Connecting with the Plant World

plant-trees-Germany

A little child learns about the world through observation – miming, mimicking, and copying.  In Nature, we are the child, and the plants, animals, minerals, and spirit are the teachers.  Plants, animals, minerals, and spirit always communicate openly – no mind talk, no chatter – resonating in the various chakra centers of our body.  We can learn to hear by feeling their voices inside ourselves.

To start learning this new language, get into Nature away from noise and confusion.  If you can’t do this, a large city park with lots of trees will do.  Take an opportunity to wander in this place.  This is actually a walking meditation.  Don’t decide where to walk.  Quiet your mind; just walk and listen.

Walk as though you are playing a game in which an invisible friend is pulling you gently by a slender silver thread connected to your navel.  Follow it!  After a while, you may feel “drawn” to a particular place or stone without knowing why.  Take the time to send energy to that plant, appreciating its beauty and its give-away.

Be aware of thoughts and insights that come to you that are not your thoughts.  You may suddenly know something, but don’t know how or why you know it.  Just accept it.  Don’t let your mind kick in to question your sensations, feelings or hunches.  If distracting chatter intrudes, just let it pass through you and move back into your inner silence.  Communication will come through your body sensing and your chakras, through your intuition, and through your heart, not through your mind.

You may begin to feel delight and the joy of discovery.  The dictionary definition defines serendipity as an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.  There are no accidents.  Serendipity happens when you open up and let yourself be guided by spirit and by that innate inner connection to all things around you.

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

Strengthening Your Connection to the Mineral World

min-zen garden

A little child learns about the world through observation – miming, mimicking, and copying.  In Nature, we are the child, and the plants, animals, minerals, and spirit are the teachers.  Plants, animals, minerals, and spirit always communicate openly – no mind talk, no chatter – resonating in the various chakra centers of our body.  We can learn to hear by feeling their voices inside ourselves.

To start learning this new language, get into Nature away from noise and confusion.  Take an opportunity to wander in this place.  This is actually a walking meditation.  Don’t decide where to walk.  Quiet your mind; just walk and listen.

Walk as though you are playing a game in which an invisible friend is pulling you gently by a slender silver thread connected to your navel.  After a while, you may feel “drawn” to a particular place or stone without knowing why.  Take the time to send energy to that stone or rock, appreciating its beauty and its give-away.

Lie on your stomach on a large boulder.  Spread your arms and legs out, and focus on your navel.  As you breathe through your navel into the rock, experience the energy flowing between you and the rock.  Be aware of thoughts and insights that come to you that are not your thoughts.  You may suddenly know something, but don’t know how or why you know it.  Just accept it.  How does it make you feel?  Don’t let your mind kick in to question your sensations, feelings or hunches.  If distracting chatter intrudes, just let it pass through you and move back into your inner silence.  Communication will come through your body sensing and your chakras, through your intuition, and through your heart, not through your mind.

You may also want to take a class from someone who is an experienced practitioner in the use of crystals for balancing energy in the body.  Learn how to use crystal energy for your own healing.

Locate a Zen garden in your community to visit.  These gardens are arranged so that there is an instant communication that speaks as a wholeness.  A Zen garden has impact because of the artistry of the arrangement, to be sure, but it also communicates strongly because of the alchemy, because of the consciousness of the essence of the rocks and plants.  This environment stills your brain chatter.  You feel a part of it.  Everything else outside is eclipsed, and the rest of the world falls away.  So, what is it doing to you?  It is actually shifting you into an altered state of awareness and consciousness, letting you feel more connected.  Very often, you may feel a need to goo inward; you will feel your body relax and let go of stress.  The plants and rocks are speaking to you through pure energy-to-energy translation.

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

Red Lodge Arizona – Ceremony in August

The time for the Arizona Red Lodge Longhouse’s intensive week of ceremony is fast approaching.  By early next week, Red Lodge participants will be out among the cactus, rocks, and lizards, working with the gateway ceremonies of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.

Red Lodge Longhouse

Red Lodge Longhouse

Why does the Red Lodge program feature an entire week of ceremony?  Ceremonies play a critical part in our integration process.  They give us more access to our spiritual aspect, and help us to bring what we know in our spiritual aspect into our daily lives, as well as facilitating us bringing our learnings from our daily lives into our spirit.  Ceremonies facilitate the process of taking the Red Lodge teachings from information on paper into knowledge that we own and can use in our work, play, relationships.

Ceremonies in nature also give us the opportunity to align with the natural world, to rebalance ourselves.

Ceremonial week is an integral part of the Red Lodge Longhouse program in all of its locations.  For more information about each, see:

For more information about DTMMS and the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, visit the DTMMS web site.