Category: Nature’s Wisdom

An Introduction to Tracking Signs and Symbols: Part 2


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Tracking is like hunting, except instead of an animal, we are hunting guidance and wisdom. When a hunter tracks a deer, he observes its movements in order to capture and kill the deer. When we track a sign – a deer showing up unexpectedly in our backyard – we move into a deeper relationship with the deer. We recognize that the deer brought us a gift — a message. Tracking asks us to merge with the natural world, and to listen with all of our senses.

Tracking requires a stillness of mind and a willingness to enter dreamtime, a more fluid perceptual state. In dreamtime, we see beyond the material world to experience the energy of a thing; we are aware that material objects exude energy, character, and personality. This task is easier in the natural world. We recognize a happy river by its clear bubbly waters. We feel good in its presence.

In urban settings, our senses are overloaded with stimuli to the extent that our senses are dulled, numbed, and imprecise. We have trouble making energetic distinctions. With practice, we can retrain our senses to feel again. When we are in material-world sensory mode, we will see five different chairs with various colors and shapes in a room as interesting, but we may not be able to discern anything unusual between them. In dreamtime, we are able to discern each chair’s history and personality. Is it a happy chair, depressed chair, or agitated chair? Your senses will tell the difference. Read more

African Drumming and The Intuition: Music as a Tuning Fork


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Music itself depends on regularly recurring cycles, on periodicity, such as the vibration of strings and reeds. Consider how the daily rotation of the earth, the monthly orbit of the moon, and their yearly orbit of the sun are also periodic. These motions make a kind of slow-moving music, too deep for our ears. But we sense the music of the spheres because it was the condition of our origin. We are made from this music.
~W.A. Mathieu, the author of The Listening Book: Discovering Your Own Music

After studying African drumming for several years now, I can see how we don’t tune our drum, the drum tunes us changing our cellular make-up. Read more

A New Take on Bugs: Adventures in Transformation


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Although insects are some of smallest creatures on earth, they pack a big message. When I see a stick bug, I’m reminded to sit still. I recognize that I’m rushing around too much. Watch them: They are motionless, the great mimes of the insect world. They model to us being in the now and appreciating the present moment. Read more