Many of us have been raised and continue to live in cultures whose approach to land is one of “dominion over.” Too often, we treat land as a commodity, failing to consider what the land itself requires to remain in or return to a state of balance.
Even many people who love the land and don’t view it as a commodity, who are ecologically and environmentally sensitive and seek sustainable ways to live, tend to superimpose their designs on the land. But when we approach the land as a partner and consult it, as we would any partner, about its own needs, the relationship between land and humans shifts dramatically.
This understanding is the basis for The Land Work, a shamanic practice centering on the land-human partnership and the ways in which a healthy, respectful partnership assures balance.
Land work, or what I have come to call land whispering, is a form of intuitive healing, and different people practice in different ways. Much of what I’ve done centers on clearing energetic patterns of disharmony held within the environment, sometimes for long periods. Other aspects of the work include conducting soul retrieval for the land itself in areas devastated by violence or other trauma. Working with the land complex — all lifeforms, elements, and structures in a given space — can be life altering, transforming your understanding of how Nature functions and allowing you to feel your kinship with all beings.
Land whispering may be done proactively or reactively. Proactive work helps avoid creating problems by partnering with the environment before taking action. Reactive work deals with existing problems, ones that develop because no person was aware enough to be proactive in the first place.
So, for example, if you intend to prepare a site for development, it’s wise to proactively consult the land complex while you’re formulating plans to locate structures or roadways, move stones, reconfigure waterways, or alter gradients. You may need to modify your original plans or process to accommodate the land. Proactive work also includes preparing property for sale or rent and maintaining balanced public and commercial spaces. Think of proactive maintenance as a good energetic “spring cleaning.”
But, for example, if a series of businesses fail, one after another, in a commercial property you own, you’d need to do reactive work, as would also be the case if crop areas are unproductive or disease ridden despite proper physical and biological care, or a home, business, neighborhood, or public park repeatedly attracts conflict or violence. Reactive work additionally includes helping the land recover from Nature-based events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding as well as human-caused events such as wars, toxic spills, and terrorism.
I published a book about this transformative practice — Land Whisperer | A Guide to Partnering Energetically with Any Environment — in 2019. The book reintroduces you to the land-human partnership, our oldest partnership on Earth, and clarifies your place within it and responsibility to it. Through concepts, processes, protocols, and numerous stories drawn from my years of practice, the book shows how the land-human partnership is a living, interactive, energetic relationship and how to actually conduct that relationship — the essence of “whispering.”