Sixty years ago the following quote by Khalil Gibran puzzled me. In retrospect I believe it began to stir ancient memories of shamanism:
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” ― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
As a youth living on a farm, the wind in my hair and bare feet on the earth were a daily and beloved experience from May through October. My shoes and socks were off the minute I came home from school, church or town where being bare foot was not allowed. I spent hours outside sitting in a tree, or sprawled on the lawn, or on the swing on the screened in front porch, or on a tractor helping my father with farm work or riding my bike.
However when I read this at seventeen, I would never have thought to personify the earth or the winds. This passage from Gibran was a strange and romantic concept to me. This would have been very “weird talk” among the Northern Indiana farmers that I knew.
As I have grown older and hopefully wiser just as most of the native peoples of the earth do– I think of the elements as having personalities who enjoy my interaction. And that doesn’t happen often enough. I need to spend two hours in nature each day as Edgar Cayce suggested communing with the elements: The Lord of the Wind, The Lord of Fire, Mother Earth and Mara of the Sea and Water.