In the middle of winter, there is a temptation to numb our senses while we wait for the flowers and bumblebees to come back in the spring. But each season holds an equal amount of wisdom that is just waiting to be unlocked by those who are truly awake.
Our ancestors had no choice but to listen. Their lives depended on it and their spirits thrived on the deep understandings that were inspired by the earth cycles around them.
Native shamans, granny healers and wise elders weave their own unique tapestries of the spirit world, but they all use the same thread and fabric. One strand that I hear frequently in various cultures goes something like this:
The outer world is a reflection of the universe within each of us. By closely witnessing your surroundings you can access infinitely valuable teachings about the soul’s journey.
There’s a personal lesson that I’ve been slowly beginning to internalize as the natural world outside sits cold and quiet. Something in that silence speaks to me about the shortest route to peace.
The teaching is this:
Many of us attempt to solve our struggles by giving them a ton of life energy, turning each one over and over in our hands like a Rubix cube. This method sometimes works, but often the exact opposite approach is required.
“Make like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi
Looking outside my window I see the naked branches of an entire forest of trees. Gazing at them, the question that subtly forms in the back of my mind is:
What thought constructs, habits or relationships am I holding onto that are no longer serving me?
These majestic maples, oaks and elms seem to have no problem letting go of everything each year. They are born with the knowledge that new leaves will always grow back once the time is right…
Director, The Sacred Science
Nick Polizzi has spent his career producing and directing feature length documentaries about holistic alternatives to conventional medicine.
Nick’s current role as director of “The Sacred Science” stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.