How To Melt Into The Wonder And Mystery Of Nature
nature immersion is where you immerse yourself alone in nature for 3-4
days. This is one of the most profound experiences I have ever had.
happens during a nature immersion is that the boundary of where you end
and nature begins melts away. You get to experience the one-ness of
everything around you. Your sense of self dissolves and you get to tap
directly into the wisdom of the creator. You get to touch and be the
essence of the real you...
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find your true nature in nature
are difficult to portray exactly what the experience is like for in
today's society we are mostly disconnected from nature and the sense of
connection with self and everything around us. This sense of connection
is always present and always there, even if we 'think' we are not
connected. This is an underlying lore that becomes real when you
immerse yourself in nature for an extended period of time.
immersing yourself in nature for 3-4 days, it is important to know why
you feel drawn to do it. Most people who feel drawn are at a transition
point in an area of life that is important to them.
example, the transition could be in a relationship, in your career, in
discovering your purpose for being on the planet or a transition in an
area of your health.
There are three stages to a nature
first stage is the separation stage. This is where you actively
separate yourself from your daily life and routine in order to be
within nature without distractions. In this phase one major activity
you do is go through all your belongings and throw out anything that is
no longer you. Some people find this difficult as they have to face a
lot of issues from the past that no longer serve them. However, most
people I speak to about this find it liberating as they feel a weight
has been lifted off their shoulders.
During this phase you also have the
conversations that you have been avoiding
that have also been weighing you down. The idea behind this is to
create a clear slate for something new to arise. What you are trying to
do here is to complete the past of everything that has been niggling
you in the back of your mind so that you can enter into nature with an
you have cleared the space for something new to arise the other major
part of the separation phase is to set your intentions for going on a
nature immersion. This is where you write down what it is you would
like to get from your nature immersion.
find some people have difficulty getting clear on their intentions,
however the clearer you are before you immerse yourself the clearer the
messages will be. If you are having difficulties one exercise is to
just start writing and get everything down on paper. It could be as
many as 20+ pages of things you would like clarity on.
you have finished writing you can then go through your intentions and
summarise them. Then you can make summaries of the summaries until you
have a number of short, simple and to the point bullet points of what
you'd like to explore during your nature immersion. Again, the clearer
you are on your intention then the clearer the messages will be from
you have cleared the space and set your intentions, the last phase of
the separation phase is to pack what you will be taking with you into
nature. This packing phase is mostly symbolic of the way you go through
life. For example, some participants load their backpacks up to the
brim and nearly include the kitchen sink. Whereas other participants
only pack a blanket and one change of clothes. In the packing process
you may get to see a lot about the way you operate in life. There is
nothing wrong with the way you pack, it's more about the insights you
get into the way you operate in the world.
second phase of the nature immersion is called the threshold. This is
where you go out into nature alone by yourself to an area you feel
drawn to. It usually feels like you are being called to a particular
place to spend this time and it is often the first place that comes to
your mind when you think of spending time alone in nature.
you leave you can also start tapping into the place you feel drawn to.
The way to do this is to start using your inner voice and start asking
the place you feel drawn to if it is OK for you to immerse yourself
there for 3-4 days. Then it is just a matter of listening to the
response you get with your inner listening. This inner listening is
similar to a feeling that you are getting back from the area. If it
feels like a 'no' then respect that and go to another place. The
answers you are seeking will not be found at that place. Keep doing
this until you get a 'yes'. You'll know by the feeling you get...
- go where you feel drawn... the answers dwell there
you arrive at the area you feel drawn to, the next step is to check in
with your heart and allow it to guide you to the exact spot for your
nature immersion. To do this, scan your body and notice where there is
any tension. Then like letting a rock drop to the ground, just let go
of any tension you feel within your body. The earth can use this
all tension has been dropped from your body and from your mind, next
place your attention on your heart center. There is a subtle and gentle
force that is continually guiding us through life. To me the pull feels
like a tiny spider web pulling me from my heart center. Feel the pull
and allow it to guide you into nature. You don't need to know where it
is guiding you. The important point is to just go with the subtle pull
people also feel like they are being pushed by this subtle force. Yet
others feel a mixture between being pulled and pushed. However it feels
for you, just go with it and allow it to guide you to your nature spot.
