For the Love of the Land

November 23, 2022
Jason
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Nature connection is one of the cornerstones of earth spirituality and is a topic Nicola and I return to again and again at The Way of The Buzzard. As we recognise the unity between all that is we cannot help but see how spirituality, nature and creativity fit so perfectly together.

Those of you who've heard my story, recounted at many of our online events over the past two or three years, may recall how I struggled with a speech impediment for much of my younger life and how I could talk only to animals and plants.

Even as a young boy I yearned to speak to family friends of the wild places I roamed, places I knew they hadn't experienced. So my love for photography was born. With my trusty collie dog by my side, an old camera around my neck I could venture through the local countryside capturing visual stories that I would then load into a Kodak projector and impose on anyone who cared to visit our family home.

That need still stirs in me. Perhaps from being cultivated so early in my life, the desire to share images and stories is a large part of who I am. In fact I spent practically all of my working life catching photos out in wild places and sharing them with many thousands of magazine readers through my articles on nature and creativity.

Photography became my voice

Photography and writing had become my voice out into the world and, despite attempts to silence me, I managed to maintain that thread of connection. At secondary school the English teachers would moan to my parents that I only ever wrote pieces about animals and nature, never about people, and I must change this. The religion I was brought up in, and my parents, ruled that I couldn't go to college to learn film making - a childhood dream of mine. So I just did what I could to keep the flame of creativity burning.

In particular I enjoyed the occasional immersive magazine commission where an editor or art director would give me an open brief to go deep on a particular topic, research it, find new angles, create hundreds of photos and a wide ranging story to engage their readership. Such opportunities were rare but fanned my desire to tell an engaging tale.

Fast forward to the present day and I'm finding ways to take the smouldering embers of youthful dreams and create bonfires of beauty. The Way of The Buzzard has become my voice, alongside Nicola's, and more recently my Earthlight project has begun to emerge. I've had countless dreams and journeys during which my guides tell me, repeatedly, to go out and gather the stories and bring them back to share. That's what I'm for.

Overcoming old patterns

Yet, again and again, I stutter in my attempts to do this. Old patterns have blocked me, duty and responsibility build in my path and I choose to do other than what my guides advise. Yet they don't abandon me, again and again they remind me through dreams, journeys and nature encounters. Reminding me what I'm for. Now is the time to grasp this mission with both hands.

Turning my back on publishers and their money driven agendas I began to create just for myself and our communities and am now exploring the concept of art as communion rather than just communication. Communion being the 'sharing of intimate thoughts on a spiritual level'. I ask myself how I can give back to the land in return for the images and stories the land gives me. Hence the strapline for my Earthlight project 'for the love of the land', a phrase I often include in the films I make.

Following more direction from my guides I set a firm intention early in the year, during ceremony, to step up properly to my creative vocation and the way has now cleared for me. Between then and now my life has been traumatic and difficult as my father fell ill and passed away. But now there's a care plan in place for my ageing mum and my brother who has particular support needs and I'm freer than I've ever been in my life. So, for the love of the land, Earthlight is being tended and nurtured.

Those of you who have been to our online events over the past years may remember the Earthlight films that I created for each Sabbat. Here's the very first one created for Samhain 2020. The comments I got in response to those films have spurred me on and carried my dream aloft through the challenging times. Now it's time for my passion project to come to the fore and of course I want to take you along for the ride.

'For the Love of the Land' free online event

On the evening of the next full moon, Thursday the 8th of December, Nicola and I are holding a very special free nature connection event - 'For the love of the land'.

There will be film, stories, photos and more as I introduce the next phase of Earthlight. I'm also going to tell the tale of a particularly moving, life changing, Raven encounter deep in the mountains of Glen Etive. Save the date! I do hope you can join us.

You'll be able to register your interest on Monday the 28th of November and look forward to enjoying an evening of deep nature connection, the wild twin of earth spirituality.

About the Author

Jason

Jason has been a visual storyteller all of his life and follows an animistic, shamanic path from his ancestral lands of Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors.
Formerly a professional photographer and film maker he now uses his art to help others fall in love with the land that little bit more.

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  1. So pleased that you feel able to follow your creative muse more freely now, Jason. I look forward to he launch of '..for the love of the land..' and seeing the outpouring of your wonderful work in the future.

  2. Beautiful, as always, Jason. Your photography and words never cease to inspire me to keep pursuing my creative goals. Iโ€™m really looking forward to Dec. 8. Thank you for all that you so generously share with us.

