Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth

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In today’s world, it’s often too easy to forget about the world outside the window. People struggle daily with stressful jobs, trapped under fluorescent lighting, staring at glowing screens, or surrounded by concrete when they could be outdoors, acknowledging the gifts of natural world. In the face of its absence, we are finally beginning to understand that our connection with nature—plants, trees, animals, and the energy of the earth itself—is more than a luxury; it is a necessary and vital part of our ...

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Overview

In today’s world, it’s often too easy to forget about the world outside the window. People struggle daily with stressful jobs, trapped under fluorescent lighting, staring at glowing screens, or surrounded by concrete when they could be outdoors, acknowledging the gifts of natural world. In the face of its absence, we are finally beginning to understand that our connection with nature—plants, trees, animals, and the energy of the earth itself—is more than a luxury; it is a necessary and vital part of our existence. In Partnering with Nature, Catriona MacGregor weaves together historical, spiritual, and scientific examples to emphasize the importance of creating a vital relationship with our natural surroundings. Our separation from nature leads to several devastating effects, whether through stress, feeling a lack of purpose, or the heedless destruction of our environment. Through her exploration of the energies that link humans, animals, and the natural world, she shows how we can learn from nature as we develop our spirituality and ourselves. Through diverse approaches, Catriona offers the reader a solid understanding of why a connection with the Earth is vital to our existence, and how a revival of that connection opens doors to a myriad of benefits in our environment and in our health, our daily lives, and our happiness.

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“I have been deeply impressed by Catriona MacGregor for many years. Her striking kinship with the animal world and her vision of the natural world are compelling and apparent when you are in her presence. Many people carefully copy native traditions, hoping for a shamanic experience. Catriona MacGregor is a shaman.

"Catriona's book is a gentle yet somehow startling book, a work of unsuspected beauty, and generously far-ranging in its scope, considering how much it encompasses. It is written with the clarity of one who is consciously living in the web of life and empowered by a unique and enduring vision.”

Jim Gilkeson, author of A Pilgrim in Your Body and Energy Healing

“I love this book. It makes my spirit sing! Partnering with Nature is a profound invitation to step into the sacred realm of the soul. Through carefully crafted exercises and thoughtful insights, Catriona MacGregor assists us make this revered journey into the hallowed spaces that only nature can provide. She gently allows us to step out of the quickened pace of modern life and though a shimmering portal into an inner landscape that is wild and free, so we can live in ways that are authentic and heartfelt.”
Denise Linn, international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Space

“From the first paragraph, this masterpiece of a book weaves a magical spell. Into that spell it mixes baby robins, alpha brain waves, shamanic journeys, celtic myths, and water bears into a glorious tapestry of wholeness. And then it weaves you, the reader, into that spell, showing how you can gain access to the spiritual unity behind it all. Warm as a tropical sunset, fresh as a woodland glade, Catriona MacGregor's inviting prose lifts the veil between the material and spiritual worlds—and transports you to the heart of being found in nature.
“As you read these compelling stories, you will feel all your cells tingle with the recognition that you are made of the stuff of the universe, and find inspiration and renewal in the natural world around you, wherever you live. I recommend this book highly.”
Dawson Church, PhD, author of The Genie in Your Genes

"Catriona MacGregor’s poignant Partnering with Nature is a beautifully wrought synthesis of poetic spirituality and well-grounded practical fact. Catriona creates an intriguing tapestry of thoughts and images, weaving together history, geology, scientific research, and her own profound spiritual connection with the natural world. ... She speaks convincingly of Earth as teacher, habitat, and salvation, asserting that our connection with the natural environment provides both a portal to the divine and the tools that we will need to preserve our planet as a habitat for humankind. … She concludes by gathering together the many threads of wisdom offered up by her book and leads us gently but inexorably to her conclusion: We as a race will not thrive, evolve or even survive, unless we return to partnership with our earth. She urges us to reclaim the strength of our connection with nature on both a personal and a planetary level. “You are a different person if you are filled with the warm rays of the sun, the clarity of the blue sky, the soaring hawk.” Says Catriona in her final paragraphs. You will also be a different person after you have read this book. The images of Catriona’s vision will flow through your mind and dance through your heart long after you have finished reading Partnering With Nature."

Amy Racina, author of Angels in the Wilderness

"Partnering with Nature studies show that when people come into contact with Nature, even with a simple potted plant, they become kinder, more generous, and more community minded than when they focus on artificial human-made surroundings. Catriona MacGregor gives us a mystical and practical manual for our times to reconnect with Nature’s sacred healing power for our own benefit and that of all life on Earth."

