7 PRINCIPLES OF LAND-WORKING: AN INTRODUCTORY GUIDE
Land-working is the term I am using to describe the way we connect with the frequency or consciousness of land and its manifold inhabitants or expressions of energy. Experienced land-workers can merely stand on a particular location or touch a physical object (like a rock) and ´ know ´ the history and sequence of events that unfolded at that location.
Now that can be an interesting experience itself, especially when information that is revealed in this way is corroborated by historians and archaeologists who have studied the locality. But it is usually the prerequisite to deeper work that is required by the land in question.
Sometimes land-work is the act of being present and listening, sometimes it´s praying, holding ceremony, giving offerings or shifting an arrangement of stones or plants, and sometimes it´s opening or shutting portals. It differs.
There are a few things to remember as general guidelines or principles in this process. The seven principles I introduce here are distilled from the essence of my spiritual pilgrimages thus far in Scotland, England, Cornwall, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Malaysia and Tasmania (in Australia).
(1) Ask Permission, Don´t Impose.
No matter how sensitive you may be in terms of your perception, the ritual of asking permission from the land and its physical and/or energetic gatekeepers is important. Especially in lands that have suffered the trauma of genocide. The focus there tends to be in providing energetic support or facilitating healing in ways that are relevant to the populations who have been oppressed, suppressed, reversed roles and played that cyclical game in earlier times. It is important to be sensitive and to recognize that being able to do something does not necessarily mean you should automatically go do it. That´s the kind of thinking that led to the development of the atomic bomb.. (Ha .. we can do this … why not?) … and so on
(2) Ancestral Lineages.
This is linked to the first point. Whilst I do not believe that DNA coding in this lifetime is the prerequisite for one to connect with land, it does help. Remember to honor the perceptions of those who have a more direct connection in this time-line and to recognize that (though we all come from One source), in some circumstances, taking a back seat as a witness is as powerful as leading the charge. In many cases, the indigenous teachings of a land have been forgotten or simply destroyed by colonial conquest, genocide – and of course the power of globalization (the former reasons tend to leave a very different energetic signature to deal with). When one allows themselves to witness the re-emergence or re-membering of an old teaching, one helps to heal land and culture in this form also.
(3) The Power of the Outsider.
Sometimes coming into a situation without pre-existing cultural or conceptual baggage is a gift. One´s vision and sight of the dynamics that exist can help a local practitioner recognize what they have taken for granted / internalized to the point that they forget to question it, if required. An external facilitator can act as a focal point to bring together a community that has otherwise not recognized itself as one. Or as a neutral mediator, if granted permission.
Land-working is not a one-off event. Whatever is created must be continually re-inforced by those who have regular 3-D access to that land, i.e. those who live there (but distance work is certainly effective as well). Material actions in embodied form are powerful complements to energetic work at a more abstract level. As one of the co-facilitators from my workshop in Tasmania put it, land-working also meant working with the people of the land and the way they held and interacted with land energies. Moreover, it also helps to be a part of a more diverse group to receive energetic re-inforcement and validation of energetic impressions received.
(5) Seek Connection, Not Control.
A Land-worker is a custodian or caretaker, rather than a controller of the land. Whilst the Earth is in crisis – it is also useful to remember that Mama-Gaia has her own Consciousness. We exist here at Her Mercy, not the other way around. Whatever a piece of paper may say in declaring ownership … remember that She´s got a Will of her own.
(6) Know When Not to Butt In
Land has its own wisdom. Do not seek to impose your personal views, ideologies, needs and desires upon it. That generally does not end well. In some cases a human facilitator or group of facilitators cannot ´fix´ what appears (in their eyes) to be a problem. Mama-Gaia, on the other hand, may have different ideas. In those instances, respectfully bowing out, surrendering, or being willing to witness the Land and Her Mystery at play is a legitimate option.
(7) All Land is Sacred.
Recognize that land-working does not require you to go to a forest or designated ´sacred site´ (a lot of those have been tampered with in any case). Every inch of land on this earth is sacred. And that includes your home. Even if it´s made out of plastic and sits next to a McDonalds by the side of a highway. Start with the immediate space around you, make that your temple.
You can go into far greater depth, but this is a decent base-line for doing this kind of work if one is guided to do so. It takes a lot of groundedness, discernment and spiritual practice to do so in a way that supports the land-worker and Mama-Gaia Herself.
I acknowledge that I see the Earth as Feminine, and that is not meant to be an identification that seeks to exclude. If you see the Earth as Male or Androgynous or something else entirely, that´s fine too.
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A few weeks ago, I was invited to visit and conduct a workshop in Tasmania, Australia by a loving, beautiful being. She had received guidance to invite me, a woman whom she had never met before and did so three times. I accepted only on the third invitation. And so my journey with this part of the land was set.
In the workshop I co-facilitated at the base of Mt. Kunanyi in Tasmania, I had the good fortune to meet and be surrounded by facilitators, social workers, artists, Dakinis, academics who worked with land from a diverse range of perspectives and who worked with the indigenous people (those who remain) in Tasmania. One of the women drove 3.5 hours through rough road to attend!
A meditation emerged – and it called itself – The Creation of a New Human Tribe –
This is a part of the meditation and discussion, which I am called to share with you:
I feel that receiving and transmitting this message from this location was – in so many different ways – a powerful event with profound significance. The energy of Tasmania is rich with the Rainbow Serpent, with the Red / Root Planetary energy. Things feel so …. powerful – at once, so much more compressed and intense, as though a footprint or ripple created there leaves a far greater impact that one imagines.
We tuned into something much larger than ourselves and I am grateful to have been a part of it and to learn so much from the land in the short while I spent there. I had a very different set of teachings to internalize and transmit during my workshop in Glastonbury, earlier this year. More on that soon.
To find out more about land-working, or organize a related speaking / meditative event or practice, just get in touch.
Also – for those of you in Australia, I will be presenting at the following events:
Nov 9, Melbourne: The Goddesses In The Stars with Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam . We will also be offering a Water Prayer for Standing Rock.
Nov 12, Uki: Sacred Darkness – a Journey into the Shadow
Blessings and Love to the Collective,
Om Ah Hum
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2016. All rights reserved.
Image by Mark Loveridge, 2016 (Tasmania Land-Working Workshop with Dr. Bairavee, 5th November 2016). All rights reserved.