Come forth into the light of things; let Nature be your teacher.

~ William Wordsworth

Believe one who knows: you will find something greater in woods than in books.

Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.

~ Saint Bernard de Clairvaux

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nature Doesn’t Tell You What to Do



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Nature just does its thing. We can learn from the flow of life by paying attention. But Nature is never going to tell you what to do. It simply expresses itself from moment to moment. It’s up to us to glean the lessons that are for us.

That’s what I want to do. Share my story and experience. I was looking at many of the online e-zines I’d like to write for and there are so many how-to articles. I don’t feel as though that is what I’m supposed to write. Not explicitly anyway.

As I look out my window and watch the wind move through the palm tree across the street I feel as though my words are to be used to share my experience. Others can then read and glean what they will. This way it comes more from them than me.

Nature is my guru, my teacher by simply being. I looked to its expression as I was tapping into what I want to write. These insights are what came to me. Because I have all I need within, Nature’s ways and my inner wisdom resonate when I come to the answer.

I’m supposed to write and teach in a more expressive form rather than explanatory. This is a big insight for me. I’ll have to sit with this for a while.

For now I’ll let Nature continue to teach and touch me. There is so much to gather from this amazing and abundant Beingness.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Blessed by the Wind


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The wind came in my office window like a blessing. It made me realize how much I like incarnation. The touch of the cool breeze on my skin opened my heart and brought tears. It felt like a baptism into the world as both body and soul. Awakened to Spirit through my body, I know myself to be the meeting place of heaven and Earth.

On some level I knew this, but this morning I truly felt it, Nature and Spirit working together to gather me into the fold. I know it is truly all one, and yet it feels like a dance between them. The dance is within us and all of creation. The dream born of this dance is brought to life through us. We give our bodies and souls to it and find we are one.

I don’t need grand vistas and awesome beauty to feel the blessing Nature, of Life. A single leaf floating to the ground in the light of the setting sun, the flutter of sparrow wings as it alights on a branch, the touch of the wind on my skin all speak to me, all bring life home to me as much as my own heart beat and the love that resides there.

This body is a gift. It’s more than a temple. It’s the hearth of my soul. It’s where I can touch Spirit and know I am holy as an embodied being. Living life at the edge of creation is an experience I cherish now more than ever. I give thanks to Nature for Her touch. I give thanks to Spirit for expressing as me. I am in the world as well as of it. I am born into flesh. And flesh is Spirit in form. I am as close to the Divine now as I could be. Blessed by all the elements, I embrace my existence as sacred and whole as I walk upon holy ground.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Nature is Divine Revelation


 
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Even in a single leaf of a tree, or a tender blade of grass, the awe-inspiring Deity manifests Itself.
~ Shinto - Urabe-no-Kanekuni

We are surrounded by a rich and fertile mystery.
~ Henry David Thoreau

After a day of writing in my office, the breeze is like heaven. I smell the green and enjoy the colorful flowers my husband has planted. Paradise exists right here and now.

When I spend time surrounded by Nature, I begin to feel that this is my true home. I begin to know I am Nature and It is me.

The wisdom of Spirit is manifested in all aspects of Nature which is Its body. I walk on the grass and know the support of the Earth and Spirit. I breathe the air and am inspired and awakened. Pansies and petunias teach me about how fragile life is and that there is always more.

We sometimes wonder where the Divine is when we’re in one of our uninspired or dark moments. We need only look at the tree swaying in the wind or even our own hand. Spirit is revealing Itself in everything. It is everything. We are never alone.

I often use “It” to talk about Nature or Spirit. But truly, the Divine whether in spirit or in Its revealed form, is a Thou not a thing as we would normally treat things. We are in relationship to this Beingness and as it continually reveals Itself to us, it teaches as well as touches our hearts and minds.

I know as I sit here and breathe this air I take Life into me. A true communion takes place. All is revealed.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Full Moon Rising – Nature Beyond the Earth




The Earth rises to meet the Full Moon. The Earth’s crust literally rises as does my body and the tide. We are all pulled towards this luminescent light.

Nature encompasses more than the Earth. It is the cosmos itself. All is interconnected and so it is all one. I learn from individual beings and things in Nature and I learn from the relationships I find between these.

The relationship between Earth and Moon has played upon our psyches since we came to be. We are what we are because of this relationship. It has not only created the physical environment in which we live it has shaped us both within and without. Our imaginations have drawn fuel from this relationship since ancient times.

The rise and fall of the tides, the Earth’s crust, our bodies is an important teaching of this relationship. There are times when our energy is high and when it is low. It is a natural occurrence. When we try to always be high energy, it can adversely affect us body and soul. Low energy times are times of rest. We need both.

Another teaching is that of symbiotic relationships. We see how the Earth and Moon interact to the benefit of life on earth. If we saw all of our relationships, to one another, to animals, to the environment as symbiotic, we would work together for the good of all.

The fact that we are affected by celestial bodies, some millions of miles away, shows us just how interconnected it all is. We can see the interconnections on our earth, but to view how it all is interplay is to expand our consciousness.

This Full Moon is also a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon in a month. January also had a Blue Moon leaving short February without one. As I was writing notes for this blog in the middle of the night my eyes landed on a drink listed on the bar guide in the den. The drink was a Blue Moon. Until that point I hadn’t even thought of it. There was a reason I was drawn to that spot to take down my predawn musings.

We often use the term Blue Moon to indicate something that rarely happens and yet this year we have two. The last time this happened was in 1999. The next time will be 2037. Being metaphorically minded I have to wonder what it could mean. Of course our calendar is just a construct, but then we’ve made much meaning from it and it’s all reflection. A rarity occurring twice at the beginning of this year brings to mind how we may be starting to embrace a possibility mindset. Instead of have a mentality of “that’s just the way it is”, we’re moving towards one where we ask what is possible.

As the time of the Full Moon draws closer, I’ve been dreaming more. The Moon pulls all upwards including the content of my subconscious. All becomes closer and brighter. I will bathe in her light and all that is brought to me in dreams. Wisdom lies deep within the Source of All Life. It is born as Nature.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Nature’s Healing Presence



My backyard

Tree shadows lulled my tired mind as they moved over the lawn. The rustle of leaves and the chatter of birds calmed me further. I’d forgotten how healing it is to be in nature…even the backyard variety.

After a week of an intense downloading of ideas that interrupted my sleep, I had one hell of a headache on Sunday. Leading a morning meditation at church helped, but later the headache came back. Deep breathing wasn’t helping anymore. Before I took a pain killer I decided to spend some time outside.

My husband was in the yard planting flowers. I grabbed a lawn chair and planted myself near the back of the yard where there was a mix of shade and sun. It had been too long since I felt grounded in Nature.

At first I enjoyed the feel of the breeze as I watched the birds flutter about. I just let go of everything and settled into the moment. Soon I realized my headache was gone. I relaxed further and then decided to give my brother a call. I snapped a picture of one of the trees in the yard to share with him. I wanted to bring him into this green calm nearly 4000 miles away from cold and snow.

I have much to learn from Nature about being a healing presence. That is what I wish to be for others. It’s time for the apprenticeship to begin.