Reawakening the Spirit
When we open to right relationship with this planet and align with our hearts, we influence everything around us. The Earth desires that we communicate with her and restore well being to our bodies and sacredness to our personal spaces. Our companion animals are a reflection of the choices we make. The restoration of our natural landscapes is the key to healing ourselves during these times of extreme upheaval and chaos. There is an amazingly intelligent and abundant healing power on this planet (and within our own bodies) that is always guiding us to align with our soul's highest truth and purpose. Joy returns to our world filled with inspiration and infinite possibilities.
Photography by Clarissa Harison/Awen Environments
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The green kingdom
Within Nature we can find many of the answers we seek when we take time to slow down. As we contemplate and communicate with all life around us and honor its sacredness, we heal ourselves. The plants will follow us (or we them) to offer their healing gifts. The trees and plants purify our air and soil, but they also offer natural medicines to heal our bodies.
When we listen to our heart and reconnect with our own inner sense of health and well being, our landscape is enlivened. We are living conduits of the energy of this planet. By getting to know our personal landscape (and what is screaming at us) we begin to heal our bodies and our souls and affect the world around us (Red Beech at Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY).
Animals often act as guides on our spiritual journey, leading us on our path of self discovery and wisdom helping us to refine our choices. Each have a personal message to teach us about ourselves, inspiring compassion and invoking inner thought and reflection as we recognize our own strengths and weaknesses. Often their illnesses are linked to our own inner struggles and the choices we make.
The more we connect with those who share our environment, the greater guidance we receive. Whether wild or domestic, animals can be a great source of teaching and inspiration if we pay attention to what they are telling us (Keyna, the one who would have been left behind. See Photo Gallery for story).
Fungi are Nature's recyclers. They also offer healing medicines and hold information from the trees, animals and the water where they are found. They act as networks of communication within the realm of Nature creating balance on the land in a way only they know how. Fungi offer solutions to many of the problems that ail this planet.
Medicinal mushrooms can heal you just as they heal the soil. They have been part of my healing story as I have overcome my fears of working with them and healed my body from stress. They are directly connected to the natural energetic grid which surrounds our Earth, an equivalent to man's web of technology (Amanita Muscaria shown above is non-edible).