On Letting Go

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Much has been written about the importance of letting go, but in practice, it is easier said than done. Let go, yes—but how?

As many of us already know, holding onto something anchors us with its heavy weight to past circumstances or relationships, and keeps us in the same unsavory energy that the past moments or energy held. A situation or relationship is a container of energy, similar to a room. When we keep thinking of something or someone in the past over and over, it circulates the energy within that room and perpetuates its momentum, keeping it alive and active within us and within our vibrational field, which also attracts more of the same circumstances to us. If we keep coming back to the same past event, relationship, or circumstances, this is a sign that we may have unhealed wounds around it and energetic cording that keeps us attached to it. This creates an energy leak that saps our vitality and life force, and drains our creative energy. Many times, it also prevents us from moving on into something better and into a happier life and strong, rewarding relationships.

There are many ways we can go about letting go, moving on, and healing. The methods that work for you depend on many factors, including what you respond to, the depth of healing needed, and your readiness to move on, to name a few. Beginning with setting the intention that you wish to heal and move on from the particular energies, situation, or relationship is the first and most important step. When you make this declaration, whether by writing it down, meditating on it, or speaking it aloud, you are setting forth the energy of intention to release, clear, and heal. This in turn establishes a momentum that will continue to build and grow. Calling on your team of light, your allies in spirit, is always recommended. Archangel Michael is a powerful ally when it comes to clearing, release, and cord-cutting, and can help you with letting go. Archangel Raphael is a master healer who works with the heart and will help you to heal on all levels. We have only to ask for the assistance of our allies, and they are ready to support us immediately. Because we have free will, they cannot interfere and so are awaiting our request.

One method of clearing cords is to first get into a meditative state and call in your allies for protection, strength, and support. You can begin by visualizing a protective sphere of golden light surrounding you on all sides, three feet above and three feet below you, and around you in a sphere that reaches past your fingertips when you have your arms outstretched. Eyes closed, you can visualize or feel where any cords might be connected to you. Do you feel pressure in a certain area of your body? Depending on your particular abilities, you may be able to see it or have a knowing of where it is. Consider its significance in light of where it is located. Something connected to the sacral chakra can be tied to past romantic relationships; if it is near the heart, it could be associated with heartbreak; something near the root chakra could be related to familial connections or your sense of security and stability; something in the back could be related to backstabbing; if it is around the throat, it could indicate a person or situation who tried to prevent you from speaking your truth or a time when your voice was not heard or was misrepresented. Often, gaining clarity on a cord’s significance can help us to begin the process of clearing. Sometimes, you may know exactly to what person or situation it is connected. The person or past events may come up in your mind as a way of telling you that something needs to be healed there. You can visualize the cord filling with golden light and gently dissolving. Once it is gone, send love and healing to the area of your body where it was, and see that area filling with golden light and then mending as it heals over. You may wish to send love to the situation and anyone connected with it. You can call on your allies to support you through any part of this process, then thank them when you are done.

It can help to follow this with writing down what needs to be released. You can then burn the paper as a way of symbolically and energetically letting it go and releasing it to the universe to be cleared and transmuted so that you can begin your process of healing. Remember to be kind to yourself during the healing process, and to remember that healing is a journey. Journaling can be a therapeutic tool. Writing down what wisdom you learned from the experience can help you to gain clarity. You can also write down how you would like to move forward and how you would like your next experiences to be better as a way of setting intentions and bringing in positive energy to replace the energy that you have cleared or are clearing. Emotional release can be powerfully cleansing; honoring your need to let go of past emotions through tears or any other method that is brimming to the surface is incredibly therapeutic. We are not meant to stifle our emotions or keep them inside, as this only prevents us from letting go and builds the energy until, one day, the dam bursts. Taking salt baths and walks in nature can also be helpful, as these methods can help restore us energetically and bring us energetic purification and greater clarity. You may find that talking with a trusted friend or spending time with animals is helpful. Art may be your master healer; you don’t even have to be very good at it! Some find great solace in listening to music or playing a musical instrument. Getting in the flow state, however we reach it, helps us to process and heal on levels that we are often not consciously aware of. Feeling joy and allowing ourselves to experience laughter and fun are some of the best therapies in existence. Above all, trust your instinct when it comes to the methods you feel will be helpful to you.

