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The following guest post reveals the inspiration behind Tabi(tha) Jayne’s exquisite nature-based journey.

Majestic heather-covered hills with the gorse in full bloom. A stunning combination of green, yellow and brown fields marked by towering trees as far as the eye can see. Cows out to pasture while the sheep nurture their lambs. Welcome to Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The land where I first fell in love with nature.

I was up here last weekend visiting an old friend of mine who is now living here. Memories have flooded back of all the magical times I’ve had connecting with this land as a child. It’s been very emotional. Especially since it was here that I first started developing my own Earth Self. The Earth Self is our embodied awareness that the Earth is not just our other body. It’s also the embodied awareness that the Earth and everything in the planet are actually one living organism. It’s through our Earth Self that our Nature Self (which is the source of everything and nothing – and a different blog post) is strengthened and amplified so that we can receive its direct guidance in each and every moment.

I first mentioned our Earth Self a couple of months ago when I introduced the radical new paradigm of Nature Consciousness, which is the ability to live simultaneously from three different perspectives: Human self, Earth Self and Nature Self.

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The development of the Earth Self

There are seven key stages that I’ve observed within myself and others over the last 28 years. It’s important to note that this model isn’t linear with one stage following on from the next. Rather it’s triangular. And there’s two of them (Identification Triangle + Integration Triangle). That blend into one (Unification Triangle). At this point my Earth Self jokes, “Triangular?! I thought I was more of a sphere myself.” Yup. Have a look at the diagram below before I explain more.

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Initial Pattern of Development of the Identification Triangle and Integration Triangle

Both triangles are created with an initial experience of an aspect of the triangle. The Identification Triangle at 1. The Integration Triangle at 4. You’ll find more about what each number signifies in the explanations further down the page. Once both triangles are established, your repeated experience of each of the stages flows into the next creating a never-ending flow of experiences that strengthen the existence of both the Identification Triangle and the Integration Triangle.

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Fully established and strengthened Identification and Integration Triangle

It’s only when both of these triangles are fully established that the Unification Triangle can start to emerge.

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As the Identification Triangle and Integration Triangle start to fuse a third triangle develops

This is the Emergence of the Earth Self. The more experiences you have of your Earth Self through the Identification Triangle and the Integration Triangle, the more the Unification Triangle starts to emerge through the fusion of the two.

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Continued fusion of the Identification Triangle and Integration Triangle and the emergence of the Earth Self

Finally the two triangles become one.

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7. Fully Developed Earth Self

And that, my friends, is my modern day theory of what our Stone Age ancestors meant when they drew a triangle in sacred sites all over Western Europe, South America and Northern Africa.

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I’m a genius! Either that, or I’m full of shite. Read on and make up your own mind :)

Identification Triangle Stages

This triangle belongs very much to Western ideology. In many indigenous societies around the world, their stories, culture and beliefs already reflect the three parts of this triangle. Therefore this triangle becomes fully developed at a very early stage for them, to the point that they don’t even get that these stages need to be developed first in many Western people. I perceive this as why it’s so challenging for indigenous beliefs to become fully accepted in our Western mainstream culture. It’s also one of the reasons why our mainstream culture doesn’t yet fully understand the importance of a conscious connection to Nature.

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  1. Identification of Human Self with the Earth

This starts as the intellectual understanding that humans and the Earth are connected. In essence, we are one. Some people also experience what they perceive to be the pain of the planet from what humanity is doing to it. In reality, these people are experiencing their own pain from the unconscious actions they have taken that contribute towards the destruction of the Earth, which is now recognized as an extension of self.

And yes, before you ask, I was one of these people. In truth, no-one can understand what it is to be the Earth. It’s been in existence for 4.6 billion years. We humans think 100 years is old. Think about this: When you shave/wax/whatever, you consciously cut down all the hairs (let’s pretend they’re trees just to make you more like the earth) in a specific area on your body from choice. Yet do you give any thought to the fact that there are around 1000 different species of bacteria living on your skin? Do you consider how your actions might affect the ecosystem that they live in? Do you grieve and feel their pain every time you shave?

  1. Shift in Human consciousness when in the Earth’s natural ecosystem

This is something that is actually really misunderstood, especially with some people out there having psychedelic experiences in Nature after ingesting natural hallucinogenics. While this is one way to experience a shift in your human consciousness, you don’t have to take hallucinogenics to experience a shift. It’s a natural side effect of being fully present to nature. The only difference is that it’s a lot more subtle and less intense.

