Restoring ourselves to our earthly, chthonic roots!
Wild Earth Medicine provides individuals with opportunities to rewild their soul. To rewild is to remember our relationship to and connection with the Earth - that we grow out of this world just as raven, deer, whale, tree, flower and bee. Re-membering our place in this world is what it means to be fully human.
Soul is a beings distinctive embodied myhthos in the world which is bound to and in-formed by their surrounding ecological environment. An environment that is both of form and formlessness. This unique and creative way of participation, what some might call mythos or dharma, originates from a web of existence that is larger than the western notion of a singular self. So vast is this web that, as Susan Griffin muses, "you begin to sense your limitations as a single being."
In fact, the word soul matters little. Rather, it is the gift that we are bound to, and its expression through one's longing to live from a place of radical and connected agency, that matters.
Soul is our medicine! Medicine is our particular mythos! Mythos is our dharma! Our dharma is our way!
Medicine is our particular gift for this stunning, aching, rapturous, wounded world. It is the way of each of us that winds like a river. Our collective gifts flow to where many rivers meet, forming an oceanic tide with the potential to shift the direction of our world.
To discover our soul medicine, we must tend to the dynamic and diverse relationships that weave our very existence into being. For one cannot know self or soul without the Other. Or as Andreas Weber puts it, "on the one hand, entering into relationship means giving up self-identity – a dissolving of individuality. On the other hand, what comes out of it is a deepening of the sense of identity, an increased individuality." Or perhaps put another way, an increased plurality.
We are plural beings who's soul medicine is capable of breaking the confines of a separatist and mechanistic view of the world.
To rewild the human soul is to restore it to its ecological roots by remembering that what we think, feel, imagine, embody, and dream arises from an attunement to the natural rhythms of the Earth. Rhythms that are expressed through the cyclic pattern of birth, death, and rebirth, allowing for deep growth and evolution.
Living through you, your gift finds expression in the ways that you move, speak, breathe, love, take up space, connect, and relate. Just as the river has its way, and the ocean has its way, and the wind has its way, you also have a way. A way that is made possible through the intertwined relationships of self and other. A wild and soul-infused way guided by seasonal rhythms of the Earth. Seasonal shifts that encourage and support the deep work of inner transformation, and call for each of us to submit ourselves to new and undiscovered possibilities.
Rewilding finds form and expression through various mediums, all of which are supported by experiential and nature-based journeys. Journey's that take place in one's deep imagination, and out in the wild, more-than-human world.
"What if the process of rewilding the Earth began with rewilding our souls? If we truly grasp the interconnectedness between all living things, doesn't it follow that every change within us will be reflected in the whole? If we reroot ourselves in the rhythms, wisdom, and patterns that created this planet and our own flesh and feelings, what might be possible for the Earth and all her inhabitants? What if healing the world really does start from within?"