Enchantment with the Natural World
I am sitting in the forest.
There is patchy snow on the ground, though the sun is
wonderfully warm on my face in this sheltered place where the wind plays in
the treetops, making a constant chorus of noises from whisperings
to roarings. Here, I am immersed in this piece of the natural
world where people seldom venture anymore. The natural world is
ineffably beautiful. Everywhere I look.
Even scrawny little fir trees exude their delight and present
yet another infinitely unique expression of wondrous creation.
Every leaf and miniscule branch of moss is a treat for the senses.
Every fallen branch and truncated tree stump has its unique
personality. The more I give my attention to it, the more enamoured and
enchanted I am by the natural world around me.
It is spring.
The seasonal birds have been arriving. One morning, there was
a flock of little ones pecking the leftover seeds from the ground
where Laurie feeds the pigeons. From my normal viewing distance,
they appeared to be a light brown colour. I needed to walk across
their feeding area and I approached slowly, to give them time to fly
safely out of my way.
To my great astonishment they did not fly off but continued
pecking away and, to my even greater delight, as I was looking down on
them from a mere four foot distance, I could see that they were not
evenly brown at all but had vibrant orange-red patches on their heads,
rosy shading on their breasts and a very distinctive black and white
band on their wing feathers. They were stunningly beautiful miniature
gems of artwork.
Enthralled, I watched them sparkling in the sunlight among the
winter yellow grass, their little heads bobbing up and down, pecking at
I am enchanted by:
the first snowdrops and crocus blooming,
green shoots emerging from the soil,
the first taste of chives and sorrel,
the first loon calls heard in the clear cool pre-dawn
the first drips of sap from maples and
the lengthening of the days with their expressive sun rises and
golden light dancing on the newly thawed Lake
One of the gifts of Winter is the Joy of
It has been the grace and blessing of these past months of my life
to have had the luxury of time to do research about what people
are saying about the consciousness of the Spirit Beings that inhabit
the Natural World.
Reading what others have written and sharing of their experiences
in my imagination, has enhanced my perception of the Nature
that surrounds me. It is amazing to me how engaged and interactive
the consciousness of Nature is with human thoughts and intentions,
healing and well-being; how we simply need to make time in our lives and
a place in our hearts and minds for it, to receive the benefits of
energy and joy that are the legacy of the Natural
It is becoming a more and more conscious practice for me "to act
as if" I am wholly intertwined with my natural surroundings, at One with
all the Spirit Beings that reside there. The more I resonate with
them, expressing my love and delight, the more they respond to me,
returning my love, magnified, in ever more palpable
Gerrard, whose Historie of Plants was first published in 1597
and Culpepper with The English Physician or Herbal in 1653, talk about
the "invigorating effect" that working with plants had on
Dorothy Maclean, one of the founders of Findhorn, said in a
recent speech in honor of her 90th birthday: "The bottom line of my life
is unshakeable knowing that each and everyone of us can have a
personal and direct relationship with the Divine, and through that
relationship we can have a co-creative relationship with the soul essence of
Nature. (My definition of God, by the way, is as the "Lifeforce in
The above quoted were a few of the human consciousness gems
I uncovered. You may read about
I am posting my research results on my website under the title:
Plant Spirit Medicine: an introduction and historical perspective, (when
ever Laurie puts it on (check in a few days if it's not there right
Meanwhile: enjoy your present moment, and whatever catches your
eye or ear or smell or taste or feel or
May the Enchantment with the Natural World enhance your