7 Simple Steps To Start Communicating with Nature

By Nikki Harper

Staff Writer for Wake Up World

The natural world is all around us, as soon as you step outside your front door. Even if you live in a busy city, there is life in the cracks on the pavements and the weeds in the wasteland lots. Communicating with nature is easier than you think, and you don’t need to be in a particularly beautiful or peaceful place to do it.

Most of us find it easier to communicate with wildlife than with plants, streams or trees, but to get started there’s one simple concept to understand – the concept of oneness. Every living thing comes from the same source energy and is at one with every other living thing as we journey back towards source. Once you understand the interconnectedness of the natural world, it’s not such a stretch to understand that the world around you may have a consciousness of its own – one that you can have a ‘conversation’ of sorts with.

You may be wondering why you might want to communicate with nature. Apart from the obvious – that it’s an enjoyable, uplifting, life-affirming thing to do – you may seek to communicate with nature to benefit your mental health, for example, or to seek answers to questions where you own intuition and higher consciousness could do with a boost. Be aware, however, that like the best human to human conversations, communication with nature should be a two-way street. There should be some benefit to nature, just as there is a benefit to you. We’ll get to that later, in the last of these steps, but first let’s look at how to get started.

1 Choose Your Location

If you’re just getting started communicating with the natural world, it’s easier if you choose a peaceful natural setting. Yes, once you get the hang of it, you can do this even in the middle of a noisy urban life but choose a quieter setting for your first experiments. It doesn’t have to be anywhere particularly exotic – a quiet spot anywhere in the countryside will do. By ‘quiet’, I mean quiet in terms of human activity. The best places to learn and practice nature communication are actually quite lively in terms of natural sounds – so if you can, pick somewhere close to running water, or where there is lots of birdsong, or crunchy ground underfoot.

2 Choose Your Conditions

You might prefer to be outside in fine, sunny weather, but when you’re just getting started, it can be easier to pick a day when the natural elements are out in force – pick a windy day, or a rainy day, or an icy one, when the very sounds of the weather themselves can also factor into your communication.

3 Ask for Communication

When you arrive at your chosen spot, sit quietly for a few moments. And then ask, mentally, to communicate with the nature around you. You’ll feel awkward and silly doing this to start with, but it will soon become second nature. Just talk in your head as you would to someone you’re opening a conversation with. ‘Hey, I’m Nikki. How are you doing today? Do you have time for a chat?’ It doesn’t matter what you say, so long as you say it with an open heart, and you make it clear that you’re inviting communication.

4 Choose Simple Questions, or No Questions at All

You’re not there to interrogate the natural world for answers to life, the universe and everything. You’re there to hear or sense what you can hear or sense, to embrace it and learn from it. So, if you choose to ask questions, keep them very open-ended and simple, perhaps something like ‘What do I need to know today?’ Alternatively, don’t ask questions at all. Simply reach out energetically and hold a place open in your heart. You can meditate, or simply allow your mind to drift.

5 Be Open to Possible Responses

How will you know if nature responds to you? A million ways. You may notice a particular animal or insect coming closer to you and communicating energetically. You may notice a rhythm or a pattern in the sound of the water or the gusts of the wind. You may suddenly become aware of a blade of grass tickling your leg or of a pinecone shifting in the breeze. You may, if you’re somewhat clairaudient, literally hear a voice, although most people don’t. Be mindful of what’s going on around you, be part of the natural world and open to its oneness with you – you’ll soon notice a zillion ways in which your answers or your dialogue may come. Let your senses interpret what happens as they will. With time and with practice, you’ll begin to notice signatures in communication – for example, perhaps the breeze picks up when you focus on a particular topic, or perhaps a spider always appears when you feel sad.

6 It’s a Long-Term Project

The first few times you attempt this exercise, you probably won’t see, hear or notice anything you choose to interpret as communication. That’s OK. It doesn’t happen overnight. If you practice this on a regular basis, however, you will start to pick things up. As you become more and more attuned to the oneness of yourself and the world around you, you can’t help but to sense and understand the subtle shifts which will occur during your ‘conversations’.

7 Say Thank You

Remember when I said a two-way conversation should benefit the natural world as well as benefiting you? When your time is over and you’re ready to leave, say thank you energetically and in your mind, but also say thank you in a practical way. Leave the area in a better state than you found it, for example by picking up trash on your way out.

Once you are used to communicating with the natural world in this way, you’ll want to do it more and more often – and you’ll be surprised by how profoundly moving some of your ‘conversations’ will be.

Do you communicate with the natural world around you? Do you have tips and ideas to share? Let us know!

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About the author:

Nikki Harper is a spiritualist writer, astrologer, and editor for Wake Up World. She writes about divination, astrology, mediumship and spirituality at Questionology: Astrology and Divination For the Modern World where you can a freelance astrologer and her mind-body-spirit writing and editing services. Nikki also find out more about her work as also runs a spiritualist centre in North Lincs, UK, hosting weekly mediumship demonstrations and a wide range of spiritual development courses and workshops.