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The Healing Tools of Nature

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The Healing Tools of Nature

Finding therapy among Earth’s mightiest friends.
Iyanla  Vanzant
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Jul 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Nothing is separate from anything else; the connective consciousness of life is everywhere. What we see and experience around us is the manifestation of an invisible creative process that occurs within physical bodies, senses, and personalities. With these things in mind, we must remember that the earth supports and assists us in the ever-evolving process of life. As such, we owe it to ourselves and to God to respect and honor the bounty of the earth. The Creator has placed at our disposal a wealth of natural energies that are willing and useful healing tools. We need only ask, and the help is there for us.


These mighty friends are elemental symbols of wisdom. They are tangible signs of transformation and growth. Trees are receptive and energizing. They stand as symbols, representing and demonstrating our endless source of supply. Imagine that every tree you pass on the streets or roads is a demonstration of the things you can be or have in your life. There is no shortage of possibilities in life, and every possibility is within your reach. We can also talk to trees, particularly elms and oaks. Weeping willows are eager receptors for our sorrows—they take our tears and transform them into beauty! Trees are a solid support system.

An excellent clearing ritual can be performed at the foot of a tree. Dig a small hole in front of the tree or near the roots. Lie flat on the earth and talk directly into the hole. Talk as though you were speaking to a person. If you are expressing pain, sorrow, fear, and so on, tell the tree exactly what the cause is and how you feel about it. If you are making a request, be specific. Talk about the situation, what you are feeling, and propose an outcome. When you have fully expressed yourself, re-cover the hole. Ask the tree to take your concerns and turn them into something beautiful!


Rivers are the sweet waters of the universe. They represent the energy of Venus, the planet that rules the energy and flow of love and money. The river is always flowing as a representation of the movement of love, wealth, community consciousness, and emotional well-being. Rivers attend to the day-to-day flow of life: how we respond to it and how we overcome the challenges we encounter. Rivers encourage us to learn how to flow with the tides of life.

Sitting on a riverbank, talking aloud about your emotions is an excellent cleansing ritual. Releasing and clearing emotions about relationships should be done at the river. Praying for specific information, direction, and guidance can also be done at the river.


The ocean is the ultimate “Mother Force” of the universe. Like the amniotic fluid that nurtures life, the ocean is a supportive, protective, nurturing, and healing energy. You can take all of your troubles to this Mother. She is an enduring source of strength!

Like all mothers, the ocean energy is primarily concerned with health. For us, that translates to mental, physical, and spiritual health. Meditation and prayer at the ocean is one of the most powerful and effective healing tools at our disposal. Make your prayer with outstretched arms. Always take an offering of fruit, molasses, blue cloth, or silver coins. Leave your offering at the water’s edge.

The ocean is the best place to cry. (The river can also take your bitter tears and sweeten them.) When you cry at the ocean, Mother will wash away the source of your tears. Be very mindful of what you ask for at the ocean’s shores because these things will ultimately shift or change. Once you have shared your concerns with the Mother, you may recognize people, conditions, and situations leaving your life. It is important that you resist the temptation to fix, change, or hold on to them. Because the Mother energy of the ocean represents intuition, once you ask for her assistance, you will intuitively know what to do and how to do it.

About Author
Iyanla  Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant is the founder and executive director of Inner Visions International and the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. She is a Yoruba priestess and an ordained minister in Christian New Thought. The author of 13 titles—inc Continue reading