Strange, I thought. A book with a life of its own.
I picked it up and read the cover: “Steering by Starlight” by Martha Beck. Oprah Winfrey’s life-coach. Never heard of her. The first few pages were a riveting read, so I decided to buy the book for myself.
But when I got back home and did an amazon search for “Steering by Starlight” a different book (by the same author) instantly filled my screen: “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want.”
Strange, I thought. Maybe the gods are trying to tell me something.
The new book looked even more interesting. Almost familiar. I had a funny sensation in my stomach, so I ordered the book and then returned to reading Wade Davis’s utterly brilliant (and rather disturbing) book: “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World.”
When “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” arrived in the mail, I had a huge jolt of déjà-vu. It wasn’t so much that I felt I had read the book before, but more of an overwhelming feeling that I was destined to read this book. That this book was meant to be read by me in this exact moment of time.
Strange, I thought. I wonder what this is about.
Within the first few pages Martha mentions Wade Davis, the Harvard anthropologist whose work I have just finished reading. Throughout the book she uses the term “wayfinder” (coined by Davis) to describe the process of connecting to the deep source of wisdom within the natural world, and within our own wild selves.
Strange, I thought. What a coincidence.
Martha then introduces owl eyes, fox walking and sit-spot as deep connection exercises that can help you realize your life’s calling and true potential, by tapping into universal oneness. She doesn’t use these exact phrases for the core routines, but she describes their practices in detail, and they are the same ones I have been doing for years.
The entire book contains remarkable stories of meaningful encounters with the wild world, mostly from her travels in Africa with Zulu trackers.
Martha even mentions bird language in her book. Bird language is a direct teaching from Apache tracker Stalking Wolf, through Tom Brown Jr. and Jon Young.
I’m beginning to wonder if Martha knows Jon Young. But Jon’s never heard of her either. So maybe she went to Tom Brown’s Tracking School and lifted the tools for deep nature connection, and repurposed them for her best-selling book? Unlikely, but possible.
Whatever the truth, it doesn’t take away from the strange coincidence of this story, which is full of meaning and synchronicity.
I’ve learned to listen to synchronicity - it always has something important to say: Pay attention. Be alert. Stay focused. The core routines of deep nature connection are in my life for good reason. And the more I practice these tools, the more synchronicity appears in my life. It’s a sign I’m on the right track to finding the wild within.