Do you go out into nature and experience feelings of well-being, relaxation and come back feeling refreshed and renewed? That comes from you experiencing a different state of consciousness while out in nature.

Have you ever seen a shimmering, translucent field that tends to hover over forests, the sky, or in fields of snow that you put down to being a trick of the light? That also comes from you experiencing a different state of consciousness while out in nature.

Do you find that when you spend a long time in nature the thoughts in your mind calm down and quieten? Yup. That also comes from experiencing a different state of consciousness while out in nature. These are just three examples. The more you do this, the easier it becomes until it happens almost instantaneously every time you’re out in nature. You don’t even have to be conscious that it’s happening. In fact, most people aren’t.

  1. Recognition of the Earth as a living organism

In our Western Society we have been conditioned to believe that the Earth is an inanimate lump of rock floating around in space. As a result we treat the Earth as if it’s nothing more than a resource for us to use and abuse.

Now contrary to some people’s beliefs, recognising the Earth as a Living Organism doesn’t mean that you recognize it as a fully sentient being.

James Lovelock, author of The Gaia Hypothesis, was one of the first Western Scientists to recognize the Earth as a living organism capable of maintaining itself in balance through a series of processes. He was very clear to state that just because he viewed the Earth as a living organism didn’t mean that he viewed it as conscious sentient being.

While I recognize the Earth as a living organism, I personally have no idea whether the Earth is actually a sentient being. I experience it so but I have no idea if that’s just a figment of my imagination or reality. The one thing that I do know is that my Human Tabi Self can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be a living sentient being that’s 4.6 billion years old. Especially because I would have wiped humanity out long ago (even though it’s literally like a blink of an eye in the time of the earth since humans started their domination over the Earth!). My Earth Self comments, “Mutant bacteria (a.k.a. humans) chopping down my trees and polluting my water and air. No thank you. I’m older, wiser and bigger so you better watch out. You’d be fools to take me on. Plus see the example in point 1 again. I really don’t care about you the way you think I do.”

Integration Triangle Stages

This triangle is the one that’s the biggest challenge for most Westerners to develop. Before you can even experience any other the stages of development in this triangle you first have to accept that the Earth is a living organism. That idea is nowhere near being accepted in traditional mainstream. In fact, there’s a large part of the population that look at you like you’re a weirdo when you say this. Sound familiar to anyone? Therefore the stages of the Integration Triangle come across as. Just. A. Wee. Bit. Strange.

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  1. Experiential understanding of sharing consciousness with an aspect of Nature

This was one of my favourite exercises from when I studied applied ecopsychology. You would take a part of nature that you were attracted to and become fully present to it with your 54 senses. I can’t actually work out if it was just that I had a great imagination or that I did actually experience becoming the flower looking back at me. Whatever it was, it was awesome. In an attempt to articulate one of these experiences I wrote the following poem a few years back:

Sunlight glimmers from behind white fluffy clouds

In total contrast to the brilliance of the blue sky beyond.

The white clouds sparkle, tainted golden from the sun’s power.

I feel its power too in the depths of my soul.

Throwing my heart open with wild abandon

Love for the beauty of this world consumes me.

I am the sun and the sun is me, together we are one.

I sit and watch myself so seemingly small and insignificant

Overwhelmed by the raw essence of who I truly am.

Inside, I burn with fervent furious fire

Delighting in the very nature of my existence

Every fiber of my being is alive.

 

  1. Experiential understanding of being the Earth

The more that you experience different parts of nature, the more you are connecting yourself, either in your imagination or reality, to the Earth as a whole. There is a key distinction here though in how you experience being the Earth.

If you are viewing yourself expanding to become the Earth you are doing so from a Human perspective. It’s not wrong and many people start off by doing this. Yet this still offers a subtle level of separation where the Ego can step in and start to convince you that you’ve gone as far as you can.

There is another way that is far more powerful. It is when you feel the Earth being pulled into you and you then become the Earth that you have gone beyond the limitations of the Human Self into the Earth Self for the first time. You are fully the Earth suspended in the glory and wonder that is space (a.k.a the universe). Some people refer to this as cosmic/universal consciousness. When this happens you will understand on an embodied level that the way we view the Earth as fragile, delicate, and in need of saving is inaccurate.

