Everyone is born with a natural tattoo of their spirit animal. Every person gets the traits and abilities of their respective animal. But when you were born your father, having a bear tattoo and your mother, bearing a dove tattoo, were horrified. Leviathan.
When working on communication with Nature Spirits there are a few thing that are needed to communicate:
1- You need to be outdoors, I cannot stress that enough. Nature Spirits are not found in your kitchen or livingroom, unless you live outdoors yourself.
2- Have good intent. Do not ask the Spirits for material things like money or man made objects. The Spirit World has no need for these things nor do they see our need for such things.
3- Do not expect a crisp clear voice speaking in English. Communication with Nature Spirits happens through emotions. Nature Spirits are made of flowing energy, not something you might see in a fantasy sci-fi movie or book.
4- Respect is a must. Do not think that you could control or demand the Spirits to do things for you. They could feel your intentions and if questionable they will not make contact.
5- They are not Gods nor are you. When connection is made, view and communicate as if your all equal, because you are.
6- To make a connection start by relaxing and clearing your mind of modern day stresses. Meditation is a good start.
7- Then when clear, hum or sing. Not only does this practice add a ripple effect through the energy field around you, but have you ever heard the many songs upon the Wind? Communication through song is universal, so get creative and make a song that is soothing and comforting as a gentle breeze.
A few days ago I wrote about how the life of everything sings together to make the spirit of a place. As a druid and animist, I like to learn as much as I can about the place and the beings that give it its special spirit.
There are two kinds of knowledge. One is the kind that you can find in books and on the internet. The second is the knowledge in your bones, the knowing you arrive at by using all of your senses.
I like to combine both of these kinds of knowledge to make closer connections to the spirits that surround me.
Try this experiment.
Pick a being that lives near you. It can be a tree, a plant, or a rock – it’s good to start with something that won’t run away. Sit with it for a while, opening all your senses to it. (Only use your sense of taste if you are absolutely certain it’s not poisonous!) See what you can learn by just sharing space with this being.
Then go home and look the plant or stone up in a book or on the web. Look for its characteristics and its uses. To what extent does your intuition agree with what’s in the book?
When I try this, I am invariably surprised about how much I can learn from just being with a natural thing. It would seem that humans are quite capable of using their intuition for all kinds of things.
The INFP personality type can feel like a walking paradox. Why is this? Well, it’s because the INFP’s cognitive functions often contradict each other. For instance, although INFPs are Perceivers (which means they prefer an adaptable lifestyle), they lead with a Judging function, Introverted Feeling (which is concerned with establishing order). Likewise, it’s not uncommon for INFPs to have strong beliefs and opinions and yet be indecisive when it comes to making everyday choices. Here are 10 more contradicting things about INFPs.
1. INFPs want to help others yet they resist human contact. INFPs are true idealists who want to make the world a better and more compassionate place. They are highly empathetic individuals who have the capacity for deep caring. Although they are very interested in helping others, they can also be extremely reserved and private. As introverts, they need a lot of alone time to recharge, as social interactions can be draining.
2. They’re both curious and shy. INFPs have a strong Extroverted Intuition (Ne) function which makes them enjoy exploring new ideas and possibilities. They are very curious when it comes to learning about the world, including learning about human nature and different cultures. However, at the same time, they can be shy and hesitant to open themselves up to people who they aren’t familiar with. This is because INFPs are conscientious, need time to reflect, and do not like to engage in shallow conversations. They take their encounters quite personally and are highly sensitive, so they may be wary about letting just anyone into their lives.
3. INFPs can be extremely determined or apathetic. INFPs seem to run on an on-off switch. They can either be extremely obsessive about something or completely indifferent. That’s because Fi is their primary driver, so they are motivated by what feels right. So, if an INFP comes across something that excites them, they can become extremely passionate, even neglecting basic needs such as sleep in their pursuit. Conversely, it can be very difficult for INFPs to find any motivation to finish a task or partake in a discussion if it doesn’t spark their interest.
4. They can be easygoing or stubborn. INFPs are generally easygoing and flexible, especially when it comes to making everyday decisions. They also like to entertain different ideas and possibilities, thanks to their auxiliary Ne function, and are open to looking at things from many perspectives. However, INFPs have strong personal values due to their Fi and are reluctant to compromise them. They stand their ground and do not easily surrender in the face of adversity. For instance, INFPs believe in staying true to themselves so they resist giving up their individuality and values in order to conform, be part of a clique, and/or please others. They might get bullied for choosing to be a square peg in a round hole, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. INFPs are perfectionists but can also be negligent. INFPs have high standards for themselves and their work, and they can become perfectionists. For instance, they might reread an email several times before hitting send. At the same time, as Intuitives, INFPs prefer to focus on the big picture rather than spend time working out the details of something. Likewise, sometimes they get lost in their own idealism and neglect more practical matters.
