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Old 01-03-2012, 01:40 AM
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Although Avatar shows us, reminds us, of a way of life that is connected to Nature, and stirs within most of us, that longing to have that connection, once again, it does not take us into the deeper understanding of exactly ‘how’ to develop that relationship with Nature, in a way that not only allows us to be in harmony with Nature, but how to communicate and commune with Her as well!

During this last year I’ve had a lot of opportunities to be in much closer contact directly with Nature on an ongoing basis, both from travelling, as well as presently residing in rural countryside surrounded by wide open prairie, patches of wild lands, and woodlands. Combined with this has also been a foraying into a number of reading sources, many of which I have already posted elsewhere in various threads on the Forum. Almost of those sources speak to how to ‘get closer’ to Nature, not just in going out for walks and appreciating the beauty, but teachings that include learning to ‘see’ Nature, through Her eyes, sensing the ‘spirit’ of Nature in a way that can provide profound, even life-affirming, life-changing experiences and insights. This way of relating to Nature is not only filled with awe and reverence, but becomes a deeply personal intimate relationship where there is the feeling of being in the presence of the essence of a ‘being’ who seems to ‘speak’ to your heart, mind, body, and soul directly. Beyond just being ‘one’ and in harmony with Nature, it is this type of communion that most of us are seeking, and sense in the underneath currents that flow through the symbolism of Eywa, The Tree of Souls and all of Pandora.

So how do we re-establish our relationship with Nature? Although there are innumerable ways to do so, there are some very basic first steps that are nicely summarized from a book called Nature Speak! They may appear deceptively simple, but the accumulating ‘effect’ will have an overall impact, that will ‘heighten’ not only our awareness and attention to Nature, but our whole sense of ourselves as well.

1. Involve yourself with some aspect of Nature more personally.
We cannot expect to open communication with the natural world if we do not spend some quality time in it. Plant a garden, even a ‘window’ sill garden and some houseplants, are a reasonable start. If you have access to a yard, allow an area of your yard to grow ‘wild’ so that the wild can take up residence within it. Become an amateur naturalist. Do some bird watching, or ‘wild life’ watching, even if that wildlife are ‘city creatures’ of chipmunks and squirrels. Create a pond. Take night hikes. Take up herbology. Try to learn to identify trees.
If you have more time Volunteer and support nature centers, parks, and other environmental organizations.

If your closer to ‘countryside’ take regular walks in Nature. You will be surprised at what you will encounter and experience with walks around your neighbourhood or in parks. But there will be no chance of encountering any of them unless you get outside. And what you will encounter will change with each season!

2. Study Nature.
One of best things to do to open to the natural world is learn more about it. Study a different plant each week. In one year, you will learned a significant amount about 52 plants. Begin with plants found around your home or those that have always fascinated you. Keep a log on unusual and amazing facts about the. Go to the library get several books on plants. Learn to identify them. Look for what is unique about the plant. What is its growing cycle?
Has it any medicinal or folk-lore properties?

3. Meditate out in Nature.
Send thoughts and prayers out to Mother Nature, asking for signs and communications. Quiet the mind out in your backyard or a nearby park and pay attention to what you feel, smell, hear, and see. Feel yourself become one with Nature. Try and feel the heartbeat of Nature resonating through you and your own heart beating in rhythm with it.

Choose different environments for your meditation. Meditate under a tree or next to a pond. Sit quietly and contemplate the riverbed. Feel the warmth of the sun on a stone as you sit calmly. Lie back in the grass, breathe deeply the sweet air and fragrance. Feel your body on the Earth, balancing grounding and healing.

Perform walking meditations, especially at dawn and dusk. Feel the sacredness of the Earth and the softness of all life. With each step you will find yourself more attuned than ever before.

4. Be Vulnerable with Nature
Not included in the authors books, but from my own experiences, is allowing yourself moments or experiences of vulnerability with Nature. These can range from while out walking on ‘trails’ to going ‘offtrail’ into unexpected places. Taking forages off the beaten track. I am not talking about ‘risky’ adventures, such as trekking lets say into an area where there are ‘bear warnings’ or onto ‘private, keep off’ properties, or heading into a ‘hunting zones’ during hunting season.

I’m talking about those excursions that are reasonably to moderately safe, that don’t carry so much a ‘dangerous element’ as an unfamiliar quality. For example hiking in a National Park on one of the less popular or traveled trails, or skinny dipping (while not under the influence of any substance or alcohol) at dusk in a lake, or in secluded woodland, allowing yourself to experience Nature, au natural! These moments carry with them a sense of liberation and freedom that only comes from being open, and trusting of Nature but from the intimate exchange of being alone and vulnerable to the elements.