  3. I have watched you both grow Jason since I attended one of your very first drum making workshops. I am so thrilled for you to be following your creative dream at last and sharing your wonderful inspiring films and stories more widely and freely. I am excited to see what comes next in your launch on 8th December.

    1. That’s lovely of you to say Sharon, yes we’ve shared lots of years haven’t we. I have some surprises in store to say the least. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I would love to learn and share. I am also on a spiritual journey that keeps leading me to the signs. The signs like a myriad of jigsaw puzzle pieces keep falling into my mind. This happily appears to be one of them. Please count me in.
    Blessings ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

    1. Thank you Jeremiah. The registration link will be sent out on Monday. I’m pleased that nature connection is supporting your spiritual journey. The pieces never stop appearing.

  5. Hello Jason,
    I've just watched your lovely Earthlight film above. Very striking and it clearly shows your deep connection with the subject matter. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Did you compose the backing track? It really helps to develop the 'love of the land'. Music is a very central feature of my life as well as my ceramics which are drawn from deep and cherished childhood memories. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with you in the Yorkshire Dales in June and have booked for Space to Emerge next year. It's nice that you have shared the journey, so far. Anton

    1. Hi Anton, Thank you for this comment. Yes, music is vitally important and really supports the emotions I find. Sadly I don’t have the skills to compose my own music, although it is something I’m interested in exploring if life allows. I purchase the music for my films from Soundstripe who have a huge collection available for an annual subscription of just a few hundred pounds. It’ll be good to see you at Space to Emerge.

  6. Iโ€™m so pleased for you Jason that you can now put your dream out into the world. Iโ€™ve loved every one of your Earth light films and listening to your stories. Iโ€™m so looking forward to hearing more stories and film, it will be a great evening.

  7. Oh thank you Jason for sharing your life's journey. Honing your life so you can help other do the same. Your photogenic words speak deeply to me, thank you and bless you. ๐Ÿ™

    1. Thank you Philip, if by sharing my processes I can help others in some small way then it’s very worthwhile. Using our true voice is the only way isn’t it.

  8. I felt a real heart opening reading your story. I am very interested to hear more about Art as Communion and journeying with the express wish to set a Firm Intention to step up properly to our creative vocation. From a young age I was pulled away from my creative path and only now, in my 50's, am I too noticing, as you said earlier 'the way has now cleared for me'. It's now up to us to push past old limiting patterns of procrastination and fear, and allow ourselves, and others, the joy of bringing our art into the light. I'm particularly looking forward to this Full Moon and your Earth Light Journey 'For the Love of the Land'. Thank you for what you and Nicola both do.

    1. Thank you for this Beverley. It can feel a very lonely path at times can’t it, however the encouragement of a community can help keep the creative dream alive. I shall be sharing as openly as ever my process, my successes and learnings (failures!) as I step more fully into my mission here. Thank you for being a part of our journey.

  9. What an absolutely beautiful film Jason. It says exactly how I feel about this amazing world we live in. My heart breaks at the way humans are destroying it.

    1. Thank you Jacqueline, yes it is truly heartbreaking. But we can make a difference by sharing the beauty of what’s around us. This no doubt makes the land and nature that lives alongside us feel witnessed and heard. It’s bound to make a difference, maybe even to the final outcome. There’s magic in these moments, powerful magic which I hope to conjure through my films and stories.

  10. I'm so glad to hear the path ahead has cleared for you and you are now able to engage fully with you creativity and what you're here for.

    I'll look forward to the event ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Lorna, you too set a fine example of finding a way ahead to live authentically. I look forward to ‘seeing you’ at our online event.

  11. I am very new to The Way of the Buzzard but am finding it very beneficial and interesting.
    I was so sorry to hear of the death of your father but hopefully things are sorted for your mum and brother.
    I have suffered with anxiety and depression for more than 30 years and have been going through a hard time lately.I turned to The Way of the Buzzard as I love being outside with nature and I can feel the relaxation flooding over me when I am in the garden.You can therefore see how I am very aware of how hard it is to deal with everyday life when you suffer from an illness or such.
    I look forward to your online event.Tina

    1. Thank you for this Tina, yes my mum and brother are more or less sorted with a good care package now which frees so much time for me.I’m glad you find The Way of the Buzzard beneficial and interesting too and am sure it’ll help you deepen your connection with nature even further.

  12. OMG such a beautiful film, breath taking. Thank you. Hope things will go forward for you Jason after this testing time. You have so much to give.

