We Are Gaia

by Naomi on December 17, 2020

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Gaia herself is a sentient “being” — and we in these earthly bodies are Gaia beings.

The following is an excerpt from Gaia.com.

Quite simply, Gaia is life. She is all, the very soul of the earth. She is a goddess who, by all accounts, inhabits the planet, offering life and nourishment to all her children. In the ancient civilizations, she was revered as mother, nurturer and giver of life. She goes by many names, but in an effort to better connect and understand this energy, let’s explore the myriad of forms in which she appears on Earth.

Every culture has their version of the Earth Goddess. The Greeks called her Gaia, while the Incas know her as PachaMama. In some cases, she predates writing: ancient, pre-linguistic references to her have been found, alongside shrines, statues and paintings of her in every corner of the globe. She is the first goddess, the primeval one, the creator of all life and the fullness of her legacy is still being resurrected after patriarchal suppression.

To the Greeks, Gaia was the ultimate goddess of raw, maternal power. In the beginning, there was chaos, nebulous ethers waiting to take form. This primordial landscape awaited direction; it’s then that the spirit of Gaia arrived to give structure to the formless and the Earth was conceived.

As the prevalence of gods and goddesses in the 19th and 20th centuries faded away, so did history books’ tales of female pharaohs, women scientists and amazon warriors. History is kept by the victors—and the victors are most often men. This left a void in collective consciousness and Gaia was relegated to mythology alone. With the convergence of feminism in the 1970s, all that changed when a groundbreaking pro-female establishment was founded, providing new understanding of how our planet operates.

In 1970, chemist James Lovelock and his research partner Lynn Margulis (the wife of Carl Sagan at the time) proposed that the earth is a living being, self-regulating the elements to sustain life on it. This revolutionary hypothesis was seen as heretical, but has since been accepted as fact; a theory, no longer a hypothesis.

Far beyond the mythological Gaia, the name has come to represent an all-loving, nurturing and intelligent cosmic force which oversees life on earth. The goddess traditions have worked tirelessly to resurrect the ancient teachings of the Great Mother and ensure her presence as a force of love on the planet. More than saving the planet or participating in Earth Day celebrations, we can treat every day like a ceremony. To be in a sincere connected relationship with Gaia, we must acknowledge her sundry gifts and be open to receive her wisdom.

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The Magic of Gaia

by Naomi on October 17, 2020

 

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To My daughter, may you never forget you are Magic…

When I was a little girl I knew myself to be magic,
experiencing Life.

I saw it reflected back to me
as I roamed the forests,
watched the twinkle in the stars,
lay on my horses back in the fields,
conducting lightning storms with my fingers,
and in my mother’s eyes.

The natural world seemed to teach me that I belonged.
It reminded me where I came from,
that chaos was divine order
and that the change in seasons were as natural
as taking a breath in and out.

Then, the outer world crept in.

My inner natural and instinctual world became suffocated.

I decided it would be easier if
I pressed mute on my magical world.

I thought it was gone.

Years later, I woke with an intensity
that could compare to that of a hurricane.
I felt the chaos I had long forgotten
beginning to rise in me,
but I didn’t remember at first that it was divine.

I frantically searched for the magic outside myself,
attempting to create a life that would give me a taste
of the immensity I carried,
without ever needing to meet it inside.

One day, at the end of the search outside myself,
I found an experience and a process
that would invite me to unmute myself
and meet myself inside…

At first what came out
were all the things I had wanted to say while on mute,
all the heartbreaking truths that had been buried
and never witnessed by another soul,
about who I had come to know myself to be
while trapped inside a human body
in a world devoid of magic.

What followed were waves of intense awakening in my body,
and an unfurling of a place inside I had long forgotten.

Finally, when the inner storm subsided
and I had honored the elemental voice
that had been longing to come out from behind the double paned glass,
to be embraced.
My life became more than just trying to escape or numb the pain…
I began to remember.

At first it was simply a moment of remembering,
followed by two moments of remembering strung together,
until one day,

I was ready.

I unmuted my magic.

And experienced the beautiful, embodied, intensity of Life again.

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Inner Wild

by Naomi on August 20, 2020

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For the past few months I have had a longing to put on a backpack and head to a remote spot in the world with only the sounds of nature surrounding me (funny I know because I already live in one of the most remote areas in the world).

I know myself well enough to understand I was not longing to travel, I was simply seeking to connect to a part of me that can’t be found ‘out there’. How perfect that I couldn’t board a plane on a whim, as air travel seems like the least appealing thing to me right now.

