Thanks to the early moon missions we were able to see what our planet looked like from space. Our home, the extraordinarily beautiful planet, Earth. The impression this made on people at the time and since has been profound and certainly added energy to the then burgeoning environmental movement. Looking at this image today, I feel a deep love for Earth as well as a yearning to become more wild, more earth-like, more of the Earth. The constraints and pressures of modern life on myself, my family and on my friends makes me want to just run away and be free in the wilderness. I think many people feel this same urgency which is why the notion of living off-grid is so appealing.
There are many ways to nurture a more intimate relationship with the Earth in order to feel wild and free once more. One can go into the wilderness, walk barefoot, hug trees, sleep outdoors … and there are many books which encourage just that. Jay Griffiths’ “Wild”, George Monbiot’s “Feral” and Rachel Corby’s “Rewild Yourself – Becoming Nature” to name a few. It is also possible to enter the “wilderness” through the garden, through the window box, through a plant pot,
…or even an old paint tin.
Once you put your hands into soil or compost and intend to grow something, something magical happens. The spirits of place, the spirits of the land and the spirits of the plant all work with you to co-create.
“Once the call is made (by humans) nature responds accordingly to support that defined call.”
Machaelle Small Wright (author of “Perelandra Garden Workbook – Co-Creative Energy Processes for Gardening, Agriculture and Life”)
Once we start co creating with Nature we are back into the wilderness. (It is really not very far away – note the Dandelion that springs up through tarmac!) The energy of the wilderness simply wants to encourage and enable all things to thrive. Some people describe that wild energy as elemental; and some people go further and describe that energy as being caused by an elemental being.
Elemental beings are the spirits of place, the spirits of the land, the spirits of trees and streams and pebbles and all that we identify as Nature. One writer, Pam Montgomery describes a water droplet creating a rainbow as light passed through it, as an individual elemental being. (“Plant Spirit Healing”and “Partner Earth”) As we now know, everything is made of energy, so it seems perfectly reasonable to me that there are energies out there, in the plants, in the garden, in the wilderness.
This, by the way, is not wilderness – this is neglect and the co- creativity has stopped. The wilderness has not returned, with a diversity of plant and animal life; this is a stagnant field, in suspended animation, waiting for love.
A little patch of our wilderness that flowered this year for the first time!
It is possible to return to wilderness by co creating a garden with helping elemental spirits. They are also regarded as Divas or architects. I have been trying to communicate with the Elementals here and I think it is starting to pay off. The furze above has never flowered in the twenty years I have been here until now.
Hawthorn with about three foot of growth on lower branches
The Hawthorn has been here for who knows how long without any change until this year.
The trees that we planted over the last three to four years are already ten to twelve foot high.
Our garden is being co-created, I call for help with every task. I ask for help to grow our trees because they prevent erosion and provide homes for birds and animals. I ask for help when growing flowers and herbs because they feed the insects and birds and provide medicine. I remember to give thanks for the wild gifts – the medicinal plants, the food plants.
Hawthorn Berries – Food and Medicine
Blackberries in profusion
I’ve been working in this garden with intent for about five or six years now and it is still a wilderness. I do not use pesticides, I do not use fertilizers. I make compost and call for help from the Elementals and I believe it is working. Many gardeners would look at my garden and despair because there are no neat rows, it is not tidy and there are lots of “weeds” everywhere. It is definitely NOT a neat suburban garden with no leaf out of place. It is a garden and it is a wilderness.
A suburban garden here on the left is a fine example of what my garden is not.
Mary Reynolds, a former award winning landscape gardener, has decided she can no longer design gardens because ultimately they need to be controlled to keep the wildernesss out. She writes,
“Nature had her own ideas about design…..garden maintenance is fighting the intentions Mother Nature has for herself.”
Machaella Small Wright argues that
“Humans tend to look at gardens as an expression of nature. Nature looks at gardens as an expression of humans”
If we call to the Elementals and work as co-creators we can have wilderness gardens that express both Nature and human. If we call to the wild and free energy of the Elementals we will find ourselves connecting with the wilderness where ever we are. In connecting with the wilderness we are communing with Mother Earth the Goddess. For me, I think I’m getting results. Leave a comment below and let me know how you connect to the wilderness or if you call to the Elementals.