This spot is where you will be basing yourself for your nature
you feel you have found your nature spot, the next step is to find the
'exact' center of it. You do this by tapping into the feeling of the
place. Stand in one place and notice how it feels. You may feel a
slight pull to stand one step to the left or right or forwards or
backwards. Keep doing this until the exact center of your nature spot
some time at this point and ask the objects around you with your inner
voice whether it's OK for you to be there. Ask the trees. Ask the
rocks. Ask the saplings. Ask the birds. Ask the insects. Tell them what
you are wanting to do. Tell them why you are wanting to do it. Ask them
if they have any questions of you. Tap into the place. Tap into the
spirit and feeling of the place. Go with an open heart and nature will
be a mirror.
- follow your heart to find your sacred space
you have found your spot the next step is to create your sacred space.
This is the space in which you will do most of your 'work'. This is the
space where you will get a lot of your insights. This is the space
where you will do most of your ceremony work from.
idea when creating your sacred space is to create it at a natural pace.
You will probably gain a lot of insights in the way you create your
sacred space. For example, you may feel you need to get it sorted ASAP,
or you may notice you want to create it 'perfectly' or you may notice
that you just slap it together without much thought. Just notice how
you both find and set up your sacred space and write down any insights
in your notepad. Everything that happens on a nature immersion is
symbolic and there to teach you lessons.
the sacred space is to you is how it is to you. There is no 'right' or
'wrong' way to do this. Simply tap into the space around you and ask to
be guided. For example, there may be a nearby rock that feels like it
is to be part of your sacred space. This may be at one of the edges.
There may be some fern leaves that feel right to make a border with
next to the rock. Then there may be some sticks ora dead log that feels
right to make another border to your sacred space. Tap into the
feeling, do it at the pace that feels right and always ask before
moving or touching objects to create your sacred space.
sacred space is the space for you to just be. Whether that is to cry.
To dance. To sing. To sleep. To laugh. To jump. To stretch. This is the
space where you are to feel safe to be the way you are to be at that
moment in time. The edge of your sacred space is like an imaginary
border. It is up to you how you enter the sacred space. Whether you
enter from one direction only. Whether you only walk in your sacred
space in a particular direction. Whether you use smoke to purify your
sacred space. All of these things are up to you. As to whether it feels
right for you to do. You are making up your own ceremonies that are
right for you in that moment in time and at that particular place.
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sacred space is for you to be any way that you are to be. There are no
rules except the ones that feel natural for you. (Note: if you are in a
fire-prone area then out of responsibility you should take note of
warnings from the fire department and abide by them.)
you have settled in to your sacred space and are feeling comfortable
and in tune, it is a good time to go over your intentions for going on
a nature immersion. You are now there and nature is constantly speaking
to you. It's just a matter of tapping in. Putting energy into your
intentions again will set up the space for insights from to happen.
is most important however that you do not become distracted by your
mind whilst on your nature immersion. After a day or two your mind will
probably slow down naturally and by itself. This is the way indigenous
people experience the world. There is no real need to 'think' when out
if you notice that your mind is constantly going then a good way to
slow it down is to close your eyes and listen to it. Notive it's tone.
Notice it's speed. Notice what is says. Then start to treat it like a
little child and simply say 'Thank you for sharing'. After you say
this, you'll probably notice there is a pause in your thinking.
another thought may pop up. Again, say 'Thank you for sharing'
and listen again to the pause in your thinking. As you focus
and place your attention on this silence it typically grows longer and
longer. This is what the buddhists call no-mind. I also like to call
this state 'innocence' because this is how infants and young children
are in the world. It's OK not to think.
the space of innocence you can then scan your body for any tension. If
you notice any tension then like letting go of a rock, just let it go
and allow it to drop to the earth. The earth can use this tension where
it is needed.
space of innocense and relaxation then allows you to tap into your
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are constantly getting guided by a force. Some call it the life force.
If you go into innocence, let go of all tension and focus on your heart
center you will notice there is a little pull that is guiding you in a
direction. Once you feel this subtle pull, allow it to guide you. It
may guide you to ay down and sleep. Or it may guide you to dance around
your sacred space. Or it may guide you to a tree on top of a hill.
