Wildness is becoming a lost archetype in a modern world of gadgetry, SEO optimization, overpopulation, economic takeover, defunct two-party systems, etc. etc. etc. Our primitive instincts have become subterranean in favor of cleanliness, scarcity fear, wanting the work to be done for us, a compulsive need for mass quantities of stuff, all in the name of progress. I’m just as susceptible to it as the next person, and yet, I’m always curious about what is happening to our instincts in the process. The sixth sense, strengthening in the natural world, forced to adapt rapidly or become extinct, is being met with a human quality of distracted aloofness.
We often don’t respect that there are places we shouldn’t venture. Perhaps it’s our metaphorical reliance on external GPS systems which give us the false confidence to enter territories which are not good for us, or that we don’t actually even desire. It is becoming easier and easier to betray one’s values, without even knowing it sometimes.
The movement to find home and reacquaint ourselves with our spiritual surroundings seems to stem from a need to belong, and perhaps to know where we do and don’t belong. Spiritual and spacial intuition, or the loss of it, causes us to find ourselves in places we don’t want to be. I ask myself often what is at the root of this. Why do we venture into lands where we are not in alignment, to wander on someone else’s watch for days or years?
I find that when I’m lost in the world and I don’t have the satellite systems to direct me on hand, I’m far more instinctive about what direction I should be going. My internal systems reset to home, base camp, true north. I’m suddenly more aware of where I am, whether I feel safe, and what to do next becomes clear. Have you ever amazed yourself with your ability to find your way with no outside assistance? We can do it. We gather to rekindle the fires of intelligence and share the wisdom with one another.
It’s said that it takes several days in the wild to get your instinctual bearings back. With no outside help, self-reliance can be re-instituted, and the human animal can be born again.
What helps you restore your inner compass? What experiences of wandering in someone else’s country have caused you to seek your true address?