Open Your Heart and Reunite with Nature

How to Open Your Heart to Rainforest Medicine from Gifts From the Rainforest ~

Open Your Heart through Gifts from the RainforestThere are forty-nine Intuitive Learning Circles™ in Gifts from the Rainforest. Each Circle imparts the teaching and healing medicine of its plant, animal or nature spirit. 

Rheanni Lightwater
Rheanni Lightwater, Author

You can think of them as communication tools to help you access intuition that comes from your Soul.  

Gifts from the Rainforest is the foundational guide for the Intuitive Learning Circle method.


Below is a Transformation Game that will help you open your heart and make friends with the animal, plant or nature spirit helpers in Gifts from the Rainforest.

Welcome to the I Ching Reading and Transformation Game for Hexagram # 59 – Reuniting with Nature.

How can you open your heart to creative, new ideas when the heart of humanity is struggling to find a new way?

When we are in the midst of a major transition, what can be done to reunify us with our  Souls or “better angels?”

The first thing to consider is what direction are you, personally, heading?

Are you following the promptings of your Soul or something else?

Are you in any kind of danger?

Are you motivated to be reunited with your Divine Nature?

Are you immersed in an emotional quagmire of revenge, resentment, self-pity or cynicism?

Are you willing to look beyond your disappointment and open your heart to a more equitable and balanced future? 

I Ching Workbook - R. L. WingIf you are an artist, leader or anyone looking to create positive change, Hexagram #59 REUNITING from The Book of Change provides an excellent Mission Statement:

“Within the Self, the time of REUNITING is directly connected to your spiritual development. You should now renew your inner faith, in whatever way that has meaning for you… Look for the symbols, rhythms, and patterns that have inspired humanity for all times, and incorporate them into your work. Make a sincere attempt to meet the social responsibility of the artist: REUNITING people with their reality.” ~ The I Ching Workbook, R.L. Wing

Developing a relationship with any of the Helpers in Gifts from the Rainforest is a process that takes time, trust and a sincere intention to ask for and receive their guidance or medicine.

Each Helper has its own medicine, which is explained in the poem and “Further Explanation” sections of the manual. One Helper might have medicine for dealing with difficult people (for example, Parrot #18), while another might help you to focus better, such as Praying Mantis, #6.

The Helpers are like new friends that can really assist you if you’re willing to slow down, open your heart and get to know them. This game will help you to create a healing relationship with whatever Helper you want to get to know next.

Begin by going to Old Sol #49 and reading its message.

Through this Circle, symbolized by the Sun, you can connect with your Higher Self. All the other Circles in this book can only work through your Higher Self or Soul to avoid false guidance.

You will be using “Old Sol” to tell you which Helper would be good to get to know next. You can also use it to confirm guidance that you get or formulate questions and intentions that are important to you.

The next step is to gaze softly at the Circle itself and take several relaxing breaths. It doesn’t really matter what part of the image you’re looking at and it isn’t necessary to figure out what the lines or circles mean. If you find yourself criticizing or doubting yourself, that is your ego trying to interfere with your clear guidance. Just ignore it and bring your attention in to open your heart.

Now that you’ve read the directions, it’s time to ask the question. Look at the Circle and ask your heart:

“Is there an issue or situation that I could use some guidance with right now?”

Old Sol

Answers may come in the form of words, a symbol, an impression or a feeling. What ever comes to you, write it down, even if it doesn’t seem to make sense at first. Also, it’s important to take the the time to listen to your heart. If you’re all up in your head, chasing after thoughts, that’s not really intuition. Gently bring your attention down into your heart area, slow down and listen for quiet, calm messages.

Mind Body IntegrationMind Body Integration

For best results playing a Transformation Game, look at each Circle both crossed over the midline of the body and uncrossed so that the correction is more complete.

If your mind goes blank, go here to clear the blockage.

Once you have an issue, ask Old Sol for a number between one and forty-nine and take the very first number that comes to you. The number you come up with is the number of the Helper and Circle that would be most helpful to you right now. Write the number down, go to that Helper in the book and read about its medicine. Notice if there are any messages that stick out to you.

Next, gaze softly at the Circle (both crossed and uncrossed) and relax. Breathe deeply a few times. Imagine your mind can gather up all the unconscious information it has about this medicine. Now you’re ready to go through the series of Circles in the first section of the game.

Section One: Open Your Heart and Clear Obstacles to Communication

1. Sun #49: To facilitate your connection with your spiritual guidance, keep breathing and gaze with soft eyes at Old Sol while you repeat each affirmation:

“In accordance with my highest good…

Old Soul

… I release all karma or intentions that prevent me from connecting with my Higher Self through my heart.”

“I release all karma or intentions that prevent me from befriending the _________ Helper I have chosen.”

“I release all intentions based on ignorance or harm that would block clear communication.”


2. Seed #37: Pretend this Circle is like a communication device. You ask it a question and an answer comes back to you in the form of words, an image, a feeling or a symbol.

This is how you can use the Circles and their Helpers to communicate intuitively with your Soul or Higher Self. Try it out by asking the Seed Helper:

“What is preventing me from following the true guidance of the __________ Helper?”

Make a note of your answers. At this point the answer(s) may or may not make sense to you yet, so just write them down and continue.


