I love this sentiment, that you belong to the land. I remember by first experience of such, in Arizona on a mesa top, that amazing sense of connection and awe that comes when you realize that you are a part of something large, intricate, and incredible. I heard all the clouds and the cacti and the winds and the lizards and the snakes singing around me.
I’m visiting the Black Hills in South Dakota with Kat. We drove through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming to get here and for the last couple of days we’ve been exploring this area, seeing Mt. Rushmore and Mt. Crazy Horse, the needles, the lakes and the wildlife here. Something which is really important to me, and always has been, is the connection I have with the land. I love Portland and Oregon because of how the land’s energy and my own mesh. I could also feel a resonance with the energy in Montana and in the Black Hills. That kind of resonance is important for me. To be really comfortable, I need to connect with the energy of the land. That’s why Seattle didn’t work for me. The energy of the land and my energy didn’t mesh well.
Connecting with land isn’t as simple as deciding it feels right to you. The land needs to tell you if you feel right to it, if you belong there. And if you don’t belong, it will tell you. The land doesn’t belong to you. You belong to the land. It’s something where the land basically says, “You fit with this land, so I call you as one of mine.” I’ve felt that feeling in a few places in my life, where I’ve known there was this acceptance from the land and an equal acceptance from myself.
I think of the land as alive, and myself as just one microorganism among many that effect the land, either for good or ill. While a land can accept you, there’s still something to be said for making an offering to it. An offering of your sweat, tears, and blood, of your effort, of going into a place, and blending with it, letting it speak to you and through you.
Anytime I feel such a connection I am reminded of how small I really am, how important it is to respect the connection and respect, and how much it matters to me, to feel this intangible connection that speaks so loudly to me and reminds me that I am not over or on top, but really just a part of something much more powerful, much more beautiful, much more significant than myself.
Nicely put, and I have really felt that way myself; I recently moved from the Bay Area and Seattle, and even apart from the pace and culture and all feeling better here, there's something about the natural world here that just resonates better (Doesn't hurt that's it's a lot easier to FIND nature here than in the endless Silicon Valley suburbs)
I'm curious, if you don't mind sharing, because I think a slightly more concrete example would be interesting and illuminating to me at least; how does Portland resonate in a way that Seattle doesn't, if it's even something you can put into words? I haven't experienced much of either one yet, admittedly, but many people seem to regard them as quite similar, so I'm curious how the differences appear to you, too.
I know EXACTLY what you mean Taylor! Funny enough, astrological planetary lines can also be a tool to explain this relationship ahead of time so you can know what to expect. Sometimes we need a place to provide growth for us, so I don't think we can always rule out the more difficult linear placements. I also believe that as we experience deeply other places, it can be the same as changing time and can bring experiences to the surface that might not have happened if one stayed in their comfort zone. Thanks for this post, we look forward to seeing both of you at some point! ;-)
@thesilverspiral That's a beautiful way to phrase it!
@indicoyote Portland has more of a water energy feeling, while Seattle has more of a fire energy feeling. Seattle grates on my nerves...partially because of how the city is laid out. If you look at it, it's basically smooshed between lakes and ocean...That creates its own pressure.
@aartiana I've found that even though Portland is more "comfortable" it's also provided a lot of opportunity to grow that more uncomfortable places didn't. I think it's dependent on the relationship you have with the land.
@Magicexperiment Yeah, I can see all that, for sure. I feel like I have both fire and water associations myself, and I feel like there's a lot more water feel to the area up here, compared to the Bay Area. Sorry if it sounds like I'm rambling, this just happened to mesh with a lot of what I've been thinking about already, about why I feel more at home here in three months than I ever did in California.