Restoring the Rest of the Wild Forest

It’s crazy to think that this time last year, my husband and I were away on a forest getaway and I was working on the final chapter of my book, Wild Essence. It was such a special time to reach the end of a writing project that seemed like an impossible dream for so long. In light of this, I thought that today would be a good time to share an excerpt from that chapter:

“The forest…oh the forest,” I thought to myself writing my morning musings.

It’s been a bearer of so many exquisite blessings. We’ve spent our mornings here taking forest walks and exploring every corner of it. It was made up of a mix of pines, eucalyptus, blue gums and acacia trees. Yesterday, as we entered the forest at a section of pines, it was as if a golden carpet of fallen needles rolled out before our feet. I felt honored that the wild Earth would be so kind to weave such delicate beauty for us to tread on. The forest was full of intricate textures, the canopy top reaching for the sun, the artwork of peeling bark, fallen branches, dark green undergrowth and mosses, scattered brown leaves and pine corns. It’s a splendid mesh of chaotic loveliness, coupled with soothing sounds and the earthy scents of wildness. I loved the sound of the wind blowing through the trees and watching them sway from side to side as Cyrus and I walked under them. It’s like music, a special language of trees that only the seasoned ear can understand. I imagine that the birds we’ve seen flying amongst the tree branches, the rabbits, the buck, as well as other unseen creatures of the forest have learnt to interpret it. I found myself wondering if the passing breezes allow the forest trees to experience different worlds. If the wind has travelled far and wide, coming in from the ocean miles away in the East, or from across the Savannah and bushveld North of here, do the trees get a taste of these distant lands when they dance with the passing gusts? Perhaps one day, with enough deep practice, I too will understand the language of the wind and forests more deeply.

For the moment I remained in awe of the forest energy, the community of the trees, all its inhabitants and the cloudless azure winter sky overhead on a windy morning. After spotting buck droppings and spores for a couple of days, yesterday I finally stumbled across an elusive young buck. We were walking along collecting fallen sticks and pine corns, when we noticed that some of the sticks had randomly falling into the shape of crosses. It gave us an eerie feeling and I wondered if somehow the forest was letting us know that the ground here was holy. Then minutes later and a few paces forward, we spotted it. The young buck seemed to be eating low hanging new leaf growths from a tree. Just as soon as we spotted it, the buck turned to give us a quick glance. She spooked and swiftly bolted off in the elegantly graceful manner that only young buck can. I felt the warm feeling of joy stirring within.

Centuries ago, this land would have been teaming with buck and wildlife. However, so much of the land in this area has been cleared for farming and mining over the years that spotting them here is a rare treat. Although this is not an indigenous forest, it’s fortunate that the owners have allowed it to grow wild somewhat with a life of its own. As a consequence of giving the forest space to become untamed, the natural wildlife has found a place to call home too. It somehow made me think that each of us is a beautiful tree in the forest of life, rooted in the essence of our own being, our branches reaching for different dreams. You are at the center of your own story and the driver of your life. At the same time all life is interconnected. The impact that you are making by re-wilding your soul goes beyond reversing the chains of damage and returning to the freedom and peace of your wild essence. Your individual efforts play a significant role in restoring the rest of the forest to its natural dignity. What you do impacts on the people around you. The people whom you share your life with, the world and Mother Nature all experience the ripple effect of your actions. Think for a moment of how you feel when you meet someone who inspires you – a role model fighting for a worthy cause, your favorite author, a successful person at the top of their game or any larger than life person who moves you. What kind of emotions do these people stir in you? These people inspire us just by living their purpose and making the choice to follow the whispers of their wild essence. You hold the potential to the same. One of our ultimate aspirations is to touch each other’s lives in a meaningful way and inspire them. You will find that each time that you follow through despite your fear, not only will your life be richer for it, but so will the lives of those who you touch along the way. We are collectively realizing our full potential as individuals, as communities and as society. “

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Gathering Your Inner Wilds: How to Work with the wild Earth to Create Healing Affirmations

Happy Wednesday and Full Moon Blessings to You All!

