Humans and Nature

This listing of books is extracted from the blog, Books on Nature Communication. The numbering system is from that page.

1. Altman, Nathaniel. (1995). The Deva Handbook: How to Work with Nature’s Subtle Energies. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.
Nathaniel Altman has written or co-authored over fifteen books. He worked for The Theosophical Society of America, studied under Geoffrey Hodson and Dora Van Gelder. He first communicated consciously with devas around 1987, and deepened his practice in 1990. In The Deva Handbook, he gives a taste of the history of human traditions from around the world that involve human-deva interactions. He discusses the loss of our connection with them in this technological culture, and how to regain that connection and communicate with them through attitude shifts such as acknowledgment, respect, and humility. The Deva Handbook contains much practical information, is well researched, and includes an excellent index and a bibliography with many of my favorite books on this topic.

  • “. . .The cultivation of respect in our lives–respect toward ourselves, other people, animals, plants and other living beings–helps create the total energetic expression of who we are. Since devas relate at an energetic level rather than on the basis of our outer appearance, the quality and tenor of our energy are vital for any meaningful relationship with them.” (p76)
  • “Communion with members of the devic kingdom–the sharing of thoughts or feelings with another form of life–does not merely involve the act of receiving, but implies our active participation in a dynamic relationship. This relationship can take many forms. It is not only based on the “chemistry” between ourselves and the nature being, but on our particular feelings and needs at the time of communion.” (p 123)

5. Ausubel, Kenny, Ed. (2004). Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books

Draws the connection between human health and environmental health. Delves into ecological medicine.

**”Drawn largely from luminous presentations given at the annual Bioneers Conference, …–focuses on pragmatic solutions emerging at the fertile edges between the overlapping worlds of environmental restoration and holistic healing…many of the world’s leading health visionaries show us how human health is inescapably dependent on the health of our environment.
…They seek to heal the tragic split that conventional medicine made from nature and to conjure nature’s own mysterious capacity for self-repair…”**

6. Bdolak, Levanah Shell. (1991). Eco-Spirit: A Spiritual Guide to Healing the Planet. New Jersey: Voyant Publishers
Bdolak takes an activist-oriented approach to the problems our planet is facing, and a psychically-trained approach to our spiritual self-transformation. An ecological evaluation includes ourselves, then is followed by grounding and centering, running energy and keeping the aura and chakras clear, working with earth, air, fire and water, and elemental beings. Her visualization exercises, also involve other sensory modes, are easy to follow, and direct towards positive action.

  • “You can see the wood burning brightly, forming different colored flames. You watch the flames leap from log to log. And in the area where the coals are hot and bright and glowing, you can see the brightly moving fire lizards, the Salamanders. For a moment take a deep breath and imagine yourself as the fire element. . .You are the heat of life, the ability to transform all things. . .The fire element is the nurturing heat of action that will enable you to take action and make changes in your world.” (pp 129-130)

7. Berry, Thomas. The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. New York: Bell Tower, Crown Publishing, Random House (1999).
Thomas Berry brings immense dignity and moral stature to discussions of humans and ecology. This book challenges 21st century humans to look deeply into how we are harming the environment. And the even greater harm is from by asserting human dominance and only seeing Nature for human purposes. “The deepest cause of the present devastation is found in a mode of consciousness that has established a radical discontinuity between the human and other modes of being and the bestowal of all rights on the humans.” He speaks of the value of indigenous peoples and women’s wisdom supporting the changes we need to make. He holds up hope that we can restore ourselves to a rightful and sustainable relationship with the Earth, and know our place.

  • “We have silenced too many of these wonderful voices of the universe that spoke to us of the grand mysteries of existence.  We no longer hear the voice of the rivers, the mountains, or the sea. The trees and meadows are no longer intimate modes of spirit presence…” p17
  • “…(Recent, post-Newtonian scientific discoveries) led to an awareness of the unity of the universe within itself and with each of its components…In this manner it could be said that in a scientific as well as a religious sense the small self of the individual finds its Great Self in the universe…the human emerges from the larger universe and discovers itself in this universe.” (pp192-193)

Berry includes an extensive bibliography at the end.

 

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