Seven Steps to Open to Nature
These are the seven steps we explored in the Opening Gaia’s Light Mysteries course.
Observing—seeing what is
We enter Nature’s inner realms through astute observation. Slowed presence and spacious attentiveness draws us into the heart of whatever we are witnessing. While studying the intricate beauty of a leaf, a snail, a stone or a ripple of water, our normal perception gives way to awe and wonder, deepening our appreciation of Life’s Mystery.
Resonating—coming into sensory agreement
Respecting the intelligence of the tree, insect, bird, flower or patch of earth that attracted us, we make time to simply be present. Being-with means actively resonating with the frequencies of the ‘other.’ Without familiar ‘language,’ resonating with any element in the natural world requires great stillness and sensitivity through intuition, imagination and sensitivity to subtle body-sensations. Staying present to what unfolds, without swift labels or cliched interpretations, deepens the intimacy. These soulful encounters can live in us for a lifetime.
Once we develop an embodied resonance with a specific element of nature, we allow our body-souls to open and listen. Resonance generates respect while deep listening makes it safe for the ‘other’ to express. Being genuine in our desire to receive the intelligence within the specific element that has called us, we become students through deep listening; we are willing to learn, to be surprised and altered by the experience. This active engagement is rooted in receptivity rather than will. While the other ‘speaks’, our listening magnetically draws forth the wisdom of the tree, the wind and water, or the coyote.
Amplification encourages the emergence of our innate abilities through an active and ongoing collaboration between our Self and Nature. This process can take many forms – creating a garden, developing a healing practice, writing a book, learning new ways to cook. Because our intention is to cultivate a dynamic field of energy rather than just produce than a polished product, co-creating with Nature engages our open-hearted vulnerability as well as our strengths; humility keeps our creativity honest, authentic and alive. The amplification process is a dance of shared emergence as we commit to articulating the mystery of the ‘other’ through the lens of our unique body-souls.
Tracking—keeping records of the unfolding process
By keeping track of what is synchronously emerging in our lives and creative work, we build a sturdy container for the emergent process. Instead of observing Nature’s material forms, we focus on witnessing the changing patterns within the emerging creative field. Attitudes as self-criticism, perfectionism and impatience can block the ease of the tracking process. They need to be softly released for the creative process to unfold without manipulation. Our rootedness in Being is vital during this phase; a consistent spiritual practice helps us maintain balance between our healthy ego and the guiding intelligence of Source.
Tuning—adjusting the tension
Like a musical instrument, fine-tuning the elements within the emerging creative field allows all various elements to come into greater harmony and coherence. Our challenge is not to prematurely assume the ‘product’ is complete but to allow the subtle tuning to refine our intimacy with Source through the manifesting form. Tuning is a form of loving attentiveness that allows the entire creative field to breathe.
Following—moving with the Nature’s impulses
By developing our ability to listen to and be guided over time by Nature, we learn to trust and follow the wisdom of our human impulses. Sensing which impulses are rooted in Source, we joyfully participate in creative processes that blossom in a natural, timely fashion. Feeling supported and guided by Nature and Spirit, our thoughts and actions unfold in a fluid, organic way as a blessing to all Creation.
Nature yearns to commune with us. She is lonely, for in our busy lives, we have forgotten to be present, to listen, and to receive Her many gifts. The natural world invites us into a quiet, private communion.