Walking a wild woodland path to a sacred place where I gather clean spring water yesterday, I was immersed in the riches of it all: the water was roaring out into the big stone tub and cascading down into the various levels below; the lower tubs were filled with a water-cleansing plant doing its work; I ecstatically soaked up the light and the powerful imagery of the panorama which inspires my art; beautiful dry wood was all around, waiting to be cut and carried for the kitchen stove; I walked home laden with riches that would nourish me deeply, and shining with vitality and well-being.
It came to me here, that the abundance that I’m experiencing so tangibly, is mostly conditioned out of us in these bizarre and contrary modern times: we fear winter and wish for year-round summer, and we celebrate in superficial ways our false abundance – sugar, alcohol, overheated homes and excess instead of reverence.
As I talk about in this vlogcast, we tend now to close the doors and huddle inside in the cold/ dark months, save our coins and splurge on things that don’t particularly nourish us – rather than finding the riches within and outwith our living bodies.
If we approach winter in awe and respect, in a Natural way, we can find immense treasure and Gift – listen here to how I do this:
Here’s my podcast this week on clearing The Way – it relates to how we navigate these times from a place of connectedness and wholeness, and how Nature can help us do that.
There’s a sacred site that’s special to me, nearby Guardia, but accessible (until now) only by a drive of a few kilometres, and then a steep hike up a rocky hill.
There’s a huge stone in the shape of a lioness’s head and upper torso, and a beautiful wild spring. From what I know of local history, this was a place in which both religious and natural wise mystics (called janare or strege, which like ‘witch’, tend to have a negative connotation) would dance together.
I’ve talked about this place before on my podcast: the water source there in particular (you can hear a podcast around the importance of harvesting wild water – here), the beautiful old trees around the site, the views all around, the atmosphere and the power of the light and the landscape…
I found the beginnings of a path some years ago, and had walked it with friends who love the wild woods, sitting with our tea and biccies, enjoying the ambience… We’d chatted about trying to connect up the path again.
The idea sat quietly in me for a while, as our dreams of visions sometimes do, waiting for the right moment. I was afraid of stepping onto someone’s land, or meeting angry sheepdogs, or something – and held back because of feeling it’d be too big a job on my own to delve into the undergrowth.
But it called and called to me, and recently I felt an urge that simply had to be responded to with an action: being told to go and open this Way. I asked couple of close friends to join me, and we started out with saws and forbice, and my friend’s elderly dog to keep us on track.
It took a few hours, chopping back brambles and hawthorns, clambering along narrow animal trails that traversed the steep hill, finding the less effortful way around a huge limestone boulder… we stepped up out of a clay-muddy wood into the field by La Leonessa.
The sense of energy freed up is enormous; this potential sentiero, that had been asking to be reopened – reconnecting with these natural woodlands, when most other walks near the town go through cultivated land, or places where folks hunt a lot – the sense of having a place to worship nature uninhibited – the exercise on multiple levels – the bright air washing our systems clean.
It is so awe-inspiring to think of the healers who have walked a similar route before us, and who might have planted the apple trees, the sacred hawthorns, the wise oaks.
Feeling the transmission of the journey on foot, each time I walk it; it’s transformative. I feel answers coming where before there were the walls of a terrorised mind. I feel old wisdom that wanted to come through me as a child but was beaten out of me, stirring and opening the gates of my senses. It feels Right, in an atmosphere of everything-out-of-kilter, where all that was solid is being pulled out from under us.
The fears that held me back for years from opening this path, seem silly now. And this reminds me that all new paths feel impossible, or we find reasons to not take them… and we stay in the very same rhythms and patterns our whole existence, having essentially the same experience, and very little growth.
These times ask us all to be a wee bit braver than usual, and to step into a new track, a new way of being, a new paradigm that wants and needs us to walk it.
EVERYTHING that we do in the world is metaphor that echoes out from us doing it: everything has a power of meaning – or not. The more consciously we participate in everything that we’re doing, seeking the meaning and the rippling positive effect of it, the more we actively listen to and act on signs; the more the Universe sings back to us. Our dance with Life was NEVER meant to be this torturously empty, constructed-manipulated monstrosity that we perceive to be ‘normal’. If we look for the signs, Life is in everything, waiting to be activated.
For the past months I’ve been racking my brains daily for how best to communicate about the world situation: what’s the most important practical advice, what are the deeper underlying stories, where is the meaning in all that’s happening, and what can we do/ be to alter the profoundly destructive course that we’re on?
This month’s podcast is on mushrooms, wild foraging and consciousness.
I rarely create without divine inspiration – without a whole-body-yes calling to a particular subject/ direction/ dimension. So I was waiting, during this tumultuous time of unfolding psychosis, paranoid-hysterical-misplaced controls and superstitious rituals, for a feeling around the Gift that it is my work to share, and this came clear and ready-to-pop-out: wild mushrooms.
Rather than painting over the past months, I’ve been studying; common law, Italian law, DPCMs, human rights, v a c c i n e s, RNA, the absolute unreliability of testing, the modern understanding of the whole immune system, DNA modification, nano-technologies, surveillance, loss of genetic sovereignty/ identity, legal non-consent, Natural law, and the extent of the manipulation being played out via the mainstream. It’s all reality-altering stuff.
Doing something about it all, however, requires stability, calm, honour… and a profoundly larger perspective; roots planted firmly in the soil of this incredible holy planet, and energies radiating outwards and upwards into the subtle world. This requires, above all, solitude in nature and alignment with bigger forces for Life, so that we can cultivate a true vitality, alertness and well-being.
There’s a profound difference in being aligned with – let’s call it ‘holy-planet-conscious’, and the complex interdependence of solutions and remedies needed (to cure our active state of global dissonance) – or being focussed on ‘the problem’ (as perceived through the conventional media). In the latter , our vibration stays low, and it actually supports – holds space for – the agenda (or ‘the problem’); it effectively compounds the issue, blocking it from dissipating like it naturally wants to.
So here are some thoughts on why mushrooms – the non-cultivated variety that one has to know intimately about before seeking them – are part of the bigger picture – and thus part of the solution.
This is a podcast introduction to wild mushroom harvesting as a means of nourishing and maintaining a holistic consciousness.
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Painting onto canvas can be an incredibly limiting presumption about our creativity, which we get caught in early on…
Using shop-bought materials for our art, particularly for surfaces is a form of colonisation of our immense creative potential. Myriad, meaningful surfaces are in fact all around us – and often freely available.
When we begin using materials that we find around us, we develop a solid foundation of relationship and depth of story within our work, which can be a missing link, when we use something prefabricated industrially.
Using found materials makes our work more unique, and more specific to our place and time. It might also make our work more relevant, more connected, more interconnected; give it a place in the world different from that of a image painted on a manufactured surface. http://www.claregalloway.com