Taking the time to really go deep and examine the emotions behind a situation, and what we are still holding onto, can be exactly what we need. Are we holding onto something for fear of letting go? Would we feel guilty for moving on? Behind our resistance to releasing something is sometimes the need to feel secure. When we examine something in depth, it can force us to look at what we don’t want to look at and can shake our sense of stability. Life was just fine; why look under the rug? The thing to remember is that you owe it to yourself to sweep out the debris of your life so that you can stand on truly solid footing. And sometimes, that means taking a deep look at some heavy subjects and memories so that you can dredge them up out of the waters of your subconscious and clear them out for good. It’s important that we pay attention to our feelings. What is ready to be released has a way of bobbing back up to the surface repeatedly until we get out the scuba gear and the net and take a deep dive to fish it out of the waters and cast it out for good. We owe ourselves that. We deserve to live our best possible lives, free and clear and unencumbered by the past.

Some may find that letting go is a decision. It often starts with the desire to heal and move on from something. This establishes an intention energetically, and when you follow that with a clearly stated intention, whether spoken or written, it adds more power to the momentum of your desire and keeps it building and growing as you go through the process. You may feel guided to take certain steps along the way to facilitate your journey. We are all unique, and we all heal in different ways. What’s most important is to honor yourself throughout the process. Making time for yourself, however hectic your schedule may be, is crucial. There are times when we need to put ourselves first. When we allow ourselves the time and space to process and heal, we can show up as better and more authentic versions of ourselves, both for us and for the people in our lives.

2021: The Year According to Tarot

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Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

Six months of 2021 are represented by Major Arcana cards, which indicate karmic, life-changing, large-scale, and sometimes fated events. Think soul contracts, life purpose, and soul mission. But that is only half of the story. The rest of the year is balanced out by pip cards, which tell the story of our everyday lives. In these small moments lie choice, and choice lies with us. We are strongly guided to tune into and strengthen our connection with our intuition so that we can exercise our free will and sovereignty, and make the truest and best choices for ourselves without being swayed by outside influences or the will or opinions of others. Here’s what the cards have to say for each month ahead:

January: Five of Cups reversed

In the wake of an emotionally challenging situation (or year—ahem, 2020), we are picking up the pieces or just opening our eyes to see what lies scattered about. As we gather our senses and come back to ourselves, we look around and assess the situation, our emotions, our feelings, and consider what is whole and what lies broken. We have choices to make. How to move forward? What to mend and what to walk away from? We are guided to take time to ourselves this month for self-care and nurturing, and to really take a close, unflinching look at what serves us best right now and for the month ahead. Take your time and go within. Rest, heal, dream, and envision your brightest future. What is part of that future, and what is not? As the first month of the year, January is a time of new beginnings. This is the time to welcome new opportunities and set our sights on where we want to be and what we want to create. This is the time to consider how you want to reshape your life. Remember, you are the potter.

February: Wheel of Fortune

Now that we are clear on what we want, here comes the hand of fate ready to deliver what is due. Being that this card is in the upright position, it signifies positive, happy changes that bring momentous outcomes. Get ready for-life changing opportunities and events this month. This second month of the year brings energies of two—i.e., partnership, cooperation, and maybe even love, either rekindled or new. The Wheel of Fortune is also the number 10 card in the Major Arcana; ten brings energies of conclusions, cycles endings, completion, and fulfillment. With endings come new beginnings. This month may usher in things we never even realized we wanted as they come dropping out of our vortex and catapulting into our lives. New jobs, businesses, marriage proposals, and major life changes are all indicated this month. And remember: the less your resistance, the more you can receive. It’s time to get happy, as our joy and positive vibrations attract to us all that is good and wonderful.

March: Nine of Wands

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Nine of Wands shows a figure, guarded and bandaged, holding a large staff as if in protection. He is wary and watchful as he protects his battlement. He has been knocked about and knows better than anyone the importance of self-protection. This month, stand your guard, stand up for yourself, reclaim your power, stand in your power, and protect what is yours. Say no. Speak up. Channel your inner warrior. You have what it takes to succeed, and you are stronger than you realize. This card also guides us to be wise, to be kind yet strong, compassionate yet powerful. Being a spirit warrior does not entail the old 3D version of the bloody, angry warrior charging ahead with a weapon of destruction; we are moving beyond and above that into intelligence, strength, personal empowerment, and wisdom. We are kind and loving, yet smart enough to know how to protect our energy. This month, tune into your powerful inner strength—you have a deep wellspring of it that lies within. Call on Archangel Michael for strength and protection.

