Resting in Nature
by Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Have you noticed how much clear energy there is in the atmosphere these days?
If not, step outside with the intention to notice! Of course, if you live in a smog infested city, it may be more challenging, but the Earth is alive, and is waking up. Take time to notice, enjoy it and participate in it. It is real!
More and more folks speaking with me have taken note of how much more distinct the colors are, how much more alive the world around them seems to be…., especially those who live close to, or, are often in, nature. Many are reporting near or complete-sight into other dimensional realities (what do you see in photo above, more later on this.) And, certainly, through the feeling senses, perceive more and more of other world realities.
It is true. We are in a dimensional gateway. Our world is becoming more & more clear. The Earth is awakening, just as we are, coming into higher vibrational states, higher frequencies. As we enter these higher vibrational states, we are coming closer into alignment with other worlds, the subtle worlds, which, fundamentally, resonate in higher frequencies. Thus, they become more apparent, more tangible. The veils are thinning. All of these things should be self-evident.
Self-awakening is occurring, too. Perhaps not to the levels of an awakened Buddha or Christ being, but more evolved/subtle knowing, seeing, feeling, hearing, of other world realities, known as the Siddhis, the intuitive powers, the powers of consciousness, in Vedic mysticism, is being reported by more and more individuals, as well. And, while we teach specific pathways of awakening the Siddhic powers, the easy steps are by, simply, paying attention to the subtlest sensations that you have, beginning with your physical senses (more later.)
At the same time, many of us may be experiencing something different. These two worlds are colliding, the worlds of paradox, of the old and new reality, the old and new paradigm, of the physical and subtle densities. They are seeking to merge into one form, one manifestation, one more uniform reality. And, the cascading energies between them, for some of us, may feel as if we are caught up in cross winds of chaos or change. That is exactly what is occurring. This may manifest as a lack of security (economic, emotional, psychological, even physical,) tension or distress in our lives, or, challenges in home, relationships, work place. If so, it is likely those crosswinds are simply asking us to change, to let go of some way of perceiving, believing, or interacting with our old reality that is not serving us, that is not in harmony with the greater nature of things, of our own higher nature, or purpose, and this new paradigm which is emerging.
Much of it is about simply being present, and available, to the universe as a greater whole, even, as a living being. Realizing it is a living being is a significant step into coming into harmonious resonance, or relationship, with it. It is beneficial to realize, this is part of an everyday reality to other cultures, such as the indigenous peoples of the Earth. That the Earth, the Cosmos, everything, is a living being. Even modern science is beginning to acknowledge, that the smallest particles of ‘matter’ are conscious, and make conscious calculations (thought/intelligent choices.) This is outlined in advanced quantum physics, though not universally accepted, as of yet. And we are part of it. The Living Universe.
Making our selves present, and available, to be part of the Living Cosmos, is a huge undertaking in terms of participating in this new paradigm which is emerging. But, not so difficult, in reality, to do! We have been taught much different ways of being, very different belief systems, and realities. Yet, we don’t have to do more. Just making conscious choices to be present, and available, for the Great Mystery to move through us, unfold in, and be part of our lives, and, we part of it, is an incredible aspect of realization for each of us. Allowing it to be so! Realizing we are, and, then, being, part of it, is enough. It will take care of the rest. This allows the universe to allow us to participate in it, and its cycles of life. This allows us to resonate within its spectrum of life, its frequency, its rhythm, its oscillation. Being present, makes us available to that. This allows us to participate more fully in the rhythm of life, which pervades all life! Do you realize this? If not, just try it (again, more, later!)