Penelope Smith, author of Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, and Animals in Spirit

Partnering with Nature helps awaken all of us to the transformative powers of nature.”
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods

"Insight, healing, and wisdom fill every page. Partnering with Nature a jewel of a book—a great field guide, if you will, for those who would more deeply and reverently enter the heart of the wild."
Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582702193
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 597,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Catriona MacGregor
is an attorney, environmental activist, corporate consultant, and spiritual life coach. A contributor (along with Thich Nhat Hanh, Fritjof Capra, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and Prince Charles) to Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and the Planet, she is also the founder of Awen Grove, an international non-profit dedicated to bringing the inspiration and wisdom of nature into people’s lives. She lives in Fairfax, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Partnering with Nature ix

Part 1 Our Relationship with Nature

1 Touched by Nature 3

2 A Feeling Knowing-A Knowing Feeling 11

3 Banished from the Realm of the Sacred 15

Part 2 The Wisdom of the Wild

4 Plants as Evolutionary Masters 31

5 Reading the Signs of Nature 55

6 The Power of Animals 63

7 Sacred Places 85

Part 3 Inner Wholeness

8 The Spiral Dance 103

9 Vision and Nature Quests 111

10 Rites of Passage 127

11 Healing Ourselves through Nature 145

12 Honoring the Creative Within and Without 157

Part 4 Changing Ourselves, Changing the World

13 Earth Song 175

14 Toward a New Global Ethic 187

15 Reverence for Life 197

16 Singing the Animals Back to Life 207

17 The Biggest Love 227

18 Humanity and Purpose 235

Epilogue: Discovering Joy in Nature 257

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Resources 287

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

    The book is effective and is eloquently written.

    I began to glance over Partnering with Nature with the intent to see what I would be reading the next few weeks. Before I knew it, I was turning the 70th page! The book is effective and is eloquently written. In this age of technology, stress, and commotion, Partnering with Nature makes you pause, take a deep breath, and transports you back to your roots. Catriona's personal accounts are written in such a manner that she leads you on a powerful journey. It is as if the reader is standing right next to MacGregor, experiencing the same sights, thoughts, and emotions. There is a great deal of uncertainly in these times, predominantly about our children's future. Catriona re-awakens the youthful imagination, and imparts a much-needed optimistic outlook for the future. Partnering with Nature offers invaluable avenues of healing; opportunities to restore ourselves and Planet Earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    A Beautifully Wrought Synthesis

    Catriona MacGregor's poignant "Partnering With Nature: The Wild Path to ReConnecting with the Earth" is a beautifully wrought synthesis of poetic spirituality and well-grounded practical fact.

    Catriona creates an intriguing tapestry of thoughts and images, weaving together history, geology, scientific research, and her own profound spiritual connection with the natural world. She cites examples from an impressive panoply of resources, and adds a human touch by including many of her own experiences, both expansively global and heartbreakingly personal.

    Each statement is supported by factual data and breathed into life by Catriona's own quest to share her relationship with nature with those around her. The place to start is your own back yard, suggests the author, though there is no doubt that she considers the entire planet and every plant, animal, and person upon it to be worthy of care and connection.

    She combines an intimate knowledge of the invisible world of energy and spirit with concrete statistics to show our "fall from grace" and the dangerous downward spiral that we have created through our alienation with the natural world. She argues eloquently that we need nature as much as nature needs us. She speaks convincingly of Earth as teacher, habitat, and salvation, asserting that our connection with the natural environment provides both a portal to the divine and the tools that we will need to preserve our planet as a habitat for humankind.

    The author entices the reader into reconsidering his or her own relationship with nature. She includes simple, accessible practices that will enable us to improve the quality of our daily lives, to be more in touch with our habitat, to reduce our footprint on the earth and ultimately to save our planet and ourselves by connecting more with our natural world.

    She concludes by gathering together the many threads of wisdom offered up by her book and leads us gently but inexorably to her conclusion: We as a race will not thrive, evolve, or even survive, unless we return to partnership with our earth. She urges us to reclaim the strength of our connection with nature on both a personal and a planetary level.

    "You are a different person if you are filled with the warm rays of the sun, the clarity of the blue sky, the soaring hawk." Says Catriona in her final paragraphs.

    You will also be a different person after you have read this book. The images of Catriona's vision will flow through your mind and dance through your heart long after you have finished reading "Partnering With Nature."

    -Amy Racina
    Author "Angels in the Wilderness"

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