“Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to
most of us”
– Dr. Edward Bach, 1936
Co-creation with Nature
In 1980 I came across the book written by Dorothy Maclean, titled “to hear the angels sing”, An Odyssey
of co-creation with the Devic Kingdom – a Findhorn book.
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 she meditated:
. . . The forces of nature are something to be felt into, to be 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.
When Dorothy shared this insight with Peter, his idea was to apply 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 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.
Angels, devas, and elemental beings
Dorothy first attuned to the garden pea. As her communication with the forces of nature developed,
Dorothy realized that she was in contact not with the spirit of an individual plant, but with the ‘over-
lighting’ 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
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 the 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.
This insight brought me closer to the ways the use of plants in medicine was used, for I already knew the
old treatments my grandmother and mother used when we were ill, like using an onion under the bed,
giving some sambal to assist when we had a cold. So I started in 1980 with a study of a year about
Natural Healings, which included the Homeopathic way, the Phyto-therapy, plant medicine, and piqued my interest even more.
So when I got ill I went to see a natural healer and received my first medicinal plant extracts to get
better. To check if it wasn’t just a placebo effect it had on my, the different plants were also given to our
children and animals. Now you can say a lot about the insights a toddler can have, yet they cannot
suggest themselves be healed as we can do as adults. For me, the healing ways of plants and herbs throughout my years were always confirmed by the results tested by my homeopathic doctor, who was also able to test my energy levels using a vega tester, by the acupuncture points in the hands.
In the last couple of years, it seems to me that the gift mother nature is presenting to us, is almost lost
because of the way society in the western world evolved. You can see in the eastern countries that
Ayurvedic medicine is more accustomed and sometimes the only way to deal with illness. In western
society using herbs and plants are almost completely disappeared in the massive industry of Pharmacy. I
believe for every illness there is a cure, given freely by nature instead of all the chemical medication.
And don’t get me wrong, I will never say stop using medicine given to you by a specialist, yet see if you
can find a way to balance your body as well with the healing essence of certain plants and herbs.
So Findhorn for me was not just a place of cooperation with nature and elementals, it also showed me
how connected we are with nature and our bodies are always ready to use the healing energy that they
can provide if we know the proper way how to use them.
It was a book that confirmed some knowing deep within my soul, and I am ever so grateful for being part of this great organism, that’s called Mother Earth and we are her habitats. So we need to nourish and take care of her, for in the presents and gifts she has to offer we are in her debt as well to be conscious
and caring towards nature and all of creation. For we are all as One.
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