When we engage the natural world mystical experiences can happen. There are many theories as to how and why we can have mystical experiences in nature. These are interesting to the mind but do not enhance the experience, rather they tend to dull the experience.
Much of my spiritual learning has emphasized the experience not the explanation, of which there are too many. Dr Samuel Sagan of the Clairvision School (www.clairvision.org) has considerably influenced my understanding of land energies (1), how I engage them and how they can engage me.
From all that I have read and seen, I am confident that mystical experiences in nature have an awakening effect on us. Something inside wakes up, often spontaneously. Something usually hidden within us can be engaged. The Spirit within recognises the Spirit in Nature and we have beautiful experiences. But what is it in nature that evokes these experiences? Is nature inherently sacred? I think not always but sometimes the forces above and the forces below come together as something Divine. When we find that we find something wondrous.
Where we take those experiences would seem to depend on ourselves. It can be a quiet interlude in an otherwise hectic life or an adventure into the relationship between the Land and the Spirit. Unsurprisingly I prefer the later. For me exploring land energies awakens Devotion. Through the Spirit of the Land I remember more of who I am beyond the biped you can see here.
(1) Dr Samuel Sagan has coined the term ‘Land Energies’ to describe non physical forces that are engaged in particular locations, or simply – the way a place makes you feel.