From the Arctic pack ice to the gray whale birthing lagoons of Baja California, the ancient understanding of wild animals as guides to the soul comes to life in the present, as we make a series of epic, and personal series of journeys in the company of whales and wolves, brown bears, polar bears and wild horses. These journeys are guided by remarkable biologists and other observers who are renewing this ancient way of connection with the wild. As scientific observation meets the spiritual wisdom and story-telling from the shamanic, Celtic Christian and other traditions, we come to know the animals as guides to deeper relationship with life.
“In Eyes of the Wild we are hearing once again the song of creation, the words that resonate with the soul of the world, the mystery and majesty of creation. There is in your writing a deep kinship with the animals, as if you too know their names and the magic in their names.” Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Sufi teacher, author and editor, Spiritual Ecology anthology. http://www.spiritualecology.org
“We fell in love with this book the moment we saw it. Eleanor O’Hanlon takes us into the magnificent wilderness areas still remaining on Earth to experience the wisdom and wonder of the natural connection between animals, the rhythms and cycles of the Earth and the waking of the soul within each person. Her eloquent descriptions of the stunning landscapes and the wild creatures she meets will fill you with understanding, love and respect for the animal-beings with whom we share this planet.” Cygnus Book Reviews.
“This wonderful book takes us to the land of Whale, Bear, Wolf and Horse, and describes the path of the shaman with a good degree about biology, indigenous cultures, mythology and travel adventure as well. A delight of a book, beautifully written and full of insight. I read and savoured every word and didn’t want this book to end.” Maddy Harland. Permaculture Magazine.
“Through her journeys and her powerful connections with the people and animals she encounters, Eleanor O’Hanlon shows how to find inner freedom if we meet the natural world on its own terms. Eyes of the Wild is a rare and wonderful book. Its treatment of nature is holistic. The author will take you deeper into wild places on many levels.” Rick Minter, Editor, ECOS, Journal of the British Association of Nature Conservationists.“It has become a cliché to say of books that they are ‘important’ or ‘beautifully written’. Yet this book is truly both. It is one that touches on our deepest bonds with animals, with Life and the Universe…..O’Hanlon does not preach or bury the reader under scientific fact, rather she draws the reader into the labyrinth of these wild and beautiful beings…I found this book rekindled and renewed my own connection with the wild.” Dr Haydn Washington. Human Dependence on Nature.
“By far, this is one of the most beautifully written works of art I have read for many years. ..I look forward to reading more books written by this author with great anticipation. Deeply impressive.” *****Amazon.co.uk
“This is an extraordinary book for many reasons. First, it bridges the worlds of biology and spirituality: throughout the book we hear the voices of the scientists studying the animals-wolf, bear, horse, and whale–who are the subjects of the four “books” of this work— but we also hear the other , wilder, voices of indigenous wisdom and spiritual experience. The author visited the Pazhetnovs over a decade before Gordon Buchanan filmed his recent enchanting Grizzly Bear Family and Me film for the BBC. You can read about her experiences here, and they are as compelling as Buchanan’s. But with Eleanor, a spiritual aura enfolds the scenes,
I should mention that this book is beautifully written, in poetic but easy to read style. She does not let the style act as a barrier to the story, but lets it, and the poetic images which stud it, flow naturally and easily. In this I am reminded of the great nature writer Annie Dillard . You will easily find yourself immersed in the world of the animals.” *****Amazon.co.uk
“The most moving and evocative book I have read on the natural world.” *****Amazon.co.uk
“One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I would like to thank her deeply for sharing her profound knowledge and insights.” *****Amazon.com
Extract from The Book of Whale Eyes of the Wild.
“Looking into the gray whales’ dark eye, ringed with folds of skin, I met the lucid and tranquil gaze of an ancestor, one of the ancient ones of the Earth. And I felt her taking me out, far out, of thought and linear time, beyond the limited concerns of my ordinary mind, into a profound sense of meeting with another being, whose consciousness was not separate from my own….A sense of the expansive dimensions of her being opened inside me, like soundings from some vast interior sea. As the depth of the meeting grew, it became an opening through which something entirely new was pouring – a wordless communion with a greater life. ”
The Book of Whale Eyes of the Wild.
Extract from the Introduction.
“Writing Eyes of the Wild took me to places of great elemental power – the Russian taiga forest, the Siberian coast of the Bering Strait, the Northern Rockies, the High Arctic and the edges of the Arctic pack ice. These journeys with gray whales, wolves, bears and wild horses affected me very deeply. The power of the landscape, the presence of the animals and the dynamic flow of energy through the wild called back aspects of my own being that I had long neglected or forgotten, and inspired me to explore the inner realities of the psyche and soul in ways I had not dared before. I began to realize that I was being drawn into the deep current that has run through many human cultures for tens of thousands of years – the natural connection between the animals, the rhythms and cycles of the Earth and the waking of the soul within each one of us.”
Eleanor is a contributor to the updated 2016 edition of the anthology Spiritual Ecology The Cry of the Earth. In her essay Wild Horses, Wild Heart A Story of Hope Eleanor rides among the wild horses and wolves of the Northern Rockies.
The sacred is not some special, separate category of existence. It is not to be captured and tamed with fixed verbal structures of dogma and belief, or confined in man-made buildings. For sacredness is inherent in the very essence of life and the multiple patterns of its arising. Sacredness is the radiant expansion of the heart, the devotion to life that rises in contemplation of the inexhaustible mystery that is unity in diversity, the One manifesting through the whole of creation.
—Eleanor O’Hanlon Wild Horses, Wild Heart. A Story of Hope.
Spiritual Ecology The Cry of the Earth (2016) http://www.spiritualecology.org