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Mother Nature

To continue my favorite summer reading books, I’ve included Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell. I would add to the title “Children of all ages.” Nature can bring out the child in us and is part of the reason I love Mother Nature so much.

This summer, or any time, I invite you to try some of the exercises in this book. One of my favorites I used teaching a group of First Graders is “feel the heart beat of a tree.” Another very popular one is “meeting a tree.”

Today, I’ve also included another short YouTube video of Muir Woods. It was filmed just last week, so you will receive the summer feeling. Also a ride across Golden Gate Bridge is included. The park is now currently open for visitors.

The Japanese term for a walk in Nature is “forest breathing.” Breathing in nature makes me feel part of this miraculous creation and part of all that is.

I’ve included here an excerpt about John Muir from Sharing Nature with Children:

“John Muir would sometimes become so engrossed in his wandering in the Sierras that a one-day outing would become a trek lasting several days or even weeks. And in his travels he had none of the ‘essential supplies’ like food, warm clothing or even sleeping blankets. He was sustained by his love of beauty and solitude. Listen to his description of the inspiration that nourished him in wild places:

‘Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer… Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energies, while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves.'”

That’s how I feel when I have only been walking in the woods for a few minutes. Wonderful.

My dad told me a story of his experiences with his dad growing up. His dad would give them each two baked potatoes– one for each pocket– and they would walk in the forest for the entire day into the evening. He loved those times.

We are made out of Nature and are part of Nature, not separate. A friend once told me that if I was lonely to make friends with a tree. I have done that and have realized we can make friends with any part of nature and feel whole. 

We, humanity, are growing in the understanding that our Love and stewardship of our dear Grandmother Earth cannot be delayed any longer.

Encounters With Fairies, Fauns and the Spirit of Mother Nature

Today for your summer reading and joy I want to share one of my favorite books, Encounters with Nature Spirits: Co-creating with the Elemental Kingdom, by R. Ogilvie Crombie. This book just came to me a few months ago as an unexpected gift. I love the Divine right timing as this beautiful story has reminded me in a very deep way of the power, joy and contribution we can all make to healing our Earth Mother when we co-operate with the Spirit of Nature.

In 1981, I had a magical journey to Findhorn. My friend Marilyn, who has an incredibly spectacular garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, and I decided to travel to the North of Scotland to visit the Findhorn gardens we had read about.

As is inevitable in spiritual growth and adventure journeys, our experience of the gardens was not at all what we had expected. We didn’t know that the emphasis, at that brief period, was not on the garden, but on spiritual and community development. The gardens were integrated into the emphasis of co-creating with the spirit of nature. It was early March, and where the garden had been was dirt and divisions and paths made with stones.  We were disappointed, to say the least. That disappointment dissolved quickly, as we were to have some very amazing encounters with very amazing people and nature spirits.

One day, we were guided to an enchanting spot in a forest near a rushing stream. Our leader instructed us to become still and, within our heart, invite Pan, the non-localized spirit of nature, to come and visit us. I was hoping to have a visual of Pan, though that didn’t happen. I did have an overwhelming feeling of my love of nature and a powerful feeling of being connected to that place. Each of our group of about 20 participants had unique experiences, which we shared over dinner.  

That experience was 40 years ago, though this wonderful story by ROC, R. Ogilvie Crombie, has brought it all back very vividly into my memories.

You can travel with ROC, and meet Pan, Fauns and Nature Spirits in this wonderful true story. His writing and accounts make the lands near Edinburgh, Scotland, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and Findhorn, come alive.

This treasure, came to me to inspire me to dedicate my energies to the healing of Grandmother Earth and Mother Nature. 

I hope you will enjoy the adventure ROC takes you on. You may even have the wonder of meeting Pan.

Also note the other entries in this blog category, Grandmother Earth, Mother Nature and You, Dear Heart. (Particularly, August 14, 2018.)

The Flowering of Humanity’s Consciousness

Dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

We humans may likely change and transform “overnight” as these Dandelions do. I have always loved Dandelions.

“Dear common flower that grow’st  beside the way, fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, first pledge of blithesome May…” -James Russell Lowell

“Their lovely constellations make a little heaven on earth of the grassy places that have been brown and bare for months. They touch the heartstrings in much the same way as the early notes of the Robin” (1902) -Frances Theodora Parsons

“…even during the worst blizzard in January, a glass of Dandelion Wine will bring summer right into the house.” -Euell Gibbons, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” 1962

Each of these quotes are from Who named the Daisy? Who named the Rose? by Mary Durant

Dandelions. Transformation during the night. Photo by Nina Wilkins

I love this little book. She has a brief history of many North American wild flowers, their uses and some fun facts about them including how they got their name.

