I wrote this back in April 2014 as I was following the threads of where I was being led.
The Church of Nature was, at that point, only a domain name. Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Services
were underway, but the idea to actually form The Church of Nature was still being birthed.
Nature Lives As Spirit
First appeared on Let Nature Be Your Guide.com
April 21, 2014
‘I have no more information to give you,’ is the statement that kicked off a new phase of my journey. I was teaching a class this past July and It was, on the surface, a message to one of my students that it was time for her to either take what I had shared over the years and use it to find her own information; or it was time to find someone new to learn from; or maybe it was a little bit of both.
But after class was over and I sat with the words that had seem to come from someone else’s voice, I knew there was something important there for me. It was time for me to do something else. What? I didn’t know, but it was time.
I set about dismantling what I had created over 15 years. I had been working with people in groups, classes and one-on-one since 1999. When I first started helping people step into conscious living there was a lot of energy to move through. It was deep work and the growth was rewarding but challenging.
As the years progressed I noticed that students were moving through the work more quickly. As the collective consciousness evolved it was taking less time for individuals to shift into consciousness. That doesn’t mean they had less work to do, it just means their process was gentler and shifting in their awareness came more fluidly.
I had done this sort of dismantling I was now embarking on many times in the past. The difference this time was that I was an active participant. In the past this process had been an unconscious ‘burn it all down’ experience. But not this time. I was in the conscious lead of creating something new.
I set out a plan to phase out working with my current group of students reassuring them that they had the tools, the information and most of all the ability to find their own information. This wasn’t new to them. It’s what I say all the time; only now, they were being given the opportunity to really see that this was true.
I phased out Sunday meditation and my online communities. I stopped doing radio interviews and little by little I turned the focus of my Spiritual exploration onto solely myself. Something I hadn’t done since 1999.
With no idea where I was going or what I was doing; I happily followed the threads that came my way. Quickly I realized that my own Spirit was guiding me with simple cues: on the right track equaled butterflies in my stomach; on the wrong track equaled pain in my tailbone.
I was introduced to the practice of Permaculture this past November. Permaculture, for lack of a better definition, is a cultivation process that moves landscaping and gardening away from an ego and mind activity and into, albeit maybe unconsciously, a spiritual experience.
Much of my metaphysical work revolves around pulling back the curtain so that we can see clearly and simply why our lives work (or don’t work) the way they do. In that process, I have tapped into some really powerful, yet simple Universal truths and have had the opportunity to both watch and understand our collective evolution.
If I was to boil down the Universal truths I’ve tapped into, the primary truth is live as Spirit. To live as Spirit, we start by living in alignment with Spirit. Spirit being that aspect of us that is untethered by our earthly experience. We start as Spirit and return to Spirt. In between we manifest a physical body through which grow. We learn lessons about love, living, empathy, caring and community and in our individual growth the entire collective grows and and evolves. When we learn unconsciously our growth is fraught with lack and limit, with have and have not. When we live consciously and we understand how and why and in what way we are trying to grow this lifetime, we can leave all the drama behind.
Most of us don’t live our lives with that consciousness though. When we get our bodies we forget about Spirit. Our life experience becomes about our mind, our ego, our emotions and our body. Our mind knows it all, our ego does it all, our emotions feel it all and our body is the vehicle through which it all happens. Spirit is left to watch our whole life unfold; always poking at us, trying to remind us that there is more. Hoping to wake us up so that we remember that life can be different, life can be easy and flowing.
This is what our Spiritual evolution is. This is what enlightenment is.
It is that moment at which the physical body experience wakes up and goes ‘oh….right, this doesn’t have to be hard.’
So what does this have to do with Permaculture? Well, this past November as part this transformation process I’m going through, a free Permaculture course began to make it’s way around Facebook. I saw the ad and I was instantly drawn to it. I didn’t know what it was, but everything screamed ‘yes’ when I saw the ad.
So I registered and began watching the 72 hours of video that make up the program. As the information was introduced I was amused. My own teachings of living as Spirit; living with the ego, the mind and the body in alignment with Spirit and letting Spirit lead; was being presented, but not for the individual but rather as a way to work the land.
‘If it’s not working, it’s not what nature wants,’ I heard the teacher say. I can’t tell you how many times I had shared that nugget with students only my words were ‘If it’s effort, if it isn’t flowing, you aren’t in alignment. You’re operating from the ego, the mind or your emotional body.’
As the Permaculture program progressed there were more and more moments where the Universal truths I’d gathered over the years were dovetailing with the course information. Every time the teacher would touch on something that echoed my teaching; I would get this particularly odd feeling in my body. It is a feeling that I get that indicates there is great Spiritual information to be uncovered. It’s a difficult feeling to describe but I get the sense of lifting out of my body, my head spins a bit and I tend to feel myself shifting in terms of my own awareness, I get a prickly sensation in my brain.
I love these moments because I know that from them will come some amazing life changing information that will help us grow.
As I’ve continued to explore Permaculture, through the videos and by reading the books mentioned by the teacher; I’m starting to open the door to this profound information.
Nature lives as Spirit. There is no ego, mind or emotions to, for lack of a better word, interfere with its journey. Everything that happens in nature is in alignment. Nature doesn’t fight against change, it is adaptable, it goes with the flow. It finds the easiest, most simple way to achieve its purpose. Nature works in harmony. An ecosystem is a system that supports itself. There isn’t too much and there is never too little as long as Nature is left to function on its own.
Nature lives as Spirit and because it does; if we honor nature, if we connect with nature, if we listen and see; nature can be an amazingly powerful guide and support for us.
This new information is the next step in my work as a bridge from what we know to where we are going.
This work is about living in connection with nature. As with all of my insight, it’s not about giving our power over to nature so that it can tell us what to do. It is about connecting deeply, about listening, about creating a life where we live in harmony with nature, where we give as much as we receive and we receive as much as we give.
There is much to be gained, much to learn and much for us to share.
I hope that you will join me on this journey. You and your world will be the better for it if you do.