Imagine & Create

When All Else Fails, Take a Walk with a Waterfall

By June 4, 2018

Do you feel lost in the very real challenges of our country right now? The dismantling of white privilege, rape culture, and the ongoing gun violence threatening our schools and public spaces? Our individual worlds are bombarded by these realities every day.

Yet, at the same time, we are surrounded by the jaw dropping beauty of spring’s fierce march into the world, making way for the bursting of seeds that become the grains of harvest in the heat of a summer sun.

The cycle of creation within us as a society, as individuals, and the earth is intense right now.

It can feel nearly impossible to reconcile the heartbreak of human suffering, our collective soul’s fatigue, fury, and grief right now — alongside the breathtaking beauty of the natural world that just seems to know her way into a deep and penetrating aliveness no matter what.

It is during times like these that I get lost in nature and let her restore and teach me. As the Pacific Northwest rivers swell with spring runoff I like taking a hike with the waterfalls. The falls plummet 100 feet pounding the river below into rainbow mists. Local tribes consider these falls the houses of the holy.

The spring run-off in the Pacific Northwest. The view from my favorite waterfall hiking trail.

 

As a depth psychologist, I see the world itself as ensouled, inclusive of the cosmos, the natural world, and the unseen forces beyond what is readily visible. And, as such, nature herself possess consciousness, intelligence that can guide and inform my living.

Here is what nature continues to teach me:

Nature is confident. Rarely does a bee think, “Are my stripes the right size?”

Nature relaxes into change. Winter doesn’t get pissed off or descend into depression that spring has arrived.

Nature does not fear death. In fact, death is central to its aliveness. Every moment is sacred, precious, and a fragile container reflecting back an immortal essence.

Nature assumes it will be remade and gives way. Its sense of self is tethered to the big story of life, trusting that whatever is passing away will lead to the next expression of itself in a new form.

Nature trusts its self-repair mechanisms. If the flow of water is blocked, it finds a new route. If fire has devastated an area, the wind carries pollen that fertilizes the soil, and a new forest springs up.

Nature operates in quantum time. There is no separation between past, present, or future. Time is one pregnant now that contains infinite potential.

Nature accepts its magnificence. It doesn’t shy away from vibrating frequencies of light made up of stardust and matter, yet it isn’t celebrity seeking. It doesn’t need a Facebook feed or YouTube channel to feel a sense of significance. It is radiance.

When I live like nature, I move from feeling separate — the experience of lack and loss — to feeling correlated, a part of, and connected to universal energies. That is when I feel a state of affluence and flow (and I’ll bet you do, too).

Living like nature doesn’t resolve the very real issues of our human world, however, it puts us in a much better position to seek resolution.

If acceptance and trust work for the sun, moon, river, soil, and natural elements of the very world that we inhabit, then maybe we should pay more attention. When we do, our inner life and outer circumstances become more attuned to what we are really made of — an infinite essence that is here to serve life into being.

How will you live more like nature today?

In psyche and spirit,

 

 


 

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