by Charlie Hughes

In the world of commercial construction, with all of its loud noises, brash hard-working men, cussing, fussing and fighting, one would hardly think that nature spirits would be nearby.

Until three years ago, the world of nature spirits, devas, flower essences, conings and co-creative gardening was something that was foreign to me and that I would have previously considered borderline witchcraft. But since my new best friend (my bride) was very much into everything Perelandra, I decided to "give it a whirl."

It was suggested to me that at the beginning of my next project, 240 apartments for the elderly, I "work with nature." I started asking questions and soon found that I could go about the process of denuding five acres of hardwood forest for the site in a cooperative way that would not be as disruptive as our normal slash-and-burn approach. With my wife's help, I did an energy shift and land-balancing using the Troubleshooting Process. The energy shift was to alert nature that the trees were to be cut down and also to give the animals living in the woods time to relocate. We started work 48 hours later. After establishing my intent for the project as a whole, I opened conings a few other times to work with my "construction team" on specific problems on the job related to schedule and difficult inspectors. Several times during the year-long project, my boss asked me what I did that was special, as he had never seen a job run this smoothly. We had our problems, but they always worked out easily. I tried explaining working with nature to him, but it was too much for him.

During my second year with the company while I was happily cruising along with my second project, another superintendent was in deep trouble with his building. He was having trouble with subcontractors, building officials, architects, vandalism, his health and skunks. My boss asked me to pack up my "bag of stuff and head down to Fredericksburg and do your magic." I went down to the site, met with the other superintendent, and explained to him all that I knew about working with nature (not very much at that time). We worked together and did an energy cleansing on the job and then a calibration to focus on specific problems. Later he became very ill and I took over his job to the point of completion. Energy and balancing processes from the Garden Workbook were used repeatedly over the next two months as the job was brought out of the toilet to a satisfactory completion. I have to add that a couple good MAP sessions were thrown in to keep me healthy through all of the long hours and the associated stress.

The most dramatic testimony to the effectiveness of working co-creatively with nature is quite possibly the simplest. One afternoon a couple of months ago, one of my workers came into my office to tell me that a skunk was in a room behind the elevator shaft, hidden behind some 50-gallon steel drums. He wanted to know if I would call the game warden to come and trap it or if he could shoot it. I told him to settle down, close the door and leave the skunk alone. When I called the game warden, I was told that if trapped the skunk would be driven several miles away and released, but that catching him might be a problem and that he may "blow" inside my building. I wanted neither shooting nor blowing in my building, so my next thought was . . . call Perelandra. Moments later I had my answer. I told all of my workers to leave the skunk alone and that the problem would be handled by morning. That afternoon I made sure that there was a way for the skunk to get out, then I connected with myself, the skunk, the deva of the job, Pan and any other appropriate nature intelligences. When I connected with the skunk's higher self, I let him know that he scared people and that they wanted to either move him away from his home area or shoot him. I explained that a construction site and a future residence for elderly citizens was not in our estimation the best place for him to be. I stated that if he left this evening after 7:00, no one would bother him and he would be safe from harm or relocation. I came to work early the next morning and sure enough he was gone, never to return. My workers asked me what did I do to get rid of him. I simply told them that some friends of mine took care of the skunk and he would not return.

I am learning more and more all the time; those people who know me would probably say that I am one of the most conservative-leaning people around. But seeing is believing, and I believe that all is judged by the fruit that it bears. In my lower right desk drawer at work are my Bible, my flower essences, and my soil-balancing kit. I would never start another construction project without all three. There is definitely a place for nature spirits on the construction site, as long as they wear a hard hat.