How To Tap Into The Wisdom Of Nature
heart walk is the simplest way you can tap into the wisdom and mystery
of nature. When doing a heart walk it is about getting out of your
mind, into your senses and allowing your heart to guide you through
nature. Nature then gives you a message about a question you want the
is a language beyond the one we know. This language beyond is made up
of symbols and messages that are constantly speaking to us through
nature. The only problem is we have forgotten how to listen to these
subtle messages and tap into their inherent wisdom...
- the creator speaking through nature's symbols
is the language of the soul. The soul is constantly taking to us,
however the rational mind has forgotten how to listen. The constant
noise within the mind drowns out the subtle voices from the soul.
However it is possible to train yourself how to listen to these subtle
messages again. The quickest way I know of to do this is by going on a
heart walk is also known as a 'medicine walk', 'vision walk' and
'walkabout' in other cultures. However the common thread throughout
these is about turning off your mind and allowing your heart to guide
you to the messages nature is trying to tell you.
first step is to set your intention for doing the walk. The intention
is usually around something that is important to you that you want
clarity on. This may be a relationship problem, life purpose, career
change or maybe just to connect deeper to nature.
energy into your intention at the start of your heart walk shifts what
happens in nature and allows the symbols to line up. The reason for
this is that we are all connected and because we are part of nature,
nature wants to help itself.
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- tap into the messages from the creator within nature
you have set your intention and put energy into it, the next step of
the heart walk is to get out of your head. For example, we all have a
little voice within our head that constantly talks to us. Right now you
may be saying 'Little voice? What little voice? I don't have a little
voice!' Well... that is the little voice.
putting energy into your intention, start becoming aware of the little
voice within your head. Notice the tone it has. The tempo and speed it
talks at. And what it says.
is nothing 'wrong' with this little voice. Just like the job of the
heart is to pump blood, the job of the mind is to think. That's just
what it does. However it's constant chatter drowns out the subtle voice
within your heart.
way to stop this constant noise is to treat it like a little child and
gently say to it 'Thank you for sharing.' After you do this you'll
notice there is a little pause in the constant chatter. Then another
thought will probably come up. Again, say 'Thank you for sharing' and
you'll notice there is another pause after you say it.
little pause is what the buddhists call 'no-mind'. As you become aware
of the pause, you can then place your attention and focus on the space
within your mind after saying 'Thank you for sharing'. You'll notice
that the space becomes longer and longer between your thoughts. If
another thought comes up, just repeat and instead place your attention
on the space and allow it to grow.
you practice you'll go for longer and longer between thoughts and be
able to rest in this state of no-mind. It is similar to that of an
innocent infant. Infants have very few thoughts going through their
mind, so the other name I call this 'space' is innocence. You can go
into innocence any time you want. It's OK not to think.
notice when you are in this state of innocense that you become more
aware of the present moment...
- stepping in the eternal moment
you are out of your mind, the next step of the heart walk is to go into
your senses. We all have five predominant senses - seeing, hearing,
smelling, tasting and feeling. The next step of the heart walk is to
heighten each of your senses via the 'sense meditation'.
first part of the sense meditation is to heighten your sense of sight.
Often in our world we are stuck in a very narrow and focused field of
sight. For example, we focus on a small TV screen, read the pages of a
book, look at the car in front of us whilst driving or stare at the
track as we walk through the bush.
there is a way to expand the way we see the world. For example,
indigenous people used their peripheral vision more than their focused
vision. The way to expand your peripheral vision is softly gaze at
something in front of you then stretch your arms out to your
and right and wriggle your fingers. Notice how far back you can wriggle
your fingers and still be aware of them. This is the extent of your
stretch your arms up and down and notice how far you can extend your
peripheral vision both left and right and up and down. You'll most
likely then be aware of a circle of peripheral vision around you. If
you are doing it right you'll also notice that you pick up a lot more
movement within your field of vision.
people call this state of heightened vision 'wide angle vision'.
However I prefer the term '3D vision'. The reason for this is that as
you take a step left and right you'll notice how objects to your left
and right move. It appears like everything has a much larger depth of
field. Similar to putting 3-D glasses on at an Imax theatre.
have been studies done that being in this state of 3-D vision for just
two minutes actively slows your brain-wave patterns down from the
'beta' problem-solving mode and into the slower 'alpha' relaxed
mode. This is sort of like pressing ctrl-alt-delete on your computer in
that it can 'reset' your brain, especially if you are feeling stressed.