There is power and strength with the Earth that is beyond our Human comprehension. Our Human minds cannot even begin to understand the Earth. The only way for us truly to do so is through our body.

  1. Experiential understanding of Earth as creator of reality instead of Human Self

There’s many schools of Western thought that teach us that we are the creators of our own reality. In essence, we are the Goddesses and Gods of the universe. We can do anything we want. It’s an awesome perspective. However, it is only one part of a greater whole. Like the blind men discovering an elephant for the first time, this perspective is only the trunk of the elephant.

There’s actually a whole lot more. As you experience a deeper connection to the Earth you realize that rather than your human self being the creator of your reality (which is still true) the Earth is also the creator of your reality too.

Over 4.6 billion years, since the Earth first sparkled into existence, it has been dreaming, consciously or unconsciously, as a living organism to reach the fullest expression of itself. As part of its own growth and development, using its own natural intelligence, it brought you into existence. It doesn’t mean that you are the pinnacle of development on Earth, merely one facet of it. This is what people mean when they tell you that you are a child of the Earth/Universe.

Again, going back to the first stage of the Identification Triangle, there is a huge difference between knowing this intellectually and experiencing it on a full-bodied level – especially consistently.

Unification Triangle Stage

  1. Fully developed Earth Self

You perceive no separation between you and the Earth. You are the Earth. The earth is you. It’s more than just an intellectual understanding, it’s a full bodied awareness. You look at a tree dance in the breeze and see only yourself. You watch a cat lick its fur and experience only yourself. You witness the strength and power of a storm and know you are witnessing your own strength and power. This is the stage where human language fails to convey the depth and experience of these statements.

Many people have experienced glimpses of this. However very few maintain this awareness in their daily life. After all, most people would think that you’re crazy if you talked like this. Believe me, I know!

The biggest challenge is the realization that if you are the Earth and everything in the Earth is the Earth too then even the suffering humans create is the Earth too. This is the deepest lesson of being able to offer compassion to everything and everyone. It’s not easy. It’s only when the identification triangle and the integration triangle have fused completely into one that you’re able to consciously maintain this awareness in your daily life.

Our fully developed Earth Self helps us to take action that not only benefits humanity but every living being in this planet. This is when the Earth, and subsequently Nature, speak through your Human Self. Can you imagine what our world would be like if every single man, woman, and child, spoke, and subsequently acted, directly as the Earth and Nature itself?

How do you develop your Earth Self?

That’s easy. You use The Nature Process (or you can figure this out yourself like I did). I know I’m biased about my own work. Yet I’ve always maintained that The Nature Process isn’t really Human Tabi’s. It was given to me from my Nature Self as a way of showing how nature works.

Many people who’ve gone through The Nature Process say that they’ve been doing this unconsciously for years. They’re right. I’ve unconsciously done The Nature Process since I was born. It’s an innate talent that all children are born with. It’s been my attraction to make this unconscious process conscious that has led me to the work I do now. Now, more than ever, we all need to become fully conscious of our relationship to Nature so that we can deepen our connection to it and use Nature’s wisdom to become the humans that we were all born to be. If you’re interested in finding out more about The Nature Process LIVE online program which starts May 12th, I’m doing a free introductory call where I’ll be interviewed by TreeSisters Founder Clare Dakin on April 19th @ 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm UK/7pm CET. On this call you’ll:

• Hear the story behind The Nature Process and why it works.
• Learn how the stress of daily life can block a conscious connection to Nature.
• Discover how your 54 senses are the key to becoming fully present in Nature.
• Experience an introductory guided exercise that will introduce you to some of your 54 senses and help you     expand your Natural Presence.
• Be able to ask whatever questions you want to.


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Tabi Jayne is an eco-psychologist, business growth consultant, nature geek, author and speaker who developed The Nature Process® after 5 years of research and work into synthesizing ecopsychology and coaching. The Nature Process® teaches people how to release emotional pain and limiting beliefs through a conscious connection to nature.

In May 2014, the first LIVE online program was launched, which donated 100% of the proceeds to support the work of TreeSisters. 77 people in 12 countries took part and raised £5827.56 (approx $9,900).

The book, The Nature Process: How to easily and effortlessly step into your natural power and be the change you wish to make in the world, developed from the first online course, is marketed through an affiliate scheme. If you buy a copy of the book by TreeSisters will receive approximately $5 from the sale of the book.


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