With my backpack in the closet, I began to heed the invitation to listen closer for my inner wild. The wordless, but very visceral, primal nature of my Being. The one whose feet grows up through Gaia like lush roots and whose flesh is like morning dew. The one whose breath is hot and whose pulse beats strong. The one whose body births galaxies in her sleep. She was who I began to listen for…

Not surprisingly, I woke this morning to an inner roar. That Elemental part of myself became a visceral surge from the depths of my Being rising to the surface, transforming all that was in its path in the most life giving way. It became immediately clear to me that this roar was not to fend off, protect, overcome or feverishly debate another to stand my ground as it would have been in the past…it was simply a powerful warm exhale of what has been long unfurling like an ancient wild fern, inviting me to expand even more into my own life. A conscious moment and a sweet surrender to the unmanaged jungle that is me, and I stepped deeper into my inner wild…my Sanctuary, my Home.

As we stand at the growing edge of our potential together, each in our own way, many of us are realizing that the shift we are searching for isn’t out there. The shift comes as we courageously turn to face ourselves, staying in the organic conversations inside while allowing ourselves to grow back into our wholeness and live life by our own design.

I have the great privilege of working with small groups of women recently and have noticed the glass ceiling has lifted. The barrier that has kept us from our true Selves is easily dissolved as we show up with ourselves and each other in deeply authentic ways!

I have also noticed we are not at all interested in resuscitating an old paradigm or who we have needed to be to occupy it. We are passionate about reconnecting to ourselves intimately, delicately and powerfully in a new paradigm. We no longer just sense our wildly majestic selves like a beacon far off in the distance, we are present and growing into our true nature with great unapologetic gusto, turning over the neglected soil to create a rich, organic platform in which to grow ourselves and share with those we love.

Focused on crafting a life inspired from within, I have learned to live deeply and simply, letting go of what I no longer need, like sand falling through my fingers. I have chosen to live remembering that I am both the designer and rider of this great adventure called life and if I am not having fun it is up to me to change it.

The beauty and the magic of life continues to leave me in constant awe of what we are capable of as humans, as we live life open to ourselves and each other and the more that awaits us, beyond our current perception of reality.

Along with the beauty, I have faced many challenges along the way as I have dared to live by the beat of my own drum. When I choose to see my challenges from the driver’s seat, I am empowered to know they are simply choices of thought and habit I have outgrown without noticing. A simple change in choice, charts a more aligned life and the challenges turn into the fuel for becoming. The inner growing pains of my life expanding will always be far more rewarding than the slow atrophy and death of my soul.

From my Wild to Yours,

 

Naomi

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Welcome to episode #5 of Conscious Parenting in a Time of Stolen Dreams, a sister podcast to The Poetry of Predicament.

Screenshot 2020-07-07 at 7.02.22 PMMy guest and long time friend, Angela Burton courageously shares her parenting Story with deep authenticity, revealing powerful insights about her childhood and her inner journey that allowed her to parent differently.

Angela brings deep compassion, curiosity, clarity and stunning truth to this conversation. As you listen you will be invited to consider real hope, resilience, truth, self value and a very different place to stand to shape our future…one that nurtures life!

Looking forward to having you join us!

 

 

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Welcome to episode #4 of Conscious Parenting in a Time of Stolen Dreams, a sister podcast to The Poetry of Predicament.

_DSC5975 (1)My guest and beloved Sister-In-Law Raina McDonald brings deep authenticity and expansion to this conversation. Organic in it’s unfolding, Raina and I dive into mothering as expressions of Gaia, knowing we are here to birth a very different world for our children to thrive, even in the face of the collapse of what no longer sustains life.

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Raina’s home base is now her rural homestead on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada.  She lives and creates with her partner Ruben Irons, artist blacksmith, their two wild and free daughters on 100 acres of Acadian forest and blueberry land.  Read about their collaborations in life, parenting and art at R&R Handmade.

Raina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University (Halifax) and is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Birth Doula.  Conversations, collaborations and actions that move us, individually and collectively, beyond the status quo and into new/ancient ways of being is where you’ll find her. (excerpt from her website)

 

Looking forward to you joining us! Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Christine Whelan-Hachey

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Welcome to episode #3 of Conscious Parenting in a Time of Stolen Dreams, a sister podcast to The Poetry of Predicament.

My guest Anne Berube, shares her sacred journey of Motherhood and her own experience of the ‘pause’ this global pandemic has invited both her and her family.

