About the Book “Walking Awake: The Faces in Nature
The book “Walking Awake: The Faces in Nature” was sparked, birthed, and flowed into its first form within one week early in the year 2012. It was later edited, reshaped and published into how it appears today. I had no idea I was going to create a book prior to that week. As in the Charles de Lint quote above, it was a magical encounter with a “whispered voice” a “hidden presence” that brought it forth. Here is how it all unfolded…
In early 2012 my personal-life, career, friendships, community associations, and even my health was in full throttle transition. While on the outside I was doing my best to hold it all together, inside my mind was a whirlpool of scenarios and mantras, my heart was grieving for what was, what could’ve been, and what wouldn’t be, and my spirit was just plain exhausted. I felt very alone. Spiraling back to my roots, I could feel Nature calling me home. I listened to that calling and went deep into the woods to a hidden spot where no other human was present (nor likely to even know about). I went with the intention of asking Nature to help me reclaim inner peace and balance, to help me center into my true path. When I look back on that day I realize that I was also in need of a safe place to release my frustrations, my disappointments, and my fear. It was very quiet there, just me and the trees. It wasn’t long before the silence was broken with me bellowing out the words “I feel so alone!” achingly into the depths of the forest. It wasn’t a conscious yell. I didn’t plan on doing it! In fact, I was very surprised when I heard my voice echoing amongst the trees! After I was finished keening, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes and the forest was once again quiet. Then, I heard a voice… “Look over here!”. When I sheepishly looked in the direction of the voice I expected to see another human being however, there was no-one there. What I did see was a very clear, beautiful, peaceful face in a tree! I froze in place and starred in silent wonder. Suddenly, I heard another voice close behind me… “You are not alone!” and again, expecting to see a person standing there, I turned around. Instead of a person I saw another clear, comforting, face in a tree! I have revisited that moment time and time again over the years since, and whether I attempt to assign those voices to my subconscious, or a universal consciousness, or to my guides, ancestors, faeries, guardian angels, or my various images of God - in the end - for me - all that really matters is that I heard the voices and that I allowed myself to be fully present in that moment. In what I initially perceived as one of my darkest moments, Nature shined a spotlight on what would (later) become my ministry. I began to “Walk Awake”!
After I sat in awe with these Nature Beings for quite some time, I took a photograph of each tree. I went home and while mentally beginning to process my encounter, I began to upload the photos on my computer. Out of curiosity I took a look back through my many folders of Nature photos. It was then that I discovered that I had been capturing photos of faces, and hearts and hidden presences in Nature for years! However, I was never really “awake” enough in the past to actually see them! Nature had ALWAYS been communicating with me, I just wasn’t listening until that moment! I soon began gathering my photos together and coupling them with age old wisdom quotes and the first edition of “Walking Awake: The Faces in Nature” was born.
Today, my relationship with Nature and my ministry continues to unfold, and I am loving the adventure! I share my ministry through my weekly email Nature meditations, and with those who choose to join me on my guided walks, workshops, and pilgrimages. I no longer feel alone with Nature at my side, and I remain forever open to the everyday sort of magic that exists when we remember to “Walk Awake”.