Nature has always been an important part of my life. I should qualify that: it is the intersection of humanity and Nature that has always been important to me. I have never felt driven to go backpacking into a wilderness area. Nature can be very demanding and unforgiving of those who are unprepared, and I am not determined enough to do the necessary homework and equipping. I have HUGE respect for Nature and its power, and know that no matter how prepared or knowledgable we are, Nature can trump us every time. Nature was here long before humanity, and will exist long after we are extinct.
It is the interaction of Nature and humanity that fascinates me. As I have written before, it is the edges where things meet that are the most fertile — where the magic happens. Take something as simple as planting a seed or tending a plant. We do the planting, the watering (unless we trust to the rain), the fertilizing (if needed), but it is Nature that supplies the growth, the blooms, the seeds or off-shoots. What would happen if we could work with Nature to assist that plant? Not just the basics, but actually communicate with Nature in some way to find out what the plant needs for healthy growth.
In 1973 I read The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. This was regarded has a pseudoscientific work, investigating studies of plants and drawing some unconventional conclusions, such as the idea of plants having sentience. My mom was a gardener, so I saw how her attention (or lack) affected the plants. It was one of those things where considering the plants didn’t take much effort, and seemed to produce results. Fast-forward to 2006. when two friends who didn’t know each other introduced me to books by Machaelle Small Wright. She decided (back in the late 1970s/early 1980s) to plant a garden, and wondered what it would be like if she worked with Nature to get the best results. Over a very long process, she found that if she made an effort to contact Nature, in a form of meditation, she could actually communicate with the devas or spirits of the land and plants and get advice about what plants would do best in what places, and what assistance they might need to best grow. It worked. Turned out they did something similar in Findhorn, northern Scotland, with positive results on what had been rather poor soil.
As Wright continued having conversations with Nature, she realized the Nature entities are willing to work with us on things other than gardens — things like our own health, our jobs, our homes, our arts/crafts, pretty much anything with a positive or healthful intention. With many religions, the idea is that we turn something over to Deity, and Deity will make it happen. “Let go and let God,” or some such. Nature doesn’t work that way; Nature wants our participation in making the outcome happen. I used to hear, “God helps those who help themselves,” but that is nowhere in the Bible. However, it can be said Nature helps those who help themselves.
Working with Nature is possible no matter what your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), just like working with angels. And it doesn’t take any psychic ability (tho’ I think that might make it easier). I’ve been doing it now for about five years, and have had good results. It also makes me even more thankful for this beautiful Earth, and that I can have a part in helping it to be a healthier place. 🙂 Machaelle Small Wright has a beautiful farm in Virginia, where she does all her research. If you would like more information about her methods, please visit her Perelandra Institute website.