Allies Of Nature endeavours to do exactly what it says on the tin and be an ally of nature. I believe my way of thinking is in alignment with the First Nation People throughout the world, where every living breathing thing has a connection with spirit. Thus when a flower or animal gives us its essence or shamanic power for our own healing and benefit, it is a gift from the divine and thus we are duty bound to reciprocate if we can, by way of gratitude.
Since the start of my shamanic journey back in 2013, when I stepped through The Shaman's Doorway with Northern Drum and engaged in The Journey Program with Embercombe, I have been doing my best to preserve and conserve the animals and flowers that have helped me along the way. I have taken out WWF Animal Adoption Packages, a Tiger for myself, a Snow Leopard for my niece and an Elephant for the planet. I can't bear the thought of my niece reaching my age and none of these animals being left on the Earth, all of them disappearing on my watch through man's growth and expansion into their habitat. I know I need to help out as much as I can and so contribute a certain amount per month to their survival.
Also about five years ago, as part of my more formalised three year shamanic training my spirit guides communicated to me that I needed a different type of feather in order to assist me in the shamanic healing that I wanted to carry out for people. My teacher had informed me that the Crow feather that I was using wouldn't cut the mustard. He advised me that I needed to consult with my guides, of which they duly said to me that the Condor was the only bird suitable for the type of healing I wanted to do. I thought 'blimey, where am I going to get a Condor feather from without travelling to Peru!'
Fortunately I had the wherewithal to think to write to a couple of captive breeding places in the UK where in one of them, the Welsh Mountain Zoo, an Andean Condor resided. On contacting the head of department of the bird section I was amazingly granted the use of a certain number of Condor feathers to assist me in my shamanic healing work to which no money could be exchanged due to CITES regulations that prevent the illegal trade of wild animals and their parts.
I felt I had been blessed with these magnificent feathers, which proved to be fantastic shamanic tools and yet I couldn't give back to the bird itself for its most generous gift.
That was until recently I learned of a similar adoption programto the WWF available at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. This has enabled me to adopt the Condor that gave me the feathers in the first place so I can now give back for all the healing it has provided me and my clients. This feels like a really good thing to do both from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) angle and from a place of just being human, endeavouring to preserve the Children's Fire for all of our generations to come. This is what Allies Of Nature is all about, this preservation of life for all, this is where its ethos truly lies.