A newsletter from Jacquelyn Strickland | Jan 2005 Vol. 2 Issue 1
Nature as Healer:
by Marlow Shami, M.S.
Did you have a special "fort" as a child - an outside hideaway, a place immune to the stresses of civilization? Whether you grew up in a city, suburb, or rural landscape you most likely found your sacred place in a tree, rock formation, gazing out an open window, or on an apartment roof. Back then being a part of nature was instinctive. It attracted us just as the sun inspires the flower's bud to bloom. A visit could bring creative imaginings, renewal, a sense of protection, warmth, comfort, or emotional mirroring.
Growing up in a "modern culture" makes this life affirming relationship with nature more difficult to access. Society's unnatural pace, multi tasking, and nature anemic values mute the sensory connections - our lifelines with nature - hence our authentic vitality is numbed, buried, and largely forgotten. We have 53 senses not just 5.
This means most of us operate with one tenth of our capability throughout our adult lives. A majority of problems unique to our species such as pollution, depression, suicide, environmental destruction, genocide, domestic violence, etc. are actually symptoms, not problems. They are symptoms of the trauma of being split from our true nature. Our innate wisdom is lost when we numb or forget our multisensory nature.
It is through the utilization of our senses that we can recover our authentic direction and sense of belonging. It is here in the tending of our senses that we may make sense out of our suffering and be guided by it.
Experiencing positive nature based activities nurtures our emotional sense of love with all of life. Understanding the attractions that hold the universe together as "love in action" infers that noticing and honoring our sensory connections with the natural world is an act of love. Thinking and acting inspired by love generates nature's daily sustenance - our daily bread for the soul.
Love could be likened to the needle of a compass planted deep within each of us. Discovering one's true wisdom requires personal reflection and nature based experience. Each of us has a unique family history, physical and emotional constitution, spiritual background, and geographic connection. How we decide upon our life's direction depends upon reading this compass whose workings are dependent upon the ability to enliven many senses.
Nature guides our life's trajectory. As we cultivate our ability to be present with whatever life has to offer, and notice how we are touched by our experience, we naturally expand beyond the border of our tender ego and experience ourselves as an expression of the vast benevolence of a universe built of love. This is healing.
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I invite you to attend my breakout session on Saturday April 23 1:30-4:30pm entitled Nature As Healer: An HSP's Guide to Accessing Nature's Healing Touch
This session is for those interested in experiencing the simple power of nature's healing affects through guided meditation, natural-healing- touch, and the Natural Systems Thinking Process. You will learn a simple yet profound method of connecting your inner nature with the web of life, and in the process you'll validate your sensitivity and enhance a personal source of guidance. No meditation experience is necessary. Bring a blanket/mat if you prefer to lie down for meditation and wear comfortable clothes.
Marlow Shami, M.S. is a Nature-based healer, teacher, and writer who conducts workshops, Healing Meditation Circles, and publishes a quarterly e-mail newsletter, NaturalSense®. She has a private healing practice in Litchfield, CT. Her specialty is the healing connection between humans and the natural world. Learn more about nature and healing and sign up for the free e-zine NaturalSense by visiting www.anaturalsense.com.