Behind the branches of trees
She asks, can you see?
Behind the branches of trees
She asks, can you see?
white snow on branches
blustery wind-reddened cheeks
a cloud of fogged breath
As many of you know, I recently moved to Ashland, Wi. I left my life in the Twin Cities and began anew. One of the ways I have been settling into this new life is through nature photography. I have always found peace in nature. From the moment I step into the woods my energy shifts and my soul lightens. Well, usually that’s what happens.
Yesterday, my hike took a different turn. As I pulled up to the trail head I immediately noticed there wasn’t a bathroom in sight. It took me over a half hour to drive there so I already had to pee when I arrived. I knew I would have to find a friendly tree to squat behind as soon as I could find one.
Once I finished my potty break I started down the trail. I was excited as I had never been to this spot before. Right away I could see that there wasn’t many flowers, which are my usual choice to take photos of. As I continued on my journey the wee little gnats began to gnaw on me. In my haste to go on my adventure I forgot one of the most essential things to bring on a north woods hike, bug spray! In my case, a bug deterring essential oil.
The trail was muddy, windy and gnarled. Needless to say I could barely look up from the path or I could have easily tripped on a tree root. By the time I made it to my destination, a waterfall, I was a bit disappointed. There were people down there who were smoking cigarettes and generally killing my nature vibe. I did get a few shots of the waterfall but the bugs were keeping me from spending any more time there than necessary.
As I walked back to my car I was reflecting on how not all nature hikes are sublime. As miserable as this hike was, it wasn’t a total bust. I got a great aerobic work out and it was a lovely drive there and back.
P.S. – The photo above of the snowman in the moss was early on in my hike. I looked down and there it was just hanging out. I have no idea why it was there or how it had arrived in the first place. I think it was a foreshadowing of my entire adventure. Not every thing happens as expected.
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The Unknown beckons me. “Do you want to see what awaits you on the other side,” She asks? “Yes!” I cry, as I put one foot in front of the other. . .
Will I be swallowed up in the Great Mystery. Or will I be birthed into something new?
I wrote this post several years ago but am finding that I am having similar experiences these days. Instead of finding undiscovered trails in the woods I am navigating uncharted territory in my life. My business is taking new directions and I’m dating again after many months of mourning my last relationship. I am scared but practicing fearlessness amidst all this change. I hope you like the post.
I was guided to go to Carpenter Nature Center for my walk today. Once I got there I found myself on a path I had never taken before. I hesitated at first because it was unfamiliar and I didn’t know where or how far it would take me into the woods. Being a woman alone in the woods can be a very frightening thing. Because of the blustery Fall day it was quite spooky yet breathtakingly beautiful at the same time. My mind started to take me to all sorts of frightening scenarios. I soon realized my fear had more to do with my inner demons than anything I would find in these woods on this day. This path I was on represented the part of Self that I was afraid to face. This path was my Powerful Self, my Brilliant Self, my Talented Self, my Unlimited Self.
All these years of walking the paths of Carpenter Nature Center I had never even seen the one I walked today. I knew this path was not the safe, familiar version of what I was used to. I wanted to turn around several times and go back to what was known but I didn’t. I kept forging ahead. I knew that continuing on the path of the unknown would free me from my fear of being Who I Really Am.
When I finally came to an area that I recognized I knew I had faced a part of my self that I have hidden from all my life. I walked to the river and I built these cairns to represent my hopes and dreams for the future.
I walked out of those woods a new woman. I faced my fears. I faced my Self. I. Am.
Della uses hypnotherapy, intuition and hands on healing to help people find their lost parts of self. You can find out more about her here.
When my son was a little boy we use to watch a lot of Star Trek. The captain, when protecting his ship, would tell the crew, “Shields Up!”. When it came time to teach my son about the Auric field I would tell him to put his shields up just like in the show. We would do this whenever we would be go into a place where there were a lot of people and unknown energies.
