So…this October 2012 “A Wilderness Hike” daily series started with the mission to both share some of my forthcoming “Getting Unstuck” book content and to explore what taking clients on a wilderness hike might look like. Some people had asked me about this, suggesting it might/should be a niche, and I thought I’d open it to public comment. Now, at the end of this month’s exploration, here are some of my thoughts.
I like Frank MacEowen’s blend of “pre-literate” and “post-literate” approaches. After all, upon first arriving in the wilderness, a few hours go by as the conscious mind slowly lets go of its propensity to relentlessly spin. “Literary” approaches might be the way to start—contemplation that recognizes we’re still at the conscious, thinking level—and then, as the experience progresses, easing naturally into the more connected, feeling, intuitive stages.
Wallace Stevens offers this poem in place of wilderness; we could then ease into wilderness in place of poetry, traveling through an interim phase of creating our own art—poetry, music, journals, whatever is appropriate for each:
“The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain”
There it was, word for word.
The poem that took the place of a mountain.
He breathed its oxygen.
Even when the book lay turned in the dust of his table.
It reminded him how he had needed
A place to go to in his own direction,
How he had recomposed the pines,
Shifted the rocks and picked his way among clouds,
For the outlook that would be right,
Where he would be complete in an unexplained completion:
The exact rock where his inexactnesses
Would discover, at last, the view toward which they had edged,
Where he could lie and, gazing down at the sea,
Recognize his unique and solitary home.
We could then, after walking for a few hours, sit and contemplate landscape as mirror, talking about some of the points raised in my “Getting Unstuck” book, especially about how making the Law of Attraction work for us includes melding the physical and spiritual, not thrusting either aside in favor of the other, recognizing that what’s around us *is* in fact reflecting our own creating back to us, whether what we’re seeing makes sense to us or not. More walking could then just “allow” thoughts and reflections and insights to arise naturally—that magical Sixth Hour of clarity I mentioned early this month.
We could take a few moments to write our thoughts, then share our insights with each other, inspiring each other to further clarity with our celebrations of peace. Later, we could share our artistic creations, poetic or otherwise. And, of course, we could certainly talk about healing, about raising vibration, about any number of things along those lines. Or I could bring my guitar and play an outdoor concert. Or invite other musicians along to do the same.
But I’m a practical man. As nice as all this sounds, I’d want the day to be more than just a nice experience. I’d want it to make a difference. From wilderness to wondrousness. So how would that work? A couple of thoughts.
I have in mind a full day’s hike. That could be on flat land, or a climb. Probably flat land is best for the contemplative nature of what we’re doing. For that, probably John Brown’s Tract or similar hikes would be best—I could probably find more of these (I just tend to go for the mountains). Some people might want to travel in for the day. Others might like to camp nearby or in the woods. Others might prefer a night in an Old Forge hotel. All could be accommodated with a day hike. Or in the Lake Placid region. Or perhaps a cross-country ski adventure (without the musical instruments, or with cold fingers for writing—I’m leaning toward warmer weather hikes).
The hike itself could have the elements discussed above, but the experience could be expanded. For example, we could have a PDF workbook for use a week prior to the event. Or a telesummit, conferencing by phone or Skype, with or without the workbook, and a private Facebook group for mutual discussion or posting exercises and feedback. And a telesummit and/or workbook/discussion for the week after. Something like that?
And people traveling in might like to combine the trip with healing sessions or Reconnections; we could work out schedules to complete those as well, making the entire experience a profound change, an initiation into a new way of being to carry forward from that point onward. Something like that.
I’d love to read comments with people’s thoughts and suggestions about all this. Please do leave them below! And thanks!
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October 2012 is a series of daily posts about “A Wilderness Hike,” taking readers through the healing of wilderness experience and glimpses of my work at Kwan Yin Healing and of my book, “Getting Unstuck.”
You can read the series from the start via the links here:
Oct. 1: A Wilderness Hike
Oct. 2: The Sixth Hour
Oct. 3: Snowy Mountain
Oct. 4: Letting Go of Baggage–the Wilderness Way
Oct. 5: “Bear” the Thought
Oct. 6: Mountain. Buddha. Impermanence.
Oct. 7: The Rewards of Rain
Oct. 8: Finding the Keys
Oct. 9: “I’d love to, but times are bad.”
Oct. 10: Attracting the Law of Attraction
Oct. 11: We are not our thoughts
Oct. 12: Honesty, Forgiveness, Healing
Oct. 13: Getting Unstuck: Feeling Overwhelmed
Oct. 14: Money is remarkably easy to come by, if that’s all you want.
Oct. 15: To be Time Rich, Learn to Be
Oct. 16: Changing Thoughts for Changing Work
Oct. 17: Finding and Sharing your Gifts
Oct. 18: Do you want to be the boss? Be sure you want to run the show.
Oct. 19: Finding jobs within jobs
Oct. 20: Bright Mountain Dream
Oct. 21: Escape the Wilderness of Addictions
Oct. 22: The Importance of Spiritual Direction
Oct. 23: In Search of Enlightenment
Oct. 24: Relationship Thoughts from the Wilderness
Oct. 25: We learn in realtionships
Oct. 26: Chrysalis
Oct. 27: Self-Healing, part 1
Oct. 28: Self-Healing, part 2: Time for a new perspective
Oct. 29: Dix Mountain
Oct. 30: The Mist-Filled Path
Oct. 31: From Wilderness to Wondrousness