Conscious parenting inspiration for your weekend. This conversation is sacred and reminds us of the expanded awareness we desire to hold for our own evolution and for our children’s unfolding, a context that is free, creative, and honours of the life-force that propels each of us. As we go through this great pause, this unique time in history, I have been discovering new and wider spaces for me to parent and for us to be as a family that feels more real, more authentic, and more life-giving. I dream of a reconstructed world that doesn’t go back to normal but instead honors LIFE as the ground and the roots for everything we do, say, and build going forward. In this podcast episode, I am in sacred conversation with Naomi Irons who is a dear friend and a colleague, as well as a sister from the stars with whom I adore exploring the edges of life. I would love to know what emerges for you as you listen to this conversation. There is so much for us to delight in when it comes to the creative impulse that animates our kids and our communities. Enjoy! ~Anne Berube

“Thank you Naomi Irons and Anne Bérubé for this delicious, authentic conversation. Wow! So much of this conversation resonates with me. Chris and I are committed to creating a home where everyone can feel safe to be themselves. Watching Doyle and Max transition into a less structured way of living has been a huge invitation for me to let go of structure and to be more loving and compassionate with myself. I had to let go and trust myself in order to find the love to allow the same for others in my world. It always starts with me and my courage to show up and be my bold unapologetic self. Thank you both for modelling conscious living and sharing your experiences with others.” Angela Burton

“Listening to these types of conversations to feed my ‘letting go’ instead of the fear based control based videos and articles is what I chose for my self this morning. Thank you Naomi Irons and Anne Bérubé…..much respect.” Karey Flemming

“This is such a wonderful video about children. Most Grandmas didn’t have this kind of child rearing. It is inspiring to hear about another way of being a mom. Thank you Naomi and Anne!” Holly Irons

“Thank you for sharing this Naomi there is SO much to think about because as Anne said things are happening so fast right now. I think we’ve all been thinking about “it” on some level for a while, we just have time to now. How do we take what we want from before (if there is anything) and bring it with us into the new tomorrow. It’s not easy! Changing course in windy weather is hard… how badly do you want to go in that other direction? It’s really windy up here on our Lovat hill today BUT the sun IS shinning and nature is waking up out there. So I know, despite the wind, I’ll be in it.” Rachael Mac Lean

“What an empowered and empowering conversation…absolutely life-nourishing! I found myself choosing to stop, take deep breaths and allow the truth of what resonated within me to settle. What a beautiful way to raise littles! I do wonder what our world would look like… if let go of our notions of control and discipline and instead created the space for our children to emerge as themselves, in each unfolding moment? … if we allowed their internal rhythms to guide their way? …if we engaged their curiosity and allow them to choose what animates them? …if we, simply, chose to go inside, first, then parent from that space. 

I wonder, too, if Gaia will allow us the time and space that we require to evolve collectively, of if she will make a different choice, for herself?” Stela Murrizi

 

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Welcome to episode #2 of Conscious Parenting in a Time of Stolen Dreams, a sister podcast to The Poetry of Predicament.

My guest Stela Murrizi powerfully shares her journey of her own awakening along with her incredibly conscious choice to bring a child into the world in a time of deep global chaos.

Recently in life I embraced a Truth that I had been hiding from myself forever: I am divine. This paradigm shift has led me towards a path of rediscovery and connection to the infinite that I AM. Through my writing, I aim to connect with my authentic self and live in the truth of my experience, of my Soul, in the infinite NOW. From where I stand, this is the only way to fully live life. (Insert from Stela’s website)

Stella’s voice is solidly unapologetic and her truth will invite you to become curious about who and what you are as a parent for the birthright of potential.

Looking forward to you joining us! Enjoy!

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For my daughter Hannah’s 13th Birthday I created a book for her. I invited the women in our lives to share their wisdom, stories, art…anything that they were called to express. Below you will find a story my Mother Holly wrote for her book…It still brings me to tears and is too precious to keep to ourselves~Enjoy!

This is a short story of families finding what they love to do, BEING, creating, discovering, sharing the workload and still finding time to play.  

The young ones had parents who knew who they were energy light beings so it was easy for the children to know who they were. The children got to model great respect to others. They saw that in their mom and dad. They got to see there is time for everything in their heart. Their passion and desire brings everything to them that they need. They learned it is an abundant and healthy world.

Respect teaches creativity because respect draws on the creative and intuitive energies from within so that they start flowing like a river….creating new ideas that haven’t even been thought up yet.

Respect for ourselves and others allows each person to stand in their own thoughts and be themselves, allowing others to be themselves. This is inviting what you want and allowing what comes. If it is not quite right then these energy light beings invite something different again until they are doing and having what they want.