At the time this is written (06/30/12), many are reporting an especially trying week of such chaos and challenge in their lives. I like to remind people, it is beneficial to realize we are in a time of unprecedented change and transformation, at a global level (not to mention, the outcome of solstice energy shifts and alignments last week, and a rising full moon, which often bring increased tides of energy, which have peaked before this article was published. At the time of first publication, we, also, are on the precipice of the Gateway of 07/07/12, which many are speaking of, as yet another calendrical alignment of immense proportion, able to assist us into ever increasing states of alignment, if we simply, allow it to be so, allow our higher nature to be present, and available, for these energy shifts which are occurring. Just note these waves of transformative and initiative energies which are occurring, from your own perception, to determine what is valid for you. Many speak of many layers of understanding, and intertwining wisdom. In the end, you must determine for your self, what is true.) In the end, it is simply to say, there are many levels at play, all collaborating in this matrix of creation entering a new cyclical shift. In actuality, it is, at least, at a galactic level of increasing vibrational potential in which we are participating. (This is not just me, or some random new age thought I am speaking of. This is embedded understanding of the wisdom of the elders who are carrying the legacy of information relating to the prophecies of this time. It is NOT just about us, humanity, or just the Earth, but a galactic shift that is occurring. For the record, I am just the messenger in this particular piece of information.)
There is something far greater than our selves at play here. And, the shifts come in waves. Science is seeing the increased waves of ascension measured in their own terms, of vibrational frequencies of the Earth, photon pulses of the sun, and gamma wave pulses from the galactic center. They do not associate these with a ‘galactic shift,’ and most scientists would consider those who believe such things to be very off base. Yet, they measure the very waves which are part of the increasing pulse frequency of the shift, and do not understand it. (Here, again, the Elders do speak in these exact terms of interpretation of what science, itself, is reporting! The Earth's increasing electromagnetic field instability and stimulation by increased solar/photon activity, as just one example, is disrupting the Earth's weather and geomagnetic patterns, but equally disrupting our personal electromagnetic field, which causes equal mental and emotional instability in humanity. Seeing any unusually high rate of emotional or mental instability, unexplained physiological discomforts, in our selves, our fellow human beings, world leaders, or others?)
We are amidst one such waveform of increasing frequencies, asking all of those aspects of our reality not aligned with the higher realities to submerge and dissolve. To let go. To come into resonance with the higher form. To align with the principals of creation and evolution. The prophecies, literally state, that we are in a time in which all things which do not serve us, individually, internally and externally, and collectively, shall fall away. Those aspects of our lives which we continue to cling to, or even simply go about as daily tasks, which are not in alignment with our greater good, or the greater nature of life, serve as catalysts for frictional experiences, which we perceive as chaos or disstress, or unusual levels of change. By remembering this, and giving ourselves permission to relax, and become present, and available to our own higher will, these forces will tend to support us rather than distress us. We shall see those ‘structures which do not serve us’ continue to fall away, But as we let go of what does not serve, they no longer cause distress or dysfunction, we align with higher power, higher essence, and higher will. Our own essence, and that of the greater universal form. At some point, they are one.
Related to all of this, in my own life, I have found it of great benefit to spend time in nature. I am fortunate enough to live embedded in nature, at the end of a dirt road, with nature all around. The only sound I most often hear, beyond wind rustling in the trees, or choruses of birds and cacaws of crows, is the voice of this gentle, yet powerful brook, its waters cascading down from one of the sacred mountains I work with, (Apu Ascutney,) just outside my front door. Here, I sit each day, connecting with the energies and vitality of the place. From this very spot, when I meditated on the purchase of this land, many years ago, the brook and earth reached up to me, and spoke these words, “I will nourish you.” I can tell you it was that very experience which inspired me, in that very moment, to purchase this property.
Just up the brook are a series of not only cascades, but waterfalls in a small gorge, which create a pristine heaven. It is as beautiful and enriching of a temple sanctuary as I find anywhere on this planet. I bathe in these energies every day, and the waters as often as I can, from as early as April will allow me, to as late as October. If just but for moments outside, or brief or repeated walks, or sitting with tea or coffee next to the brook, or bathing in the brook, or falls, I am nourished each day by the joys of this earth and waters, as in heaven. With more time, I go deeper into nature, into many pristine and ancient sites. I spent six years in retreat in those sites. But right here, outside the door, is more than enough nature to bring me into expanded places of harmony and joy, very easily. Very quickly. Just by stepping outside, taking notice, and being present.