Wherever it guides you, go with it. Go where it feels right to go.
force that guides you is your true nature. You are going where you are
meant to go. In the moment. Moment by moment. Being guided. Without
distractions. Being your true nature in nature.
you are in the flow of your natural way of being then synchronicities
abound. Synchronicities become the norm. It feels like you are in the
exact right place. At the exact right time. Birds will make themselves
seen when it is exactly right for them to appear. Clouds will form
shapes that are the exact shape you need to see at that moment in time.
Animals will come and give you the exact messages you need to hear at
the exact time you need to hear it.
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just a matter of getting out of your mind, into your senses and allow
your heart to guide you. Nature is continually giving us messages and
it's just up to us to listen to them. This is done by your imagination.
By making things nature is showing us mean something. Literally making
it up. Adding our imagination to the messages nature is constantly
giving us. Imagination is the language of the soul.
attaching meaning to the symbols nature constantly giving us,
you'll know the meaning is right by the feeling you get from the
meaning. If the meaning you are making up feels 'right' then the
meaning is right. You literally make up the meaning. If it feels right
then it's right.
if you are interpreting the symbol and it's not quite feeling right,
then the meaning you're making up probably isn't quite right. In this
case, just stop, tap in again and start making it up again. Going with
the meaning that feels right. It's done with your inner voice within
your heart center.
in nature also has a gentle inner voice within.
Every tree. Every rock. Every cloud. Every storm. Using your inner
voice you can ask everything questions. Then just listen. Listen to the
answers you receive. The objects in nature may also ask you questions.
Again, just listen and respond with your inner voice. That is how you
talk with nature. A conversation with nature.
the threshold phase
of your nature immersion, stay aware of your intentions. Go where your
heart is guiding you to go. Do what your heart is guiding you to do.
Listen to the messages nature is constantly giving you. Talk with
nature with your subtle voice within. Enjoy the conversation. After
some time you'll melt. Melt into the wisdom and mystery of nature.
Finding and being your true nature in nature. Being both a drop in the
ocean and the whole ocean at the same time.
will be a right time to write your insights down. When the time is
right, write. When it's time to sleep, sleep. When it's time to yawn,
yawn. Everything in nature has it's natural rhythm. You too have your
natural rhythm. Tap into your natural rhythm and be your natural rhythm.
next stage of the nature immersion is called the incorporation phase.
This is where you take all of your insights and bring them into your
daily life. After the threshold phase you will probably have a lot of
pages written about the insights you have gained during the nature
is the time to reflect and integrate these insights into your life.
you look over your notes and reflect, you may feel like writing more
insights. Take your time whilst doing this. It may take a couple of
days until the insights stop flowing.
you have all the insights down on paper, you can then start making a
list of 'things to do' in order to bring these insights into your life.
Insights are great, however by themselves alone nothing in your life
will change without taking action on them.
you review your insights, the next step is to ask the question 'What is
the next step?' and then write bullet points of 'things to do' to bring
this insight into your life. Aim to get at least 3x bullet point for
each major insight you saw during the threshold phase.
example, in one of the early nature immersions I did some yellow
flowers showed me they had their natural rhythm of opening in the
morning and closing in the late afternoon. The insight I got to see was
to go at my natural pace through life.
a great insight, but how to I bring that into my life. It was
confronting as I was working in a professional career and got to see
that I was going at the pace of the company I was working for and not
my pace. So some of the bulet points I got from that were:
notice when I'm not going at my natural pace
stop when I'm not going at my natural pace
go at my natural pace again
I brought this into work, I knew when I wasn't going at my natural
pace. So I stopped whenever this happened and went back to my natural
pace again. After some time of practicing this I got to see it was no
longer authentic for me to work there, quit the career and started
again in life at my own pace. A radical shift, all from the insight
from being with a yellow flower opening and closing by the coast.
you have these bullet points of how to bring the insights into your
life, it's then just a matter of doing them. This is the hard part
because it can cause you to make some pretty big changes to your life
when you have the courage to follow the insights. You know they are
true to do and delaying them just prolongs the pain. However, there
will be a right time for you to do them. Sometimes it's taken me up to
three years to integrate the insights into my life. That's where
courage comes into play in order to bring your outer life into
alignment with your inner life during the integration phase of your
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