Fire is an entirely different matter. Fire burns until all fuel is devoured. It is worthy of our respect and health fear. Fire irresistibly beckons us and we are drawn like moths to a flame. Paradoxically, it calls us to go within to find our vision and inner passion.
Find a space to build a small fire.
Have a collection of wood to feed the fire.
Observe the flames licking up the fuel.
Feel the warmth of its heat.
Watch how the flames die down into glowing embers.
Note how quickly these embers flare again into flames.’
Look deeply into this mirror for it reflects your spirit.
Your true nature is reflected in this fire.
No matter how dim the experience of your own inner passion has become,
It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
Ask the fire how you can rekindle your passion.
As the fire pulls you into quiet introspection, visit your inner fire,
Deep within the base of your belly, your womb.
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After communicating with the tree, practice being that tree you are talking to. Move your body and arms, mimicking its limbs and bending in the wind. Let your body take on the structure and form of the tree. Don’t let your mind determine what this should look like. Go inside and listen. Feel what it feels like to be a tree. Let its voice, resonating inside you, guide you into the shape of its spirit. And whatever you do, don’t be inhibited by the thought that someone might be seeing you act like this. Your actions might intrigue them. Then you can become their guide.
When you take your leave of the tree, thank it with an offering of tobacco, corn paho, or a strand of your hair. Practice this, and you will experience a powerful connection, not only to nature, but to every other aspect of your life. Learning this new language doesn’t require long journeys, expensive equipment, or great amounts of time. All it takes is practice with an open heart, receptivity, and a strong desire to rediscover the shining of your true nature.
Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.
When we first begin to do conscious work on ourselves, we are self-centered. There is so much to dig and explore. Each succeeding layer reveals an earlier civilization, a different aspect of self, until the archaeologist self comes to the evidences of the original inhabitant of the site. There we find our true natures, our authentic, natural selves. There we find the light within the shadow, our shining and magnificence!
To learn more, check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi.
(Recently, archaeologists found that the statues of Easter Island, carved by the Rapa Nui people, are not just heads, but include full bodies as well. To see the uncovered bodies of these magnificent statues, visit http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/easter-island-statues-revealed-234519)