    1. That is kind of you to say Barbara, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. There’s so much more to come as we look forward. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Iโ€™m so excited about this, what a great year this is for you & Nicola. Your films are so emotive, each one with its own energy & raw beauty. Iโ€™ve seen them all, several times & grateful that I can dip into them when I need/want to. You certainly have an eager audience ready & waiting to share in your amazing work โ˜บ๏ธ

    1. Thank you Gaynor, I love that the Earthlight films are supporting you in this way and that you are making such good use of them. I’m hoping to create so much more over the coming months and am sure you’ll enjoy my offerings.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Jason, and the stories you find/have been brought to. Community feels especialy important when following a path by way of instinct, signs and connecting with the messages in nature that the true self can feel. I am so thankful for the Buzzard Tribe and the space you and Nicola have created. Your images are most certainly fuel for the journey and your stories a great aid in keeping the faith on the path. Blessings to you!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment Lois, I really appreciate it. Yes, community, nature connection and creativity can work so well together to help us keep moving forward on our path. Blessings to you too.

  15. What a beautiful, healing piece, Jason. I love witnessing how your work is developing. Both you and Nicola are so inspiring in sharing both your beautiful, rich work, and at the same time some of the story of your creative life process. Many thanks.

    1. Thank you Mary. It’s a joy to share what Nicola and I do, in the hope it’ll help inspire others to step more fully into life.

  16. Awesome this is , I love reading about your life, you are so lucky to have such a rich and beautiful life .Blessings CARMEN xx๐Ÿ™โœจ๐ŸŒ™

    1. Thank you Carmen. It’s taken a while to get to this place and we keep on working on our own patterns to become the best we can be. Blessings, xx

  17. What a moving exchange of messages – your story Jason is so poignant, yet happy and uplifting and straight from the heart – really enjoyable to share in your journey and watch your film. Your readers are clearly inspired, too….and it's brilliant that you respond so personally to every one of them. It's an honour and a joy to be part of your tribe. THANK YOU to you and Nicola for opening our eyes and enriching our lives to the wonders of the natural world….and so much more.

    1. Thank you for this lovely message Fiona, I really appreciate it. Thank you too for being a part of our tribe which we all build together. I love sharing the beauty of nature but find it important to share the difficult bits too, this feels more real and authentic.

  18. Ooh Jason. I remember your first film so well and here we are reading more about of your amazing.
    You are such an inspiration and I shall โค๏ธ to be able to see your latest works soon.
    Life is still very challenging and in many respects some aspects u changed but yours and Nicolas' dedication shines through…Thank you

    1. Thank you Alison, these are kind words that touch me. I shall do my utmost to share what I do as we continue to inspire each other on our journeys.

  19. Dear brother, just watching your video I see you have a pure heart, exquisitely taste and a knowledge matched by very few, I too adore nature and cannot endure it enough, especially in such uncertain times, I have a soul message for you I hope you find it to be inspiring.
    Young man what you capture, see, hear and feel is contagious, it shows not just your love, spirit and personality, but also your unbreakable care and passion for life it's self, may many be inspired by you and if only people could see what we could, the whole planet would be a better place, Amen my brother.
    Terry Lynch.
    Where there's life, there's hope.

  20. Dear Jason,
    I have just watched your Samhain 2020 film and remember this so well as this was the year I discovered the WOB, the film โ€œblew meโ€ away then and your magical photography, creativity and your love of the beauty of our nature really continues to stirs my soul now.
    This year I have โ€œ lost my wayโ€ a bit, but by knowing you, Nicola & the WOB tribe, will keep me on the right path! Thank you, Iโ€™m so looking forward to next week. Thank you

    1. Thank you for your kind words Kathy, your thoughts here really encourage me. It’s so easy to lose our way isn’t it, and community is a big help in being accountable.

  21. Way to go… you're improving life and the world so much; you're inspiring people to observe, think, and hear BEFORE speaking. I and my clan and covers etc., in the East Midlands wish you nothing but success.

    1. Thank you so much Frances, much appreciated. Yes, stopping and really seeing is key to nature connection isn’t it. We honour nature with our attention.

  22. You and Nicola soo inspire me!! I love your love of nature, all your wonderful videos and photos! Youโ€™re blessed indeed xx

  23. This is truthful stunning. I have not seen your work before, but will make every effort to do so from now on. I'll link up and forward a bit about my background and plan's.

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