Speaking with Nature
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Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth
By Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
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Nature and the Earth are conscious. By opening our minds, hearts, and senses we can consciously awaken to the magic of the wild, the rhythms of nature, and the profound feminine wisdom of the Earth. We can connect with nature spirits who have deep compassion and love for us, offering their guidance and support as we each make our journey through life. By communing and musing with nature, we learn how to speak to the spirit that lives in all things, bringing balance to us and the planet, and evoke a deep sense of belonging with the natural world.
“To talk about the sacred in simple, sincere terms is itself a revolutionary act. What touches me most in this book is the writers’ daring. It’s their courage at expressing what all of us experience in private, magical moments but often don’t dare to repeat to ourselves — let alone anyone else. To discover our own inner nature, and how it’s one with the nature outside us, isn’t just a sweet and blissful process. It can take us right to the edges of grief or sickness, but that’s where the healing lies.” ~ Peter Kingsley, author of Reality and A Story Waiting to Pierce You
“At this time of global ecological crisis, the Earth is urgently calling to us to be awake and reconnect with her ancient wisdom. Speaking with Nature is a beautiful response to that call, helping us to listen to the divine feminine and her ways of knowing, to the spirit world that is all around us. These stories and practices speak to the real need of the time, relearning how to live in sacred companionship with our magical and mysterious inner and outer Earth.” ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph. D. Sufi teacher and author, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth.
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“Rarely have I felt such resonance with a book, as it reads as though penned from my own heart. As the authors so eloquently state, the power of our imagination, our inner senses, and our dreams and desires are our most potent tools for co-creating our lives and our world with the spirits of all forms of nature. We are truly all one, and our interconnections with each other and the web of life require strengthening in our chaotic and toxic world. Sandra and Llyn provide simple yet profound insights into the sacredness and magic of nature, and in so doing, give us clear guidance as to how we can participate in transforming ourselves, our communities, and the world we live in.” ~ Nicki Scully, author of Power Animal Meditations and Planetary Healing: Spirit Medicine for Global Transformation.
“A thoughtful and accessible introduction to Earth-centered spirituality, Speaking With Nature starts from the simple act of spending time in nature, and follows the spirals of life from that starting point out into the wisdom and wonder of the living cosmos. It’s a journey worth taking, and Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts are capable guides.” ~ John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid, Ancient Order of Druids in America, and author of The Druidry Handbook
June 2015 Publisher’s Weekly Review of Speaking with Nature
These essays originate in very different ecosystems—Ingerman’s insights hail from the New Mexico deserts, while Roberts’ experiences come from her time in Washington State’s Hoh Rainforest—but the earthy, spiritual, and feminine language they speak is the same. In a series of personal, intuitive writings on different animals, from snowy owls to banana slugs, the authors bring decades of immersion in nature traditions to bear on challenges stemming from our changing climate. They do this by looking deeply inward and also far afield, alternating between quiet meditations on specific elements in their immediate environments and cultural forays ranging from the Amazon to Siberia. Hyperlocal observations of something as seemingly simple as a blackberry plant give way to considerations of cultures all over the globe. Even when the topics turn quite esoteric (Star Beings and the Hidden Folk, for instance), the writers’ experiences give these passages added weight. When they use energy work to change the acidity of a body of water, and document the changes, even the most skeptical reader will have to look twice at their message. (June) Publisher’s Weekly Review