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What the Wild Whispered

What the Wild Whispered

Key messages for 2022

Mid January, I waved goodbye to my hubby and two teenage kids. They flew back to our home in Singapore, and I returned to my mountain cottage, in New South Wales’ Blue Mountains, for two weeks of creative time. This is my time to go within and create as much inner space as possible for my Spirit to express itself, and my direction for the year.

For me, there is no better partner for this annual process than the wilderness itself. Solitude, silence and dwelling outside create an incredible container for direct revelation and guidance. Specific, beautiful wild encounters and the patterns in the atmosphere serve both to reaffirm something that I already knew was rising, or in beautiful ways, open my system to new ideas and energies. The dialogue is always on and always sublimely poetic.

My desire for clear and strong intent and priorities for the coming year is the GPS setting for the dialogue. It’s not a search-and-find game, it’s more a dwell-in-awe-and-it-will-come game. The messaging can come from a clover leaf, a spider, or an epic incoming storm. When there’s a connection between the wild, my mind and my energy body…the dialogue and the revelations are felt, in every cell.

I’m so grateful to have access to ancient, untouched and protected wilderness. In these places, the interchange is always stronger and undeniable. And I respond to each message with a heartfelt promise and great gratitude.

Here are seven clear messages that came from the wilderness at the start of 2022…and the promises I made. I have adopted these themes into my personal development plans for this year, and also into my offerings for my community. I hope they inspire.

22nd December: A reminder of the sentience and presence of nature as an ally

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There are the obvious ways that life on the planet, as we know it, depends on trees for its existence. Oxygen, wood, food, temperature regulation, soil maintenance, medicine, resins, perfumes, eco-systems, and the water cycle are only a few of the many essential ways we depend on our planet’s forests. And, underneath these obvious ways, there are more subtle energetic affinities…transmutation of energy to matter, relationship with light, ascending and descending energy circuits, non-audio communications.

We all have an affinity with trees. On my land here in the Blue Mountains, I have relationships with certain trees that are extraordinary. For over twenty years I have visited them, left them offerings, meditated near them, loved them. Trees, like all things, have an organising, sentient field of energy that brings them to bear. In Shamanism it’s simply called ‘a spirit’. And it’s the spirit of the tree and my spirit that blend when we’re close. There’s a recognition, a communication.

Sometimes, that blending breaches the ordinary perception and the spirit will make itself known in a way that I can relate to, in my ordinary senses.

This happened on the Solstice…can you see ‘Her’?

My Promise:

  • Continue to grow my personal connection with the wild Spirits of Singapore
  • Continue to offer outdoor nature meditation circles
  • Grow our reforestation and conservation efforts and increase my community’s carbon offset through tree planting

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Rosemary, Pine and Lavender from the garden to decorate the Christmas table and Balneology

A few weeks later I took these photos from my back deck for the Monkey Pot Magic group. These funny faces became Instagram stars for about 24 hours. Hilarious. And I was thrilled to see so many comments from members saying that they also have ‘spirit faces’ in their stone and wooden floors.

24th December: 2022 will require fluidity and adaptability

This was a gorgeous misty morning. It felt autumnal. But then we got scorched, then some hail and thunder rolled in, then a dry wind, then a bright blue sunny sky, then some more mist!

It’s impossible to predict this gorgeous mountain weather…you’ve just got to roll with it. There’s beauty in every expression, just as there’s beauty in every expression in life. I don’t say, “This horrible fairy tale mist. I hate the way it cloaks the garden and leaves mist drops on the spider webs. This mist is awful.’ Quite the opposite. I am transfixed by it.

So why judge some of the shifts and changes in my life so readily? Why not see the beauty in their expression and welcome them in with great interest, the way that I do the mist? This is how I stay agile, especially when I am unable to see too far ahead. 

My entire time here was marked by long misty days and nights. Mist was a message from the wild. Without a doubt, Omironc has created a thick mist and reduced planning back to the very short term for now. As it also forces the world into accepting the virus and its continual variations as ‘endemic’, I need to find inner ways to roll with it more smoothly. 

My Promise:

  • To view all swings and roundabouts this year as necessary pauses and redirections
  • To intentionally work with my words, and replace words like ‘obstacle’ or ‘block’ to ‘challenge’ and ‘sign for deeper thinking’

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what the wild wisper nature image danielle van de velde


25th December: Hope and Inspiration are the vibrational Super Powers for 2022

This beautiful symbol of hope was on my trail early Christmas morning. A Christmas kiss from the wild! The early morning sun struck the fresh feather, lighting up the pure pristine white against the rust of a rotting tree trunk. It was as if it was spot-lit just as I walked past.

Feathers are commonly recognised as divine signs. They come from creatures that have mastered flight and air currents, and that are known for their song. Air is the element correspondent with the heart chakra and the agent of the throat chakra. In reference to my chakra system, this feather is messaging a call for higher perspectives and a heart-led voice, to express my truth this year.

I found this wild whisper not just strikingly beautiful, but also an affirmation of hope and giving voice to my truth.