April: The High Priestess

The High Priestess is powerful and sovereign, and guides us to tap into our inner power and sovereignty. This wise leader first leads herself. She is aligned with the truth of who she is, her divine nature, and is keenly attuned to her intuition. This card bears the number two, which further strengthens the energies of co-creation between our inner being and our earthly self. Like The Magician, which appears later this year in October, she creates her own reality and holds the power of transformation as she draws from a vast palette of resources and ingredients. In contrast to The Magician, The High Priestess creates from a soul level, from the divine aspects of herself as she attunes to her power within and draws from her inner resources. While The Magician does draw on his inner power, he tends to be more outwardly focused in his creations and manifestations. Tuning in through meditation and committing to the spiritual practices that resonate with you can summon forth hidden abilities and spiritual gifts that are ready to expand within you. As we look within, we find vast reserves of inner power, our innate gifts and abilities, and the authenticity and truth of who we are at a soul level. This figure of the divine feminine asks us to find the magic within.

May: Six of Cups

This happy, nostalgic card indicates peace, balance, joy, and generosity of heart. This month may bring an abundance of emotions in the form of emotional renewal, happiness, and a discovery of the joy we each hold in our hearts. We may have reason to celebrate this month, and we are guided to remember our past successes and know that we are capable of achieving that and so much more. Our relationships bring happiness and are a reminder that we are never alone and that we have a wellspring of support to drawn on. Our loved ones, family, and friends can be a source of support for us. While our truest and best support comes from within, this is a month of happy connections, new and renewed, that brings camaraderie and fun. Where we created happy memories in the past, we can create new and happier ones in our present and future. When we set the intention to constantly improve and elevate in every way in our lives, the universe conspires in our favor to deliver what we have asked for. It is never too early or too late to seek improvements in life. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we can be happy and fulfilled, and we can realize our greatest dreams.

June: Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups shows us turning away from something—whether a relationship, a situation, a locale, an ideology… Whatever it is, it is no longer working for us. We will know when it is time to walk away, as we can often sense energetically when something is no longer worth our time and effort. Have we put in more than we got out of it? Is it lopsided or out of balance? Are the other parties doing their part? These are some of the questions we may find ourselves asking this month. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, this card shows an empty space where, presumably, one cup had been before. We feel intuitively and emotionally when something is missing and we are guided to trust ourselves to know when it is time to try to find it and put it back where it was, to seek it elsewhere, or to look for something new altogether. This is very much a card of letting go and walking away into what is possibly the unknown. Wherever we go, when we carry the intention of honoring our highest good and seeking better for ourselves, we are establishing the energetic foundation for what will come next. It is important for us to get clear on what we do want before we walk away; writing it down grounds the energy and takes the concept from thought to manifest form or physical creation and begins a stronger momentum that allows it to grow so that it can show up in our physical experience.

July: Three of Swords

After last month’s decision to turn away from what wasn’t working, we now find ourselves doing the inner work of feeling the pain of the situation we have left and processing it. The number seven indicates shifts as we move from one energy to another. Keeping our focus clear and strong and keeping our eyes on what we want will be our guiding light this month. The phrase You have to feel it to heal it comes to mind. It serves us best to do this inner work now and clear it all out so we can create space for joy, happiness, and positivity, and welcome better situations. When we hold onto energies that do not serve us, when we do not do the work of processing and clearing the painful bits, they stay there and inform our vibration, which attracts more of the same to us. The only way out is through, in this case. Our guidance this month is to do whatever is needed—cry, journal, meditate, take salt baths, go for long walks in nature, dip in the sea, rest, engage in self-care, put on a favorite record and dance with abandon, create art—or all of it. On the other side of this, we will be a clear vessel that can hold the light. But we are a work in progress. It can benefit us this month to remember that healing isn’t a one-off project; it’s a lifetime commitment, and the results are so very worth it. We are so worth it.