3. Alligator #3: Now it’s time to uncover whatever thought processes, emotions or behaviors that are blocking a helpful connection. Look into the Intuitive Learning Circle for Alligator and ask the following questions one at a time:

“Can I tell what’s blocking me?”

“Is the blockage a behavior? A habit? An attitude?”

“Is it emotional?”

“Is it conceptual?”

“Is it an attachment?”

“Is there more than one thing blocking me? If so, what are they?”

“Am I perceiving this situation correctly and truthfully?”

4. Snake #7: Read the messages that come from the Snake Helper, and then look at its Circle. What sticks out in your mind? Is there any part of it that catches your attention? If so, write it down because that phrase or idea has important information that could help you understand more about what’s blocking you.


Once you’ve done that, look at the Circle and ask your heart:

“How would my life be better if I were friends with the ________ Helper I have chosen?”

Again, write your answer down.

5. Raccoon #11: Many of the Circles work with the nervous system to help you release negative, unproductive agreements and harmful obligations that you might still be reacting to even though you aren’t consciously aware of them. Raccoon is the primary animal totem that handles Soul contracts.

What is a Soul contract? Soul contracts deal with lessons you have agreed to experience on a Soul level so that you can experience who you are more deeply. If a person has completed the lesson, they can move on to other experiences. However, the nervous system will keep repeating the lesson until the person has consciously released the contract and integrated the lesson into their consciousness.

Many times, the ego resists completing the lesson and letting the contract go. Why? Because the ego likes to remain in control through drama, pain, suffering and codependency.

The Raccoon Helper is very powerful because its medicine can bypass the ego and go directly to the nervous system and release completed contracts. Look at the Raccoon Circle and go through this list of potential agreements that might get in the way of clear and honest communication:

A. “I release all agreements, contracts, allegiances, obligations or vows that prevent me from communicating clearly with my Higher Self.”

B. “I release all agreements, contracts, allegiances, obligations or vows that prevent me from communicating clearly with the true spirit of the __________ Helper.”

C. “I release all agreements with lies, deception, hostility or false guidance.”

D. “I release all agreements, contracts, allegiances, obligations or vows that prevent me from benefiting from and utilizing the medicine of the _________ Helper.”

Releasing contracts and agreements of this kind significantly loosens the grip that the ego has on your mind and body. Energy can begin to move differently for you now and negative patterns are more easily changed to benefit you. Use this Soul Prayer Chart for Divine Connection to help you.

“My Heart is open. My Soul is in charge and I am empowered to make friends with this Helper.”

“Working toward common goals will greatly benefit your inner strength; there is no regret in such selflessness.” ~ Line 3 from Hexagram #59 REUNITING: The I Ching Workbook, R.L. Wing

Now it’s time to dissolve mental and emotional patterns that keep you at odds with yourself and your new friend. Use this symbol for dissolving destructive blueprints to identify and disperse any harmful personal, societal or familial patterns that have come up in this process. See them disappear like old cloud banks dissolving into pure sunlight:

“I dissolve all destructive patterns that keep me from reuniting with the truth.”

Please note: Never send destructive energies into the Earth, she already has too much to handle now. Use the Earth for planting seeds of happiness and life – not death!


Once the patterns are cleared, give your heart and Soul some relief through closure.

“All pathways of guilt, blame, suffering and confusion are sealed and healed. I follow the direction of healthy protection.”

Excellent! When you open your heart and reunite with Nature, you are accessing communication with your Soul that offers profound truths and transformation.

Now is a good time to test how well this game has opened up your relationship with your Helper. Go to the Helper that you chose and think about the issue or problem that you wrote down at the beginning of the game. Come up with a simple question, look at the Circle for your Helper and ask it. What answer(s) do you get? Write them down and follow through if needed. 

Tips for asking the totems questions and receiving guidance: 

• Keep your question simple and about one thing at a time. 

• If you don’t get an answer, it may mean that your mind is fixated on a person, an event or something from the past. Mental fixations usually happen because of some kind of emotional or spiritual trauma. If that happens, go to Condor #32, and let its medicine help you to release the fixation. You will know the fixation is cleared when you can come up with an answer to your question. 

• Once you have an answer to your first question, do you have other, related questions you can ask? Go ahead and ask them. 

• Once you’ve finished, put the book aside. Now is a good time to rest, get out into nature, take a walk or otherwise refresh yourself. Allow the answer to percolate while you are doing something else.

Extra Help from The Essential Human

The Essential Human* If you have a copy of The Essential Human, now would be a good time to use Future Pacing on page 140 to help you project a preferred relationship with this Helper out into the future. Choose new ingredients from The Essential Human #1 – 42. Use this affirmation:

“I release harmful ingredients and access beneficial ingredients. I am friends with this Helper.”

Congratulations! Going through this introductory game has helped you to identify and release the ideas, behaviors and beliefs that are getting in the way of good guidance that comes from yourSoul. Now is a good time to go for a walk or get out into Nature so you can integrate what you’ve learned.

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Rheanni Lightwater CHT, CKT lives and practices in Santa Fe, NM. She specializes in mind body healing with family and relationship clearing using Kinesiology, the Intuitive Learning Circles™, Reiki as a Master/Teacher, Hypnotherapy and Shamanic Clearing Techniques.

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This Transformation Game should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.