Tag Archives: Tradition

Observation

Facing North, I’m calling the element Earth into the circle, asking for groundedness in the forces of nature, the foundation of our being. I’m thankful for the wisdom of the elders incorporated in everything around us and am asking for its revelation to us. May abundance and growth, understanding and expression be with us on our paths.

Finding a few minutes every day to silently observe the surroundings creates new strings of connection with elements, energies, plants and animals. You start building new reletionships that open up new worlds.

Choosing the same place to observe nature everyday, by nature awareness practitioners and teachers called sit-spot, allows you to observe a space over time, through seasons and to become familiar with it. As you become familiar with your spot, the spot becomes familiar with you as well and will accept you. Animals start appearing more frequently as they see you as a peaceful part of the space; every here and there details appear in the patterns and patterns in the detail; energy flows, systems, guilds, connections, relationships, sequences, all will slowely reveal themselves to you.

You can play observation games in changing your perspective every other day. Looking through the eyes of a child and asking yourself with curiosity the most simple questions: Why is this plant climbing up the tree? Does it hort the tree?How come that the ground vegetation is more on the edge of the forest than inside? I wonder how those patterns got on that rock and why the river never runs empty? Where is it coming from and where is it going? You might chose to be an electric engeneer and observe the energy flows within the system: What makes plants grow? Where do they go when they die? Why? Where is the sunlight blocked and what effect does it have? What creates the flow of the river, the hum of the bee? There are many questions – asking questions is part of the observation while the answers will reveal themselves after time. You can observe detail, patterns, light, relationships, edges; you can use eyes, ears, nose, or touch; you can be a scientist, a turtle, a rock, a painter or a tree; doing these exercises will increase your awareness and sharing your experiences with others will open up new ways of seeing and understanding.

In some old earth based traditions people have a much deeper connection and communication with their environment. When they observe, they dive into, become one with; they realise the earth as their larger body and as an integral part of themselves. As we build up new relationships we become part of something bigger.

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Bound to Rhythms

I wasn t made for religions, rituals and other traditional customs. Some of them seem useful – some of them seem to be made for me. I like to have a rhythm in life, a routine, and i know it keeps me healthy and going as all natural things are bound to rhythms: the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening; some animals go along while others roam the nights; the moon keeps coming and fading in cycles; and the earth is turning around the sun; the tree produces leaves, flowers and fruits, drops them all and starts the cycle again; some birds fly all the way to Europe for the summers and make their way back to Africa when the winter s coming over here; …

There is a reason for all of this just like there is a season for everything. Our body reacts to the moon cycles as well as weather changes and our mind and organs react in subtle ways to minor changes that most of us are not aware of.

If i m intelligent i ll find the right rituals and make them instruments to help me along – and cast away what has become dogmas, burdens and boundaries. The right rituals will be like the banks of the river that lead her towards her destination, the sea.