In his talk on his new film ‘Tawai‘ to the audience at the recent Tree Conference in Glastonbury, Bruce Parry speaks about the guidance that tribal Penan people hear from the natural world around them, and the possibilities of our own remembering of an inner feeling of connection to nature.
‘In order to be able to experience what it is that these people are experiencing there are a number of things we have to do, we have to slow down and feel more deeply into ourselves, into our bodies…in order to feel more deeply we have to feel the good stuff and the bad stuff. To really go in there to feel who we are and what we’re doing in the world and how we are behaving…it’s hard to really truly wake up to what we are doing on this planet and how we are with it. It’s no surprise that we are anaesthetising ourselves from those feelings, addicted to all sorts of stuff that keep us from being present and feeling….but our only route forward is to go into that feeling because if we don’t we will just go blindfold off a cliff.’
Samhain calls us to let go, deeply, before the days dip into winter, of anything that we are carrying that no longer serves us and can be composted back to the Earth. We can do this with gratitude for whatever harvests this year has brought us, whatever gifts of food or medicine or lessons learnt.
Here at EarthHeart the crows are calling from their roosts, and the trees now are changing into their last colours of the year, a final display of splendour before the beauty of their bare winter silhouettes is revealed.
As we come to the end of the current year-long Initiation training, with the last module beginning today, we honour all that has moved within this sacred circle of beautiful women, held in the heart of the forest. You can hear from them in a series of interviews here. And we look to new beginnings, beyond the dreaming-time of winter, to a new circle of women already building for next year’s training.
In this beautiful interview, Francis Weller speaks to the value of grief as a threshold emotion, in its ability to soften the heart, to bring us alive and allow us to fully express our joy and exuberance, as well as compassion and gratitude.
To allow grief to move through us safely and powerfully, we need the circle. We need community to provide both a safe container to witness and hold our sorrow, and to provide the energy and collective field of grief so that our own personal process finds its place in the web of life once more.
Wishing you all a blessed Autumn Equinox. May your harvests be golden, as the fire returns to the belly of the earth to nurture the seeds and roots through the winter. What treasures lie deep within our bellies to be cherished and warmed with our attention?
Deep gratitude to all who have shared their presence over the summer’s festivals, and to all those arriving for my autumn workshops.
In this longer interview with Jewels, find out more about the space offered by the Thresholds circles at EarthHeart, to those in transition in their lives, seeking a new balance in relationships with loved ones, home life and work life that is connected to the wider healing needed on our planet at this time.
I feel so grateful to all those who choose to join the circle, whether here at EarthHeart or, as last weekend, in London.
The altar at the Awakening the Sacred Feminine one-day workshop
Beautiful feedback to receive from one participant on a four-hour workshop ‘Awakening the Sacred Feminine’….
“Words can’t really do justice to the healing and the Love I received by attending this workshop. It is something I will hold dear for a very long time. I am truly thankful to all the courageous women I met there and Jewels for sharing her Love and wisdom. Thank you so much x” EH
In this new video, I talk about the need to plug ourselves into the web of life, to connect with each other so we can truly feel our fear, our grief and despair as we feel the world ‘out there’ fall apart.
The groundwork we need to do, to bring about any positive change ‘out there’ is in the deeply personal journey, in allowing ourselves to both be received by others and to witness them in our turn, in sacred circle.
Lammas is upon us and in native traditions across the northern hemisphere of planet Earth it is a time for harvesting.
This is the actual harvesting of the crops tended from a tender seed at Imbolc right through to their fully given self at this time. The sun and the rain have brought them to their ripeness and readiness, and if we attend to our inner world, there may be a ripe harvest waiting within at the time.
Traditionally, Lammas would have been a time to feast on abundance and be in gratitude for the fullness of life, as well as that whisper on the wind of another turning in the seasonal wheel and a consideration of the autumn and winter ahead; we need to make sure we have enough to keep us well until the return of of the growing sun next spring.
This time offers us a mirror for reflection on what we are harvesting in ourselves at this time. What have we been tending over this year that has now come to fruition? Have we remembered to give thanks for this life, this creativity, this abundance? Nature shows us the way, simply through being with what is happening in the outer seasons and letting that be a doorway to inner reflection.
It is a good time to consider the months ahead and what we can put in place that will help sustain our inner journey. In nature this has always meant pickling, drying and preserving the abundance of summer crops for the months ahead.
How can we take care of our bodies, our hearts and the health of our soul’s evolution through the changing seasons of our world and our lives?