Nature Wisdom Podcast: Episode 03
Today I’m excited to share a really great conversation that happened just last week on a live call with my wilderness instincts mentoring community.
This is where I work with a small group of people on applying the tools for reading a landscape and really energizing our natural instincts.
What you’re going to hear in this recording is my friend Trudy sharing some very simple yet compelling observations she’s been making about a particular landscape in the Canadian rockies.
We got into a really interesting dialogue that I think is an excellent example of the magic that happens when you embody an attitude of curiosity and awareness out in a natural landscape.
You’ll notice that the conversation starts off as this very casual storytelling about the different trees and things that Trudy was seeing around on the trail that day.
But then as we go deeper into the conversation I start asking her a whole bunch of different questions…
This is a very intentional series of questions that are designed to help Trudy expand her observations and the focus of her mind in a variety of natural directions.
You’ll notice that by the end of our conversation, we arrive at this completely new level of awareness that really brings some very powerful new perspectives we can all use to look deeper at any natural landscape the next time you go outside.
Living Oral Traditions Of Natural Landscape Wisdom…
There was once a time when all people had deep knowledge of the natural world. It was part of our culture as human beings.
And it was a necessary part of our survival as a species!
Can you imagine what that would be like?
To grow up without all the modern gadgets, education, grocery stores & industry… Imagine living every day out on the land with nothing but the most primitive technology and your own wits to survive.
It’s almost impossible to fathom what that level of ‘landscape wisdom’ even means because there are so few people in the modern world who truly have it.
Yet I get emails every week from people all around the world who feel this strong calling to rediscover that ancient natural wisdom…
They hear the voice of the birds and wind and trees calling to reconnect with that more ancient part of our humanity.
But how is it actually done?
How did traditional people pass on and replicate those deepest levels of insight and knowledge about nature for so many thousands of years without books or formal schools?
I believe the secret lies within the oral tradition… literally taking time to talk and dialogue about the patterns of nature.
There’s a magic that happens when people talk to each other about their adventures outside.
It’s no mistake that at the end of the day in traditional nature based cultures all around the world, everybody gathers together around a fire to share stories and talk about their daily experiences!
So let’s dive into this really great example of how a simple dialogue about plants, trees, and birds on a landscape, can be one of the most powerful tools for awakening natural wisdom.
It’s a great conversation with a new member of my wilderness instincts online mentoring community – Trudy, and demonstrates how to use conversational dialogue, storytelling and the art of questioning to activate natural landscape wisdom.
Take a listen, and then let me know in the comments how you’re going to use this.