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Talking with Nature: Sharing the Energies and Spirit of Trees, Plants, Birds, and Earth [Paperback]

Michael J. Roads , George Trevelyan
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October 1987
From the pristine land of Australia come the remarkable voice of Michael J. Roads. Simplistically one might say that Michael Roads talks with Nature. He converses with rivers, with trees, with plants, and with the animal kingdom. But to say so would be to pull his story out of context, to overlook the painstaking soul-searching Michael experienced in order to come to terms with his greatest gift. Acceptance and integration gave birth to the wisdom in the pages of his journal:

"It concerns me that the human race has allowed separation from Nature to become established as accepted reality. Hence, man and Nature, rather than man of Nature. Do we as humanity stand above and beyond such power? Regretfully, our continual involvement in the violence of war, our ever-increasing environmental pollution as well as the expanding proportion of mentally-stressed people in our society clearly demonstrate that intelligence is not at the forefront of human endeavor. We are the nature we abuse. To establish a reconnection with Nature is to reach into our Selves, reconnecting with the timeless wisdom we each containbut few indeed are the people who will allow themselves time for this process. Do we take responsibility for ourselves, or do we invest our power in the mythical they who we believe created the mess we are in?"

The book is a beautifully written spiritual autobiography of the author and his remarkable encounters with the natural world. Michael is led step-by-step to a final wisdom, remarkable in its simplicity and in its message of hope for mankind.


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Roads, a "naturist," literally talks to nature. He shouts to the trees and to the nearby river, and they answer him, at least in his mind. He tells stories of reasoning with predators in his native Australia, of asking them not to ruin his pasture grass. And miraculously they comply. According to the author, his gift for communicating with nature derives from the fact that in a previous life he was a gifted botanist who was ridiculed and died because of his gift for communicating with the birds and the bees. He questions many things: Why do people talk with pets but not with the trees on their front lawn? Why do people kill wild animals, which have an equal right to live on earth? This story can be read on many levels, and few will question the author's sincerity.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Talking With Nature is an insightful journey into nature. In the same spirit as the Findhorn experience, author Michael Roads travels throughout the experience of touching into and communicating with nature. He experiences the River, a Heron, the Silence and a whole flock of birds. What makes this book valuable is Roads' questioning of every experience. He thinks he's crazy at times. But the philosophy and ideas presented by his nature friends are profound. The River says, Let go and fall into the river. Let the river of life sweep you beyond all aid from old and worn concepts. I will support you, as you swim from an old consciousness, into a new stream of consciousness. A wonderful adventure in becoming one with Nature. Recommended! -- Body Mind Spirit, November/December 1987

Australian naturalist Roads has crafted a poetic autobiographical account of his attuning with the energies and spirit voices of the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. The text, which reads like a synthesis of Walden and The Secret Life of Plants, fluidly crosses the membrane separating the material from the intangible. In a monthly chronicle, Roads recounts the fusing of different aspects of his self with the clarity of nature, as he directly comes to know that deep kinship - humanity as nature. The devas of wind and water lead him into a new dimension of intelligence and communion where he achieves what the Bamboo Spirit calls the birth of wholeness nurturing in your heart, a potent energy field which in turn nourishes all of nature. -- East West Journal, March 1988

Australian writer and organic farmer Michael Roads was initially disturbed when Nature began speaking to him through such outlets as a river, a heron, and a herd of cattle. He learned, however, to treasure his experiences, and today regularly communes with the souls of plants, animals, and rocks. This simple, hopeful, and optimistic book explains how all people can reconnect to the spiritual essence of the universe. -- Yoga Journal, November/December, 1988

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent reading! July 23 1998
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This book deals with the inner truth of nature and God. Before I read this book, I was an atheist and assumed the author was a babbling tree-hugger. Now, after reading this book, I view nature as a universified intelligence that accepts everyone. This book opened new passageways for inner truth and acceptance of God. What a great book to begin studies in the New Age/metapsychical movement!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Simple and So True Oct. 26 2001
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The concept that nature is conscious is not new. It is only new to western thinking. This book can be read on multiple levels. It is a great story, in the story you can see how to contact nature yourself, and on a deeper level you can see that all live is One and Divine.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent reading! July 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book deals with the inner truth of nature and God. Before I read this book, I was an atheist and assumed the author was a babbling tree-hugger. Now, after reading this book, I view nature as a universified intelligence that accepts everyone. This book opened new passageways for inner truth and acceptance of God. What a great book to begin studies in the New Age/metapsychical movement!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Simple and So True Oct. 26 2001
By T. L. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The concept that nature is conscious is not new. It is only new to western thinking. This book can be read on multiple levels. It is a great story, in the story you can see how to contact nature yourself, and on a deeper level you can see that all live is One and Divine.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Nothing but truth Jan. 3 2006
By GixxxerKim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a must have for any nature lover. Forget that, it is a must have for anyone who is ALIVE! Having read Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah already, this was an added bonus. Those of you who already communicate with your pets, and the environment around you, will be able to experience a new level of awareness through this book. For anyone who thinks we are somehow separate from nature and it's wonders, this is your eye opener!

Great to pick up and re-read again and again. Simple, easy to follow, and hard to put down. It is now on my top 10 list!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another sound current initiate speaks; worthwhile July 4 2011
By Bruce Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book of a series and my introduction to the author. Early in the book I was delighted to find him describing his mystical experience with the sound current. In that this may help bridge 'spirituality into sustainability' and vice versa, it remains very timely and part of the positive future I see for humanity.

The rest of the book is approximately one hundred recorded conversations or "seminars" between the author and Spirit speaking thru Nature, thru specific plants, animals and landscape features.

There is no "story" per se and as a biography, it's very partial.

This book has very strong ties with the following literature:
- Findhorn, especially ROC's conversatins with Pan, not to be missed if new to you.
- Perelandra Garden Workbook: A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences

In 2011 Tree Whispering by Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander will be published, the successor to PlantTalk, which never had a book: [...]

Tree Whispering and Perelandra are the main expressions of this topic in the U.S. at this time.

Sincerely, Bruce Dickson Medical Intuitive
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good Nov. 29 2009
By Thoughts on this - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author tries to convey that he is communicating with nature(water, rocks, etc.) but in the end you are just left wondering "what is this?" In other words, the way that "nature" speaks is not very convincing. I don't recommend it.
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