In the days that followed, I was joined here by Sam Joole, the co-creator of the music tracks, guided meditations and the podcast theme music. In three very fun days, we recorded and did postproduction on eight fantastic new tracks. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but a whole new vibe and sound emerged. I started using my voice in different ways – tones, trembles, song, intoning. A total delight. All of the tracks are for Chakra Shuddhi Sequence which opens in April. The feather signalled the power of allowing the heart voice. 

My Promise:

  • To intentionally manage downward spirals of doubt or frustration, with wider perspectives that enable hope and creativity
  • To create new spaces for my community to gather, share and express our own truths and visions
  • To continue to create inspiring content through books, blogs, music, meditations and podcasts

27th December: Our Life Field supports our heart-led choices – get aligned in 2022

I love the time between Christmas and the New Year…that gorgeous and weird ‘in-between’. There is silence after the Christmas feasting. Sleep, curling-in, grey palette-filled days. I lose track of what day it is…and it’s funny how much I don’t care.

During these days this year, my garden shifted too. Bright blue warm days and afternoon electrical storms gave way to all-day mist and soft rain. The men in our family left for a week in the outback, leaving my daughter and me in this misty wonderland. We had time, to laugh and craft and cook and plug into our female circles.

The first morning of our girly week together, my garden had bloomed into a field of clover (Yoni herb) and water in all its forms – mist, soft rain, full ponds, running waterfalls. It was a living symphony of the feminine, enveloping my daughter and me as we reconnected with our own wild inner places as women, as mother, and as daughter.

We had needed softness, uninterrupted time, collusion on chores, own time, silence, conversation, sharing and adventure, and importantly, reconnection with our other women circles…and the wild provided the necessary shift in gear for a nourishing, fun and meaningful week with the womenfolk.

My Promise:

  • To plug into the wilderness each 
  • To nurture and cultivate the new seeds planted in the shared garden soil with my daughter. More shared experiences, more time together in the wilderness, more exercise together, more cooking lessons, more laughter
  • To expand offerings to mothers and daughters and spiritual practice for young women
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what the wild wisper nature image danielle van de velde

Simple New Moon offerings at my favourite waterfall called The Pool of Siloam

3rdJanuary: What I intentionally dream, creates

I shared a step on my front porch with this beautiful being this morning. We sat side by side as we both warmed up in the early morning sun. The presence of the lizard felt significant. Through a Shamanic lens, it was clear ‘Animal Medicine’ – that is, when guidance arrives through the wilderness.

It was an unusually large lizard with beautiful golden flecks and it was very happy to stay alongside me as I slurped my tea, face to the sun. It transfixed me. Spirit stirred.

This was day three of my annual Vision Quest (well, my version of it). Nine days of stillness, wilderness and dreaming.

In Native American Lore, Lizard brings this exact Medicine – the importance of Dreaming. Lizard demonstrates that Stillness, Patience, Allowance, Light, Meditation, and Contact with Earth are all keys to enabling clear Dreaming.

Dreaming or Visioning is a spiritual act to establish a space within you for your Dream to make its home. We can so quickly jump to the ‘hows’, the action plan, the logistics.

I think some of us doubt what’s possible, due to the extended disempowerment the pandemic has brought. I know many of us have disconnected from our Dream or at least not given it our awareness.

Yet we all know that it’s the Dream which is the Spirit of any endeavour. With it established, all endeavours work with magic. Thank you for this powerful reminder, little Lizard.

My Promise: 

  • To create more space and time for my own Dreaming throughout the year
  • To fuel my Dreaming with more creative expression

4th January: 2022 will require agility in perspectives

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Ideas for a new, beautiful online course began to rise and I started to write them down. At one point, it felt too small, undercooked, unripe. I needed a better view. I dropped tools, grabbed my phone and walking boots…and found this! Experiencing the shift in my physical perspective also shifted my perspectives of what the new course could be. I went home from my adventure and finished writing the course, in an entirely new direction.

It’s a two-way dynamic with the Wild. It can reaffirm and illuminate meaning or open awareness to new meaning. It’s all in the relationship and how we engage. And that engagement has to be intentional.




My Promise:

  • To intentionally seek different perspectives within all personal lines of enquiry
  • To intentionally seek different perspectives within creative projects

10th January: Taking ‘wishing’ seriously in 2022

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After days of thundery downpours, the sun broke through on this day. And with that, my garden exploded into a sea of dandelions.

I can’t walk past a dandelion flower without stopping and making a wish! (I blame my mum for that!). I wish very intentionally too.

There’s so much in our childhood spellcasting of wishing upon a dandelion:

the pause, the distilling and clarifying of the wish
the importance of the breath and presence
the generating of the wish into the life field
working with the air currents to carry the wish far and wide, to find fertile ground

You could say that the elements of our childhood dandelion spells are fabulous metaphors for setting and activating intentions for the year!  Air is often associated with communication, connection, language, articulation, patterns, thought.

It was a beautiful signal from this sea of dandelions yesterday, that 2022 will require more than ever, clear communications, collaborations, connections, networks and contacts. It also signaled that it was now time to communicate my intentions and offerings for 2022 to my community.

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My Promise:

  • I will use my childhood-dandelion-wishing wisdom to pause, distil, breathe, arrive, and generate regularly throughout 2022

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