Nature within us and without speaks to us always

“Nature, alone, is the teacher of a standard science of truth.” –  Arnold Ehret

That has been my experience. I’ve had to toss out everything I’ve been told and learn from the inside out of this body that nature gave me. Dismantle the conditioned self and come into our being with nature. Yes, Mother Nature, in the end, has been my only reliable teacher, parent, Guru, doctor, and friend. She is everywhere, always. We need only pay attention. She is always speaking to us., we need only learn to take heed.


Taking my health care back into my own hands was done by necessity because western medicine almost killed me numerous times…this IS the direction we need to go in…with the system supporting nature and our autonomy and felt-body sense. We always know, within us, what we need.

As it stands now we support a sick medical system that is in turn making us sicker. We need to be in charge of our healing. And we also need support. Let us support one another in this endeavor away from the current system and into true health and wellbeing.

Not only does modern medicine not take us seriously…it also routinely kills us…so, yes, I am quite happy to have taken my healthcare back into my own hands…the tragedy is that not everyone is in a position to emancipate themselves and this is not their fault…

Iatrogenic injury (medically induced injury) 3rd leading cause of death in the US. If this fact doesn’t strike you as insane, then please, by all means keep on trusting your doctors.

I’ve chosen to avoid doctors as much as possible now that I’ve been harmed so many times. I’m learning more and more about being my own medicine woman. It’s a beautiful discovery to find out that we are all deeply connected to nature and can learn this for ourselves.


When it comes to wellbeing and prevention of illness many people will do anything they can to avoid the truth. EVERYTHING matters. The body you were born with. The body you have today. Your relationships with others and the planet, the food you eat, and the air you breath. We are kaleidoscopic beings — endlessly variant. Social, political, psychological, ecological, cultural, biological aspects of life all have impact. The microbiome, too matters. All those millions of little bugs all over us and in us too.

We cannot begin to understand our nature if we don’t engage our kaleidoscopic reality in a very active way. Everything Matters — it’s the meme I use as a title for my work because it encapsulates our essence… everything in relationship with itself and everything else is intertwined and makes us what we are.

That is what understanding ourselves as holistic beings entails. Understanding our relationship and interconnectedness to EVERYTHING in our environment, what we’re born with, what happens to us, and how it’s all intertwined – we cannot be separated from it.


AND yes, I could use some compensation for the many 100s of hours I’ve worked with folks over the years. Working like we do and not getting any sort of compensation that I might live more comfortably in the face of continued challenges continues to teach us what we’ve learned from psychiatry. We must not be worth it. Let’s change that patterning. If I helped you or a loved one out, please help me back now. thank you.

****We could  use some financial support at the moment! You know, for things like the mortgage so that we can maintain a roof over our heads. Yup. I do this all for no other compensation than avZ what the readers want to offer in support. Thank you!****

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We can become clued into a system of support…via the earth…

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~~This is my experience. I only speak to what is happening for me. We are all different and we all have different needs at different times.


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A prescription that works: Nature Rx

Nature has kept me alive and given me hope. Over and over again. It’s too bad this is considered a joke because it’s very serious. People are dying (literally and/or spiritually) because we are largely cut off from our understanding of who we are. We are members of a community of many diverse species on a planet bursting with yet more life. We are all connected and we need it all. We must remember that we are just one bit of the web of life.

Still…go ahead and enjoy the video…I did.

Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors – two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason.

Behind the humor and parody of Nature Rx is good science. Research shows that spending more time in nature improves your health, wellbeing, and leads to making better environmental decisions. Find out more… Nature-RX


First snow: stunning mixture of fall and winter colors

I went for a walk in the woods this morning. Our first snow is still falling. It was astonishingly beautiful. In this moment there is only perfection.

This one is my favorite:


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Fall equinox today…energy shifts underway….

The longer I am psych drug free the more amazing my connection to all things becomes apparent. Not just the seasons, but the cycles of the moon, the weather, sun flares and everything in my environment matters. Yes! Everything matters. We are deeply holistic critters and we are part of all of life and the universe.

Now as the fall equinox is upon us, I take a moment to contemplate what a shame it is that we’re not taught to recognize the changes our bodies/minds/spirit go through with the change of seasons. It’s been a source of some of my deepest revelations to note that I too am part of these cycles. So lovely! Not SAD (seasonal affective disorder) 🙂

It makes sense to me to embrace these changes and in so doing spend time contemplating and integrating the message of the seasons and the universe within my body/mind/soul. This is how all of creation speaks to us. This is one of the ways we get the information we need so that we might individuate. 

