Voice of Sedona Hikes and Retreats
Finding your Soul in Nature
Science, Spirit, Nature and Us
NATURE is what we see,
  The Hill, the Afternoon—
Squirrel, Eclipse, the Bumble-bee,
Nay—Nature is Heaven.
  
Nature is what we hear,
The Bobolink, the Sea—
Thunder, the Cricket—
Nay,—Nature is Harmony.
  
Nature is what we know
But have no art to say,
So impotent our wisdom is
To Her simplicity.


- Emily Dickinson
My whole life I've been in love with the natural world, and yet I haven't always had the deep felt sense of connection with it.  I became an Earth Scientist because I thought that would bring me closer.  By studying and learning about nature I thought I would feel more connected. My experience was that, the more I knew about the Earth and her environments, the further and further away I felt from her.  I experienced science distancing me from nature - reducing her to something purely material and mechanical. 

To recover the deep connection I had felt as a child, I needed to recover the magic.  I needed to begin to see the unseen not only in nature, but in myself.  Emily Dickinson concludes her poem (above) by saying that "Nature is what we know but have no art to say." She is refering to something that contrasts with science, which specializes in knowing only that part of nature that we can say; so what is that component of nature that we know but have no art to say?  It is the essential.
 
To be able to know and see the unseen, I have found that we need to shift our perception and our way of knowing.  We see from our own essence in order to connect with the essential around us.  Often this is described as seeing through the heart.  Then we discover the depth of what's truly real.  The experience of wonder and reverence are characteristic of this kind of perception and this kind of knowing.

I am profoundly interested in this kind of relationship with nature and in sharing this, as much as possible with others.

Sunset over Cockscomb

Juniperus Monosperma
 

Juniper

Indian Paintbrush
 
Details
I have a Ph.D in Geological Sciences, and an MA in Reglisious Studies.
I worked for many years in academic science research and teaching in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.
My research started out looking at the Earth's magnetic field and how it reverses.  Later I joined a remote sensing laboratory and used satellites and the space shuttle to study the Earth, and environmental change, from space.
Spiritual experiences made the exploration of my inner world more compelling and I left for Naropa University and undertook the study of contemplative religion and spirituality.
From here the urge grew to incorporate science into a more spiritually-based and informed exploration of our nature, and of the natural world.
I moved to Sedona several years ago and am an avid hiker, and practioner of yoga.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy" - Shakespeare (Hamlet)