Guess what? With all the time we’re spending on our devices our brains are getting tired, leading to brain fog, anxiety, depression and more. It’s impossible to concentrate when your brain is scrambled. A recent study looking at how to deal with brain fog came up with some intriguing results.
In this study people were given computer work that needed them to really focus. They were then split into two groups. One group then glimpsed a concrete roof. The second group looked out a rooftop meadow. When the results were analysed the latter group was found to make fewer errors and to work more consistently on their allotted task. The most astonishing finding was all it took was a forty second glimpse at nature to calm and reset the brain.
Like many returning from the Great War, Massachusetts-born Henry Beston struggled with his demons. Wanting to rid himself of the horrors he’d witnessed serving in the volunteer ambulance corps, he began writing fairy stories. Previously Beston had taught at the University of Lyon, then at Harvard as assistant professor of English.
Beston’s senses began to awake to the healing force of Nature, after spending extended periods with the Navajo people of New Mexico, making friends with many, including an elderly medicine man Hastiin Klah. Then Beston was commissioned to write an article on the Coast Guard at Cape Cod. Visiting there, the spirit of the place spoke to him. Continue reading →
A little while ago I sat with a girlfriend who was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She was in a quandary. She wanted desperately to live. She also wanted to take the natural healing route but, for whatever reason it wasn’t working. Her loving female oncologist was pleading with her to take the chemotherapy.
What, my friend asked, am I to do? As I gazed back at her my heart sank. What right did I have to give her advice? It was her soul journey. Then in a moment of clarity, I was told that despite the complex issues surrounding drug companies, those who work to bring new healing possibilities to the world only do so with the help of the devas. Continue reading →
Growing up in Sydney and raised by atheist parents, Alanna never expected the world of spirit to come calling. ‘So began a lifetime of learning about the subtle dimensions of life,’ she reflects.Continue reading →
When pondering the lives of fairies or Sidhe the question arises. How did we and these otherworldly figures come to be here on earth? Writer, publisher and visionary artist Jeremy Berg suggests that in the mists of time Gaia invited humans and the Sidhe (pronounced shee) to be caretakers of earth. ‘At that time humankind came more fully into matter, while the Sidhe less so.’
Subsequently a devastating parting occurred between humans and the Sidhe. ‘A certain amount of magic was stored away with the Sidhe,’ Jeremy explains, ‘while we humans retained certain ways of working with matter. How much could we achieve if we were to put these capacities back together, to reawaken the magic in the whole of humanity?’ he muses.
Those truly passionate about the living world spend their lives seeking new ways to bridge the gap between our everyday lives and the numinous world of plants and trees. Few have done this more exquisitely than Pam Montgomery. For years now I have been seeking to understand the relationship between plants and people,’ explains Pam a plant spirit healing author, practitioner and teacher. ‘How we are hard-wired in our connection with them. Ever since my Grandmother told me that ‘plants need friends too’, I have been striving to understand how to communicate and be in co-creative partnership with plants and trees. I have discovered that we are very symbiotically related to plants and once we understand the common language between plants and people our relationship can go very deep.
‘Our relationship with trees is such a rich resource. Listening to trees can infuse our thinking with new approaches to world problems and our personal problems,’ explains Canadian art therapist and Waldorf teacher, Elyse Pomeranz, whose father was a world-renowned scientist, her mother a gifted visual artist. Though raised in a strict academic environment, working with trees Elyse has come to realise art, science and religion aren’t meant to be separate, that art (beauty), science (truth), and religious/spiritual feeling (love) are one.
‘In a London workshop I led in England recently, a participant, who teaches adults, described a very difficult, untenable situation in one of her classes. She went to her tree a trusted companion who she’s visited regularly for years. She was so distressed at the time she thought of quitting her job, to escape the torturous encounters, or else ask this student to leave the class. Both ‘solutions’ left her feeling awful and full of unresolved emotion.’ Then she felt the tree radiating towards her a love and acceptance she was then able to experience towards herself and her student. Continue reading →
Fairies appear in our lives in a multitude of ways. ‘Many traditional cultures have sensed the presence of spirits in nature,’ tells British healer and researcher David Furlong. ‘Japan’s Shinto religion specifically worships the spirits of place, the Kami, which reside in rocks and caves. The beings inhabiting these realms are just as conscious as you and I, though they have a different way of connecting to the physical world.’
‘If you so wish, can build a complete trust with beings from these realms you will find that specific elemental spirits will come and work with you and be with you for the rest of your life. Continue reading →
In 1985 Tanis Helliwell rented a cottage in Ireland hoping for a retreat as she was experiencing a lot of shifts in her personal life. What Tanis hadn’t reckoned on was finding the cottage already inhabited by a little man and woman and their two children, who briskly informed her they had lived here for hundreds of years. They went on to say they were willing to share the cottage as long as she observed their rules, while warning her of less-than-friendly elementals down the lane.
So began a profound relationship with a leprechaun, which taught Tanis much about herself and about this extraordinary otherworld we impact daily. Tanis came to see firsthand how elementals help flower, trees and mountains grow. How elementals help maintain the health and wellbeing of our bodies. She started to see how when humans believe in fairies they speed up fairy evolution and assist them in their work. And how by expressing gratitude for the work fairies do, how humans are in turn’ fertilised and catalysed’ by a fairy’s presence.
‘Even as a very small child I had a connection to the weather. I loved being outdoors. I’ve always felt safe and protected there, and need to be in Nature at least part of every day, even if only for ten minutes. This helps me unwind, feel cleansed and balanced. I’ve never felt afraid if I was alone in the woods as I feel a presence there, walking with me, protecting me. Until recently I did not consciously name this presence, but now know it is the fairies, the spirits of the plants, trees, rocks, waters, animals, and Nature spirits,’ Canadian meteorologist of 25 years Paul Gregory tells. ‘These spirits are happy and joyful when humans feel, acknowledge, respect, honour and walk with them. Their’s is a very healing feeling.’
As Paul’s relationship with Nature developed, the weather seemed to speak to him deep in his soul. ‘The weather’s always right there in front of me. I can feel and sense changes in the winds, see the changes in clouds, their colours and movements, their humidity levels, and the behaviour of the seagulls who move about 5 miles inland 6 to 12 hours before strong winds, pounding surf, and heavy precipitation. I’ve observed this on both the west coast of Canada where I grew up, and here on Canada’s east coast where I now live.