Co-creation with Nature
Eileen and Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean all followed a
disciplined spiritual practice for many years before they came to live
at Findhorn, and they continued their regular meditation times when
they came to live at the caravan park.
In May, 1963 Dorothy Maclean received an insight from within as
. . . The forces of nature are something to be felt into, to be When Dorothy shared this insight with Peter, his idea was to apply
reached out to. One of the jobs for you as my free child is to
sense the Nature forces such as the wind, to perceive its
essence and purpose for me, and to be positive and
harmonise with that essence.
to their fledgling garden what Dorothy learned from the forces of
nature. Dorothy then received this insight:
Yes, you can cooperate in the garden. Begin by thinking about Angels, devas and elemental beings
the nature spirits, the higher overlighting nature spirits, and
tune into them. That will be so unusual as to draw their interest
here. They will be overjoyed to find some members of the
human race eager for their help.
Dorothy first attuned to the garden pea. As her communication
with the forces of nature developed, Dorothy realised that she was
in contact not with the spirit of an individual plant, but with the
‘overlighting’ being of the species, which was the consciousness
holding the archetypal design of the species and the blueprint for its
highest potential. She was experiencing a formless energy field for
which there is no word.
The closest word to convey the joy and purity that these beings
emanated was the inaccurate word ‘angel’ (which in the west is full
of form), and her first thought was to call them that. However, the
Sanskrit term ‘deva’, meaning ‘shining one’ seemed more accurate
and freer of cultural associations. In practice, she uses both words,
although neither word is adequate. Peter and Dorothy applied the
insights of the meditations to their work in the garden, and through
this the Findhorn garden flourished. These were the first steps in the
Findhorn Community’s co-creation with nature.
In 1966 Peter Caddy met Robert Ogilvie Crombie, or Roc, as he is
often called. Roc’s ability to communicate with elemental beings
is a well-documented part of the community’s history, and he was
an important influence on the development of the community as a
place where the role of nature in ordinary life was brought to the
forefront of consciousness.
This special relationship with the beings of nature continues to be
practised by some of the people working in the community’s
gardens today, but not by everyone. However, attunement to the
angelic level of consciousness is taking place in many different
areas of community life, not just in the gardens. Before most
activities such as cooking, painting, healing, or starting work in a
department for the day, there is usually an attunement invoking
active cooperation with an overlighting consciousness, to help
align our actions and unfold the highest potential available in that
Awareness and cooperation with the forces of nature at this level
are an important support and balance for the more exoteric,
rational and scientific ecological approach of our ecovillage
development and education. It is important to recognise and
emphasise the intrinsic value of nature to truly form a cooperative
partnership. It is the combination of these approaches that allows
the Findhorn Foundation community to give its unique gift
towards the sustainabilty of humanity and all of life.
Celebrating the Power of the Individual
by Machaelle Wright, Founder of Perelandra
Perelandra celebrates the power of the individual. Everything we
offer is geared to the individual and his or her quest to live in
environmentally friendly ways in three main areas: environment,
health and soil-less gardens (i.e., business, home, special projects,
the creative arts — all "gardens" that do not grow in soil).
At Perelandra we increase the power of the individual tenfold by
including an element that is guaranteed to provide balance in all
areas of our lives: nature intelligence. The current global crisis is an
excellent demonstration of what we humans don't know about
interfacing with nature's planet and about balance as it relates to
every aspect of our lives and health.
Well, here's an interesting idea: How about allowing nature — the
intelligence inherent in that nature — to join us in equal partnership
to give us the input we need to make new decisions and live in new
ways that have a strong, positive impact on our lives and our health
as well as the planet?
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the power of one person
living in a world of billions of others. Here's a little exercise to help.
Take a moment to think about the breadth and depth of the
environmental disasters we face today. Think about the air
pollution and the health effects we experience when we breathe
that air. Think about the serious water issues we face: the pollution,
the scarcity, the looming wars over water. Think about the
deteriorating soil quality, the dying oceans, the endangered wildlife,
the increasing occurrences of wild fires that each year are more
severe than the last. And think about the critical issue of global
warming and its ramifications for everyone and everything around
Now think about this: Every one of these problems has been
created by us humans over a relatively short period of time.
By "us" I don't mean large groups or global populations acting in
concert. This disaster has been created by individuals acting
independently. By "us" I am referring to you, me, our spouses,
each of our children, our grandfathers, our grandmothers,
our cousins... Our current crisis was created by each of us acting
independently and establishing a personal and professional
lifestyle that was environmentally deaf, dumb and blind.
The needed coordination between governments and industry to
turn this crisis around will never succeed if we as individuals don't
join in the efforts. If the same number of individuals who created the
problem focused on what they need to do on the personal level to
live an environmentally conscious life, we could turn the global
problems around in an amazingly short time. I believe in the power
of the individual and I believe in the importance of our acting
responsibly as individuals without waiting for the right leader or
group. In actuality, it's the power of the individual that leads the way.
Now imagine what we individuals could accomplish if we teamed
up with the greatest authority in the field of balance — nature — t
o help us personally to make the best decisions for improving our
lives and our planet. Imagine what it would be like if individual
scientists not only made discoveries that could unravel the
environmental mess we have created but also made new
discoveries that didn't add to or perpetuate the problems.
Perelandra is all about giving you the information and tools for
creating just such a partnership for addressing every aspect of your
life and work. In his 2007 speech on the acceptance of the Nobel
Peace Prize, Al Gore said: "It is time to make peace with the
To this I add, It is time to make peace with nature.