The essential movement of rewilding the self is the turning toward Life, what I have come to call biotropism. This is no small feat of orienteering—while living within a culture of self-destruction, of the hatred of nature and freedom and joy, of Life itself.
This is the orienting movement Thomas Berry writes of in The Great Work. It is the work of our time.
This is not the kind of work one knows how to do, though of course I am attempting to explore this ‘how we do it’ here. I use the word ‘know’ here as one would speak of knowing ‘how to bake a cake, or knowing how to file a legal brief….
No. This rewilding of our selves, this reorienting of our life force arises out of our souls as a desire, the way Spring’s wild iris shoot arises out of the yet thawing soil and pushes its delicate green tip up through the white of snow. It is a primeval impulse. It is Life turning toward itself; Life wanting to happen, seeking its own wholeness.
So it is that I think of it as our wild joy. It is the courageous willingness to say, “Yes!”, to Life, even in the midst of life composting itself all around us.
Antonio Machado captures this well in this poetic snippet here:
Last Night, as I was sleeping
I dreamt — marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
Note: I do not know where this series on rewilding is leading. My intent is to follow the game trail with focus for 30 days, to keep the posts short and inspirational and to add links of resource as I am able. I will collect and publish a collected list of links to books and web resources as this series closes itself so please send me any that you would like to share and I’ll do what I can with them.
Also, please feel free to contribute your own suggestions, tips and comments as to your own process for what supports you as you reorient your life toward thrivability for all.