I consistently use this as a tool and catalyst, a reminder, of who I am, and where I should be in my life, at far more than a physical level of my existence. As well as, to move me, from the humdrum of life, which can occur in the work place, or every day life, back into a place of beauty, of harmony, of deep gratitude, of great appreciation and wonder of the mystery of creation around me, and so much more. It can take just a few moments a day. (More, with a practice on this, later!)
There is something special about nature. Nature, left untouched, has unfolded in perfect harmony with the creative forces of Life itself. It is emanating those creative, harmonious forces, exuding them, through its sounds, colors, textures, and form. Every living thing has arisen from this harmonious template of creation, from the rhythms of life, and abides in its laws; except those of us privy to make independent choices outside of nature, perhaps outside of, or out of balance with, our own nature. (Take time to study the art and science of Sacred Geometries, if you want to know more about the incredible harmonies which pervade all life. This, too, is being confirmed by modern physicists, astronomers, and others, who are seeing at the micro and macro-cosmic ends of all spectrums of creation, that it is undeniably true, that there is a pervading harmony, commonality, and divine proportions which exist in, and inter-relating between, all things!)
Those of us making choices, (whether we imagine them to be conscious or otherwise,) to step out of balance with the harmonies of nature, unfortunately, include much of human kind. And, is reason to understand how so much chaos and trauma exists within the world; simply because, we have stepped outside of the laws and bounds of nature, and do not, often, even realize it, or how easy it is to step back into balance with that nature! Part of that greater Nature is, literally, our own nature, which, like the rest of nature, is in harmony with all life. It is actually very simple. Because we are part of the greater Nature, we are born into its natural rhythm and harmonies. Should we choose to step back into those bounds, we experience it. The beauty, the richness, the vitality of nature, then, exudes in our own life, as we live within it, a part of it. It may sound oversimplified, but it is less challenging than learning to ride a bike.
The more we find simple methods for re-entering, re-awakening these living relations with nature and life, they become more and more resonant in our entire life, and we begin to feel the support of creation, versus the distress and chaos we experience when we are not living in equilibrium with our very own nature.
And, in my own life, I have found, that by simply stepping into nature, the natural world, it reminds me, it entrains me, to step back into my own harmonious existence. This occurs, simply because it is exuding that harmonious resonance. Just step into a natural environ, and you will feel it! Do you not, most often, feel exceedingly better when you spend time in a truly natural setting, one not enveloped in the traces of human consumption? Most of us do! Just by being there! When we engage with it, in joyful revelation, ceremony, or celebration, this becomes, for most of us, even more true!
Entrainment is an act of nature, a force which assists us to enter into harmony with the prevailing force around us. It syncopates our rhythms to it, if we live within it. If we do not understand the nature and power of entrainment, it is easy to accept the power and rhythm of other forces, such as societal forces, which may not be in rhythm, or harmony, with all life. Then, our own life falls out of balance. We have been exceedingly well taught how to fall into and obey the societal rhythms of family, society, education, and work place. These are often not in harmony with our greater will, or our own greater good. Many of us feel ‘victimized’ by these societal forces around us, as if we have not, at least as adults, taken conscious part in the choices we make! If we do not feel responsible, it is because we have not taken full responsibility of our own lives. By taking responsibility, we step into the power of making choices which bring the abundance, joy, and beauty of the universe more fully and tangibly into our lives! Again, it is simple. If it is not happening, it is our choice. We, then, have the power to make other choices which bring us into the resonant beauty, joy, abundance, and harmony of the greater universe, which, literally, thrives in abundance.
