’s lead, the more we will discover the miraculous, beautiful, and enchanting phenomenon surrounding us at every level. We are part of this magic, as the power and intelligence of Nature is who we are.

In Essence, NATURA

 

 

 

 

Love: the Force of Nature

Love is a Force of Nature.

“If you find yourself struggling against the tides of transformation, meet and match the resistance from the heart. An open heart keeps the wisdom within flowing, giving us access to our greatest strength and resource: Love.”

Happy New Moon and Blessings on your New Beginnings as we Journey into 2017! The above quote is from a NATURA Journey blog post Into the Dark with an Open Heart, emphasizing release and the waning moon energies. So, why is Love our greatest resource?

If we think of the many facets of life as different and diverse threads, Love is the force that weaves each individual strand into one great tapestry. Love is the mystery glue that binds and holds us all together. It is Love that unites two lovers. It is Love that births Mother and Child simultaneously. It is Love that keeps the family coming home. The love between fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, and friends of all kinds, keeps our world turning. It is the love we have for ourselves that keeps us moving forward, taking care, giving life our best.

Love is not limited to the human experience. Love encompasses all of life in ways we cannot imagine. You can see it in a dog’s smile. You can hear it in a cat’s purr. You can feel it in a welcoming embrace. All creatures, great and small, have their own ways of loving. Love is a force of nature. It is the force that creates life and feeds the world. It the force that gives us strength when we have none. It the source that guides our hearts back home. Love is the resource we cannot live without.

Anyone who has ever suffered a broken heart learns the hard lessons of Love. When we have it, life is a glorious dream. When we don’t, it can feel as though we’re dying inside. You can see the glow and radiance beaming from those in love. Love is vitality. Love is life force. Love is our greatest resource! It is love that will transform our world from fear, control, and greed, back to love, freedom, and generosity.

How? Through our open hearts!

Here are 5 ways you can begin to open your heart, keep it open, and let Love as a force of Nature flow through you.

  1. Recognize when your heart is closed.

Some sure signs of a closed heart start with your attitude towards yourself and others. Are you blaming, critical, and pessimistic about life in general? How do you react towards other people’s happiness and successes? Feelings such as anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt, and greed are all destructive to the heart and health, blocking the flow of love from going in or out liked a damned-up river going dry. Be mindful of your self-talk and whether it falls into the “hurts” or “heals” category. Also, notice your posture. A closed heart can often be indicated physically by slumped over shoulders and a caved in chest as if carrying a heavy burden. If your heart is closed, don’t worry, it’s a natural part of life and learning.

  1. Learn and Discern.

Try to discern what feelings or experiences may have caused your heart to close. This could be anything from major losses to minor disappointments. Don’t judge or demean your feelings or the reasons behind them. Listen closely and honor your heart no matter how trivial any heart-wounds might be. It’s important to determine the cause of the closure so we can learn how to protect our hearts in the future. Ask your heart how it can heal to open? Be patient. Let the heart be heard and when you have your heart’s answer for healing act upon this wisdom. You may find yourself needing to release your burdens, forgive, or discover new ways to nurture your heart. This can be anything from allowing yourself to mourn, calling a good friend to hear you out, journaling, going into sacred space for ritual, taking time off to nurture your heart’s needs, dancing, creating art, or the like.

  1. Gently coax your heart open.

Create a sacred space and healing environment for yourself. Let your heart know it’s safe to open. It’s said that one of the best ways to receive love is by offering it first. Practice giving from an open heart. You can start by giving to yourself. Talk yourself up, take yourself out, treat yourself right. Then, start giving to others. Give a smile, a compliment, or a helping hand. Give patience, kindness, and understanding. As we give, we receive. You can also begin to gently stretch you heart center open physically. Open your heart to the heavens, roll your shoulders back and down, free your heart from a caved in chest. Let yourself breathe into an open heart and notice the fullness of life. You can also practice heart-opening yoga postures such a cobra, sphinx, camel, bow, wheel, wild thing, and dancer!

  1. Notice when….

Once your heart is open, or opening, notice your heart’s reactions to life. Be mindful of the good feelings and experiences that keep your heart blossoming open, feeling safe, nurtured, and in the flow of love. Celebrate and cherish these times with love and gratitude. Also, notice those that shut you down, turn you off, or create those harmful feelings that close the heart. When you feel destructive feelings such as anger, rage, fear, jealousy, self-doubt, or pity, remember what these emotions do to your heart and health and work on releasing these energies with care. Honor whatever triggers and challenges arise as teachers giving you lessons you still need to learn.  Value each lesson as a way for you to discover the medicine and healing your heart yearns for.

  1. Be a Force of Nature

When we recognize the heart as the portal for love to flow in and out of our lives, opening the way for us to both give and receive love, keeping our heart open in today’s world is no small feat. It takes practice, deep listening, surrender to our emotions, inner awareness, and consistent self-care. It takes trust in the universe, faith in one another, and forgiveness beyond reason. However, when we recognize that love is a force of nature and one of the greatest resources we have, we should be more up for the challenge. As you live with an open heart you access the love that permeates our world, you begin to see and feel it, not as romantic love, but as a force of nature that keeps the sun shining, the rivers flowing, the flowers blooming, the bees buzzing, and the birds singing. It is this Love that keeps our hearts beating and breath flowing, it is the life force within us and around us, and the more we open to it the more we become it. Be a force of nature!

Love, Natural Mystic