In today’s world the eco-shaman is alive and well, ready to tackle some backyard challenges. From a yin-yang point of view, shamanism is about striking a balance between 2 realities. One is the commonly known, undisputed, physical world.  This reality holds me accountable when a plant needs water, or when delicate seedlings are put into the ground too soon and shrivel from frost or too much sun.

Another type of reality is produced in the heart, this expresses and reflects your spiritual nature. This inner dimension is not commonly known, but is less disputed by your feeling and sensory systems. Known as the Inner Shambhalla, it can be recognized in the beauty of spring flowers across a green meadow, the majesty of a giant sequoia tree, and felt when any tree blooms in your yard.

Rumi, so beautifully wrote about the inner shamanic realm in one of his poems:       “When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

My sensory memories are intensely felt whenever I see butterflies drinking nectar from my giant milkweed in the front garden, or from the pleasure I feel when I sit on my protected, moon-lit garden bench. At these moments I am ONE with the essence of my garden’s Shambhalla. The artist, Claude Monet, captured shamanic beauty in his famous paintings of his garden in Giverny, France. When painting, Monet focused less on the flowers so he could capture the more shamanic qualities of the transparent, misty reflections in the water.