I’m so glad to now understand this wondrous process so that I might choose to ride the waves rather than suppress them or otherwise try to run away from my very nature. There may be a time and place to hide from and/or slow down the process, but that, too, should be a choice. For me now, drug free, all these shifts and changes provide data — information — that I might continue to learn to live well and my healing continues to amaze and humble me. It is through this amazing life that I am healed and changed. Life is energy and love that gives us all we need if we are open to receiving it.

Given the change of seasons have become such a magical time for me I thought I’d share a short post from last year around this time as well:

Thoughts about the change of seasons…fall is upon us, winter approaches

I’m loving the approaching fall this year!! The last several years I’ve dreaded the coming of winter…but not anymore…I embrace both the summer and winter of the planet and my own being too…

Last year…as the seasons changed at the same time of year I wrote this:

I wonder why if one’s feelings changes with the seasons it’s not simply seen as being in tune with nature…instead it’s often pathologized.

I find it wondrous that my whole being moves with the seasons…illustrating our oneness with all.

fall from max patch

A way to be on this earth and not shy away from the pain

By Jen Peer Rich

Wow. Just wow! A wave of gratitude arriving on the shores of a radical earth based faith that is lived, a faith that is in and of itself, nature being natural. Nature engages constantly with itself like this.

I’ll share here that there is this heartbreak in me, a general sadness and despair I feel about many of the issues we face as a collective earth and as a human species. The suffering on this planet often overwhelms me. I sense along with many other animals that whether by natural events or by our own human hands, probably a convergence of both, this earth our home and everything that lives on it is in for massive changes and challenges in the next century and we will need new ways to engage on this planet if we are to make it without devolving into a big ugly mess. And yet life goes on! Even if nature shakes off the current natural inhabitants, life will go on in some new way and so we live on endlessly.

That’s pretty amazing.

But right now, here we are. And we have this one life to live. I for one plan to make this one a doozy! You know? Why not help out, shake shit up, why not wake up the sleeping giant we are that has been dreaming a lie of being cut off unnaturally from life?

Nature has never been cut off from nature.

What is on fire in me right now is a great faith that we are nature itself. Everything about us is natural and good. These minds are nature. The body is nature. We are meant to grow, think, reflect, learn and die again and again, this is natural. It’s even natural to pretend to be unnatural! These minds and all their wonky and creative expressions, even the most painful ones, are life being natural. What is also natural is instinct, our ability to adapt and evolve with changing situations and conditions. We are growing right now in our communal recognition that the time has come for a new way of being here on this planet that is more sustainable and compassionate with all of life. And not to do so because it’s the hip cause to be associated with, or because we feel guilty how things are or even if we feel paralyzed by fear of it all, but because it is an intrinsic movement within each of us to care for what we are. Who we are is nature. Taking care of the earth and others is the very same as taking care of our own body. We don’t drink poison so we don’t poison the earth. Same same. I treat my own system as I treat the system at large, this is personal sustainability.

We are all wild at heart, literally. But wildness has been stripped away from us in exchange for a modern bevy of mental sophistications, an extended hall of illusions that fail to bring real instinctual joy.

Being natural, assuming my wildness, this is about as spiritual as it gets for me. Suddenly I am home within this moment looking at the world not as something divided from me but as nature engaging as nature naturally. My mind is innocent, it is the same kind of instrument of nature as this goldfinch I see, it’s nimble and free as any bird. There is nothing to feel bad about and everything to celebrate in this emerging faith reflected back to me in everything natural. This is a way to be on this earth and not shy away from the pain, here I stand wildly open and prepared for what is.


jen peer rich Jen Peer Rich is a friend in presence. She lives in Atlanta with 5 rescued weenie dogs and is married to her best friend. Presently she’s working towards a graduate degree in Ecopsychology. She has two books about Nonduality available for free download at Friends in Presence or on amazon kindle. You can also find Jen writing and sharing digital art on the Facebook machine, she’s always open to making new friends.



