Connection With Nature
connection with nature is one of the most profound experiences we can
have as human beings. Beyond the ordinary world in which we live there
is another spiritual dimension beyond the world which we know.
societies were highly connected to and in tune with these spiritual
worlds. They had elders and shaman's whose primary role was to be the
link between the physical reality of everyday life and the spirit world
the days of living on the land and being at one with nature in a tribal
sense have almost become non-existent, it is still possible for anyone
to tap into this other realm with the right training and amount of time.
- tap into the wonder and mystery of nature
it is about spending time alone by yourself in nature without
distractions for an extended period of time. The usual amount of time
it takes most people to tap into the wonder and mystery of nature is
around 3-4 days. This allows the time and space for the constant
chatter of the mind to naturally slow down and then to naturally tap
into another way of being.
our ordinary everyday life there is another world. A world full of
symbols, imagination, interpretation, dreams, sense of oneness,
connection and a language beyond words. In this world everything is
alive and has it's own spirit. The trees talk. The rivers speak. The
birds bring messages. The animals whisper truths. We can tap into the
wonder and mystery of nature.
- immersed in nature
this spiritual connection is subtle. It is drowned out by the constant
chatter of the rational mind. The rational mind is loud and appears to
be continually on. From the moment we wake up (... 'What will I have
for breakfast?') until we go to sleep (... 'It's getting late - I don't
want to be tired tomorrow!'). This voice in our head is continually on
and drowns out the subtle spiritual world beyond.
easy exercise to stop this distracting voice
within your head is to firstly become aware of it. It might be saying
right now 'What little voice? I don't have a little voice!' Well, that
is the little voice.
become aware of that little voice. Be aware of it's tone. Be aware of
it's speed. Be aware of it's tempo. Be aware of what it's saying to you.
treat the voice within your head like a little child and just say
'Thank you for sharing.'
notice after you say this there will be a little space within your
head. A little space of silence. Then another thought will pop up.
Again, say 'Thank you for sharing' and notice the space after saying it.
you can start to dwell in this space and extend the amount of time you
are in what the buddhists call 'no-mind'. It is this state of no-mind
that is the first doorway into the spiritual world. That is why there
are mind-body-spirit festivals. We go from the mind into the body, and
then from the body into spirit.
find more about how to tap into the spiritual dimension within the
pages of my new book 'Heart Walk'. From the space of no-mind we then
expand the five senses. Once out of our mind and into our senses we can
then tap into the sixth sense or spiritual sense. I find this is best
done alone in nature.
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