- become fully aware of your surroundings on your heart walk
have similar exercises in my book 'Heart Walk' that go through
expanding all of your other senses whilst in nature.
you have expanded all of your five predominant senses, the next step of
the heart walk is to expand your sixth sense, or your sense of spirit.
God or the creator or whatever you feel comfortable calling it is like
a force that is constantly guiding us and everything in the world. For
example, it guides a gum tree to grow tall, whilst it guides a shrub to
grow short and bushy. Likewise, spirit is also constantly guiding you.
you are out of your mind and into your senses, the next step of the
heart walk is to feel the pull of the force that guides you and to go
with it. For example, I feel a subtle pull on my heart centre that
feels similar to a little spider web pulling me whenever I go on a
heart walk. Most people feel a similar pull, however I've had other
people experience a subtle push, other's like a bubble expanding in
front of them and others getting a sense of both a pull and a push as
they walk through nature.
way to feel this is to scan through your body for any tension and just
let it go. Much like holding a rock in your hand and letting
go. Likewise, allow all tension in your body fall to the ground.
place your attention on your heart centre and feel the subtle pull
within. Sometimes the pull may be to stay where you are but mostly it
will be directing you somewhere. You don't need to know where you are
being led. Just allow the subtle force that you feel to guide you. Go
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go with the subtle pull within your heart
you walk you will notice that you get guided towards things within
you'll be guided to a young sappling next to a big old stump. Or you
may be guided to a deep swimming hole along a stream. Or you may be
guided to look at the clouds above you. Whatever you are guided to,
just be with it.
objects and symbols are trying to give you messages. They are speaking
to you through your imagination and your job is to interpret them.
Usually it is the first thing that comes to you.
example I had a friend who came on a heart walk and she saw two eagles
spiraling upward on a thermal current. She was looking at relationship
issues and saw how the eagles were both 'doing their own thing'.
However, it looked like they were in perfect alignment with each other.
What she saw in this is that with partnership she just needed to 'do
her thing and soar' and her partner will naturally mirror her.
that is her interpretation of the eagles she saw that day and your
interpretation would be completely different. However the point is to
start interpreting the messages nature is trying to tell you.
interpreting, a good question to ask is 'What'... as in 'What are you
trying to tell me?', 'What do you want me to know?' or perhaps 'What do
you want me to see?'
all have a soft, little and subtle voice within our hearts. It is
similar to the subtle inner voice we hear when we are reading.
Literally you can use this inner voice to ask these questions to the
rocks, streams, trees and clouds that you feel drawn to.
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'What are you trying to tell me?'
if you tap into them you'll find that the trees, rocks,
mountains and rivers also have a subtle quite inner voice that speaks
back to you. It's not like an audible voice that you can hear with your
ears, but a subtle voice that you can hear through your imagination.
You can start a conversation using your inner voice and then listen
with your inner ears to what the trees say back to you.
you don't hear anything the first time, try asking the question again
from your inner voice and listen. This stage of the heart walk is more
about listening to the inherent wisdom surrounding you rather than
talking. Most people hear it like an inner hearing however some people
also hear it like a feeling within. Being in a feeling conversation
a while you'll naturally feel the time is right to go. That you have
received the insights you needed to know around the intention you had
set. Before leaving, thank the object you were drawn to in nature for
the insights. I also often ask the trees, rocks, streams, mountains if
there is anything they would like to know, listen and then respond from
the subtle inner voice within. Then give thanks.
also usually carry a little notepad in my back pocket whilst out on a
heart walk and note down any insights that have come my way. As I walk
either back home or back to the car I then reflect on the insights and
stop and write whenever I get more insights around the intention I had
I get back home I usually then look over the insights I have received
and then come up with a plan to integrate the insights into my life.
The question I use to do this is 'What is the next step?'
example, if I am looking at career insights then I ask 'Given all of
these insights, what are the next steps in my career?'
I write a list of the most obvious steps to take. I usually end up with
5-6 bullet points of 'Things To Do' around the intention I had set at
the start of my heart walk.
is the process I use to tap into the wisdom and mystery of nature
during a heart walk. There is more to the process than I have outlined
here and this is covered in my latest book 'Heart Walk - How To Tap
Into The Wisdom Of Nature'.
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