"We’re not human beings having a spiritual experience; we’re spiritual beings having a human experience."
French Jesuit Priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
In our modern world, it's easy to lose sight of our deeper selves, our intuition and our connection to the natural world. But there is a wisdom that calls to us, reminding us of our divine essence. From the ever-shifting seasons to the waxing and waning of the moon, these cycles remind us of the interconnectedness of every moment.
This wisdom, rooted in ancient traditions and the profound insights of spiritual leaders, urges us to embrace the sacred and the wild within us. In doing so, we can heal ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
Reconnecting with Nature's Rhythms and The Sacred Cycle
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Nature is a beautiful web of rhythms and cycles, interconnected and interdependent, giving, sustaining and guiding all life on earth. Our bodies and way of living are intimately linked with nature’s cycles. In our internal rhythms, the essential cycle of the breath and pulsing rhythm of the heartbeat are fundamental to our very existence. Our circadian rhythms affect every aspect of our life: when to wake up, be active, rest, sleep and interact with others, how much energy we have and how we feel.
As well as our internal rhythms, our body clock and our activities are influenced by external cycles, including the rising and setting of the sun and the moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, seasonal changes in temperature and daylight, and the temperature change from day to night.
Women in particular are affected by the monthly moon cycles and when our rhythms are in harmony, we stay healthy and have more energy, and are likely to feel more positive, socially connected, fulfilled and in flow.
Reclaiming the Wild Woman, our Untamed Spirit Within
As women, we are being called upon to rekindle our profound connection with the Earth, our primal instincts and to fully embrace our authentic selves. The wild woman embodies courage, intuition, and a timeless wisdom that has transcended generations.
When we embrace our wild essence, we liberate ourselves from societal pressures and rediscover our intrinsic power. It's an invitation to authenticity and a homecoming to our roots, reconnecting us with the rhythmic pulse of nature.
If we can slow down to connect with the beauty that surrounds us we can create sacred moments of self-care - as simple as a meditation under the open sky, a quiet walk in the woods or wild swim in the sea.
As we move through the greater sacred cycle of womanhood, from maiden to mother to wise woman (and everything in between), these key rites of passages can be embraced and celebrated as opportunities for growth and transformation.
The Wheel of The Year
All ancient cultures lived in harmony with nature's rhythms and cycles. For example Ayurveda, meaning “The Science of Life” and one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, emphasizes dinacharya (living in harmony with the cycles of the day) and ritucharya (living in harmony with the seasons), recognizing that our well-being is intricately tied to the natural world. Daily life was aligned with nature's rhythms, and these rhythms were celebrated with festivals and rituals.
The Wheel of the Year serves as a sacred calendar, paying homage to the changing seasons and the cyclical nature of existence. These transformative cycles are also echoed within the divine feminine of wild womanhood and sacred motherhood. This ancient tradition is deeply rooted in earth-based spirituality and pagan customs, comprising eight festivals that encompass solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarter days.
Each festival within the Wheel of the Year carries its unique energy and symbolism. For instance, Samhain, celebrated on 31st October - 1st November, marks the culmination of the harvest season and a time to honor our ancestors. Beltane, occurring on 1st May, heralds the vivacious energy of spring and the celebration of fertility and vitality.
In embracing the sacred cycle and reconnecting with nature’s rhythms, we learn to honor both the light and the dark, acknowledging that growth often emerges from times of challenge and transformation. This recognition mirrors the cycles of birth, death and rebirth found in the natural world.
Embodying the Sacred and the Wild
“True spirituality is being able to sit in that twilight space of paradox: of embodying the sacred and embracing the wild within us. To honor both the sacredness and wildness within you is like giving yourself the deepest and most loving embrace you could ever receive.”
Aletheia Luna, Loner Wolf
To fully embrace the sacred and the wild is to recognize and celebrate the paradox within us. We are not one-dimensional beings; we are both sacred and wild. The sacred represents our inner divinity, our spirituality and our capacity for love and compassion. The wild represents our primal nature, our instincts, and our connection to the untamed aspects of life.
"The word wild here is not used in its modern pejorative sense, meaning out of control, but in its original sense, which means to live a natural life, one in which the creature has innate integrity and healthy boundaries."
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves
Embracing these dualities within ourselves is like offering a loving embrace to our own souls. It's an acknowledgment that we are complex beings capable of profound depths of experience. It's a call to nurture both our spiritual essence and our primal instincts, allowing them to coexist harmoniously.
Becoming Medicine for Ourselves
As we embrace the sacred and the wild within ourselves, we become a source of healing and medicine for our own souls. Much like Mother Nature creates in effortless flow, as woman and ultimate Creatiix we too have the power to birth not only human life but also our dreams, aspirations, and the profound connection to our spiritual selves.
This journey begins with living consciously and passionately. It entails listening closely to our innermost needs and desires, paying attention to the whispers of our hearts and responding to them with authenticity and courage to guide us on our path. If we align them with our deepest truths and values our actions and choices will have a profound impact on our well-being.
Becoming Medicine for Each Other
Our journey doesn't stop with self-healing. By embracing the sacred and the wild within ourselves, we also become medicine for each other. We inspire and empower those around us to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and healing.
Treading lightly on the Earth becomes a natural extension of our inner transformation. We inquire deeply into our ethics and values, exploring how we can live in ways that protect and preserve Mother Earth. Our own commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship becomes a beacon of hope, showing others the way to tread gently on our planet.
Becoming Medicine for the Earth
Our connection to the Earth is not just about environmental responsibility; it's about recognizing that the Earth's wondrous beauty enriches our very humanity.
Thomas Berry, cultural historian and one of the twentieth century’s most prescient and profound thinkers, beautifully articulates:
"If the outer world is diminished in its grandeur, then the emotional, imaginative, intellectual, and spiritual life of the human is diminished or extinguished. Without the soaring birds, the great forests, the sounds and coloration of the insects, the free-flowing streams, the flowering fields, the sight of the clouds by day and the stars at night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human."
We advocate for the preservation of natural habitats, the protection of endangered species and the restoration of ecosystems.
The Woven Tapestry
Embracing the sacred and the wild is not a solitary journey; it's a collective awakening. It's a call to reconnect with the profound wisdom from nature and intuition. It's an invitation to harmonize our lives with the rhythms of nature, both for our own well-being and the well-being of the Earth.
At Sacred + Wild we care very deeply about:
- Living consciously and passionately, listening closely to our innermost needs and desires, and in harmony with the natural world and her rhythms
- Treading lightly on the earth, enquiring deeply into our ethics and values and how we can live according to them to protect Mother Earth
- Bringing beauty into the everyday by slowing down to create sacred moments of self care
- Honouring and celebrating our most powerful rites of passage as we move through the sacred cycle of woman and motherhood
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