5. Listen for and acknowledge Nature’s daily greeting to you.
When you are outside, even when just stepping out for a few moments, try to pay attention to what stands out for you. It may be a crow cawing to you. It may be a fragrance from a tree. Nature usually greets us in some way every time we step outside through one of our senses.

The more you acknowledge it, the stronger the greetings become. If a bird speaks as you step out, mimic its greeting back to it. If a crow caws, caw back. If you are uncomfortable doing this, then just say something like, ‘Hello, friend crow.’ If the fragrance of a tree or flower catches your attention, greet it in return.

Some people are uncomfortable doing this, worried about what others might say or think. I (the author) usually operate under the assumption that most people think that I’m a little ‘weird’. If I am out walking and my neighbours see me saying ‘hello’ to a tree, they usually just roll their eyes, pull their kids inside and wait until I move on. But I (the author) don’t worry about their response. I am being courteous and answering the greeting.

6. Read Nature tales and myths from different traditions and countries.
In every society, there were individuals whose task it was to keep the ancient mysteries alive and to pass them on by word of mouth. These people were the storytellers. Through myths and tales, they guided individuals into new wonders and new possibilities. They parted the veils of mysteries.

Myths and tales touch us on many levels. They provide a tool for life direction and they nudge us to ever-greater exploration of life’s mysteries. They open us to possibilities. Through tales and myths of the natural world, we open more fully to the colors of the archetypes they represent in our life.
By reading the Nature tales and myths from different parts of the world, several things will happen. First, you will begin to recognize common teaching about the natural world. Second, you will begin to see some the of spiritual qualities and thoughtforms that are associated with the elements of Nature – the crystals, the plants, and animals.

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7. Honour Nature.
When we choose the path of Nature, we must begin to develop a new relationship with it. We must learn to perceive the natural world from a different perspective. We have to see it as full of life, consciousness and spirit. Educate yourself about crystals, plants and animals.

Leave the natural state unchanged. In you home environment you can do this, in public environments you should not. There have been more than a few complaints across the countries of individuals who have painted ancient symbols on great stones in national parks and moved stones around to make miniature medicine wheels. Regardless of intent, it shows ignorance and disrespect for the environment.

Plant a promise tree. A tree is a living creature. It eats, rests, breathes and even circulates its ‘blood’. I also provides a home and shelter for animal life. It provides shade and prevents erosion of soil. It is critical for habitat, and thus the planting of a tree is the planting of a promise to be a guardian of animals and nature.

As you care for and nourish the tree, the care and nourishment of nature toward you will grow stronger. And even if the tree should die, your efforts will not be for nothing. In Nature, even the dying trees provide shelter and food for insects and other plant life. When working with Nature, every effort is a promise from you to Mother Nature. And she always rewards the efforts with communications that become increasingly clear.

8. Be ever grateful.
Appreciate the natural world. Be a caretaker of the environment. Reuse and recycle. Take pictures, not souvenirs. Don’t waste or take for granted. Leave a gift. Native Americans often sprinkle tobacco or corn meal. Plant trees wherever you can and offer prayers.
That feeling is a feeling of gratefulness. When we have encounters they stir that wonder in us, and that stirring makes our day a little brighter and more fulfilled. That feeling we get is an expression of gratitude.

When we breathe deep in the morning and enjoy the sweet air, whether we speak it or not, that appreciation is an expression of gratitude. Our excitement at spotting the hawk perched on the telephone pole or the woodpecker drumming on a nearby tree is a form of gratitude. It we take time to enjoy those moments, we express our gratitude.

The more we appreciate the ‘little’ experiences of Nature and animals, the more frequently they come into our life. The experiences grow, increasing our wonder even more.

9. Keep a Nature Journal.
The Nature Journal is a log of your encounters. It is personal exchange for you to observe and note activity and ultimately apply its meaning to your life. It is a record of your plant and animal messengers – your signposts. It can even be used for dream encounters as well as waking encounters involving aspects of Nature. You can simply record the experiences, artistically record them through sketches, paintings, poetry, any way that inspires you and helps you to see and hold on to the significance of your encounters and experiences.

This journal becomes a ‘guide’ an important aspect of moving to a deeper level of understanding the spirit behind your encounters. It is what helps us develop the mindset that ‘everything has significance.’ More importantly, when you record your experiences, they truly become yours. You will surprise yourself how much more you will notice and remember when you record your encounters. Each experience becomes a drop of wonder in your life and this makes your own well of experience deeper.

Take the time to enjoy Nature, as you do so, the communications will simply start to flow like a soft voice that fills the heart. And the path will open wide!
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:23 AM
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"All signs and messages in Nature work to accomplish one of three things:

First, to stir a sense of wonder about the world around us,

Second, to help us solve and handle the problems and issues in our life,

and Third, to awaken and quicken us to new potentials and creativity."




