Becoming Nature Smart

Ever notice how good you feel when you stop what you are doing and go sit outside? For a moment… it dawns on you that nature is awesome. Then some thought comes into mind, maybe that nature is awesome, or something else, and then that feeling quickly fades as you head off in some direction to do something.

What was that palpable experience when all thoughts were absent and there was a noticeable “ahhh” of relaxation into the vastness? A felt sense of peace washed over you. A unifying moment of connection with the world of nature all around you. Bliss.

What if instead, those thoughts were seen as clouds passing? Just coming and going without getting stuck. One by one each ‘thought-cloud’ would be noticed and then not-noticed, noticed and then not-noticed. Eventually all the clouds would pass with only the clear sky remaining, revealing the sun and the moon and the stars and everything in between.

How did the moment of realization disappear as quickly as it came into focus? Where did it go? Did it cease to exist?

These questions and more are answered by nature, not in words but in-between the words and everything else. If we imagine a substance that is in everything and yet is no thing, we may begin to see what is true. Only that which can cannot be seen, cannot be described by words or science or art, cannot be touched, smelled, held or felt. It is like a felt sense, but comes before even the senses and the thoughts. It connects everything, invisibly, profoundly primordially.

This is the truth we will discover in Nature.

To be nature smart is to keep turning towards that which is invisible, that which defines the existence of everything. Being truly fresh and innocent and present with each moment is to know beyond knowing.

North East Shield

We’re coming into the Beginning of the Year. The North East shield marks the true beginning. Doing the math, 12 months divided by 8 shields would take us to about 45 days after The North Shield at Winter Solstice to The NE. So by about February 4th we’ll be completing the last cycle and beginning anew. Creativity and Mystery are the hallmarks of this time. The realm of the complete unknown. Can you feel that pregnant winter with the unborn spring? It must be a ripe feeling for those of us in coastal BC with the Snow Drops starting to sprout. We even saw one tiny white flower this morning.

An old mentor of mine shared some of his insights of this powerful time that relate to village building in the Acorn model of the 8 shields.

  • Emotional Well Being
  • Ceremonial Leadership
  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • smudging
  • releasing grief
  • creativity
  • facilitators of awareness
  • ceremonies.

Somehow it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are those stirrings inside me to hold space around fire and the simplicity of awareness in nature at this time with my family and close ones.