When I opened the pages of Wild Earth, Wild Soul by Bill Pfeiffer, I was expecting a book that would be filled with ancient wisdom. Inside there would be stories of pre-Columbian tribes and their time-tested techniques. And I had an expectation of reading old teachings that in the modern world should be new, timeless and easy to learn – based on solid ecological principles, and that’s what I got and more.
What I found was greater than any of my expectations, rather like a child opening the first present at christmas and with each wrapping, I found more hidden gems.
This book is reminiscent of a journey of the self and of the earth, creating a bond that was once broken. The one thing that becomes apparent within the book is the layout which is precariously formed and unlike a normal non-fiction type book. After you open it, be prepared to join a workshop of the Wild Earth Intensive without actually being there.
The book is not for everyone, and will of course, put some people off. However, if you are willing to overlook a book that is not a book, but a journey through a well thought out workshop, then there are certainly hidden gems within the pages that will make you look at life on earth differently. The information, which makes up the journey is rooted in ancient culture and tribal belief. You should already have some knowledge before taking up this work or at least some interest in the subject matter, and I would venture that it is certainly not for beginners but for individuals and groups who already have a connection with the knowledge contained therein and would like to reconnect at a deeper level.
There seems to be two parts to the book, the latter which is personal and the former that lays foundation and examines wisdom from many philosophers and experts in ancient cultures.
An element of mindfulness exists within the book as Bill tries to inform one how to become deeper listeners and how to connect with the earth and in communities. One particular aspect that I could resonate with is how he interweaves a natural healing concept into the experiences and emotions we feel watching a disparaging earth become damaged, depleted and immersed in material existence. Creating the connection between self and mother earth is one way to healing the forced upon emotions of the past.
Love of course, is one of the most powerful emotions and tools that we have within the universe and though some people continually search for love that seems elusive. Bill helps your recognize that power within your connection that is one with you and the earth and learning to love both goes some way to elevating your consciousness and deeper connection. I consider the work to be a standard research and teaching modality for those who wish to delve into a sound ecological culture to help heal the heart and the earth by reconnecting on a universal level. It is a work, that is both necessary and will be around for teachers to refer and teach from. It’s a feel good book and reading it, will certainly make you smile and help to prove the inner power you have within you. We at TOSP applaud this work by Bill Pfeifer and hope to see more from him in the future.