Another post by Jen on Beyond Meds:

More on topic:

The Wild God of the World

natureNature itself holds the clue to the divine. In its myriad forms, the great plenitude of being is poured out, streaming from the womb of potentiality, exploding into act. A kind of metaphysical combustion seems smoldering in the fabric of things, a surge of incipient energy breaking out of the bounds of its nuclear forms and disappearing into the beyond. It is this transformation the poets celebrate. ~ Robinson Jeffers

The title of this post is the name of one of Robinson Jeffer’s anthologies. I thought it fitting for a post about nature. The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers

Jane Goodall on Spirit and Science

The below video is a good companion to the other one I posted today about our disconnection from nature.

Being in touch with nature allows for wonder and awe. Getting back in touch with nature allows for healing.

She reads this beautiful poem at the end of the clip:

janeThe Old Wisdom

When the night wind makes the pine trees creak
And the pale clouds glide across the dark sky,
Go out, my child, go out and seek
Your soul: the Eternal I.

For all the grasses rustling at your feet
And every flaming star that glitters high
Above you, close up and meet
In you: the Eternal I.

Yes, my child, go out into the world; walk slow
And silent, comprehending all, and by and by
Your soul, the Universe, will know
Itself: the Eternal I.

h/t brainpickings

In this clip from Bill’s 2009 interview with Jane Goodall, the primatologist known for her research on chimpanzees talks about how her spirituality grew while spending time alone in nature, the limits of science and her mother’s role in developing her beliefs. (watch the full interview with Bill Moyers here)

The Animal Communicator (let us reclaim our human inheritance)

This film is not just about animal communication, but about being more present to the abilities of being human, and more in relationship with the entirety of the world.

If you’re skeptical, just watch, it may change your mind.

tigerWhat if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you?

Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts. She then receives messages of remarkable clarity back from the animals.

Anna can feel the scars hidden under a monkeys fur, she can understand the detailed story that is causing a birds trauma, she transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed content cat – the whole animal kingdom comes alive in a way never seen before – wild birds land on her shoulders, fish gather around her when she swims, and wild unfamiliar baboons lie on her body as if she is one of their own.

This is the first full length documentary film on the art of animal communication.

Full-length film here:


Commentary by Paul Woodward:

As a child, I was once taken to a small sad zoo near the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. There were only a handful of animals and my attention was quickly drawn by a solitary chimpanzee.

We soon sat face-to-face within arm’s reach, exchanging calls and became absorbed in what seemed like communication — even if there were no words. Before the eyes of another primate we see mirrors of inquiry. Just as much as I wanted to talk to the chimp, it seemed like he wanted to talk to me. His sorrow, like that of all captives, could not be held tight by silence.

The rest of my family eventually tired of my interest in learning how to speak chimpaneze. After all, talking to animals is something that only small children are willing to take seriously. Supposedly, it is just another childish exercise of the imagination — the kind of behavior that as we grow older we grow out of.

This notion of outgrowing a sense of kinship with other creatures implies an upward advance, yet in truth we don’t outgrow these experiences of connection, we simply move away from them. We imagine we are leaving behind something we no longer need, whereas in fact we are losing something we have forgotten how to appreciate.

Like so many other aspects of maturation, the process through which adults forget their connections to the non-human world involves a dulling of the senses. As we age, we become less alive, less attuned and less receptive to life’s boundless expressions. The insatiable curiosity we had as children, slowly withers as the mental constructs which form a known world cut away and displace our passion for exploration.

Within this known and ordered world, the idea that an adult would describe herself as an animal communicator, naturally provokes skepticism. Is this a person living in a fantasy world? Or is she engaged in a hoax, cynically exploiting the longings of others such as the desire to rediscover a lost childhood?

Whether Anna Breytenbach can see inside the minds of animals, I have no way of knowing, but that animals have minds and that they can have what we might regard as intensely human experiences — such as the feeling of loss — I have no doubt.

The cultural impact of science which is often more colored by belief than reason, suggests that whenever we reflect on the experience of animals we are perpetually at risk of falling into the trap of anthropomorphization. The greater risk, however, is that we unquestioningly accept this assumption: that even if as humans we are the culmination of an evolutionary process that goes all the way back to the formation of amino acids, at the apex of this process we somehow stand apart. We can observe the animal kingdom and yet as humans we have risen above it.

But instead, what actually sets us apart in the most significant way is not the collection of attributes that define human uniqueness, but rather it is this very idea of our separateness — the idea that we are here and nature is out there.

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