"Most people look for the sacred in the unusual and often dramatic, supernatural experience. But the irony is that the Divine mysteries are found in the ordinary, the mundane and the 'natural' aspects of life - softly whispering to us."



"Believe that the answer exists within you - and wants to be found"
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Communicate with nature?

I do that every day.

You should see the awful glares I get when I wait too long to feed the geckos.
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Communicate with nature?

I do that every day.

You should see the awful glares I get when I wait too long to feed the geckos.
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Shows how to be out-going with tact and how to cope and overcome obstacles, he will show how to let go of old outdated perceptions to make room for the new. Gecko can teach how to maneuver in this transition phase of mental, spiritual and emotional death and rebirth. He will show how to emerge successfully in this spectacular change within your Self. When Gecko appears it is also a time to pay attention to dreams and visions for he will show how to shift and molt perspectives. Are you holding too tightly to current perceptions and ideas? Are you balancing your emotion and mind? Gecko can show how there is regeneration in life's endeavors by listening to this inner guidance so one can find balance in this transition time.
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Irayo once again, Mika, for sharing these beautiful and meaningful passages with us here. I love reading them, and they are very inspiring!
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Thank you Mika. Good advices
A lot of it comes down to perception. To open oneself up to perceiving the natural world, to experience it and take it in. Also to be aware of it, feel it. It is a very phenomenological approach and I like that. One can also think about what anything is connected to that one sees or feels. To remember that the air we take in in a breath has come from some trees and that the air we exhale will go back tot he trees (or grass, shrubs, algae).

I would say however that paricipation is also an important part, not only perception. #7 sort of hints toward some participation that is however in this case unwanted. Here is a little bit of a problem, I think because to really be in communion with nature normally would mean a two-way interaction, not just a one-way observation. I am aware that some of the points do contain things like speaking thanks or at least mentally appreciate natural things. But I think also physical interaction is valid. To walk barefoot on a forest floor or swim in a lake is already a good interaction. But I would say that there can be more. Classical environmentalism seems all too often to try and create "no interaction zones". Because there is so little wild places left, we are scared that they are destroyed by us humans (and rightfully so) and try to fence them off to keep them untouched. But that also creates a separation - the opposite of what is needed to happen. If we were able to interact with wild places, our communication would be possible and create a bond between us. So if you catch a fish from a lake to have dinner, give back its bones to the soil at the lake, drink water from a stream and even give back what you excrete to the soil, that is also interaction. You dont have to erect monuments by making rock paintings, but to build some things from wood and leafs and twigs - I would think that this is deepening the connection. We are all so used to the idea that our food comes from the supermarket and water comes in plastic bottles that this system is what we communicate and interact with, while that place would originally be inhabited by the natural world directly. To regain some of that I think can, if done with respect, honor, empathy, contribute to creating a deeper bond.
So when I took part in a workshop in regaining some of the communication, it was in part both - perceiving and interacting. We were told to stand still under a tree, listen to the sounds, look at what happens and how it all feels. We could also have a question in mind and see if the answers are communicated to us in the perceptions. And as strange as it sounds, the workshop leader told us that before we leave that place, we could "feed the tree". Thats what he said. It was awkward but thinking of it a little longer it does make sense to me.
Only because many places we have access to are so overcrowded is it, that we are not allowed to interact with nature anymore, which also hinders our desire to be in communion with the natural world. I cannot say what to do about this, but I know that I feel more positive about a (respectful) two-sided physical interaction with the natural world as a good thing that helps me to be more in communion with Nature and by that creates something that helps us both - a loving relationship between human and Nature.

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Mika, I did a slow skim over your entries and was looking for something but didn't find it, so sorry if this is in it.

When I was little I felt very in touch with nature, looking back now I never realized how deep it was. But let me explain.

Imo - We are over thinking this. Being connected to nature is to have no objectives when you are in nature. There is no trail, there is no path, there is no me, there is no trees. There is just nature and I am part of it. You have to look at everything as part of your world, just as you do in your home.

You think nothing special about sitting down and reading a book on the couch, but in nature it's a special occasion. And as long as that is in your thoughts, nature will always be apart from you.

Overtime your mind be will begin to perceive nature in different forms, the feelings that you pull from nature will be strong, and as you move inside of nature, your feelings will move. It is really cool actually, sounds, smells, sights will become real in your mind, you hear a bird, and your mind turns your head and points your eyes at it and a hundred different things go through your head at the same time.

Sorry if this seems kinda silly, but this was all happening from when I was around 6 till I got a PS2, so I haven't been that in touch with nature for a while. I miss it.
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