I’ve heard that we have 12 years left. That is all. To significantly reverse the ecological harm that we have done to our planet, in order for it still to be livable. That’s not much time.
Each of us has a contribution to make. Each of us has gifts. For some of us, it might be in the fields of technology, business, customer service, education, management, gardening, farming, activism, the arts, writing, singing, poetry, drama, healing, research, caring for the ill. The most important thing is for each to offer our gifts with our whole hearts. And to perform our duties with compassion, kindness, love, forgiveness. And to offer our gifts, selflessly, as sacred acts, wherever we are called.
My gift, and where I am called right now, is to teach people to communicate with nature. I have taught a few people this. Others are teaching on other levels.
I know that we probably cannot completely reverse the environmental harm we have created. However, it’s possible to have a significant effect on seemingly impossible toxic traumas. I have already seen the profound results of being able to reverse GMO’s. We can communicate with the Divine Intelligences in Nature, with sincerity of purpose, and focused intention. Yes, we can.
If you have doubts, ask me!
In my massage practice, I have seen people reverse multiple degenerative conditions and avoid surgery. I never advertised this, because I believed supposed “miracles” were outside my scope of practice.
This is changing because of the urgency of our planet’s needs.
Recently, I attended the 18th International IONS conference and the CHI pre-conference, “I Don’t End Here”: Biofield Science and Healing. From inspirational presentations of talented engineers, doctors, spiritual teachers, ministers, meditators, dancers, shamans, leading edge thinkers, researchers, some of whom I have admired and quoted from for 30 years, I learned that we are on the verge of a new era.
Some examples of research were given by Rollin McCraty, founder of HeartMath. “We’re at the dawn of recognizing love as the new transformational intelligence.” When we focus our intention, using our whole hearts, collectively we can change not only ourselves but also our environment.
At the IONS Conference, I was moved not only by the insights of researchers and speakers. I was even more deeply convinced by a ceremony of blessing conducted by Rev. Paulette Pipe. As she had us go through a process of using our hearts and our hands to collectively bless every continent of the earth, all the children and adults, all of the plants and the earth and the trees, all relations and relationships, I could feel the power of good build in the room of 700 people blessing. And I was moved to tears as I could feel it spreading to the whole earth.
This has a little part of the meditation she did with us, however in person with her, and collectively, it was off the charts.
“What happens if we realize that we exist beyond our physical bodies, and that our consciousness and energy fields can connect to foster healing?” –Consciousness and Healing Initiative, CHI pre-conference at IONS Conference)
These experiences have awakened in me the deep conviction that we can do more. And that I need to put everything I have into teaching people to communicate with nature. One of my small gifts. And I am committed to supporting you in awakening your gifts.
From the IONS conference page:
“mind-expanding presentations by world-renowned speakers discussing astrophysics, molecular biology, indigenous wisdom, mind-body healing, consciousness and technology, extraordinary human capacities, and more!“
Are you inspired to participate with others in making a difference for our planet? One of the things that I learned from this conference is that different people contribute their gifts: scientists; activists; indigenous leaders; spiritual teachers; meditators.
Moms, dads, grandparents, children, we all can do our parts. Each tiny act of kindness, makes a difference to the whole.
Please consider joining me at any of the classes listed at To Heal the Earth, Classes and Programs
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Transform Beliefs in Human Dominance to Communicate with Insects & “Weeds”, location and dates TBA
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A call to the truth of our connection
We are all connected. We are the story of humanity, on our little blue marble of a planet, suspended in space. We have only this one little planet to call home. We have only this one time, perhaps 12 years, to restore this planet to livability. We have only ourselves to blame. And we have only ourselves to rely on.
Our planet needs us now. Each of us has a contribution to make. Each of us has gifts. The most important thing is for each of us to offer the gifts that fill our hearts: compassion, kindness, acts of love, forgiveness. And to offer our gifts, selflessly, wherever we are called.
I am called to teach people to communicate with nature. I hope by doing so, that we can communicate not only with the immediate nature that we can see and feel. Also to spread our consciousness, with love, to the entire planet. And also to all of humanity. Because truly we are one.
We have a lot of work ahead of us to learn that, however. And to learn to overcome the habits we created when we were deluded by belief in our domination of nature. And we have much pain to heal from our past domination of and exploitation of each other.
