– Fourth Introductory Experience –
Tips For Having A Successful Pilgrimage:
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Learning To Wander Freely Or Set An Intention During Heartwood Path Activities
Fourth Introductory Heartwood Path Activity: Learning To Wander Freely Or Set An Intention During Heartwood Path Activities. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) to learn how to commune with an attractive natural being. This activity begins as all activities do along the Heartwood Path: you are encouraged to leave your everyday indoor setting and search for an attractive natural being in an attractive natural landscape outdoors and begin the following Eight Step HumaNatureConnect Sequence that you will use over and over again along the Heartwood Path:
Step One: Find An Attractive Being. Such beings can be in your backyard or in the backwoods.
Step Two: Offer Your Appreciation and Gratitude. When you find this being and its surrounding environment, breathe in as you appreciate the attractiveness of your being and landscape and breathe out as you offer gratitude for the gifts this being and landscape are about to bestow upon you. The appreciation that emerges along with the inspiration of air happens in the act of you admiring the qualities of the being and landscape, using your five everyday senses and some of the fifty three natural senses listed in Step Six below. The gratitude that occurs with the out-breath comes in the form of you offering to repay the debt you have with this being and landscape, which may soon be giving you recreation, inspiration, solace, healing, and guidance. The gratitude can be as simple as pledging to do what you can to keep the being and landscape (or other beings and landscapes in their stead) free from harm.
Step Three: Obtain Consent. After you find your attractive natural being, sit with it (or stand, kneel, or lie down) for at least ten seconds to determine if it remains attractive to you. If it does not, simply offer your appreciation and move without regret to another attractive being. If this being remains attractive to you for at least ten second, consider this attraction to be that beings “consent” for your to use it for your own healing, information, or guidance.
Step Four: Wander Freely In Nature Or Set An Intention. Decide to either go with nature’s flow and see where it guides you or to set an intention. Along the Heartwood Path you are always allowed, even encouraged, to set a simple intention of letting nature teach you whatever you need to learn at any given moment. In this activity, however, you will be intending to open yourself up to more inspiration in your workings with others, either at home, at church, at work, or in social settings. Your intention is to allow nature to help you become more insightful, energetic, creative, or whatever you need. If on other occasions you choose to wander freely in nature do not feel like you are wasting your time. By wandering unencumbered of any agenda in nature you are allowing nature to work its magic on you without your own itineraries getting in the way.
You may have experienced how in the tumble of everyday life, at home or at work, you seem on occasion to be blocked in your energy and creativity. By setting the simple intention of having nature open yourself up to the flow of ideas, or of emptying the clutter that builds up in your mind, and holding that intention loosely like a weak gaze rather than like a determined stare, you will find that ideas and energy return to you after your time in nature. This renewal occurs most readily when you do the next two steps.
Step Five: Turn Off Your Clever Mind. While being thankful that your mind drove you to doing this activity, it is important when you commune with nature as part of these activities to turn off the chatter in your mind. Doing so will create some space for the development of new energy and ideas. The reduction of mental chatter while you are commune with nature makes it possible for your mind to work in a fresh way on new discoveries and improved insights. In the space created by shutting off mental chatter, put in an openness to the present moment as described next.
Step Six: Open Up Your Senses To The Experience Of Being In and With Nature. While in the presence of your chosen attractive natural being and its surrounding natural setting take some deep breaths. If attracted to do so, move around, going wherever nature leads you. Follow your curiosity. Use your eyes, nose, ears, tastebuds, and body, plus any of the fifty-three natural senses listed below to increase your awareness:
“The Radiation Senses:
The Feeling Senses
The Chemical Senses
The Mental Senses
These natural senses will be explained in greater detail later in the course. For now, just do your best to use as many of them as you can. During the Heartwood Path activities, do your best to refrain from judgments. Be in the moment and let your allurement dominate your attention. Do not force new directions or improved insights to come to you. Just focus on your senses. In shutting off your mental chatter and turning up your sense of allurement you are doing exactly what you need to do at this time. You can always do the next step upon returning to the man-made world.
Step Seven: Wait For Your Insight And Avoid Losing It By Recording It In Your Journal For Sharing With Others As You Deem Appropriate. Give thanks for your time with your natural being in its natural environment. Revisit your intention to become more insightful, energetic or creative. In time, perhaps when you least expect it, or maybe in your dreams, you will find your insight, you will feel the return of energy, or you will rekindle your creativity. Keep the insight alive by doing the last import step.
Step Eight: Record Your Inspiration and Share It With Others. When inspiration happens, record it in your journal and share your experience with others. If you like, post notes about it on the Heartwood Path website or Facebook Page. By doing so, you will likely receive congratulations for your persistence and feedback from others.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!