clearing new paths

Hallo beautiful living men and women,

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.

podcast on opening new paths

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.

So much love, and blessed days to you,

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what’s OUR part in keeping those folks at the top of the hierarchy?!

Further response to the dialogue around taking gurus and business/ sacred sexuality/ spirituality folks’ off of their thrones that they’re so righteously defending.

See also my earlier podcast around ”So what is it that’s keeping our gurus so blind to their privilege… ?!’

The fact that we feel the need to ask an ‘icon’ to be more open, fairer, more inclusive – is giving them our attention, our vital force, our sovereignty – but as much as they all have to come down off their pedestals, WE have to step out of the lower rungs of the hierarchy, and up to meet them in the horizontal, by understanding our divine sovereignty!

Much love to us all in our beautiful transitioning into symbiosis,
Clare

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How Do We Remove Our Self From The Hierarchy?

The idea of the hierarchy as an injustice is becoming the focus of mainstream, and this marks a powerful moment in realisation for our collective conscious: first, that we are all participating in a construct – and then, that we’re all benefiting from the suffering of other people and things (cultures, animals, nature, the planet).

The beauty of this moment is that we’re not just waking up to this inbuilt, this utterly inherent unfairness, but that many, many of us are ready to take action to change it. We’re not just passively observing and lamenting; we’re able to cognise our place in the dynamic that brought this particular aspect of the unfairness into being – and thus to act to lessen the negative impact, and to augment the positive impact (the connectedness, the mutual respect, the symbiosis between us).

As I discuss in this podcast, removing ourselves from a hierarchy, from structures, from privileges that our lives are steeped in, must be done with myriad steps. Moving into a new, alternative way of interbeing requires a different language, a different approach, a different pace and rhythm altogether. We can’t step directly into it, but we very much CAN step methodically out of the compartmentalised, manipulative, separation, fear-tension-pain dynamic that riddles our very being.

podcast on removing our self from the hierarchy

It’s ironically simple, pleasureful, and obvious how to do, as soon as we set the intention: the real hierarchy – the natural hierarchy of our mind-body-spirit – gives us clear directions where to go, how to proceed. We move forwards organically, spontaneously, intuitively, with our intention held in the core of us.

We’re not so much removing our Self from the hierarchy, but aligning our Self with both our own natural hierarchy, and the hierarchy of nature – which for the most part are horizontal and symbiotic, balanced and harmonious.

The concept of a pyramid hierarchical power dynamic is a one-dimensional model: it eliminates responsibility, locks us into long-term knock-on negative effects, like the disastrous consequences for everyone/ everything through the abuse of resources. And eventually it leads to the atrophying of Life itself through our psychotic, egoistic focus on immediate, surface gratification.

The reality of a fluid sharing of power, resources, energy, support – in contrast – opens up unlimited wealth, pleasure, vitality, energy, resources… because it frees our disconnection into connection – the core of what allows harmony to exist and symbiosis to evolve.

If we have one inherent privilege over nature, it’s our ability to work more consciously and collectively…. to build something ever more beautiful, harmonious, meaningful, pleasureful for all.

All we have to do, is to recognise that TRUE power is our ability in the everymoment to navigate towards the more beautiful, harmonious, meaningful, and pleasureful for all – and away from all things that are not this. THAT is our infinite power, individually and collectively.

Clare http://www.claregalloway.com

Much love to us all in our transition,
Clare

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Join me on Patreon to get access to everything I do, as my treasured long-term supporter.

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work with me in my studio.

Visit the Living Gift pages on Teachable, to get immediate access to my courses and podcast series.