Welcome to springtime! I write this at the end of a gloriously sunny, warm day in early March. The newsletter release is weeks away and I know that by the first of April, we may well be surprised by one of Colorado’s marvelous heavy snows, just as we’re dreaming of gardening.
Unexpectedly, we’ve been visited by honeybees since January. It’s been unseasonably warm and they’ve been out looking for water and nectar. They’d found our bird bath, but it was too full and too steep for them. We made adjustments to the bath and put out sugar syrup on the recommendation of a beekeeper. The bees told their friends and those bees told their friends, and now on warmer days I can’t cross the porch without a honeybee escort.
The natural world is unchanging. I remember waking up a few years ago, the morning after an event that shocked the collective. My first thought was, our world will never be the same. Then I heard a songbird! Just like I’d heard them the day, the week and the year before, all the way back to my childhood. I remember thinking, with surprise, “There are still birds!” I realized that we are going to be okay, because whatever happens, we still have nature. I notice in the past few years, as technology looms over every area of our lives, many are returning to the quiet and reliability of the natural world. People are once again raising chickens, tending gardens, keeping bees and so on. Maybe we are teaching ourselves how to find balance between the comfort and stability of nature and the advances of technology.
There’s a beautiful fishing pond near our house. The pond hosts Canadian geese, great blue heron, mallards and other types of ducks. I see turtles, and snow white pelicans on their migratory path. I watch the wildlife and I think how simple their lives are; like our backyard bees, they always know who they are and they know what to do. As a species with free will, human awareness is far more complex. But I find myself wanting to access a little of that simplicity by using my intuition. Like animal instinct, human intuition is reliable, it’s neutral, it supports us and it steers us in the direction of our highest good.
As this beautiful day came to an end, my intuition suggested this: that I clean out energies around technology, electromagnetics, busyness and so on—energies around the daily doing and producing that we have come to expect from ourselves. As I sat I found other energy to move–there’s always more and that’s the beauty of this work; it’s limitless and creative! I kept clearing until I felt complete, then I grounded myself to match the vibration of Mother Earth. I finished by filling in with receptivity to my own animal instincts, and a clear channel to my intuition.
I often feel that if we take a moment each day to acknowledge the natural world and offer our gratitude, we will find our way back to partnership with the earth. That it will once again become a compass for us to navigate these turbulent times.
Rt. Rev. Katie Heldman is the Co-Director of Psychic Horizons Center, and wrote this article for the April/May 2022 Newsletter.