Over 52 weeks I will be learning all about how to live and work creatively. My teachers are Aussie birds and animals. It is week five and the creative force has produced the Pelican to build on the lessons that Australian birds, animals and habitat are initiating.
After watching a Pelican, patiently perched on its nest at St Leonard’s, Victoria, on the Australia Day long weekend I have been encouraged to emulate this bird. Ted Andrews talks about Still-hunting in this classic book, Animal-Wise.
“Still-hunting was practised in shaman traditions all over the world. Its primary purpose is to observe and learn. The still-hunter would go to a place he or she knew well or felt attracted to, whether a hillside, a meadow, a forest or a pond. There the individual would wait patiently until everything returned to normal. Then the still-hunter opens themselves to learn from the natural world.”
A google search reveals that this term is also used by actual hunters who treat the killing of animals as a sport! As a consequence, I will be using the term still-observing!
Perched on the nest my pelican, photographed here, appeared to be still-observing!
Become a still-observer!
Let the place choose you! It may be your own backyard!
Allow intuition to guide you to a place.
Upon arriving in the place become as unobtrusive to the environment as possible.
Remain very still and observe. Let the world go around you as if it were not there.
Feel and imagine yourself as a part of the environment and natural surroundings
Quietly observe the sounds! Pay attention to small detail.
Reference: Ted Andrews, Animal-Wise, page 28
Still-observing With Akari