Navigating the Winds of Change

The popular English PL Travers nanny, Mary Poppins arrived on Cherry Tree Lane on an East wind. She was flung through the gate, and landed with a thump at the front door. Her arrival shook the house, then joy was restored to the sorrowful family.

In literature, scripture, and mythology, dating back to tablets of Mesopotamia, the East Wind brings change. Often, a destructive force of nature leaves in its wake an opportunity for new ideas and growth. Sherlock Holmes warned Watson of the cold bitter East Wind that was brewing during WWII, and advised him that, “A cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”

Has the East wind interrupted your life? Are you like Watson, “the fixed point” in a changing age, or are you accepting that nature provides helpful clues? When you turn your attention towards Nature, navigating change becomes effortless, no matter what wind is blowing.

Maneuvering the earth’s windswept landscape has preoccupied humankind throughout history. Research for the book Winds of Spirit, led to the discovery of 150 cross-cultural deities.  Since time immemorial, Cardinal Winds have provided the structure for ordering reality; East represents Mind and Beliefs; South: Emotions and Feelings; West: Physical and Endings; North: Community and Spirituality. Before religion divided us, people were wind believers. Wind is synonymous with the Divine: Christianity speaks of the Holy Spirit; Hebrew refers to Ruach; and in Buddhism, Nirvana is a place of no wind.

The Winds of Spirit are always available to help you Navigate Change. Hundreds of millions of years ago, long before human beings stirred, the wind participated in the formation of our earth. Imagine how these powerful forces can help you navigate life today.

Below is a simple, practical exercise to help you harness wind power.

Wind Walk®

A young adult told me that she did not believe in God. I asked, “Does the wind blow where you live?  She agreed the wind was a powerful force, but insisted she could not hear its messages. Emotional pain is a strong motivator, so she was willing to try this simple exercise below; are you? When feeling lost, overwhelmed or confused, I recommend taking a Wind Walk®.

• Begin at your doorway. Stand with your back to the wind. Inhale a deep breath of air. Feel the wind expand in your lungs, and move down into your belly. As you exhale, remind yourself that breath is a personal wind that connects you with others; wind is capable of reaching the other side of the world in a matter of days. Continue your wind breath until you feel calm and connected with the world around you.

• Ask your Question. First, call upon the wind, and whistle if you feel inspired.  Start Walking.

• Walk in Silence Pay attention. Is the wind blowing steady, is it weak or strong? Answers may come as sign or synchronicities immediately, later in the day, or even as you sleep. Throughout the day, be aware of people you meet, animals that cross your path, and elements of nature that grab your attention.

• Thank the Winds of Spirit Always thank the wind in advance for your blessings. The more you tend to the winds of spirit, the clearer your answers. Sometimes, answers rush in like booming claps of thunder, while other times you notice after you instinctively changed course.

The Wind Work® system as outlined in the Amazon Best-Seller “Winds of Spirit: Ancient Wisdom Tools for Navigating Relationships, Health, and the Divine” is the first book in modern times to provide simple tools and tips to help you steer your life using the wind. It is a practical guide to connect to powerful wind energies that navigate us toward authentic joy, power, and purpose. Author Renee Baribeau, the Practical Shaman offers insights from 32 cross cultural wind deities.

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