August: Strength

From this period of processing and healing emotional wounds, we now begin to summon up our inner strength. Within each one of us is a deep wellspring of strength and power that comes from love, which is the strongest force in the universe. This eighth card of the Major Arcana aligns with the eighth month of the year. The number eight is, visually, the lemniscate, or infinity symbol, turned on its side. The lemniscate is a reminder of eternal life, while the number eight represents abundance and prosperity of all kinds, not just in the material realm. This makes eight a number of infinite abundance. This month, we have the Lion‘s Gate Portal, which is active from July 26 through August 12, and reaches its peak on August 8 (8/8). Get ready to absorb the powerful energies from Sirius, which beams in its magic during this time. This is a potent time of manifesting abundance and clearing our energy so we can make more room to hold the light and receive more of the abundance that is our birthright. This month, we are rewarded by setting strong intentions and writing down our goals, dreams, and desires. This month’s guidance is to sit in meditation, visualizing yourself living your desired life and achieving your goals while feeling how you would feel if you were living that life; this will help it manifest more quickly. Try doing this for 20 minutes each day beginning on July 26, or throughout the entire month of August, and see what unfolds. This card is also related to courage, persistence and determination, and overcoming weakness.

September: Queen of Wands

A card of fruitfulness and abundance, this Queen is the master of all that the suit of wands represents—will, passion, fire, drive, excitement, and manifestational abilities. The Queen of Wands knows how to use these attributes to her greatest benefit, and does so in a loving way. Compassionate, generous, loving, and kind, this queen is a masterful creator. She also represents creativity, which is linked to creation, as what we make is linked to our will. Getting creative this month and making things—whether related to the arts, business, plans, travel, or goals—can link us into this energy of manifestation. Similarly, when we reach the flow state through creative activities, we open ourselves to receive what is for our highest good. This card carries a generative force that reminds us of our ability to shape our own realities. Following last month’s Lion’s Gate Portal, this month we are guided to get into the receiving mode by opening our hearts and allowing ourselves to experience joy, fun, happiness, and any high-vibrational emotions. Getting into the flow state also helps us to be in receiving mode. The seeds of intention we have previously planted are getting ready to sprout, or they may be ready to bear fruit. This month is the time of the traditional harvest, and is a great time of receiving.

October: The Magician

The Magician is depicted in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck as having all of the tools of the trade at his disposal. He works with the forces of earth, wind, water, and fire, symbolized respectively by the pentacle, the athame, the chalice, and the wand. These elemental energies are forces of creation that are all around us, and that we can work with anytime we wish. Crystals represent the earth, feathers and incense the air, candles fire, and salt baths or goblets water; these tools aid us in working with each element. And we all have these elements within ourselves: the body is earth and contains water, the breath in our lungs is air, and our will or spirit is fire. They support and strengthen our work through their aligned energy, but ultimately, all we really need is our intention. This month we are strongly supported in our creations, in manifesting, and in taking outward action (like submitting resumes, writing down goals, drawing up business plans, and so on) to add momentum to what we are working toward. We are guided to remember that integrity is important in all we do, and that energy intended to harm another comes back on us multifold. Live and let live is a good motto to live by; we are asked to concern ourselves with our own energy, life, practice, and creations first and foremost, and focus on expanding into the highest and best versions of ourselves. This card bears the number one, which aligns with the energies of focus, manifestations, new beginnings, and fresh starts. We are supported this month and at all times in setting the intention to elevate ourselves to higher and better ways of being, thinking, and doing; when we set this intention, the universe backs us all the way.

November: Justice

In the upright position, Justice signals a happy conclusion to something in question, whether it is directly related to legal issues or to matters concerning the heart, happiness, health, or well-being. This card bears the number 11, which brings a gateway energy through which we pass to enter a new experience, phase, or cycle. The 11 energy is especially strong, as it comes through so synchronously on the eleventh month of the year. Something karmic or life-changing may be taking place for you, and the universe may be tipping the scales in your favor or making adjustments to create balance. You may be passing into a new situation that represents an energetic upleveling, as you may have successfully fulfilled a contract, agreement, or obligation of some kind. The Justice card also carries energies of receiving karmic rewards and justice being served. If you have been struggling with a situation, feel you have been treated unfairly, or have had enough of the same lessons over and over (i.e., repeating themes and cycles throughout your life), give this to the highest guidance of the universe and ask the angels and your allies for support and clarity. Requesting an end to lessons you feel you have truly learned can benefit you now. On the other hand, there may be something you are still missing that keeps bringing the same cycle around; ask for clarity and guidance on closing it out for good so you can learn what you need to learn and move on into better things.

