Spiritual Seedlings

2. A Letter from the Earth at Old Man’s Cave

July 22nd, 2015

Connecting with the Earth at Old Man’s Cave

July 17, 2015

A couple weeks ago, we went to Old Man’s Cave, a place of great natural beauty in southeastern Ohio. As we stopped near the cave, I laid down on the ground and took a nap. I felt the Earth speaking. Later I wrote this letter, capturing what I heard.  The second installment of my blog… “Letters from the Earth.” Enjoy!

Dear Nancy,

Do you understand I want to connect with you?

You were tired that day at Old Man’s Cave. You were hot. I know I was rather humid that day. But fortunately you had the good sense to stop and lie down and what do you remember?

I think you can still feel the cool earth greeting I gave you. I am really very cool to touch and your body connected with mine. I received you into my bosom. You felt me cooling you down and then you went to sleep. When you woke up you were refreshed, weren’t you?

You humans rush about like little ants. You don’t have to, you know? I gave you two legs, not wheels or wings, just legs. Slow down and rest and you will discover much more of my story.

That day I told you to explore me. I want you to get out and around and enjoy me. Hiking is good, but stopping and observing is better. Sit, write, photograph, draw, paint. Absorb my reality and you will hear me more clearly.

At Old Man’s Cave you can get a sense of the eons of time that have led to where we are today. You see huge stones. You can imagine the ancient sea, the earthquakes, the shifting plates, the erosion, the mighty forces that led to the environment now on my face. You stop and you appreciate the evidence of millions of years of change.

You may feel small in comparison to my history, but know you are great. You humans are my pinnacle. Don’t let you also become my demise.

Yes, you felt me crying. The waterfalls are refreshing, but also a spilling, a letting go, the way I cry.

Nancy, keep connecting with me. We have a sacred thing going here. Just show up. Listen. Observe. I will speak. You will find rest, refreshment and glimpses into my mystery.

I love you.


Waterfall at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio


Old Man’s Cave