The Auric field is an energy field that surrounds all living things. A human’s energy field extends from and beyond the body. A strong aura will protect you from negative energy. The yogi’s tell us that, “All illness goes into the aura first.” When you have a strong, vibrant aura you can keep illness at bay.
Have you ever noticed when talking with someone and they get a little too close how you start to back away. They aren’t touching you but you feel as if they are invading your “space.” That “space” is your Auric field. The size of the Auric field is usually around 18 inches – 3 feet around the body. It can be larger or smaller depending on how you feel in any given moment. When you meditate your Auric field expands. If you’ve just been in an argument your Auric field can contract.
The aura is made up of multiple colors. Each color represents a different characteristic of your personality. A lot of yellow in an aura can tell us a person is more intellectual or has a lot of personal power. Green is the color of healing energy. It can mean you are being healed or that you are one who uses healing energy to help others. The colors are constantly changing with the thoughts that you think and the mood you are in.
When the aura is strong you feel healthy and energetic. When your aura is weak or porous you can feel tired and even depressed. One of the ways to strengthen your Auric field is to take a walk in nature; smell some flowers or go hug a tree. Nature is a natural Auric field cleanser and strengthener.
Just like a wound on the body the aura can be harmed as well. If we are constantly subjected to negative comments from self or others or you happen to engage in addictive behaviors the aura can become weak and can no longer do its job. There are many ways to heal and strengthen the Auric field. Yoga & meditation, walking in nature, taking a shower while visualizing colors of the rainbow streaming down and around your body are just a few ways. I encourage you to do your own research to find a way that works for you. There are many resources out on the web these days that can assist you on your journey.
I will be teaching a class on August 7th about the Auric Field. Contact me if you are interested in attending. You can find out more here.
You see, I needed nature and I needed it bad! Mears Park is a man-made park that fills a block in the city in Lower Town Saint Paul. It’s pretty much the only nature in all down town Saint Paul. It’s a small space but it is lovely. There are flowers and trees and my life’s blood, which is water.
Today’s been rough. I’m going through hormonal changes (journey into menopause) and some days I can barely function. I woke up this morning and I just didn’t want to do anything. Right before my period (when I do get it these days) I often have extreme PMS. Today is one of those days. My body bloats up to inhuman proportions, all I want to do is eat salt and chocolate, and my mind dips its toes into crazy land.
As I was sinking deeper and deeper into negativity I decided I had better move my body. I knew I needed nature and not wanting to drive I walked to the closest place to me which is Mears Park. I began by sitting on some rocks by the little stream that runs through the park. Then I put my feet in the water. Then I decided I would walk on the rocks that lined the edge of the stream. As I came upon a tree I would run my hand up and down its bark in communion. Trees have always been my friend. One of my spirit names is Dashana which means One With Trees.
A gentleman observing me on this tiny sojourn was the one who called me an urban adventurer. I wish I could say I feel completely shifted after this walk. But I do feel better and that is a much nicer place to be than the muck I was dwelling in before.
Nature is a gift. I am grateful for its healing properties. Even the smallest spaces of nature can bring us love and healing if we let it. Can you find your urban adventure in a city near you?
Della is a psychic and a healer. You can find out more about her here.
This morning, while eating sliced apples dipped in pecan butter, I was flooded with an image of the trees the apples and pecans came from. I could see the trees pregnant with their fruits. I could feel the sun in the tastes on my tongue. I had to sit back and reflect on this vision. It was powerful and profound at the same time.
As I continue to practice mindful eating (I’m far from mastering this meditation) new ways of being with food arise on the journey. I am filled with appreciation for the food that I ate this morning. I am filled with gratitude for the trees that bore their fruit for my meal.
I had no want to eat more than my stomach could process. I sensed the Sun and the Earth filling me with more than nutrients. I feel filled with light . . .
I am not sure if this vision will return with my next meal. Yet, I know that I can contemplate where my food comes from the next time I sit down to eat. This is all part of my mindful eating journey.
Della is a psychic, yogi and a healer. Please visit her website here for more information on her and her services.