Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why We Need Connection to Mother Earth

Isn’t it easy to get caught up in our busy lives at work and home, and end up spending days without really connecting to Mother Earth? It is easy to do, but is that good for us?

Being connected and conscious about nature is our normal state. The disconnected way in which many of us live is abnormal. And the isolated way in which we live, disconnected from Mother Earth can literally make us ill.

In my book, The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything, I share this perspective about our relationship with Mother Earth and its bearing on our health:

It is a common misunderstanding that the earth is a thing we live on to be used to serve our needs. Earth is as alive as we are and we live in symbiotic relationship with her. When we lose touch with that awareness, we begin living on top of her instead of with her. When this happens we can easily lose touch with our natural rhythms and cycles. Symptoms of being out of sync with our natural cycles, also known as circadian rhythms include stress, physical tension, emotional frustration, depression…and all of these can contribute to ongoing illness.

In fact, there is a medically recognized disorder caused by being out of balance with nature called Circadian Rhythm Disorder or CRD. Your hormones and neurotransmitters are affected when your circadian rhythms are out of balance, resulting in sleep disorders, appetite issues, hormonal imbalance, loss of sex drive, moods and more.

Emotional equilibrium can be very difficult to maintain when you have limited or little connection to the earth. Emotions naturally calm and you gain greater perspective when you spend time in nature. Notice what happens when you take a walk in a park or sit by the water. The negative ions help you feel calmer and in that calm, your intuition and spiritual insights have space in which to be noticed.

Physical and emotional healing progress in the presence of Mother Nature because you relax enough for healing to occur.

Animals can sense when we are at peace, and will feel safer to be near us. We witness this at SpiritQuest every year. Last year at the sacred fire, a butterfly flew into our circle and landed for a period of time on every single person. Three years ago, a deer came up behind one our elders, standing just feet behind her, and offered the elder a blessing. In the last ten years, more than one critter has found its way to my doorstep or backyard to receive healing energy. (Here are some SpiritQuest participants reflecting on how these experiences have changed their lives in beautiful ways:

Medicine plants will grow in your yard according to a medicine woman I respect. You might want to check out those weeds you are pulling out of your yard. They just might be medicinal plants that have found their way to you to assist you. If you know how to harvest them properly, then you can benefit from them with teas, tinctures and balms. If you don’t, you can sit quietly with them and open up your energy to their medicine properties.

I once experienced a tree in an ice storm that lost all its branches, except the one bending directly over my humble little trailer. That one stood strong as if to protect me in my home.

These are not unusual experiences when we are connected to Mother Earth. These are normal. This is your birthright as a human being. In order to receive that birthright, you may need to makes some extra effort to spend time in conscious relationship with Mother Earth. You may need to break the abnormal pattern of isolation from her and create opportunities to experience her precious gifts.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Intuition Has Long Reach

Intuition just may have a longer reach through time than we think it does. In a world where there are so many opportunities for things to do, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the options. It is equally easy to assume that as you get closer to an event or opportunity your insights about participating in it will be clearer then than it is now.

I’ve lived in several large cities with all kinds of spiritual events to attend. Early on, I would wait until the last possible moment to make my decision, as if my intuition just couldn’t switch on until about an hour before an event.

Then I had an opportunity to go to Egypt. Even though the trip was months out, I knew I wanted to be on that tour. So I committed, even before I had the money to do so, and with my intense commitment, the money arrived in plenty of time. I had lots of time to make plans with my friends, including making flight arrangements that allowed us to be on the same plane sitting next to each other.

That’s when I had some realizations about my intuition. Telling myself that I didn’t know and refusing to commit to attending certain events wasn’t about my intuition at all. It was about waiting to see if something better was going to come along.

With that realization, I discovered that if an event was truly going to support me in my spiritual development, it remained the right event for me to attend whether I made my plans a month in advance or one hour ahead. If it was right, it was right, regardless of any other enticing events that might pop up in between.

In fact, waiting until the last minute sometimes created problems for me because I didn’t plan enough. I didn’t account for traffic or sold-out events. I didn’t allow enough time to invite a friend to join me, so I would end up going alone, when I would have enjoyed some company.

I also discovered that I got in my own way by deciding at the last minute that I’d rather not go out. Later, I would hear from someone I knew about how fabulous the event turned out to be and I had missed the opportunity.

If I had chosen not to attend because I needed a different kind of nourishment that privacy at home afforded me, I would have been very comfortable with my decision. But if I chose not to attend because I was ignoring my spirit of adventure in order to watch a movie, I found I had some regrets.

It took me a while to realize intuition has a long reach. It can reach out for days, months, and even years. All I needed to do was check inwardly.

I learned that if my intuition told me the event would be meaningful, I made plans, often with others. If my intuition was not strong about participating, I didn’t. If my intuition was strong about attending something and later I became nervous, I discovered there was something important at the event for me to uncover. My nervousness was simply indicating the significance of the discovery, yet to come.

Now, I don’t wait. I sense into the event and I make a decision. I don’t have two or three events in waiting on my calendar. I create time to include my friends. I’m more inclined to get to events early, without stress. Because I trust the long reach of my intuition, I get to enjoy the adventure of it all.

If you want to develop your intuition and psychic powers, take a look at Discovering Your Psychic Awareness and Intuitive Wisdom—Gifts of the Sacred Feminine Home Study Audio Seminar.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Wisdom and the Sacred Feminine

What is wisdom?

Is it knowledge that results from our accumulated experiences, or is it something more?

If wisdom was only based on accumulated experiences, growing older and having learned or experienced a great deal would automatically make you wise. But even children can say things that are wise. So what is the difference between being knowledgeable or experienced and being wise?

When I hear someone speak words of wisdom, they might or might not have a breadth of experience behind them. They might or might not have a reservoir of knowledge they are drawing from, because wisdom isn’t calculated or even figured out. 

Wisdom seems to come from the depth of a person’s being. Wisdom comes from an inner stillness where the greater truths live.

Wisdom occurs in those moments when someone spontaneously says something they can’t believe they knew to say. It comes when someone pauses and reflects within before answering a question. We recognize it when someone knows the perfect question to ask us.

When we have listened into the stillness and unknown, wisdom arises. True wisdom guides us to speak about the insights that are coming to us or not to speak, to ask or not to ask, and if we do speak to say only what is necessary and no more. 

Wisdom comes out of the stillness, where we exist beyond the perceptions of our human egos and limited definitions.

This stillness is the essence of the Sacred Feminine. This is where we meet the unknown and open ourselves to its gifts. This is where we trust in insights far beyond what our rational minds might put together.

The Sacred Feminine or yin, the still pregnant womb of all potentials, is the source of some of the greatest wisdom that I have ever experienced. When a woman or man speaks from insights that have emerged from this stillness, their words tend to linger in your heart and mind. 

Wisdom has a way of touching your life for many years because the power of its truth continues to invite you to break through perceived limits and to explore your perspectives and beliefs more deeply.

When you give yourself permission to not know the answer, not be wise, not have any idea what you or anyone else should think or do, you have begun a journey into wisdom. Wisdom demands surrender. It demands not knowing.

How else can you enter the realm of limitless possibilities, and emerge with what exactly what you or another truly needs to hear (or not hear in that moment)?

It requires courage to allow wisdom to flow through from what you do not yet know, rather than control its output. This state in which you access what is not yet known, is the domain of the Sacred Feminine.

The next time you consider something you have heard that seems wise to you, may I suggest you see if you can sense its source? Did it come from experience? Or did it come from a well of truth far beyond everyday perceptions?