Monthly Archives: February 2021


Everything you need is inside of you”!
That is what I heard when I sat with that old tree….
I used to visit often, lay among the branches, watching the leaves ripple as the air shared of where it had been, where it was going…
like resting in a living story of continual change, continual responsiveness to the elements that interact with it.
I soften in that place…. can hear myself so more clearly, can feel myself so much easier……. without the noise of the machine and the humans who have become cogs in it.
Here right now I reflect,
Those same words sing with me “Everything you need is inside you”!
Its an eco system inside of me. Just as it is an eco system inside of you.
Eco systems all around us.
The epidermis contains it for us humans, reflects the health of it, but also masks the tapestry of it…. the complexity and depth of it!
In listening deeper to what lay within me, all the systems within me, taught me about the relational necessity in life. I recognised what Elders had shown without words through time.
What Nature was showing without words through time.
The words didn’t mean, “walk alone” “you’ve got this” they didn’t mean ” be your greatness!” or anything to do with that way of being, that “Self” way of being…..
The Old tree simply in-formed me of the obvious.
I have a map of life encoded in my body, it is the same as all the living systems in nature. It contains all the memories of my Ancestors through time (a huge living library!!!)
My body is intelligence – Natural Intelligence plugged into the living source of all.
I’ve heard people state that we weren’t given a manual about how to live life…..
Actually, we have been given one, its our body!
It is a barometer that gauges the weather of your life – the pressure systems that you create or expose yourself to.
It does not lie – the body never lies.
It adjusts accordingly to maintain balance as best it can.
But all in all, it contains the answers, the road map both of the past and the present.
The body shows what is going on, even when the mind cannot understand…
And flowing through every vein of this body is the life force (the spirit) that animates the “manual” we have been given, that breathes life into the intelligence of the body.
The manual shows us how to live life on this planet and indicates so much of the actual state of our being, in real time.
That Old tree, knows that it is connected and knows what maintains the health of that connection…
It’s relational intelligence ….
Rachel Shields
Knowing In Nature


Without the Land as life (Spirit)
We are simply an element,
We are key components of biodiverse landscapes,
We can be no more or less than this…
For if we are, imbalance occurs…
Yes, we are a life force contained within a physical intelligence,
but because we are physical, we are an element of the biodiversity
of which we exist.
Being born into this place, requires caretaking.
Being gifted this life, requires care taking.
Being requires caretaking…..
Mind – Thought
Body – Physical
Spirit – Life force
(all hold intelligence)
That is our immediate biodiverse landscape of which we are responsible and the Custodian for….
Then comes our family and friends, our communities and interwoven in and through all of this is the Earth and all the life that coexists with and around us.
All the elements of being.
We do not live in isolation of anything, we live within a tensegrity where each effect the other. Where each in-form the other.
Where y/our thinking effects your inner world.
Where y/our actions affect the other.
Where our choices create outcomes.
To be all mind is a deficiency to the body and spirit
To be all body is a deficiency to the mind and spirit
to be all spirit is a deficiency to the mind and body
Biodiversity exists because it is required for balance and health.
Balance is met when all recognise the place of the other as a contributor.
Balance is met when what seems to be a polarity meets itself in the other and neither exist in conflict.
Balance is met when Mind, Body and Spirit integrate their systems and function as a team that work together cooperatively.
We are Country, and Country embodies all of the above.
We do not own the land the land owns us – this is insight into understanding that as a human being, we are tasked the gift of caring for life as Custodians.
If we do not care for Country, there is no Country, no life, no biodiversity of which we are an element of.
If we do not care for ourselves as an element of Country, part of the eco system begins to crash, placing pressure on all other systems, pressuring nature to force the balance again.
Remember….. Mind, Body and Spirit all need to be cared for. All life needs to be cared for.
Relationships need to be cared for.
We do not get away with carrying on as if we are the dominant species…. might have been fun for a time, but we don’t get away with it, because as a physical being “The land owns us”.
First Peoples existence in maintaining the balance for all the thousands upon thousands of years, is testament to humans who walked in accordance to the LORE of life. Not merely knowing it exists, they walked it so that the future could exist for life beyond their own.
The rocks in this image are older than all of our generations combined, as is the sand, the waters, the Earth.
The greatest and wisest scholar of all, is the Earth.
It has been witness to civilisations rise and fall. Witnessed every first and last breath of all living beings. Been abused and celebrated by humans throughout time and has never deviated from Lore….
The Earth always as a default setting, keeps the balance….. shifting in response to all in every moment, adjusting to accommodate, to support life in all its changing forms.
The Earth is the wisest Elder – non biased and on track
Where is y/our attention being placed?
What futures are we creating here and now?
What are we maintaining?
Rachel Shields
Knowing In Nature
In acknowledgment to all the Elders
who have ever shared and to all life that
makes up Our shared home called Earth.