Janine Benyus, founder of Biomimicry Institute and author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, states that we are shifting from learning about nature to learning from nature. That’s what biomimicry is. After 3.8 billion years of evolution, nature has learned what works and what lasts. Nature holds the answers, all we need to do is go out into nature and observe! That’s what scientists, engineers, architects, designers, and students are doing today – using nature as inspiration to create sustainable technologies.
We can take biomimicry to another level and look at nature as a guide for navigating through life. Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak and Nature-Speak, writes about finding answers through nature to empower our life. Animal Speak works with animals as totems and spirits by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world. Nature-Speak explores the lessons and meanings of the plant kingdom through dictionaries of landscapes, trees, flowers herbs and more.
Excerpt from Nature-Speak – Signs, Omens & Messages in Nature: From the elements to the animals, from the plants and trees to stones and minerals, the natural world is one of our most powerful source of spirit, wonder and wisdom. Every tree has its own magical story. Every plant has healing and every animal has spirit. Every cycle brings opportunity for change and growth. Familiar and exotic fragrances that tease and delight fill the air. The songs of birds awaken and soothe. The colors of plants, flowers and trees stir emotions and resonate subtly with our body and mind. And the appearance of an animal causes our spirit to soar. Nowhere does the spirit of the Divine manifests more clearly than within the natural world.
Nature is probably our greatest healing resource. From the plants we gain medicines and beauty. From the trees, we get fruits and strength. The stones gift us with color, light and electrical frequencies of health. And the animals guide, teach and protect us. We are blessed by Nature. It touches each one of us in personal and special ways.
I highly recommend both books. They are helpful guides for anyone looking to nature when working through a challenge, enhancing the creative process, or coming to a greater understanding of our choices and life lessons.
Ted Andrews passed over on October 24, 2009. He will be greatly missed.
Nature’s Sweet Grace.