It takes an avid student to fully understand this, and become a master of the choices we make, with full responsibility for our own lives. And it takes a real master to fully withstand or overcome the powers of entrainment, in its myriad forms, and the myriad of frequencies we have entrained to, the entirety of our lives, often unknowingly. These are the very foundation of behavioral and emotional patterns, and belief codes we have ‘bought’ into. Entrainment could be another word for the ‘buying into’ particular belief codes and patterns of behavior which we have grown to accept as the ‘norm’ for society. They are actually set up as ‘frequencies’ of consciousness in our mental and emotional fields of being, based in our subtle body. They ‘resonate’ there, creating our realities as we magnetize them to us. Humankind has mastered the art of entraining to these less than deserving frequencies, stepping out of bounds, of living out of balance with nature, out of harmony with life, and we must find a path back. (A complete, realized master, such as Quan Yin, as often depicted in art and statuary, is, literally, Riding the Dragon, which means she has completely overcome the forces of nature, and compels them at will. This begins by overcoming one's own forces of nature, but continues into the right, living relationship with the elemental forces of nature, and all of creation.)
This is why I spend so much time in nature, and why I have come to develop so many practices outside, in nature, and in ancient sacred sites, where our ancestors (of many cultures,) built their sacred temples in harmony with those laws, and bonds. AND, who embedded their ancient knowledge in these sacred sites, in vibrational encodings that can be unlocked with the right understanding of sound, and the right template of consciousness. This requires very high and clear, integral thinking, and being.
Nature resonates with all life. And, when we enter relationship, resonance with, nature, we enter into that resonance with all life. By simply resting in a natural environment, in a receptive state, our body (and subtle bodies,) will, of their own nature, come into resonance, into entrainment, with the principles of the greater law, the greater essence, the greater being, of nature, as well as the presence of living consciousness in the world around us.
It is that simple.
If you do not believe me, just try it. Or, take some time, as I mentioned earlier, to study the incredible science and mysteries of “Sacred Geometry,” the ancient art & science which speaks to this phenomenon, which is built into the foundation and complete architecture of, basically, every ancient sacred site, up, at least, through the great cathedrals of Europe. This science is being awoken by many, many great teachers over the last decades, and now understood as the foundation of all life by modern quantum physicists. They, literally, cannot get away from the sacred language of the universe, expressed in math, form, sound, and most expressions of all creation. And, they are now even calling the binding force of creation, 'the God Particle,' and realize, that in order for the world to exist as they (science,) can best define it, requires the presence of infinite "multi-verses." We are beginning to sound very mystical, in the way in which science is developing its understanding of the universe, at this time.
Once you have come to a fundamental realization of the interconnectedness of all life, and the divine harmonies which pervade through all life, here is a practice, which may also be helpful.
Sit, or rest, outside, in as natural a place as you have available. This may be your back yard, a city or town park, a farmers’ field close by, a simple neighborhood brook or small forested area. Or, better, if available, enter a place of deeper nature, a woodland, desert, sierra, mountains, oceanside, wherever you live, nearby. The more distinct the site, uninterrupted by the manufacture of human civilization, the more likely you are to experience the deeper potential of impact of this practice.
If you do not have nature near you, find a quiet place, and rest there, even in your own room, and begin to imagine you are in nature. Find, discover, recall, a place that really resonates with you. A place you feel compelled to go or be. A place that really calls to you, to simply rest in, and reverberate with, the nature around you. Again, if you cannot go there, discover a place in the imaginal realms of your own mind and feeling experience. Just imagine it, as if it were really here. Or, recall a place that you really resonate with, that you really love and enjoy, that feeds and nourishes you. Imagine or recall it to the point that it becomes as vivid and real, as possible, such that you feel as if you are there. Be present, there. The feeling will drive the practice! (When I chose to purchase this property where I live, it was literally the moment the land spoke out to me, saying, “I will nourish you,” while I was imagining what it would be like to live here, in meditation, from my room, where I lived before. I was not here, I was imagining it in meditation, miles away, when I had the experience. For me, it was no less real!)
