– Heartwood Path Waypoint 44 –
Read This Text In Order and Follow Its Seven Directions
Anyone who skips down the Heartwood Path without visiting its waypoints in order will most likely loose one’s way, fail to reach one’s destination, and perhaps even harm oneself in some way. Not reading the Heartwood Path sequentially is like wearing a hospital gown—you will only think you are covered. Therefore, it is best to study the following description of the trail so that while you are en route you will be prepared, safe, and pleased.
Like the center core of a tree, the Heartwood Path provides the strength needed to get to the “heart” of life’s issues and meaning. Finding this strength is more possible if you do the practices referred here as “HumaNature Connect Activities.” These activities are a vital part of your spiritual pilgrimage down the Heartwood Path because of the truth in the popular experiential education adage: “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.” The reader will not fully comprehend the message of this course without engaging in its activities.
You are about to embark on a pathway that begins at the juncture of three other courses: the trail of self-help, the trail of environmental protection, and the trail of relationship improvement. Imagine yourself moving forward from where these three courses merge. At all points along the path you are proceeding on is a view on the horizon that provides the Heartwood Path’s one single unifying vision. This vision is: “People united in the praise of The Absolute through their heart-felt immersion in nature, in their effort to perfect themselves and others, in their love for each other, and in their efforts to protect The Absolute Spirit’s creation.
Imagine before you a path that, along its length, has nine signposts that contain the main directions for proceeding towards happiness and environmental sustainability. These directions are...
Your visualization of the Heartwood Path is almost complete. The nine directions described above double as the Heartwood Path’s Cardinal Directions. Note that these directions double as the topics of the nine courses of The Heartwood Path.
By following the whole Heartwood Path (everything but the material on couples, teams, and life coaching is presented here in Part I.) one’s satisfaction with life will go up as the improvements one finds along the way make one’s resentments and bitterness go down. To verify this claim for yourself, you will need to make an assessment of these aspects of life at the outset and then again at the end of the course. For this reason, you may want to return to the previous and the next three assessment activities after your pilgrimage down the Heartwood Path is complete, just to see in what ways your life truly is better due to your involvements along this trail.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Assessing The Rift Between Where You Are And Where You Would Like To Be Regarding Resentment And Bitterness
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Assessing The Rift Between Where You Are And Where You Would Like To Be Regarding Resentment And Bitterness. Go to a natural place, the wilder the better, find an attractive natural being, see if it retains its attractiveness for at least ten seconds, and, if so, use the clarity and calmness imparted by your chosen natural being to help you assess your resentments and bitterness. Write down where you are now with resentments and bitterness. Then assess where you would like to be with your resentments and bitterness in the not-too-distant future. If you have difficulty or would like a second opinion, assume the essence of your natural being and, as it, tell yourself what you need to know about putting the interests of others ahead of your own. Identify the rifts between where you are are where you want to be as either “Expansive,” “Workable” or “Inconsequential.” These are assessments of quality and not quantity. Affirm that releasing your resentments and bitterness makes you happier. And affirm that, by not over-buying to take away the emotional pain of bitterness, or by not ending your involvement in conservation due to resentments, staying resentment-free, and being involved without bitterness in conservation gives the environment a better chance to become more sustainable.
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!
Heartwood Path Axioms: