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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Earth Energies

"E" is for Earth Energy

I believe we need to spend more time connected to the energies of the earth.  In this post I share some of my experiences with you in hopes that you'll seek out your own interactions with the natural world around you.


Earth

When I was a kid I used to lay on the ground in my yard.  I'd roll down the small hill in front of the house and then just stay wherever my last roll left me.   I'd look up at the sky from there and watch the white clouds float across the blue background.  Then I'd close my eyes and wait until I could feel  the energy of the earth.   It was subtle at first, but got stronger the longer I lazed there.  I imagined it was the earth's speed that I felt as we spun on our axis and hurled around the sun.

I hadn't done this in almost 40 years when last summer at a friend's cottage three of us decided to give it a try.  We spread some blankets at the edge of a small lake and laid down to relax.  The air was chilly but the sun was hot and bright so I covered my eyes with my palms.   At first all I felt was the heat from the sun burning my legs through my dark jeans.  But as I settled in I began to feel it - we all did.  Gentle at first, then more intense as we continued to focus on the physical sensations it caused.  It was reassuring to know that after all those years the energy of the earth was still there, unchanged.   Just as unchanged as the earth rotating on an axis and orbiting the sun.





 Water

The energy of water feels unique to each situation.   The energy of deep, still water feels very different from the energy of water rushing over a waterfall.  During 2011's A-Z challenge my "W" post was "Water Energy".  I've linked to it here:   http://earthdragonhealing.blogspot.com/2011/04/water-energy.html



Trees

I have a friend who talks to trees.   She offers them reiki and in return they share their wisdom.  I would have thought she was crazy, except for 2 things:  1) I've known her for the last 8 years to be a rational and intelligent adult; and 2) On one occasion we reiki'd the same tree at the same time and then shared our experiences.  They were almost identical, though her's a little more profound as her intuition is more developed than mine.   Since that mind-opening experiment I feel the energy of the trees.  I feel it in the city from the trees whose roots are buried under the cement.    I feel it in the woods whenever I go for a walk, especially in the fall when the trees have shed their leaves and they're piled on the ground around me.   Tree energy is very intense in the fall.  Now I think I understand why it's my favourite time of year. 

How do you get in touch with nature?  Do you camp out? Ski? Canoe?  Please share what you do to connect to the earth energies.

14 comments:

  1. I've definitely spent my fair share of time on ecological matters. In college I was known as the granola. I love camping, hiking, and mountain biking and sharing my love of the earth with my kids.

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    1. It's awesome you're teaching your kids to stay connected to the earth! Sometimes I worry about how disconnected we'll all be after a few more decades of technological wizardry.

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  2. We retired to a remote desert mountain canyon so I live in nature and feel its energy in the clouds, the rocks, the wind, and the earth here. When I was young in Sweden, I did the same thing you did, I lay down in a meadow and watched the clouds. I think about it often, maybe I felt the energy of the earth. I'm not sure.

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    1. Oh, to live right amongst nature like that - I'm sooo envious!

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  3. Lying on the ground and looking skyward really does have a tendency to "ground" us. At least for me, it always made me feel more aware of my place in the universe ... but not nearly as much as water. Any water. Whether it's watching the mighty rhythms of the ocean, the swirling and dancing of a river, the majesty of a waterfall, or the serenity of a lake, there's something about water that affects me like nothing else in nature.

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    1. Water energy is amazing, isn't it! I live on the edge of Lake Ontario, and I must say nothing is a humbling as standing on the edge of a huge body of water.

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  4. I love trees. If I could I would live in a wooded area. That would keep me relaxed forever!

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    1. Me too. I get out into the woods whenever I can.

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  5. I live in a city. And the city has an urban forest — trees planted along streets, small areas where trees grow naturally, and parks ("official" city parks, even). I haven't talked to the trees, but occasionally I will pat one on the way by.

    Not so strange, for a Bear.

    Thanks for visiting me today.

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    1. Keep patting! City trees benefit greatly from our appreciation.

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  6. I learned a relaxation technique many years ago. This sounds very similar.

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    1. Relaxing in nature is the best way to relax. :)

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    1. Me too. Whenever I spend time next to water I feel like I've been on vacation - even if it was just my lunch hour at the pier.

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