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Gently bubbling creeks, blowing breezes, and brushes from the leaves greet me as I walk to my sacred spot; my dogs run ahead of me, happy and gay to be in the forest mirroring my own joy as nature embraces me with love and tranquility. I feel a presence whenever I walk in the woods, a sighing in the branches as the wind blows moans out my name. There is magick there for those with eyes to see, ears to hear. Magick that can be harnessed for good, for healing. I want the world to know about the healing power of nature.
In clinical studies, researchers have proven that two hours of nature sounds a day significantly reduces stress hormones up to 800% and activates 500-600 DNS segments known to be responsible for healing and repairing the body. The Japanese prescribe being in nature as a matter of course to deal with their highly stressful, highly competitive society. And I have had my own experiences of healing from nature.
Last year, I was attacked twice by a swarm of wasps, two days in a row. The circumstances behind why I was in the same area are personal, and I donít wish to be submitted to public judgment, but suffice it to say, those days are over. The attack however, left me with certain health issues. A few weeks later , I experienced what felt like a heart attack, and some very strange alarming sensations in my brain. Add to that I was manic at the time (Iím a manic- depressive) and not in the good way, and my relationship was on the rocks as a result. I was feeling an enormous amount of stress. These are painful memories, to say the least, and after going to a mental health facility for a while I was left so weak, at times I could hardly walk. I had to beg them at the facility to let me go home early, for fear of total collapse.
There was one incident while at the hospital that sticks out clearly in my mind. We were gathering for the rare experience of going outside. Mental wards can be quite hectic with patients being at different levels of stability ranging from being almost well and ready to go home, to having just arrived and even being violent. But this was a good day, so the administrators gathered us up and out we went. I remember limping outside feeling as thin as a slice of cheese, but once I got outside in the sunshine my spirit soared! I felt immediately whole and restored. I felt all my powers of spirit and mind return to me, and I even felt good enough to encourage one of the other patients who had lost the use of her legs. Just that half hour in the sunlight had me going from feeling like I was going to fall apart to feeling like I was on top of the world.
Now, I know part of this was due to the fact that I had been cooped up in the facility for several days, but that just goes even further to show the effect of being outside and in nature. Many of us know that it feels good to be outside, and there are a lot of hikers and trailblazers out there. What is more rare are those who use nature purposefully to heal. I have experienced this personally, for after I was released from the hospital I had very much healing to do. I remember many days being home alone and lying on my back in the sun, feeling the goodness and wholeness seep slowly back into my body and soul. I spent as much time as possible outside. Even when I stopped smoking for a while, I would still go outside to think and feel and listen to the wind in the trees. I would, and still do, walk barefoot as much as possible.
The earth has an abundance of negatively charged particles called electrons. Because the earth is more negatively charged than we are, if you walk barefoot enough on it you absorb those negative charges creating an anti-oxidant like reaction in the body. For ages, people walked barefoot or in leather shoes (not rubber) and slept on the ground, or on animal skins. We remained in contact with the earth. It only seems to make sense that something we did naturally had a nature health benefit for us.
So combine nature sounds, with contact with the earth, while lying in the sun and you have a potent prescription for healing. And heal I did. When I got out of the hospital I could barely put my clothes on by myself. Two to three months later, I had regained almost one hundred percent of my strength and functioning back. You do the math.
The last subject I want to touch on is one of my personal theories. It is my opinion that trees feel and know us by our energy. Trees and plants exude healthy energy, but what if they also thrive on the energy WE give them? I refer once more to my sacred spot down in the woods. I visit there regularly and have been since childhood. What if the energy I give off while Iím there, placing my forehead against the trees, and during meditation, is received by the trees, and they become healthier and, in turn, put out even more health energy in a mutually beneficial cycle? And then what occurs, as I see it, is eventually you have a magickal grove where humans and animals feel something very special: the Divine.
When the energy of a place is raised enough and often enough, it becomes something else. This is what has happened to my special little place; that is why I call it my sacred spot. Because after all the praying and offerings Iíve given over the years, it has become something other than just another place in the woods; it is holy. At least, it is to me.
Regardless, it is a place where one can find much healing for oneís body and for oneís soul.
Feel free to email me with comments and remarks.
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