Use your feeling sense to fully enter this place. To become present. Even if other noises are there, do not allow them to distract you. You can even allow them to be part of the experience, as if you are in the forest on the edge of a city, and a passing siren is part of the tapestry of sound close by you. If they do distract you, just bring your mind back to the practice. Become present. Let go of the distraction. Come fully back into ‘the view’ of this place you are imagining or recalling. Become aware of all the feeling senses you perceive or imagine would be here. The colors, the sounds, the textures, the life forms; trees, flowers, grasses, weeds, rocks, stones, animals, flying ones, crawling ones, swimming ones, all others, whole forests, mountains, the ocean, the waves, waters, brook, river, streams, cascading, lake, pond, ripples and glimmering sun, wind, light, earth beneath, whatever it is you directly perceive, recall, or imagine, wherever you are. Reach out and perceive all that is there, or, all you imagine is there. Notice the smells, the sounds, of the waters, the animals, the wind, the rustling of leaves, the call of birds or other animals, all that is there, simply rest in the sights, the sound, the aromas, become aware of it. Let the textures of form and color pervade your vision, and permeate you. Without thinking of it, or getting caught up in it, just be with it. Noticing. Existing. Being. Be with these noises, sounds, colors, forms, movements, smells, tastes, all around. Become aware of the freshness of the air, how it allows your awareness to expand out beyond the normal boundaries of your room, the expanse of space above and around you, as far as you can see and feel. Drink in the colors and expansiveness of the sky around you, the clouds, or clear blue limitless sky, the sun in day, the stars and moon at night. Feel the warmth of the sun, the caress of the wind, all sounds, colors, light, feelings that excite or move you, each one, the subtlest perception that you notice. Let those subtle perceptions become more and more integral and alive. When you notice that soft sound or soft caress, notice those that are softer and softer. Allow. Be enveloped and part of all that you perceive. This can take just a few moments, or hours if you have the time to allow yourself to sink so deeply in. All matter of time is transparent, and valuable in this process. It does not matter ‘how much’ time there is. Just allow the process to fully envelope you, and allow you to become part of, tuned in to, aware of, all that your normal senses perceive in and around you during this process, and time.
Be mindful of what I said about the ‘Siddhis,’ the subtle powers of consciousness. The basic Siddhis are, literally, an extension of our more subtle or refined physical senses. The more you pay attention to everything you feel, with all of your physical senses, the more you will tune into the more and more refined senses of the subtle worlds, where the holy beings, the fairies and devas, and the templates of wisdom unfolding through the Earth, her many voices, her medicine allies, her elements, and ancestral beings, will unfold. Pay attention, not with the cognitive forces of the mind, but with the ever more subtle sense of all that you see, hear, feel, smell, perceive. Allow the perceiving to permeate you. To become all of That. Not the thinking about it, just being immersed in the ever growing perceptions of time and space around you, and all that unfolds, in whatever manner you perceive it. It may go beyond your normal way of doing so.
Becoming ever more present, breathe further and further out into the space around you, then breathe into the space within you, clarifying your body’s experience as part of this. Rest within this greater macrocosmic experience, becoming a living vessel within the greater whole, of all that you are experiencing, simply with your physical senses of taste, color, smell, touch, in every shade, hue, aroma, texture that you perceive or imagine in this simple place of nature. Just being present. Alive. Part of what you are experiencing. Let go of thought, judgment, anything but immersing in the ever present moment of all that is.
Reach out in the forms of stones and trees, the mountains and horizons if you are in such a grand place, the waves lapping upon the beach, or crashing in if part of your experience. Reach out in the greater form of things, seeing the animal and facial shapes and other forms in the stones and mountains, in the bark and shapes of trees, and such. Just allow your awareness and imagination to perceive these, if they are there, you don’t need to make anything up. Just notice how your perception takes form, as you allow it to soften, and ‘dematerialize’ from your normal ‘strategies’ of perceiving and interacting with life around you.
Stretch back into the miniscule, the shape of leaves at the grasses at your feet, the hair on your arms, the insects crawling. The softest caress of a breeze, the gentle swirl of waters near you, be mindful of every sense, and thought** that touches you. And continue to stretch your awareness, in, and out, taking in all that you perceive, becoming fully present, and available to the great mystery of it all.
