“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; A home, a teacher, a companion.” -Lorraine Anderson
During our recent visit to Big Falls on Memorial Day weekend to start our pre-planning for the Skynthesis Suspension Summer Camp Out , we decided to share a relaxing moment and take in the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.
We had already decided upon doing an energy pull with throat hooks a few weeks prior. However, during our visit, after the simple act of skipping a smooth, flat stone across the azure colored water of the swimming hole, something clicked and an idea was instantly born. I wanted to approach this energy pull a bit differently than just using one another's energy and felt it would be unique to let nature take part in it as well.
After finding a suitable stone that was roughly the size of my hand and with a considerable amount of weight, I tied a clove-hitch knot around it with amsteel rope. We then placed ourselves on opposite sides of the waterfall cascading over the shale rocks and emptying in the swimming hole. After connecting either end of the remaining cord to each of our throat hooks, we used our bodies to swing the stone from side to side, acting as a pendulum, before eventually sitting down, dropping it into the rushing waters, and letting the river's energy take over.
After adjusting ourselves accordingly, the stone began to come alive. Vigorously skipping and jumping in and out of the wildly rapid waters. Through this we gained a tangible connection to the river. Feeling the strength and energy of the moving water. Upstream was a more steady bounce and pull: peaceful and soothing. The top of the fall was much more powerful and lively, bouncing and twisting over the rocks below it: playful and energizing. The feeling of being deeply connected to the flow of energy from something so simple but so powerful was vitalizing but also humbling.
Mother Nature and suspension always have a way of revealing to us incredible diversity in all of their glory and splendor. It brings us closer to our own spirits, makes us feel comfortable in our own skin and helps us to discover our own quiet peace, our strengths, and reminds us who we truly are deep inside.