IONS, Institute of Noetic Sciences, was founded by Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. He had a “spontaneous epiphany experience”, on the way back from the Apollo 14 mission. When he saw our little blue marble of a planet suspended in space, he saw our fragility, our thin atmosphere necessary for life. He recognized our oneness, in every molecule, every living being. He went to Indian Vedic literature to find similarities to his experience of “unity, oneness, accompanied by ecstasy.”
I realized that the story of ourselves as told by science—our cosmology, our religion—was incomplete and likely flawed. I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discrete things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description. What was needed was a new story of who we are and what we are capable of becoming.
–Dr. Edgar Mitchell
This is the famous picture of our little blue marble. (Wikipedia)
In 1973, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Its mission “is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery, creating a more compassionate, thriving, and sustainable world.”
At the 18th International IONS conference, I felt like I finally landed.
For many years I have kept my spiritual experiences and communities separate from my clinical work as a massage therapist and researcher. And talking with Devas? Almost afraid to mention. Although I have taught clients so they could be empowered into a new relationship with their bodies.
Then, the spiritual side of life kept intruding into my nice neat tidy professional life. Like, recently, Mother Mary of Guadalupe appeared in my treatment room to direct me and the client to heal a severely painful displaced fracture in her foot. When the client told me who it was, I had to look her up on the internet. She fit the picture.
Many of my friends are environmental and social justice activists. I used to do that. But I have a different trajectory in the present. Nowadays, I am more concerned with strengthening people to heal themselves with compassion and love. And I have a deep conviction that love is more powerful than hate. It can even overcome the effects of violence and trauma. So I don’t attend rallies.
I am just as deeply committed as my friends to make this world a better place, to heal our planet. But I am called differently. So I have felt out of place.
At this conference, I felt like I came home. I knew no one before hand. Then heard dozens of researchers and scientists who echoed my own convictions. Who were talking about the interface of science, spirituality and activism.
Science is showing what spirituality and indigenous traditions have said for a long time. We have reached the end of an era. We can no longer follow the old pattern of beliefs that we are separate. It has destroyed so much of our environment and our hearts in relationship to each other.
Instead we must act out of love and compassion and kindness, in every possible aspect of our lives. And that every act of loving kindness contributes to uplift the whole. Our consciousness is shifting. That was one of the most powerful messages that I would like to share from the conference.
July 18 was a pre-conference, presented by the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, CHI, on Biofield Science and Healing. It was led by Dr. Shamini Jain. I have followed her Biofield research for many years. However it took until halfway through the program that I realized she was the same person. She introduced a program full of stunning speakers I have quoted from for years.
Later, other inspirational thinkers, researchers, social pioneers and spiritual lights joined in the chorus. And I will never forget the power of Rev. Paulette Pipe having us collectively bless the world with a Buddhist ceremony. Takeaway: our consciousness is powerful, when we are united in love and compassion, to change not only our bodies, also the world.
I saw how, when we put our hearts and minds together, in a focused, collaborative way, we can experience the power to bless that comes from unity, a sense of oneness. We may never recover from all the environmental damage that we’ve done, but we can probably stop the decline from going further.
And there is more. Altogether, it lit the way for me to move forward professionally and in service to the whole. I invite you to join me in Nature, or join with like minded others close to you, to heal the wounds in our society, in other people, in our relationships.
The old paradigm is about human dominance over nature. And it is about separation from each other. This focus on individualism justifies wars and violence as the assertion of domination. It excuses the cruelty that many inflict and the “othering” that allows people to see other races, nationalities, religious faiths, gender choices as different, or the enemy.
It is about separation of mind from body, of heart from soul. It seems to have a lot of power. But it is eroding along with our environment declining. It is easy to be frightened by these changes. Now, I am no longer frightened. Just determined to do my part.
I am now convinced that we can recruit our loving heart energy and deep faith as part of the solution.
Each one of you can also feel the power, the possibility of how we can make change by our loving focused intention, collectively. Have you ever experienced this before? What does this remind you of?
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I was deeply moved by the inspired efforts of this Brazilian couple. Did you know what could be done to start to reverse global warming by planting trees?
Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado and his wife Lélia were horrified to see that Minas Gerais, a former cattle ranch and lush rainforest from his childhood, was deforested barren land by 1998.
It was Lélia’s idea to replant and to form Instituto Terra. It is an “environmental organization dedicated to the sustainable development of the Valley of the River Doce”. They demonstrate that it is possible to save our planet, one tree at a time. And more. Their institute also teaches children to become the environmental leaders we need for the next generation.
This dedication can incrementally start to reverse global warming. On a local level, they profoundly re-ordered the micro climate. In 20 years they planted over 2 million saplings. Hundreds of endangered animals thrive once again–30 species of mammals, 168 species of birds and 15 species of reptiles. Insects and fish join them as the restoration influences surrounding areas. They have trained thousands of adults, children and youth in the region to develop environmental awareness, improve lives of farmers and promote sustainable development.
“On top of reintroducing plants and animals to the area, the project has rejuvenated several once dried-up springs in the drought-prone area, and has even positively affected local temperatures.”
Do they also bring you hope? Can you hear Mother Earth, where they have replanted the trees, when she whispers, “Thank you, and bless you”?
Are you familiar with Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming? It has good science behind steps that we can take. Some of them may surprise you.
Do you know of local efforts to restore habitat, reverse global warming, and cool the earth? The best ones will warm our hearts when you share them here. Thank you!
I teach Talking with Trees as part of a full Deva Communion workshop. If you would like to be notified when the next Deva Communion workshop is offered, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you walk mindfully in the forest, especially among ancient trees, you can let go of thoughts, distractions, and stories that crowd your mind in daily life. Don’t those often harass until you feel hunted by your own thoughts? Instead, come to a park. Trees can be your friends, to let go of that noisy crowd. As silence enters, you arrive at a deep healing peace.
Mindfulness is the practice of being in the present moment. It doesn’t mean necessarily to sit in a meditation pose. It can also happen while walking.
Walk on the path between the trees. Be aware of the sensation of each foot as it hits the ground, the bend of your hip, knee and ankle, the slight breeze against your face, hear the sweet bird calls above your head. Walk until you feel called to go deep within. In the company of trees, you can be present as they raise their leafy branches high, reaching for the bright sun. You can enter into stillness as they reach their roots deep into the earth.
When we attune to trees, we can imagine becoming one with them. We too can reach up to the light as if in praise. Send roots deep into the Earth, as we draw in stillness. We can become both rooted and inspired; nourished and radiant. Even while walking.
This is the start of profound healing.
Today I walked in Tryon Creek State Park with a friend. The first tree that spoke gently allowed each of us to go deeper, to gain insight, to know that we were walking the right path. It is one of many trees that are teachers in Tryon Creek State Park. We called it the Welcoming Tree. This gentle tree, nestled among the brilliant green understory seems modestly understated. Yet it is a profound Teacher and Healer.
Further down the trail, we came around a corner into brilliant sun. But what took my breath away was is the awareness of a great Presence. I had to look for the source of this blast of joy. Found it in this tree (below). This tree blessed each of us, with a downpour of heartfelt grace. We called it the Initiation Tree. We saw that two parts of the tree had already broken off and are entering into a state of decay, to feed other lifeforms. Meanwhile, the remaining tree is still alive and its roots spread nourishment into neighboring trees, preparing the next generation. It only knows how to bless.
These trees I discovered last week. They have roots that invite you to sit and meditate. These trees will listen to any remaining thoughts that are bothering you. Until the thoughts are complete. And you are at peace. Meanwhile you have found some new tree friends!
I teach people to use their body awareness to heal their minds, in Deva Communion Healing. And I teach Talking with Trees as part of a full Deva Communion workshop. If you would like to be notified when the next Deva Communion workshop is offered, please email me: email@example.com or call 503-708-2911.
Or leave a comment below!
I look forward to talking with trees and you!