“The word dandelion is an anglicization of the original French name dent de lion, the tooth of the lion, and the name was given because of the jagged, toothlike edges of the leaves.”

I really enjoy dandelion leaves in my salad.

We are all so unique and have our gifts to share. I would never think of a dandelion flower as a weed. Just as I hope you will have a high concept of your self so you may share your gifts with all of us.

A field of dandelions. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flowers

Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flowers never fail to uplift me. Their colors, shapes, fragrance, beauty, intricate geometries and patterns, and feeling tones are miraculous.

Flowers first appeared on Earth 114 million years ago (from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle).

That was a huge shift in consciousness for the plant kingdom.

Humanity is undergoing that same blossoming of consciousness as we speak.

The shift contains many qualities for all of humanity such as Unity, Oneness with all life, Creativity, Prosperity for all, care for Mother Nature, and Love, Love and More Love– to name a few. A giant leap in consciousness is here for all of us Now.

Flowers are wonderful Spirit guides. They have learned a lot in 114 million years.

Their wisdom is shared in many ways. In our gardens through their presence, which is one of their most amazing ways; by being themselves.

Photo by Nina Wilkins

Another way is through their essence: their spiritual pattern of learning that they share. 

I have used flower essences for years. Each time I do, I’m amazed at their magical qualities of transformation.

One of my favorite companies to purchase them from is Green Hope Farm in New Hampshire.

They have collections from many parts of the world. Just visiting their website is uplifting in itself. As you read the descriptions of each flower it is plain to see that each individual flower brings a unique conscious and spiritual connection to Grandmother Earth.

If you haven’t used flower essences before, the people at Green Hope Farm are more than happy to help you chose ones that will serve you. They also have essences for pets and children. 

The photographs of flowers I chose for today are for their beauty, colors and amazing shapes. I took the photos  yesterday at our local nursery, just for the fun of it.

Flowers have helped me the most over the years by teaching me Presence. Sitting quietly in a garden, allowing my own spiritual presence to emerge, has helped my well being, peace, joy and creativity. Seeing fairies and nature spirits has been an added bonus to know myself as a Divine creation– just like flowers.

 A perfect peony. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Appreciation

Dawn. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Years ago when I taught prosperity workshops I would have the participants, one by one, stand alone in the center of a circle made by the 20 participants and receive love. We would all think loving thoughts about that person. The instructions for the person in the middle were to just Be receptive to the Love. Receive the love and appreciation of the group. After a few minutes I would ask everyone to clap for and smile at the person in the center. After this exercise,  we all realized we needed practice in receiving love and appreciation.  When our friends clapped for us, we all had a difficult time receiving the applause.

If you wish for your good– love, money, health or any good thing– start with allowing love and appreciation for You. Accept the feeling of many people loving you and clapping for you.

Appreciation is the same vibration as Love. St. Germaine, one of my Spirit guides, often tells me everything I could wish for is at hand. When we allow our good, we can create the generous attitude that there is  plenty for all. 

Love is the most powerful and attractive force in the Universe. Love attracts love, so for any of your wishes to come true start with LOVE. Love You, Your family, Pets, Mother Earth, colors, clouds, music… whatever. There is an  infinite number of choices.

I didn’t realize until I gave an Easter Sunrise ceremony for some friends that Dawn, first light, does not always coincide with Sunrise, depending on where you are Geographically and Seasonally. I always thought they were at the same moment. Dawn, first light, when the small birds start chirping, may be several minutes before you see the sun actually rising on the horizon. This is the same for sunset and dusk. 

Dawn and dusk are the in-between times. These are the magical times when we can see fairies and tree spirits, where your own special Earth Magic can come alive.

 Watch the Dawn move into Sunrise and feel the New Day. If you can do this standing barefoot on the Earth, all the better.

Enjoy the Dusk after the Sun sets and realize all of the goodness of your day. These simple practices can bring you to appreciate You and all that is around you: sky, stars, Earth, air, water and fire. We are Now in the Dawn of the Age of Aquarius, the Water bearer, the Love bearer. This is as magical and mystical in-between times as it gets.

