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The Earth Leans Towards Us

I arise today
Through the strength of Heaven
Light of Sun
Radiance of Moon
Splendor of Fire
Speed of Lightning
Swiftness of Wind
Depth of Sea
Stability of Earth
Firmness of Rock.

— commonly known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate,
but also believed to be the far older Druid Deer’s Cry Invocation

As I’ve been discussing, the evidence is overwhelming that time spent in Nature is vital to our well-being. We must reverse the trend to insulate ourselves, and especially our children, from unsupervised, intimate contact with Her.

As Pagans and Witches, this is even more crucial. We say we are an Earth-based spirituality. But if we limit, or micromanage the time our youngsters spend in the wild, we subvert their access to personal experiences with Nature as Divine.

Celtic shaman and writer Frank MacEowen reminds us that when our soul “leans toward the world through activated senses, in doing so [we] find a sacred world leaning back towards us…From this experience, we stumble on a secret that has never really been a secret. We come to see there is no separation between us and the world around us.”

What do you believe about the consciousness and intention of the Gods and Goddesses in the world around us? How many of you reading this have childhood memories of being contacted by Others – Nature spirits, faeries, elementals, or magical animals? What have you experienced about the benevolence, protection, and the consequences of being intimate with Nature?

Yes, sometimes those consequences are harsh – the laws of tooth and claw, flood and fire can be stern indeed. Yet, there is also Grace – which, through no particular merit or deserving of our own, smiles at our antics, and forgives our errors.

We are not the lords of the Earth. We are all Her children. If we believe this, we must not only tell our young that the Earth is holy, we must behave that way. This does not just mean recycling and making other Earth-friendly choices. It means that we release our kids from captivity, and trust them into Her care as often as possible.

We must make time for ourselves and our families to experience a relationship with an Earth that is alive, sacred, and aware of us.

And now, enough talk. I think we should all go outside and play.

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  • April 12, 2008, 6:23 pm Thalia

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve been really appreciating this series of yours, (I mean, of course I do, I am named Thalia) and that it is inspiring me to get outside more, along with the lovely spring weather we’ve been having.

  • April 13, 2008, 7:33 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, that’s wonderful, Thalia! I am glad to hear this and very much appreciate knowing you are visiting here.

    Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend!

  • April 13, 2008, 8:54 am Anonymous

    First, Thank you so much for saying this all so much better than I ever could. I am grateful to you for laying this all out with such patience. The world needs to hear this.

    You asked for readers stories, so here’s is one small part of mine. For seven years I lived in a cabin in the woods. Living in the woods along with regular spring fasts in the mountains radicalized me in the true sense of the word — back to the root. I am no longer a yuppie cubicle dweller.

    Lacking Beth Owl’s patience I will only tell you one small story from my life in the woods.

    Many of the trees on my land were struggling. I now think it is due to global warming. But at the time of this story I was unsure of the cause. A friend with some forestry experience told me that trimming the lower branches might help, so I got out my little pruning saw and trimmed a few trees in spare moments.

    I was on about my seventh or eight tree one lovely fall day when a flock of little brown birds swept into the tree. This was unusual. Birds at best, keep their distance and usually fly away. These guys were in my face. Literally. They all spoke ferociously at me.

    I was astonished. It seemed that they had an opinion to express and were expressing it assertively. But what?! What was the message. I studied them closely. which was easy, there dozens of them and only inches from my face. Then went inside to look the up in the bird book.

    I found a bird that matched the description. This bird, according to the book, nests in the lower branches of trees. I picked up my pruning saw and headed for the shed. Put my saw back up on the nail that normally holds it and went for a ride.

    My little brown friends had succeeded in their message to this somewhat deaf neighbor.

    So, things like this happened to me in the woods. Other things happened too, miraculous and beautiful things. I believe that this beauty is the true reality of life if we can listen and not isolate ourselves from nature.

    As Beth Owl says, she leans back.

    Rio

  • April 13, 2008, 11:33 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, Rio! What a great story! Thank you so much. I wish everyone would stop and listen more closely.. sometimes those who are listening get it wrong, but we should at least try.

    I think that Nature really does speak to us in ways that are clear, in Her language (which is really our own Mother tongue, if we would just remember it!).

    Blessings to you!
    – Beth