The “horse girl” with an interdimensional understanding of horses that includes storytelling, information gathering, and feeling knows how we can learn and relate to each other. Can the Bushmen of Africa help us remember how to connect with the earth and each other? Can we tell a new story by using them as a role models? The answer is yes. Jon Young tells us how.
I talked to the white box with the disembodied voice coming out of it. I told them I needed a coffee, swung around the building, paid for it, went to the next window and grab my cup. When I made that stop I didn’t know it would turn out to be the answer to my morning prayer.
This morning I was asking Spirit, “How do I share my work and my calling with people interested in learning shamanism?” The answer came in the shape of an egret. She flew onto the hood of my car. I was delighted to see this beautiful creature up close and personal in the city. She began to preen herself using her long yellow beak to pull on her feathers straightening them out, fluffing them, poking at them and in general just making herself ready for the day.
At first, I tried not to move too much but I really wanted a sip of coffee. So I took a chance and slowly took the coffee cup and started to drink. She didn’t seem to mind my movements. I even got a call from a friend and talk to her about the bird. I wondered why she had picked me to stand in front of, to spend some time with.
She stayed with me a long time, long enough for me to take a picture long enough for me to be filled with gratitude at her sharing this intimate moment with me. She even stayed while other cars pulled up on the side slammed doors and released screaming children. It doesn’t mean that she wasn’t aware of her surroundings. She looked up and around often but seemed to be satisfied that all was well, and continued her grooming.
This exchange didn’t feel ordinary. I dug deeper. What was Spirit saying to me through this winged messenger? How should I share my teachings? I cleared my mind and waited for an answer to rush in and it did. Just like my new egret friend was modeling, relax and be yourself, share who you are in the way that comes naturally. Prepare yourself each day and be ready for the many wonderful opportunities to come.
I encourage you to take morning walks. It’s a good time to talk to Spirit and ask for guidance. Walk out the door and take a moment to think about what you want for the day. Perhaps come up with a question and allow Spirit to inspire you.
What you see and hear on your walk will depend on your awareness. The thing to look for is context, is this creature that I’ve come across in the morning a nocturnal creature that might not be expected during this time of day? Is this paw print unusual for this area? You’ll have to put your observations together with your intentions and see if you’ve made a spiritual connection. This skill will grow as you exercise this muscle, so give yourself some time.
Usually, I’m interested in having a question answered. So as I walk or sit in nature I ask my question, then wait to see what signs, symbols or omens Spirit sends me. It’s a bit of magic inserted into my life that never gets old.
A small leaf curled up and sealed fell from one of the branches into my lap. I know from experience that it’s an insect nursery. I was startled, and then I noticed how beautiful it was, how complex it was, how interesting it was. And when I put it between my two fingers and began to look at it deeply it dawned on me that my question for the day had been answered.
I was asking about creativity, writing, and nature. This tiny little gift that fell from above was answering my question and Spirit had once again sent me the perfect guidance for the day. Just like the nursery leaf, creativity needs time to develop and when it’s ready, it’ll burst open.
There are times when it’s very clear to me what Spirit is trying to say and other times it might take a few days before I completely understand the answer to my question. It becomes a mini adventure that fills my heart each day.
So give yourself the gift of Spirit’s guidance by visiting nature and learning from her. She is extremely wise and has lots to say, you only need to ask.
We have a guest blogger this week. Natanya Reyes is an academic librarian, writer and editor. She is reviewing an interesting book for those of you who like to hunt and cook your own game. Happy cooking.
A Hunter’s Step-By-Step guide to Cooking Game, by Robert Cuthbert and Jake Eastham, has more than 75 recipes by Andy Parle. It features magnificent recipes such as “German-style Roast Goose” made with prunes and wine; “Turkey Saltimbocca in the Field”; “Moroccan Pigeon Pie” and “Boar and Rosemary Kebabs in the Field”. Another collaborator is Ray Smith, butcher.
The book’s 256 pages are divided in six sections containing more than 1,000 photographs. The first section is a twenty pages introduction containing hunting history, its methods, and information regarding butcher’s equipment. The next five sections are about different kinds of wild animals; each one begins with plucking or preparing methods and ends with recipes for cook that particular kind of animal. These recipes are either to cook the animal in the field, or to more fancy cooking in a proper kitchen. A table of contents and an extensive index makes it easy to find information about specific topics.
A useful feature of this book, for those interested seriously in cooking game, is an address list of selected butcher’s suppliers, game dealers and specialist butchers in UK, Canada, US, Europe and Australia, from the year 2011.
Either if you are a hunter or feel fascinated with the flavor of game meat, A Hunter’s Step-By-Step guide to Cooking Game is a valuable guide. In these times, when people are searching for non- GMO alternatives in their diets, and are approaching nature with new sets of ethical standards, game meat is an alternative to explore. Respect the hunting season laws of your country…and Bon Appetite!
By Natanya Reyes
Well, this Sunday we had a great time at our first meet up of the year at Scout Park in Temple Terrace. We found some fantastic tracks in a transition area and began to decipher the story the animal tracks told. There were several animals represented and what happened seemed to reveal itself quickly in the prints. There was some running, chasing, hiding and lots more. Then we walk down the trail and found some trees to use as meditation partners. The morning ended with some sharing and plans to meet up next Sunday at 11 a.m. At Scout Park.
“Everything leaves a mark,” this was one of the first things my teacher told me the day he introduced tracking to me. It was the start of a great nature adventure. In this class we’ll look at the marks we leave and the tracks that are around us. We’ll talk about city and suburban tracking and the technology of tracking. We’ll also find ways to keep tracking after the class.
My own introduction to tracking came about fifteen years ago at a Tracker class run by Tom Brown Jr. and it connected me with the earth in ways I can’t begin to describe. I continued studying the Native American philosophies of the Apache and kept turning back to tracking. I finally discovered that it fits into my life in many ways including enhanced focusing, awareness, nature observation, and a greater respect for the new and ancient earth sciences.
Our class will be an hour and a half long from 1:30-3:00 on May 25th. The cost is $5.00. I’m looking forward to spending time with you.
Our Florida tracker club took to the water and went kayaking on the Crystal River. Then walked along Dead Creek for a quick hike that took us tracking for animals and exploring the wilderness. We came across several bobcat, coyote, boar, and raccoon tracks. The highlight was a bird of prey’s kill site.
Chris talks about bird calls on one of our tracker club outings. He explains what we trackers call “the language of birds.” Thanks to Jon Young for creating this teaching. Enjoy.