Dusk. Carmel, CA. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Now

“Originality consists in returning to the origin.” —Antoni Gaudi

“Now is a concept whose time has come.” —Nina Wilkins

Fairy flower. Photo by Nina Wilkins

In the now your presence can well up and you can own what you have won–  your true beingness from which everything springs.

You have won that very unique present, you.

If you don’t experience that precious present of your Divine self you are covered over by time, as Eckhart Tolle teaches us. You are thinking about past or future.

Over the ages spiritual teachers of many denominations or philosophies have taught us about being in the present. Master Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day.”

Joel Goldsmith, “The Infinite Way,” has taught us to practice the presence which wells up in the now.

Monks chant “Om na ma shiva ya” to focus their spirit to be aligned with the Divine Now.

Meditation allows for the quieting of the mind, and the Presence within comes to light with joy and peace, now.

Walking slowly and quietly in nature brings you to the Now with the all, Oneness. Listening and watching brings you to this level of consciousness when you are present. 

Angels sing praises to the Divine constantly.  No room for anything but gratitude.

In Nature, the tiniest flower seed grows in the dark ever so slowly pushing through the heavy dark earth, moment by moment, Now.

If you would like to experience this level of consciousness, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is the best guide I can imagine– truly uplifting and transformative. Also, his books Stillness Speaks and A New Earth will point you in the direction of experiencing your Being within.

A fun synchronicity for me is one of the accolades given to The Power of Now. “The most important book in a spiritual life written in the last decade.” —Thunderbird Bookshop, Carmel, California. This was one of my favorite spots to go in the 1980s and 90s, though it closed I believe in 2002. 

From the first page of The Power of Now:

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” —Eckhart Tolle

Dolphins

My sister Charmaine sent me this clipping in 1999

One of my own personal  favorite spirit guides are dolphins.

Dolphins are all Love. They are highly sentient and telepathic. Their most important relationship is with their babies. They nurse their young for at least three years. In their pod, the auntie dolphins help the mothers. They exemplify some of the major qualities of the Aquarian Age, which we have entered: Love, Creativity, Cooperation, Teamwork, Family and Community, and Play.

Dolphins love to play. They can make huge bubbles under water and play catch with other Dolphins. They jump and toss seaweed to each other and also have been seen drawing pictures in the sand. 

Their cooperation and teamwork in fishing affords them time left over for play, exploration and fun.

They have been known to guide schools of fish to better feeding grounds so have been dubbed “the shepherds of the Sea.”

For their own feeding grounds they have developed unique cooperative fishing techniques as shown in the videos below.  Also, they are shown helping people fish.

My favorite part of my seven spirit- dolphin guides, Kudos, is they remind me to play and have fun. Usually, when I ask them for personal guidance, the first thing they say is, “jump.” That makes me laugh. I instantly feel to let go, and do something else for a while. After being refreshed, my problem has been scaled down, and I often receive simple solutions I hadn’t thought of.

Dolphins can also remind us to do great or small actions in our daily life to help clean up their home, our beautiful Ocean.

Our oceans provide life for trillions of aquatic species and for us. Water is Love and Life.

We humans have the ability to clean the oceans. Now is most definitely the time. Number one on the list is not purchasing single use plastic bottles or any single use plastic. Oceana.org is doing great work along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other marine advocates around the world. You and I, individuals, are the most powerful in this endeavor. We have the ability to change laws, support organizations helping the oceans, and there are an infinite number of ways large and small to help our dolphins, whales and all marine life, NOW.

I’m very sure you can think of simple ways you can help right where you stand. 

Thank you. 

Divine Love, Music and Cows

Photo by Hana Cynkar c 2021

Music and song, chanting, humming, toning or drumming have a unique way of transmitting Love. The love of music is not limited to humans. Music is love, and like love is everywhere present.

In the photo above, the cows came to the fence to hear the music being played on the radio.  Hana and her husband Brian noticed them run to the fence to hear the music as they were canoeing on the Teton River. 

So tender.

I love cows.  

Years ago I decided I would only buy milk from dairies where the cows were treated more than humanely, but very well. I visited several dairies in Northern California and found the Strauss Dairy. The cows roam freely on rolling hills of green pastures that are reminiscent of Ireland. So beautiful. The cows seem very content and are  well cared for. The milk is amazing and comes in returnable bottles. 

Cows are all Love. They give their milk freely with Grace.

