Today I finally felled this beautiful acacia, which when cut into logs will mean a lot of blessed firewood for my stove.
It took many days to cut – not full days, but multiple sessions of sawing and axing, checking and being care-full… sitting down and listening… and then the final push this afternoon, which was perfectly aligned with wind, weight of tree, my positioning, tipping point, length of fallen tree, etc, etc
I’m speaking in this podcast around how a challenge like this can be a profound experience of holistic growth – rather than a strenuous transactional activity.
Our true health and our spiritual vitality come from approaching tasks like this in reverence and gratitude, courage and embodied wisdom, so that we may reap the riches of not just the resouces, but all kinds of other enrichment, too…
Here’s a podcast around our collectiveability to figure out what the hell this is that we’re Co-Creating!
This podcast is inspired by a heated discussion with my dad around the agenda against our health and happiness, where he frustratedly blurted out “Well who are we supposed to trust then? We have to trust someone!”
The short and simple answer, which I tried to get out then, is “Our Self!” – but of course the deep conditioning we all have into not going on our feeling about anything, our arguing our self down from sentience and our throwing ourselves under the influence of ‘logic’ and ‘norms’ – this leaves us very entangled and confused about what it is that we even feel, want, believe…
So this podcast speaks to how we untangle and how we find crystal clarity about precisely Who and What To Trust.
I hope it is of use and inspiration to you – do share if you can!
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Here’s my podcast this week on clearing The Way – it relates to how we navigate these times from a place of connectedness and wholeness, and how Nature can help us do that.
There’s a sacred site that’s special to me, nearby Guardia, but accessible (until now) only by a drive of a few kilometres, and then a steep hike up a rocky hill.
There’s a huge stone in the shape of a lioness’s head and upper torso, and a beautiful wild spring. From what I know of local history, this was a place in which both religious and natural wise mystics (called janare or strege, which like ‘witch’, tend to have a negative connotation) would dance together.
I’ve talked about this place before on my podcast: the water source there in particular (you can hear a podcast around the importance of harvesting wild water – here), the beautiful old trees around the site, the views all around, the atmosphere and the power of the light and the landscape…
I found the beginnings of a path some years ago, and had walked it with friends who love the wild woods, sitting with our tea and biccies, enjoying the ambience… We’d chatted about trying to connect up the path again.
The idea sat quietly in me for a while, as our dreams of visions sometimes do, waiting for the right moment. I was afraid of stepping onto someone’s land, or meeting angry sheepdogs, or something – and held back because of feeling it’d be too big a job on my own to delve into the undergrowth.
But it called and called to me, and recently I felt an urge that simply had to be responded to with an action: being told to go and open this Way. I asked couple of close friends to join me, and we started out with saws and forbice, and my friend’s elderly dog to keep us on track.
It took a few hours, chopping back brambles and hawthorns, clambering along narrow animal trails that traversed the steep hill, finding the less effortful way around a huge limestone boulder… we stepped up out of a clay-muddy wood into the field by La Leonessa.
The sense of energy freed up is enormous; this potential sentiero, that had been asking to be reopened – reconnecting with these natural woodlands, when most other walks near the town go through cultivated land, or places where folks hunt a lot – the sense of having a place to worship nature uninhibited – the exercise on multiple levels – the bright air washing our systems clean.
It is so awe-inspiring to think of the healers who have walked a similar route before us, and who might have planted the apple trees, the sacred hawthorns, the wise oaks.
Feeling the transmission of the journey on foot, each time I walk it; it’s transformative. I feel answers coming where before there were the walls of a terrorised mind. I feel old wisdom that wanted to come through me as a child but was beaten out of me, stirring and opening the gates of my senses. It feels Right, in an atmosphere of everything-out-of-kilter, where all that was solid is being pulled out from under us.
The fears that held me back for years from opening this path, seem silly now. And this reminds me that all new paths feel impossible, or we find reasons to not take them… and we stay in the very same rhythms and patterns our whole existence, having essentially the same experience, and very little growth.
These times ask us all to be a wee bit braver than usual, and to step into a new track, a new way of being, a new paradigm that wants and needs us to walk it.
EVERYTHING that we do in the world is metaphor that echoes out from us doing it: everything has a power of meaning – or not. The more consciously we participate in everything that we’re doing, seeking the meaning and the rippling positive effect of it, the more we actively listen to and act on signs; the more the Universe sings back to us. Our dance with Life was NEVER meant to be this torturously empty, constructed-manipulated monstrosity that we perceive to be ‘normal’. If we look for the signs, Life is in everything, waiting to be activated.
This is a podcast that came from a sacred place; where I collect spring water for drinking, a drive and a walk from my home – my growing relationship with the place, the water (and the blessed act of reverently gathering spring water). The words came from a spontaneous ‘calling’, which I explain in this podcast – so I’ll allow the words to flow here:
I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:
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