October 18, 2018
A walk in the woods near Villefranche du Périgord—Silence and Syntropy
I decided to follow Ulisse and Antonella’s advice about the importance of silence. (See their book, Syntropy: The Spirit of Love.)
“According to the entropy/syntropy model, the superconscious mind originates in the attractor, outside our physical being and connected to our body via the solar plexus (i.e. the heart). Since syntropy acts as an absorber and concentrator of energy, the strong functioning of the superconscious mind is associated with feelings of warmth located in the heart area, feelings that coincide with the experience of love…The superconscious is a state that leads to a higher level of awareness and allows us to experience visions of the future, intuitions, and inspirations that are usually inaccessible to the ordinary states of the conscious mind. Each individual constantly interacts with the superconscious mind, which illuminates the direction, provides aims, and clarifies the mission of our life. We connect with the superconscious mind in moments of silence and when we avoid activities and habits that distract us from our inner feelings. The superconscious mind is available to everyone, and acts as an inner teacher who guides us towards wellbeing and the solution of problems.” (Syntropy: The Spirit of Love, pp 49-50; See chapters 7 & 8)
I walked to the woods outside Villefranche and wandered off the trail and down a hillside and stopped at the edge of a meadow, under the cover of the trees. It was warm and sunny. I stood in silence—maybe 20 or 30 minutes. When I first stopped it felt like a “quiet” spot but the longer I stood there the less quiet it became—the woods were alive with sounds and movement! Leaves falling, birds singing, twigs and branches crackling and snapping. It was awe-inspiring and beautiful. I felt joy and peace.
I knelt down and closed my eyes, thinking, what is my work? What is my life work? I waited and listened within myself. An image of a beating heart---not anatomical, but a valentine-shaped heart appeared in my inner vision. Its shape was rather elliptic and it was beating, pulsating, contracting and expanding—beating a regular rhythm.
I opened my eyes and stood up. After a few moments I turned around and prepared to leave. I looked up at the branches above me and I realized I was standing in front of a gorgeous Hawthorn Tree! It’s branches were covered in deep red berries and it still held onto its dark green leaves, even though it is beyond the middle of October. I realized it was the perfect tree to catch my attention; I ate a berry, gathered a sprig of berries and leaves along with a dead branch and thanked the woods for their healing energy and walked back to the village.
There is a beautifully written essay that I read several years ago by an herbalist from Shelton, Washington about the spirit of the woods in autumn and the Hawthorn tree. You can find the essay by Corinne:
From the essay: “Older medicinal uses of hawthorn included using the bark for sore throats in Scotland, using an infusion of the leaves for anxiety and to stimulate the appetite… In Russia, hawthorn was used to treat conditions of the heart, much as it is used today, in particular for heart pain, angina. Traditional Scottish herbalists used hawthorn for balancing high blood pressure. The use of hawthorn as a heart tonic comes specifically from an Irish physician from the nineteenth century…I also use hawthorn leaves/flowers or berries in teas or elixirs for stress relief, insomnia, anxiety, trauma and grief.”
The beating heart…