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The Earth is Whispering to You ~ Are You Listening?
I must confess … I’ve been having a not-so-secret love affair with nature beings for most of my life. It’s amazing. Peaceful. Ripping-good fun. And, the most natural, sane thing I do every day.
So, when Janet offered me the chance to talk about having loving, reciprocal relationships with more-than-human beings with you I jumped! (When she sweetened the deal by offering to publish the post on Valentine’s Day, I laughed – out loud! (really!)) It was just so perfect…
For years, stones, trees, and other more-than-human beings and I have been doing what any new friends getting to know each other do. We’ve swapped stories. Cried with each other. Held each other. Loved and respected each other — as equals.
Yes, equals. True friends. I ask after their seedlings. They watch over my children. I grieve with them when storms tear apart their (stream) beds. They sang softly as we buried a cat companion near their banks. I carry stone friends from place to place when they want to move — or leave them in their home when they don’t.
One sycamore tree wanted to know what it felt like to be so mobile — so free to move from place to place. So I invited him into my consciousness for a while. He decided he liked the feeling of walking, but didn’t like being squishy and soft bodied. (“Too flexible!”) Then he helped me know what it feels like to be rooted and strong. Tall (ohmygosh are they tall!) To live so long.
We taught each other. We laughed. We appreciated our uniqueness. We respected and loved each other as equals.
It can be really tempting to not interact as equals. To either put nature beings on a pedestal turning them into guru’s or mythical wise elders, or to treat them like children, or worse yet, like tools or resources.
We are all nature beings, though. I am no more or less important than the orchid on my desk, the microbes in her soil, or the air surrounding us. We are all truly essential to the thriving of our shared ecosystem. How cool is that?
Since this is a post about our relationship, some of my friends wanted to talk to you themselves, so I’ll end with their words. I hope you go swap some stories of your own with the nature beings where you live. You never know what kind of love affair you could start
“Dear ones, please stop and listen to the stories of the mountain beings in your Place. Remember, even places now flat once rose tall and strong with mountains. Their presence is still there in the soil and stream beds, in the sands and stone.
Stretch out your mind/heart towards the land that is the foundation of your lives. Listen…sense… be open to perceiving the requests you receive for communication and exchange. Notice invitations to be part of the nature community. Become more curious. Be more exploratory and more willing to discern the difference between mind chatter and the quiet thought-forms of the land around you.
We all need each other, dear human friend. We are all family, and we can love each other into thriving.”
Sage Mountain, Whitehall, Montana, U.S.
“Dearest one, each day there are an infinite number of thoughts I can share.
It is the song of your heart that calls them into being the words, images, and sensations that you can interpret.
What do you want to know today? What can I share to ease you? To expand or evolve your experience?
Whisper it into the wind. Then listen for my response with your whole being…
With deep love,”