December: The Sun

This is the happiest card in the deck, and it shows our efforts paying off. The Sun bears the number 19, which indicates the completion and fulfillment of a cycle (possibly karmic, as this is a Major Arcana card), which is now being brought to its happiest outcome. Expect brighter days ahead and a surge of confidence, inspiration, vitality, and achievements. Fame, fortune, accolades, success, and bright, happy new beginnings are all indicated now. Honors and goals fulfilled, the manifestation of dreams long dreamt, and the physical evidence of circumstances long desired are now entering your experience in the best possible way. You are receiving clarity and new understandings like never before. This card also indicates that light is being shed on new subjects, bringing you information and wisdom that can be life-changing and may open up new paths and opportunities. You could be gaining a newfound sense of self as you find a sense of surety, peace, profound joy, and deep satisfaction that will illuminate your days to come and the year ahead.

January: A Reading for the Collective

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Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

The reading this month tells a powerful story of closure, attainment, new beginnings, success, opportunity, and manifestations that lead us to a place of peace, comfort, prosperity, fulfillment, and joy. We have done the inner work and are ready to move on and welcome great things into our lives, circumstances and situations that bring us happiness and fruitful new ways of living, being, doing, and thinking that benefit us in every way and help us to uplevel. The upheavals of the past have transformed the ground we stand on, ripping apart the crumbling structures and allowing us to create solid foundations to support a future that will, in turn, support us. We have shifted into something so much greater than we ever would have dreamed, even a year ago. We can look back on our progress and feel deeply into gratitude for how strong and brave we have been, and for allowing ourselves to heal and expand beyond our comfort zones. We have reached new heights and in the process, have learned so much more about ourselves for having sounded the depths of our being to discover how strong and powerful we truly are. We have risen like the Phoenix from the ashes, reborn again from fire, transmuted into something more magnificent than ever before. We now realize why we had to burn.

Q1: What is the overall energy of January? Nine of Cups

The nine indicates the energy of endings that will be prevalent throughout this month. Situations, relationships, and cycles that have reached a point of fulfillment are coming to a close. The Nine of Cups foretells a fullness and great joy. We may be rewarded for work well done, and could receive abundant new opportunities and blessings that assist and support us in our growth and allow us to move forward on our path. This card can also speak of happy endings, as we may reach points of closure that have been long-anticipated or long-awaited. We are at an emotional point on our journey, and abundant joy is becoming available to us with new changes, developments, and opportunities this month.

Q2: Week 1 energy: The World

As the number 21 card, The World is the final placement in the Major Arcana. It is indicative of achievement, mastery, fulfillment, and wholeness. You have reached the end of a journey or major cycle in your life, and congratulations are in order. This point marks a significant achievement, which could be apparent in your physical reality or hidden in the spiritual realm, beyond sight as an energetic reality. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and take time to celebrate your achievements and successes. The number 21 is significant, as it indicates new beginnings and partnerships, and manifestations borne of co-creation. Our focus and allowing have opened the doors for us to receive all that is good and abundant and that is meant for us.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

This happy card indicates abundance on all levels, material comfort, pleasure, success, good fortune, and overall happiness and well-being. It also relates to stability, family (especially a lucrative family business), and property. There is an indication of legacies being built and established, or passed onto the next generation. Those of you who may be considering starting a business are especially supported in doing so now, as this could provide a foundation of support for you and your family for generations to come. Inheritances of the material, emotional, and spiritual kind could be integral to the events of this week. We may be reaping the rewards of our efforts in clearing family karma and in upleveling through healing and energy work; this very important work can have positive effects on our family line and those connected to us through our DNA. As we clear, release, transmute, and heal, we make room to hold more light. We are guided to welcome in the light as we clear out the old. Spending time in the sunlight this week, and grounding often, will be especially beneficial. There is a strong aspect of completion and closure related to family.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Magician

