It takes a lot to shock me these days. In my work I have been spellbound by the miraculous world of quantum mechanics and awestruck by the experiences of the paranormal. I believe in ghosts, entities and psychic phenomenon. As a Reiki Master I know the power of moving energy to heal people. In fact I have become so ‘out there’ in my thinking that it comes as a shock when ‘Muggles’ ask me for scientific evidence to validate my beliefs. I embrace my eccentric rituals and realise that normal, conventional and logical doesn’t apply to the strange world within my mind.
Last Friday I was stunned by a lecture held within the peaceful surroundings of Emerson College in Forest Row, East Sussex. This beautiful place is a centre for spiritual and holistic study founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson, an America essayist, lecturer and poet. (1803 – 1882). Good friends of mine had both independently got me tickets to attend Susan Raven’s talk on Communicating and Co-creating with the Intelligence in Nature. Initially I couldn’t go because I had meetings in London yet I was supposed to be there. I somehow I found myself ensconced in the front row nestled amongst an audience of rugged, rosy cheeked, hardy types!
Susan Raven is a singer-songwriter who performs regularly at British music festivals and is a lifelong student of spirituality. She is described as a troubadour who listens to the wind and anticipates the future. She lives in the remote hills of mid Wales and is probably one of the most charismatic speakers I have heard. Her voice has a rich resonance that opened my heart in anticipation of the truths she shared. Her beginning meditation, the sounds of birdsong outside and the energy of stillness within the room felt potent with serene bliss.
As Susan started to talk about gnomes, I thought I had miss-heard. She must be referring to something in cellular biology called the genome (the complete set of genes in a cell). But no, she was actually talking about gnomes in the truest sense of ‘goblins and fairies’. I think my mouth fell open at this point! She talked about the world of nature spirits; Gnomes, Undines, Sylphs and Salamanders as if she was talking about foxes, squirrels and blackbirds. Initially, I couldn’t make up my mind whether Susan was stark raving mad or a wise seer with vast reservoirs of knowledge about the unseen world. Interestingly, I recognised that to some extent, my own audiences must feel like I did at this moment. When I introduce ‘dowsing their auras’ and ‘changing the rate of decay of apples through focused intent’ to the corporate world, some people think I’ve lost the plot.
My head was going around in circles, yet my heart listened, riveted to each powerful truth and my soul awakened, chuckling with gleeful delight over my petrified thoughts. All knowledge already exists. Time is just a releasing mechanism around what and when we are ready to learn. I realised that I was balancing on the edge of two worlds as the next step in my journey was revealing itself to me in this moment of choice.
Each one of us has the complete freedom to choose whatever we want to believe. There are no right or wrong beliefs. We are simply choosing our preferences in the moment. Anthroposophy is a human orientated spiritual philosophy that seeks to nurture the life of the soul in the individual and in society. Developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) he spoke eloquently about the cherished human dignity to live according to one’s own freely chosen values.
Have you ever watched the sun rise and felt moved to tears? Have you ever stopped by an ancient tree and wondered what it has witnessed in its lifetime? Have you smelled the fragrance of bluebells growing wild in a wooded copse and felt revivified and renewed? The beautiful world of nature holds a wisdom that it wants to share with us for our greater good. But most of us have lost our ability to hear what we are being urged to hear.
Today with the advances made in Quantum Physics we have a deeper understanding of the universal field of intelligence which underlies and pervades us all. The world of elementals has been explored in biodynamic that influences approaches to farming, gardening and nutrition. Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that focuses on our connection to nature and the universal spiritual wisdom that nature can teach humankind.
Susan Raven has refined her innate gift that allows her to see glimpses into the world of elementals. She uses her childlike wonder and a deep sense of humility to commune with the nature spirits who fiercely protect our planet. That night she allowed us into the super sensible realm – a world of perception that is beyond the range of what is perceptible by the senses. A world of magical amazement that does not belong to the ‘experienceable’ physical world.
For two hours I became fully cocooned within Susan’s sheath of soul quiet, marvelling at her sensitivity and deep understanding. She has raised her vibrational frequency to a level that allows her to see, hear and feel the protectors of nature.
Each one of us has the potential to do this and the secret lies with our pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It is shaped like a pine cone and produces melatonin which modulates sleep patterns. It represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor linked to a light-sensing organ known as the third eye. While the physiological function of the pineal gland has been unknown until recent times, mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the pineal gland has always been important in initiating supernatural powers.
Yet humankind according to Susan’s conversations with nature, continues to ‘perpetuate the appalling stench of self-berating’. We allow disappointment to grow moss on our soul. We coat our thoughts with negative emotions and allow the cords of our mistakes to bind us tightly to outdated laws that restrict and hamstring our life.
But…….. If we take a moment to pause our toxic thoughts and take a walk outside, we can stand in our self-light and radiate our wonder. If we are open, willing and humble we can allow nature to lift us back into grace.