6. They’re unconventional and quirky, but also traditional. INFPs are highly individualistic people who break free from the status quo. They choose their own unique pathway rather than doing what society expects of them. At the same time, INFPs can be traditional due to their strong values and sense of nostalgia. They are extremely loyal and have clear beliefs about right and wrong. They also attach meaning to things from the past because of their Introverted Sensing (Si) function, so it’s not unusual for INFPs to hold on to childhood toys, treasured collections, or family memorabilia.
7. INFPs want to be autonomous and free, but also have stability and order. INFPs value autonomy and prefer to do things freely without any impediments. They like to be creative, expressive, and explore new things without being burdened by repetitive tasks and strict orders. However, at the same time, they are drawn to their inferior Extroverted Thinking (Te) function and desire some sort of stability and structure in their lives—or else things may get a little too chaotic. INFPs may find their life to be quite disorganized when they are being carried away by their imagination; they need something to ground them in reality.
8. They feel happy and sad at the same time. INFPs feel deeply and experience a wide breadth of emotions. They can vividly recreate experiences and feelings through their imagination. They may even experience several emotions simultaneously, such as feeling both pleasant and melancholy.
9. INFPs want the ideal partner, but may find themselves drawn to toxic relationships. When it comes to relationships, INFPs may find themselves falling into one of two traps: they struggle to find their princess or prince charming, or end up in a toxic relationship. Because they are highly idealistic, INFPs may have unrealistic expectations when it comes to dating. At the same time, they are crusaders who want to save others. In doing so, INFPs may end up in an unhealthy relationship, attracting narcissists and other toxic individuals who take advantage of their unconditional empathy.
10. They are both children and old souls. INFPs can sometimes seem childlike because they tend to be optimistic and can see life through rose-colored glasses. In spite of their whimsical and free-spirited nature, INFPs are also old souls; they experience emotions intensely, have high levels of empathy, and can see many possibilities in a given situation. With these gifts come incredible insight, depth, and wisdom.
“Wow, your Nature Spirits are working with you, wondrous bond twixt the kingdoms.“
Someone commented this on one of my garden-related pictures today and it made me think maybe it’s time to address this sensitive subject again.
Since I started this garden, a number of things have happened to me in life and I have met some unusual people, which led to changes in the way I view the garden and things I do connected with it, even though I’ve never fully converted to any one way of thinking.
One thing that happened was meeting and spending time with Lenape people, and seeing them in action, having ceremony, and talking with them about it. They talk about spirits the way you talk about your neighbors or friends, like they just know they exist. They told me that the spirits like tobacco. Later I went to see a person who writes books about plant spirit medicine, and he said the same: that although some may think it is a bad or unhealthy herb, the spirits, including plant spirits, like it best. If you want to please them, that’s what to give to them.
I figured, what can it hurt? I don’t know about spirits, but these very down-to-earth people obviously do, and they think they’re worth pleasing. So I started buying the least-treated tobacco I could find, a couple of times a year, and taking it out in the early morning and sprinkling it as an offering to any spirits in my garden.
Also, I read that it’s good to have a spirit house. Ideally you want one of those nice Japanese spirit houses that people often think are lanterns, but anything nice will do. You put it in an out-of-the-way corner of the garden, and officially, possibly with tobacco or smudging or incense or something, formally invite the spirits into your garden and tell them they can live in the house.
I couldn’t afford a Japanese spirit house, although I’ve always admired them. Instead, when a favorite decorated flower pot broke just enough that I could no longer use it, I placed it upside down in a corner of the garden so that the broken part was like a door, and I did the little ceremony, inviting the spirits, out loud, to come and live in my garden. It felt a little flaky, but again, I figured, what could it hurt?
And then when I went to England, A friend bought me a vial at the Chalice Well Gardens, to put the reputedly sacred water of the spring into, to bring some home. I did that, and when I got home, I sprinkled a little of it around the garden, just droplets so that I still have most of it. I just remembered as I wrote this that I also have water that was said to have been taken from the River Ganges, and years ago I had sprinkled some of that around the garden, too.
Now, I’m not a true believer in this kind of stuff, although the Lenape people and then the pagan and heathen people I met in the UK gave me a chance to see serious, thoughtful people talking about and performing ceremony to spirits, so I was getting tempted to believe despite my upbringing. It seems sometimes like my life is leading me in that direction.
Anyway, wow, after I did that stuff, the garden just changed. I still need to work in it, dig things out, weed, and replant things, but it has become lush and full and self-regenerating in ways it never was before. And it has an ineffable kind of grace to it, growing in ways I could never have thought to try to make it grow. It has become beautiful.
Is that because of those actions, inviting the spirits in and giving them tobacco and water from the Chalice Well and occasionally going out and doing a smudge with some of the white sage (dried) I grow there? I can’t say for sure. But I will say to anyone thinking of trying it: Why not? What can it hurt?
So I made an outdoor altar right outside my bedroom for nature spirits, but it feels…off. Like I might’ve pissed something off or attracted something I didn’t want to attract, because it feels ungodly creepy in my room and I can’t sleep at all. Can anyone give me advice on what to do? Take down the altar, move it someplace else, add/take things from it, etc? Any help is deeply appreciated!