Close your eyes for a moment. Relax. Sit quietly. Then, recall a time when, for you, everything felt right. For most people, this exercise returns them to childhood. Let yourself recall and describe the place where you were when you felt this way. You may be surprised to discover just how vivid and tactile the memory is. For many people this place will be outdoors and include a tree.

Those of you who actually stopped reading and engaged the memory exercise (I understand the compulsion) returned to a numinous place where heaven and earth intersect. The Celtic people called these “thin places.” Our deepest longings and highest hopes are built on the reality of such places.

Numinous experience isn’t so common anymore; not that it couldn’t be—we just tend to live in ways that preclude the possibility. The consequence is one of feeling empty, not-right, dislocated, and dissatisfied. And of course, emptiness needs to be filled up. Our consumer culture is very good at doing just that. All that filling up, however, fills in the thin places. Hungry for what cannot satisfy, we end up even more dissatisfied.

One of the ways of dealing with this dilemma is to return to that childhood memory. Where were you? What was around you when you did feel that all things were working together for good? Many people will say, “I was outdoors. I was in nature.” Cultural anthropologists tell us that we now spend ninety percent of our time indoors. We’re cut off from the places where we could feel well. Moving from house, to attached garage, to air-conditioned car, to work—we miss the sun, rain, and clouds. We’re experiencing what author Richard Louv calls nature-deficit disorder.

Louv is in the vanguard of those calling for a reconnection with nature. All the research is now indicating that some engagement with the natural world is necessary for healthy human development, for acquisition of social skills, and for spiritual formation. Not to be outflanked, our commercial culture is has responded by packaging nature as a product (you just have to pay for it): think Caribbean cruise, motor home, road trip (with Wi-Fi hot spots), or “greatest vacation ever!”

Reconnecting with nature won’t come “naturally” for us; we’re in a place that the Bible calls alienation. This is, however, exactly where the grace of God intercedes. For Christians, the Good News isn’t so much a formula as an invitation. The voice we hear from God says, “You’re going the wrong way. Turn around.” For us that turning might begin with a walk after dinner, bicycling to work, gardening …

About the Author Chris Walker

Uniquely Australian, highly intuitive and inspired, Chris Walker is on the forefront of radical personal development and change that inspires people to find purpose and to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. His methods are dynamic, and direct. His work is gifted, heart-opening and inspirational. The process Chris embraces can be confrontational, but if you are prepared to “step out” the personal power that this knowledge gives you is without doubt life changing and truly inspiring. Chris’s purpose is to open hearts and to stop the hurt. His work comes from his heart and is a truly magnificent gift for anyone ready to receive it. Chris shows people how to bring spirit into their life and keep it there. His sensitivity and empathy to others is his gift. The most powerful thing that we can do with our lives is to be on purpose, and live with the knowledge of spirit. Chris helps you discover this, that which is already yours, and through his work, you will find the courage and love to honour your-self and follow your heart. Chris brings his work to individuals and businesses. He believes for business success, you first need to create personal success, and this happens when your business and the people within it are on purpose. Chris Walker is an author, a speaker and a truly inspirational individual who has been fortunate enough in this life to find and live his truth.
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