The photo above and the video below inspired me to share simple but very potent ideas for us to Live:

Let Go and Let God.

Let Love do its job.

Cows are so good at being themselves. They are out in nature transmitting love as they graze.

Sananda often reminds me to just Be the Love that I am. Being in the stillness allows our own Divine Presence to well up and inspire us to create, be joyful and feel peace.

Thank you to all the Cows on Earth and for their beautiful milk, cheese and butter.

I once passed a semi truck painted with a beautiful pasture scene, including cows, with the writing: Kerigold Butter, the reason Irish Eyes are smiling.

I’m of Irish descent and I agree that pure creamery butter, milk and cheese from “happy cows” makes me smile.

Daffodils

Daffodils. Photo by Nina Wilkins

Flowers make me happy.

Each early spring (this photo was taken March 4, 2017) Trader Joe’s in Monterey, California carries small bunches of unopened Daffodils. Walking into the store there is a huge tub of these bright yellow flowers for only $1.25 a dozen. Who could resist such a delight?

I treated myself to four bunches knowing I would give my friend Janette two of them. I was so excited to surprise her. When I knocked on her door, she had two bunches to give to me. We laughed, and the next morning called each other almost at the same moment to exclaim how magical, that they had opened up fully during the night. Beautiful. 

I came across this poem yesterday. It reminded me of my own joy from daffodils, as the above photo was taken in 2017. Here, in South Eastern Idaho, we are still in winter- white cold.

After reading several of the hundreds of comments on the YouTube video below, I was very surprised that I had never known about, or read, this poem before. Life always contains many mysteries and joys to discover.

Enjoy. And, if you are in California, you may still be able to find bunches of daffodils, though the season is short.

Daffodils:  William Wordsworth (1770-1850). English Romantic Poet.

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills.

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of Golden Daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretched in never-ending line,

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance,

The waves beside them danced; 

But they out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay, 

In such a jocund company;

I gazed and gazed but little thought what wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude

And then my heart with pleasure fills

And dances with the Daffodils.

Pray, Play, Love

Shoshone Lake, Yellowstone. Photo by H.L.Wilkins
Shoshone Lake, Yellowstone. Photo by H.L Wilkins

Co- creating Heaven on Earth with the Divine and all peoples, plants, animals and the elementals of earth, air, water and fire is as easy as one, two, three.

One, pray. Two, play. And three, love.

One, Pray. 

We have entered the higher realms on Earth, the Aquarian age; the Water Bearer.

Oneness and unity guided by love are our consciousness of our Divinity. Our lives are our prayer in a very real sense. Our creativity is showing us the way springing from presence, in the power of Now, our connection to all that is. Our force of good. Our self love, love of Grandmother Earth and our families and friends blesses all. Kindness to all living beings, including ourselves, is our most potent prayer.

Two, Play.

Play is our power of joy, our true selves. Play often produces laughter and silliness that dematerializes our negative ego. Play inspires and motivates us to lighten up and drop our burdens and just enjoy life. Everyone’s play can be very different. The dictionary defines play and work in very similar ways. Work is just play, with goals, time limits and possible rules and restrictions. 

Play often gives us just the right idea to complete an invention or create art, or for self-healing.

Three, Love.

My friend Janette often sings me this song:

Love is the open door.

Love is what we came here for.

Have your eyes really seen?

Each time I hear that I remember to walk through that door and see the Good. Emma Curtis Hopkins teaches us: we all know what our Good is. She teaches us to move toward our Good. Our Good is really Love.

Water is Love in the elemental realm. Our dear Mother Nature on our Grandmother Earth is 75% water, as we are. We are made out of Love, Physically and Spiritually.

Love is all around us. We have a unique, just for us, forever guardian Angel that is All Love.

Love is everywhere present; we just need to see it.

When we see it, it increases and becomes more of our reality.

Gratitude, thanks and appreciation are all synonyms for Love.

Kindness is Love.

Mother Nature is Love.

I have included an inspiring YouTube video about water and a photo of water.

Loving water and letting water love us will create a circle of potent love in and around our planet; Gaia, Sophia, Patcha Mama, Grandmother Earth and Mother Nature.  

The water cycle is a closed system, so the  love and respect we give water will rain down love and respect for us. I have always loved walking in the gentle rain showers and jumping in puddles.

Don’t you?

Don’t forget to watch the video.