BARE GRACE

My intention when I began this blog was to create a place to share reflections, essays, prose, poems and photos of the creatures that I have met or may yet encounter in the forest here in the western mountains of Maine or elsewhere.

As an cognitive ethologist and psychologist (Jungian therapist) when I observe animal behavior in the wild I am always asking myself what the animal might be thinking. I pay particular attention to the relationship that develops between an animal and myself over time. I also question the role of projection on my part when I am pulled into an animal’s field of influence without understanding why. Most important I follow gut feelings and any nudges when observing any animal. I am a woman with Native American roots – is that why I make the assumption that every creature has something to teach me? I think of the natural world as being a place of deep learning and wonder.

It is my experience that intention and attention on the part of the observer opens a magic door, and once over the threshold inter-species communication becomes possible. I would like to invite others to cross that threshold with me.

As a feminist, ritual artist, and a writer I am Her advocate, that is, Nature’s advocate. I believe that when I write about the animals and plants I am giving voice to their truths as well as my own.

I developed an intimate relationship with the black bear in the above photo for a number of years while I was engaged in an independent, trust based study of his kinship group (15 years). Little Bee interacted with me on a regular basis but always preferred to “hide” behind a screen of leaves and saplings while doing so. Whenever I was around him I felt touched by “Bare Grace”.

Please feel free to comment. I would love to communicate with anyone who wants to share experiences they have had in Nature or simply make observations about what I have written.

If you would like more information about me, please read the essay on how I became a Naturalist…

Unfortunately, I am dyslexic with numbers and directions and have a difficult time with the computer in general and with WordPress in particular so I ask the reader to forgive me for the errors I will surely continue to make.

Sara Wright

12/29/16

I am spending the winter in Abiquiu New Mexico and am currently using my blog as a journal of my experiences in this mysteriously beautiful place. I ask that the reader bear with me as I continue this process… some entries will, of course, be about my relationship with animals, but others will not.

As it turns out I am presently a “snowbird” having returned to Abiquiu for the winter and spring of 2017 and 2018.

With deep appreciation,

Sara

 

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24 thoughts on “BARE GRACE

  1. Dear Sara, how amazing that you and Bear have made a place in this universe where the two of you can look at each other without fear or suspicion. This is a rare gift! Thank you for sharing this with us and for reminding us how far an open heart can bring us into real communion with Mother Earth.

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      1. I have been away with no access to computer so have fallen behind on comments… Have a piece of writing for you called “Mountain Mother” miss those essays and everything else about mago!

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  2. I love your sincere and heartfelt style. Your ideas here remind of author Jack Turner’s essays from The Abstract Wild. In summary, there is no replacement for an authentic, mystical experience with wild. Modern culture attempts to capture it through Wilderness Areas, Wildlife refuges, and zoos, etc, but that immediate, sacred connection with the wild and the animals in it is irreplaceable and starkly absent from modern culture.

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    1. Thank you for this heartfelt comment – as you say there is no replacement for an authentic mystical experience with our relatives in the wild – I write what I feel – blogs unlike editors let you write whatever you want and my blog is a place where freedom reigns! Of course I like publishing too for different reasons – so its a both and thing! Thank again.

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