Much of my life has revolved around nature and being outside. My dad was a botanist and naturalist and he and my mom took my brother and I hiking and camping a lot when we were growing up in upstate New York. I always felt at home outside, with my bare feet in the grass or dirt and the plant and stone beings all around. It’s been the same in my adult life too, hiking, gardening, just sitting under trees. It seems like I fell out of the habit the past year, as I was devoting more time to activities that had an indoors focus, like writing and other creative projects.
For this year I have made getting out into nature a priority. Going hand in hand with this is that I have entered a mentorship with nature spirits. My teacher is an elemental, and most of my learning has been taking place in non-ordinary reality during shamanic journeys and dreamtime. But he has told me that I also need to spend more time outside with the nature spirits to get used to seeing them as they appear in ordinary reality.
So now I am out as much as I can be, strolling around the neighborhood, and trail hiking once a week. Even though in my current apartment I don’t have a garden or a yard, I feel very fortunate that there are so many amazing trails and forests and woodlands nearby. And because it’s western Oregon, there are waterfalls and ocean only an hour away in any direction.
I like exploring new trails, hiking for a while, then going off the into a grove of trees and sitting to focus on meeting the deva of the area. I like to get a feel for the places I’m walking in, taking note of what I feel in my body and my energy field. Much of the time I find the places feel good, light, sometimes magical as I can feel the nature spirits all around.
Last weekend I ended up on a section of trail in a managed part of the McDonald forest that felt uncomfortable. I didn’t notice it right away, but as I walked, I noticed a heaviness, and a vague sense of unease. I looped back towards the first section of trail that felt fine and light and spotted a dense grove where I could sit hidden from the trail. I sat on the edge of the large stump of what once was an old growth tree. It had rained earlier, and everything was freshly dripping, fragrant with damp cedar, fir and earth. A bird flitted by my head, unconcerned by my presence. I felt welcomed and closed my eyes. I reached out my consciousness in greeting to any deva or nature spirit of the area.
A large presence came in with the essence of evergreen. Boughs and needles formed a vague face that streamed from a green etheric mass of lifeforce energy. They communicated a request for help to my subconscious, which responded by forming a geometric figure in the shape a faceted blue diamond for it.
“Yes.”, they responded. “Three more.” The blue diamonds formed in my mind behind closed eyes and were gathered up by the forest deva in its essence. Then with a breeze of gratitude, they were gone.
It all happened very quickly and afterwards I tried not let my conscious mind analyze it too much. My shamanic mentor and dear friend, Cheri Melton, who works with devas, has told me about her experiences building energetic structures with devas. The devas then use these structures to return balance to the land. I knew these geometric figures were going to be used to build something to bring harmony the area.
I was left feeling immense gratitude for the spirits for involving me in their world and their work. I will go back to that trail in a few weeks and see if there has been a shift in how the energy feels. Maybe I will meet the deva of the forest again and tell them how much I love their work.
*Note –The deva has no specific gender so am using the gender neutral pronoun “they” as I do not feel comfortable using the term “it” for one so vibrant and alive.
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SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -
My friend and herbalist mentor, Lawrence Birch is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
Roger Wheelock and Gayle Ruth are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association.