**At this point, you wish to allow any thoughts which arise, to be part of the experience. The reality is, that as you succumb to, surrender to, the power and beauty, and majesty of the Earth, and everything within her realm, she may begin to speak to you, through the voices of the water, the caress of the wind, the spider that lands on your shoulder, the crow, hawk, woodpecker that appears just as you have a thought….pay attention to these subtle messages and messengers…give them credence, without dismissing them too easily. Don’t get lost in the thought, but do not dismiss the wisdom that arises from being part of nature, that voices through the tiniest and most majestic of allies within her bosom. There is an equal importance in not getting lost in the temporal thoughts which may arise and surface, to distract you from the deeper contemplation, and meditation. It may take some skill to discern what are distracting thoughts, and what are real messages. The discernment arises from developing the feeling senses, which guide us to understand the difference between direct transmissions of wisdom, and our own misguided follies, which would prefer we stay in disharmony, than to enter revelational states of wisdom and reality.
As you get to this point, allow your awareness to soften even more. Just being present. Available to the beauty, wisdom, creation around you. Stretch out into space around you, and imagine that your awareness is stretching into other dimensional awareness, at some point, as you do so.
Move away from thoughts of any other time and place, just being present. It may help to close your eyes, for short or very extended periods, to awaken more and more subtle reality experience, though this can be done fully awake, eyes fully open.
Stretch your awareness further and further out, into softer and softer space, more and more subtle space. Use your breath to guide you, in, and, then, out. Imagine your awareness is stretching further and further away, then into your own inner, heartfelt experience. Eventually, this moves into a ‘subtle world’ experience, where you might imagine or feel you are stretching into realms of pure light energy, out into deep space, or the sky around you, moving beyond the common physical plane. (You have been awakening subtle sense awareness through most of this practice, already, you are simply, now, being asked to reinforce it.) You may imagine or begin to sense pure light energy around you (the sun or stars can be most helpful to assist in this.) You can imagine, as you stretch out, taking your time, that there are subtle beings of light, here, as well, right here, where you are. They may take the form of the elementals, the devic or faire peoples, or it may be the ancestral or medicine allies of the land, the ancestral or star beings, or something even higher, more pure, without form.
Some of you will have this experience, as they are all around us, all the time. But do not be disappointed. This is not the intent of the practice. It is just to stretch out into permeable space within, and around you, and to notice all you perceive, at ever more subtle levels of perception. Do not be concerned if nothing arises, just notice the light, subtle sensations, and enjoy that! VALUE the experience, the perceptions you have, with gratitude, joy, and beauty. Yet, those who are doing their work, practicing regularly, aligning with the higher principles, knowingly or not, are more likely to have such an experience of penetrating these subtle layers, or veils, between realms, with their perceptions. Allow it. Whatever it may be. Give it permission. Give it time, to be.
Continue this practice indefinitely. You may move back and forth through various stages of it as you wish to, listening to the subtle messages, the subtle fragrance and textures of the other worlds, the subtle sounds, and subtle light transmissions. Simply sit, receptively, listening, allowing.
And enjoy, whatever may arise, the beauty, the majesty, the harmony, the resonance, of the Earth, of Nature, and of all Creation!
Many blessings to all.
©2012 Zacciah Blackburn This message may be reproduced and shared as long as it is not altered and the following credit & contact information is included. Thank you.
Contact: Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Ascutney, VT 05030 USA
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, is a gifted intuitive, teacher, and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures. He teaches internationally, and practices in Vermont, USA, at the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies. Zacciah shares authentic trainings in the nature of human consciousness, explorations into the Shamanic worlds of Earth Energies & awareness, and teachings on the nature of sound, and sacred sound practices, as a therapeutic healing modality. His in depth understanding provides life transforming experiences into the authentic nature, being, and wellness of who we are as spiritual beings, and how to develop that nature. He is Director of Education at the International Sound Healing Network, & co-founder & Director of the World Sound Healing and All One Now Network of organizations working for global peace. He is, also, a founding board member of the Sound and Music Alliance. Zacciah, also, offers musical instruments of sacred sound cultures, & sound healing tools, at sunreed.com. See thecenteroflight.net, his primary website, for further information.
RETURN TO OMPLACE HOME