We are capable of manifesting powerfully. As creators of our own realities, we may be seeing stronger evidence of our intentions and goals as they come into fruition and begin to make themselves evident in our lives. Opportunities may come our way, and we may be guided to take the path of least resistance, as we flow with the magic the universe sends our way. Finding alignment with our inner being—whether through art, creativity, joy, laughter, fun, or meditation—can open the floodgates to receiving or allow our desires to seep in through the cracks. How much are we allowing and how much are we blocking? Often, when we examine the reasons we are putting up blocks of resistance, we find that they are as flimsy and inconsequential as leaves blown by the wind. When we remember how powerful we truly are, we realize that nothing is off-limits to us. As the number one card in the Major Arcana, The Magician symbolizes new opportunities, focus, determination, and thoughts and efforts made manifest. This could arrive as guidance to focus your thoughts in ways that serve you, to think positively, and to think only about what you want, or it could be a sign that what you have been working to create and the seeds of intention you planted are now beginning to sprout.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Ten of Cups

In this final week of January, the Nine of Cups indicated for the month’s overall energy leads into the Ten of Cups, as though in a natural, sequential progression. The changes, developments, opportunities, abundance, and good fortune indicated by the Nine of Cups becomes the completion and integration of the Ten of Cups, which brings us deep comfort, harmony, and a sense of peace and well-being. The rewards and manifestations this month has ushered in now find us in a place of happiness and security. This week it is beneficial to revel in joys, however small, and to feel authentically into appreciation and gratitude for the abundance and comfort we are able to experience in our lives. Doing so will magnetize more of it to us and allows us to perpetuate the momentum of comfort, domestic peace, harmony, love, and anything else we choose to feel into gratitude for.

Q6: Guidance from the universe for January: Six of Pentacles

Maintaining harmony in all we do and appreciating our abundance serves us well throughout the month. Where we have the ability to be generous to others, we are guided to give, as we can all give from where our cup overflows. We may be rich in laughter or in resources. We are guided to enjoy our abundance, in whatever form it may take, to the fullest extent, to allow ourselves to fill with joy, and to recognize where we can uplift others, whether materially or emotionally. Generosity, giving and receiving with joyful authenticity, are strong aspects of this card. We are asked to look on others—who may have less than we do or who may be struggling—with kindness and compassion, as we recognize we are all on different parts of the journey, and are all here playing different roles for one another. When we see ourselves as one, we see the divine in the face of the lone wanderer, in the eyes of a child, and in the aged as equally as we see it within ourselves. Looking on others with an understanding of our connection and unity fosters deep love within the collective that creates shifts and is felt by all. We can always choose to be kind.

Healing Spaces

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Sixteen years ago, I left the desert and never looked back. Since then, I’ve gained an appreciation for the austerity of that landscape that has been largely brought about by time, distance, and perspective. The desert is purifying, a place stripped bare, pared down to the essentials. Its energy too has a way of peeling back layers, dissolving everything that isn’t needed, whatever doesn’t serve, all excess and unnecessary energy. In this process, the desert poses several questions: Do you need it, is it helpful, is it weighing you down, is it holding you back, why are you still carrying it, what lessons have you learned from it, what wisdom is yours to keep?

Nature is deeply healing, without question. Lush, fragrant forests rich with moss and deep green chambers flow through the heart and give balm to the spirit. In the ocean, a yoga teacher once told me, every crashing wave holds all the sounds the human body needs to hear, sounds that clear us and heal us through sonic frequencies. The mountains bring clarity and perspective; they challenge heart and mind to ascend, to be more, to rise above, to consider the importance of all we hold dear, to sort the wheat from the chaff. Every landscape holds a different energy. Cities, states, countries, have their own energy, and certainly different landscapes do, too.

These different landscapes are healing spaces that interact with us on another level, one we don’t consciously sense. It’s atoms talking to atoms, energy flowing into energy. For those reasons, we may be drawn to certain areas in nature without understanding exactly why. It’s important that we trust our natural instinct, our desire to be in those places, and to follow our heart there. They have unique wisdom to impart to us, a particular sort of healing. To commune with nature is to connect to a greater aspect of the divine, of which we are all a part.