Be aware that this article is about talking with Nature, not simply talking to it. Most people talk to their cats and dogs, even chickens, but very few people talk with them. For this to happen, you need to be open to them answering you . . . and most people are not that open!
Okay, so what is this all about? Essentially, Nature lives and expresses in, and from, the moment. People rarely express in and from the moment. Nature cannot leave the conscious moment. We have choices; we call it free will! To be conscious in the moment, you must be without thought. Why? You can think your way out of the moment, but you cannot think your way into it. Thoughts take you into the past or the future, but always out of the moment. Nature lives consciously in the eternal moment.
Talking with Nature is far more than it appears to be. It is a skill, a natural art, an inner potential inherent in humanity. To talk with Nature, you are required to use your whole-brain/heart connection. People seldom do this. Because of our intellectual education system, people tend toward a left-brain connection, expecting to have an intellectual relationship with Nature, which is not possible. Nature is not an intellectual expression. Nature is an expression of conscious intelligence . . . as are we! If you would like to talk with Nature, you cannot bypass a conscious connection with Nature. We are very seldom consciously conscious. We live our lives subconsciously, and you cannot be subconsciously conscious! It is estimated that we live about ninety-three percent of our whole life subconsciously.
Okay, so how do we actually talk with Nature? First and foremost, you will need patience. You will also need to learn the art of listening. We do not listen, we hear. Hearing is not listening. A cat listens. Listening comes from the moment, and is a conscious act. Hearing is happening while we are otherwise involved; it is subconscious and mostly involuntary. Listening takes you into the moment. You can hear and think, but you cannot listen and think! We have constant thoughts; this is the mind endlessly regurgitating mental nonsense. No thoughts, and there is Silence . . . and in this Silence there is a song of power. Not your power, or Nature’s power; it is universal energy. But, you can connect with, and use, this energy of power so long as you do not personalise it. To do this requires trust.
To fully trust yourself is not easy! To talk with Nature means that with deep trust, this energy/power is the conduit between you and Nature. It takes a big leap in consciousness to listen to a tree communicate with you, and know that this is not the fabrication of mind. I have read a number of other people’s Nature communications, and have known some of them to be false. Equally, I have read quite a few that I have known to be true communication. I, certainly, had my time of not knowing the difference between the subtle mind playing tricks, and the subtlety of inner communication. With practice, and a well developed self-trust, you open the door between self and Nature. Criticising and berating yourself for your lack of patience, your inattention, your inability to listen, or your lack of self-trust, or focus – or all of these! – gets you nowhere. Patience and practice takes you beyond the known and familiar senses..
Okay, you are a metaphysical Being. You are an immortal Being in a mortal body. The Self you are is infinite; One with the All. There is nothing outside Self. Beyond the physical, you and all lifeforms are each a field-of-energy. All these energy-fields connect; all are finally One . . . there is nothing outside Self. Get it?
When you sit down, become silent, and consciously focus on a tree . . . you and tree energetically connect. You share One field of energy. Tree is not outside Self. This is where communicating with Nature truly begins. While you perceive the tree and yourself as separate – you talking with tree – a mind game . . . and mind has an endless repertoire! Trees are the living repository of an immense amount of conscious experience. This is not necessarily tree experience; this is Earth/life experience. As stated, trees are an expression of conscious intelligence, but have no intellect. Trees are entirely impersonal, but are always consciously connected with us. They experience Oneness; separation does not exist in Nature. They communicate with us in their conscious expression of growth, but nobody is listening. We do not even listen to each other, we just hear each others’ words.
To talk with Nature, all this has to change within you. You cannot talk with Nature and remain the person you currently are. You have to expand in consciousness . . . and grow. If you decide you want to learn to consciously communicate with Nature . . . you will not be able to do this and remain the same; change will take place within you. You will be pushed to grow, to expand, to become more flexible; the very process will demand it. You will discover that once you get out of the box that most people live in . . . there is a huge and wonderful greater reality waiting to welcome you.
And long has it waited.