It is said that the outer world is a reflection of our inner world. I am a firm believer in the idea that the wild Earth mirrors the wild, abundant and unlimited inner essence alive within the center of your being – your wild essence. Nature’s sacred whispers therefore have so many profound lessons to teach us about life and about ourselves too.

Like many fellow sojourners on a spiritual path, I love being immersed in the healing vibration of Mother Earth. Whatever I go out into wild spaces, I collect pieces of the Earth – feathers, acorns, pine corns, lichens – whatever she has to offer me. I love bringing these pieces into my home, creating alters with them or placing them in my meditation space. Each of them carries a story and a unique vibrational energy. I am constantly seeking out ways to integrate these healing energy and spiritual lessons. One thing that allows me to do so is by intuitively working with these pieces of Earth to create healing affirmations. After doing this for several months, I’m so grateful for the shifts that this exercise seems to have catalyzed in me. So with that in mind, I’d like to share how can do so too.

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How to Work with the Wild Earth to Create Healing Affirmations:   

Prep Meditation: Find a quiet spot in Nature to sit down comfortably. Close your eyes. Breathein and out slowly as you relax and centre yourself. Connect to your inner self or wild essence for a few moments. Then visualise etheric roots growing down from that space and connecting with the energy body of the Earth. Ask your inner wild essence, as well as your spirit guides/angels and Mother Earth to guide you as you collect pieces of Nature in your environment. If you like, you can set the intention to collect four objects, one for each element, each representing an aspect of yourself. Open up to herguidance. When you are ready, end your meditation and open eyes.

The Gathering: Staying present in the moment, explore your environment mindfully. Gather whichever natural items speak to you, reminding yourself that what you are doing is a bit like symbolically gathering forgotten aspects of yourself. Choose whatever you are drawn to – a stone, a feather, an acorn, a seashell or a piece of bark. Pay attention to any intuitive sparks or insights that come to you as you go about your gathering. Both the New Moon and the Full Moon are great times for gathering.

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Creating Your Affirmations: Once you’ve collected your Nature pieces, then either open your journal to a clean page or get a blank sheet of loose paper to write on. Place one of the Nature objects that you’ve collected on the page. Look at the object and attune to its energy. Write down three or four words – positive qualities that the objects embody. Once you the have words, you can then use them to create a mantra that you can use for the relevant life area. When you’ve created your affirmation/mantra, use it daily. Meditate on it or add it to your vision board.

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As per the image above, a while ago I used feathers for my Air/Mental mantra. The words tied to the qualities of the feather that stood out to me were: Light, Free, Surrender and Flow. At the time I was resisting flow a lot and struggling to surrender to what was. The mantra that I came up with was thus: “I feel as light and free as a feather when I surrender and flow with the Universe.” The more I used this affirmation, the easier it became to surrender and flow.

Rewilding the Spirit

What makes you feel free and uninhibited? Run towards it….

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In Stillness Speaks, Eckhart Tolle wrote that by stepping into stillness ‘you become present’ and ‘you step out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning.’ Our conditioning is so layered and influences our beliefs about ourselves and about the world. From a young age we become domesticated and taught to act in certain ways.

Walking a spiritual path has been a re-wilding of sorts. It is an un-taming of the domesticated heart and restoring the soul to its freest and most natural form. It is a process of unlearning what is unnatural and remembering what is true.

We were born to be wild, unique and expressive beings. The barriers of conditioning only cage you creative essence and snuff out your incredible spirit.

What stands in the way of you being who you are fully?

Release it. Walk away from it. Loosen its grips. And set your spirit free.

Each day, the Great Mother brings me new insights about re-wilding my own spirit. Stepping into the stillness of Nature and has been a doorway to reuniting with my authentic self and undoing years of conditioning. The wilderness mirrors that wild unbridled spirit within us.

By breaking down the barriers that we have been taught to build around your wild and instinctive self, a powerful ocean of Spirit will reclaim its place in your life, just as the ocean waters wash over a de-constructed pier no longer serving a purpose, repossessing its rightful space.

Abandon those piers, those preconceived perceptions of who you should be and how your life should be lived.

You are free to choose a different path, one where you can dive deep into a life rich with Spirit, Mystery and the beauty of your true essence.