I invite you to talk to trees. If this is new for you, I invite you to attend an upcoming workshop where I will be teaching people to talk to trees at Tryon Creek State Park. Notice how gracious the trees are in welcoming you. Like this:
Or like this, as if their roots go to a lot of trouble to reach out for you:
That looks pleasant and inviting for me! Here’s some other ones, a bit more staid, perhaps, but offering a lovely place to sit and meditate:
However, there are also options offered by gracious human builders, and planted by people who care that you are comfortable:
Could you enjoy a walk with me at Tryon Creek State Park? I can teach you to communicate with the spirits of Nature, the Devas of the forest. We can practice Talking with Trees, and learn to listen to know when they are talking back. We can hear the whisper of the wind in the back-lit branches, or celebrate the sweet bird calls from the upper perches of soft green-dressed limbs. And you can receive some healing from the heaven-reaching trees, or the grounding of Mother Earth beneath your feet. What better way to spend a day?
Let me know if you would like to join me: 503-708-2911, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are facing unprecedented weather- and human- related Earth changes. As we provide essentials for our displaced brothers and sisters, restore habitat, rebuild, and still watch our oceans creep more deeply into beaches, lap at dwellings, and swallow islands, we ask, what more can we do? How can we live in greater harmony with our home? What are the ethics of human relationship to the Earth? Can we correct the imbalances we have created?
These imbalances are partly the consequences of our separation from each other. And from nature. Right now, some of us are called by love to restore our connection with each other and with the earth. Are you one of them?
Many people feel the peace and uplift of a pristine environment. Can we cooperate with nature to keep it that way? Can we access its wisdom? Can we commune with nature to reverse the ecological damage? Can we find joy and insight in doing so?
I say yes.
Access to the intelligence in nature is our rightful human heritage,. However, it’s not often acknowledged in contemporary Western culture. Except in circumstances that we don’t necessarily acknowledge publicly: pet owners know they communicate heart-to-heart with their dog or cat. That’s a start!
Can we have the same love and bonding with plants and insects? To connect with other species, we must release bias and phobias. And we must also stop defining the worth of a small creature by human standards, but learn to see its inherent worth.
For example, a baby slug is perfectly designed to thrive in moisture, and eat plant material we don’t want. It is also exquisitely vulnerable. We could appreciate it for its inherent beauty. And not judge it when it eats plant material we do want. This shift helps us find the richness of a new relationship.
Thoughts matter. If even to a small degree our thoughts invalidate an insect’s beauty, intelligence and worth, it may taint our efforts to connect. And it hurts our own hearts!
I once heard someone say that in an embrace with his sweetheart, he couldn’t tell where he left off and she began. This is a common human experience. It reveals the truth that the heart has no boundaries.
Consciously extending boundaries is necessary for a mother to have “eyes in the back of her head”, and know if her child is safe. It is useful for public speaking or theater. There, it is called projection. It allows the performer’s voice to carry to the entire audience without straining. In nature, this same extension allows us to experience more than our physical bodies.
In the garden or in nature, I extend boundaries to embrace our co-inhabitants. I become aware of subtle impressions. Some people translate these impressions into pictures, or visual images. Some experience them as words, an inner hearing. Some have an inner knowing without words or images. All are equally valid, although our society typically discounts the feeling/intuitive and endorses the visual.
(For more, see my post, On Talking With Trees.)
The next step is negotiation, which requires knowing my desired outcome. When it serves both parties needs, it is called win-win negotiation. This is just as valid for plants, pets, insects and other creatures as it is for humans. Machaelle Small Wright has identified co-creative negotiation principles, based on how humans set the purpose and direction of the garden, and how Nature responds.
Mindful walking with Mother Earth has a way of blessing us back.
The Talmud says that for every blade of grass, there is an angel that whispers, “Grow, grow!” There is similarly one for every tiny creature. In different cultures they are called variously nature spirit, earth spirits, fairies, elves, elementals, orisha, “little people”.
In 365 Days of Walking the Red Road, Terri Jean says, “Every element of Creation expresses the Creator. Within each mountain, each stone, and each heart lies the Great Spirit. All are of the Creator, and each particle of the universe is equally deserving of respect and admiration… Know this and give praise and prayer.” (More readings are in my Bibliography.)
I call these forces by the Sanskrit term, “devas”, which means “shining ones”.
Communion with nature can be playful, joyous and expansive, as well as deeply healing. Thus we access Earth’s wisdom. Restore our health. And find solutions for our ecological and spiritual crisis!
Your comments and experiences are welcome.