Invite and allow….invite and allow this is what they told me.

What I noticed about them is that their spirit was very light and easy to be around. They were very playful because they did not feel much fear they told me. They were loved and cared about and they showed that to others. They did things out of love. They weren’t striving for a lot of things because they sought out experiences and adventures inside themselves and outside themselves. Fear sometimes would come when they were starting to doubt themselves.

It is good to live full out with great passion. They were the most exciting teenagers I have ever met. I hope you will meet them someday.

Their names are Hannah and Noah Hill.

I love them SO MUCH.

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Parenting From The Inside Out

by Naomi on April 7, 2020

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They have invited me into MY most immense joy, my biggest questions, my deepest pain, my purest love and my crumbling ground of uncertainty. Parenting from the inside out demands we face our history so we can become a gateway for our future and not the cultural norms, that are clearly not working. To listen to my interview with Dean Walker on his Poetry of Predicament Podcast please click below.

 

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The Dawn of a New Way

by Naomi on March 21, 2020

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I awoke at first light this morning and it really feels like the dawning of a new day and the dawning of a new way for our shared humanity.

I know there is so much uncertainty happening in the world around us and in the one inside of us. I was there in my own way 3 years ago when we sold everything, let go of our jobs and with it a feeling of security, the house we remodelled for 11 years, and took our children out of the school system. I would have moments where my mind and body were unravelling years of what had been presented to me and to the masses as the only way. My suggestion to you if you find yourself here, surround yourself with people you can be fully yourself with and not in denial of what is happening on a larger scale, be gentle with yourself, invite and allow what is true inside moment to moment, feel it, surrender to it and trust you have what it takes! There IS another way! We are in this together. We have to be in this together.

This is the collapse of separation and that can only happen when we are whole within ourselves

Every experience feels like it has lead me to this moment in time where we are no longer just talking about the approaching shift and collapse of earth and human systems, we are IN it. Looking back I can now see how strongly my intuition was beginning to guide me to unplug myself and my family from the ‘business as usual world’. As we began to let go of the way the world defined us and our reaction to it, we could move into a space where we began to be able to define it for ourselves and move from within. My very in tact ego didn’t survive that shift! lol!

I truly believe we are designed for times like these.

The only thing I have to draw any comparison from was when I went into labour for the first time. My body took over and my mind went silent. I found an inward trust in my ability to let go that I did not know was possible. What stays with me all these years later are the words of wisdom one of the women supporting me shared… ‘all of this is for a purpose’. I could let go of my resistance and need for control to what was happening as I heard those words.

Perhaps this is the planetary transition phase like in the birth process. The intense period where deep down we know there is no going back. As awakening Midwives of this Shift we remember we are designed for this, and this has purpose. We know how to surrender to this moment and something even greater beyond our mind and our limitations of thought.

As the status quo world goes dark, there are many of us that can finally see that our own light has been shining strong all along, sovereign and yet deeply interconnected to each other like the night sky in all her brilliance.

I feel more awake and more alive and still than at any point in my life. I am comfortable in my own skin and in my own wisdom. I am not searching for anything or anyone to complete my experience of myself and simply welcoming of ‘Full Disclosure’ and ways that enhance my understanding of my truth and my ability to embody it. I am unafraid to continue to free myself and let go of old ways that no longer serve me or offer up the greatest invitation to live fully at THIS time. AND this has not always been where I have stood inside.

While the future of the status quo world is unraveling and thrust into a great uncertainty, the emerging world is filled with the fluidity of movement and light, strength, possibility, hope, unity, and a realness that offers no other invitation than to stand in the now, embracing and accepting what IS so we may be able to move beyond into what awaits…and that journey begins within.

We are staring into the face of a collective reality in a way that we have never been invited to until now. The question becomes, do we fight against, seek to fix, look away, self medicate OR choose to go inward where we may mindfully shape a different existence, together.

The question ‘who’ am I becoming used to be a big enough question for our growth in the separate nature of the current world. In these rapidly changing times I believe the question needs to be raised to ‘what’ am I. One resets us within the level of thinking we are currently in, the other shifts us into the emerging world as the highly evolved, deeply spiritual people we intuitively know we are.

As many have shared over the years the narrative for our existence has become much too small, and outdated for our evolving human experience and is destroying ourselves and the living breathing, Great Mother, that is our only Home. The veil is dropping on this narrative and now more than ever the rewriting of it is essential for our forward motion.

We are the ones we have been searching for

 

 

 

 

 

 

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