Your inner hunter is your instinct. It’s carried in your DNA and has been passed to you from generations of ancestors who instinctively knew how to survive and thrive in the world.
In today’s modern world the threats our ancestors faced no longer exist. We rarely get to use our instincts to protect our lives and for much of the time they go unnoticed. Most of us keep them caged up so deep within ourselves we can forget they’re there. That is until our instinct escapes and like a wild animal goes on the rampage leaving a path of destruction and self-destruction in its path. Our Instinct emerges when we feel threatened, cheated, disrespected or outraged and can hijack our lives with irrational fears or anger attacks.
The latest news reports about US dentist Walter Palmer killing Cecil a much-loved African lion demonstrates our Hunter instinct in two different ways.
- The Trophy Hunting Dentist’s brain was hijacked by his need for personal glory from taking on a wild animal and the boost to his enlarged ego from succeeding.
- The outrage and outcry from people repulsed by his actions wanting to punish him in extreme ways because their brain was hijacked by a need for justice.
Both reactions are wrong in a civilised world. However, when our instincts are unleashed suddenly it’s easy to react with little or no thought for the consequences of our actions and our capacity for compassion and understanding is seriously impaired too.
Some of the most emotionally balanced, confident, energised and happy people I know say that the secret to their success comes from listening to and using their INSTINCT wisely.They know that keeping their instincts locked up isn’t healthy, nor is allowing it to run wild without a care.
Instinct is designed to work in harmony with us not against us and needs to be guided by our capacity for higher levels of awareness. So the key question is “how do we free our instinct, safely release our inner hunter and watch it evolve into a trusted guide and protector?”
The first step is to get to know your Inner Hunter/Huntress. So what do you know about your Instinct?
What relationship do you have with your inner Hunter/Huntress?
The ability to see and understand how your mind works I call MINDSIGHT. It is having insight about how you think, feel and behave. MINDSIGHT enables you to learn from your experiences and change how you think, feel and respond to situations. The following information will help you gain some MINDSIGHT into your own Hunter/Huntress
The Hunter/Huntress lives in the oldest part of your brain, deep down in your Cerebellum. Sometimes referred to as the Lizard Brain.
Driven by a need to survive your Hunter is always on the look out for risks and opportunities. If you score highly in this area of my brain tests it means you tend to be focused on your needs and action-orientated. Our Hunter ancestors were the strongest, fastest and those that instinctively connected and adapted to their natural environment. In today’s world they are the courageous, dominant, driving people we often think of as ‘natural leaders.’ They are not shy or usually modest. They have a highly competitive nature, are challenge-oriented, extremely focused and decisive. The Hunter is driven by an inner need to be in charge and win.
We can encourage our instincts to come out when we walk mindfully in the wilderness or wild places. So the next time you find yourself in a forest or woodland see if you can connect with your Hunter/Huntress. Let your instinct guide you. When you reach a fork in a pathway, go with your gut instinct rather than your head. By all means track animals and birds. Allow your senses to guide you rather than your memory or logic. Summon your inner hunter/huntress and listen to what they have to say. It will often come in the guise of a feeling rather than a thought. This isn’t a complicated process, simply walk mindfully – be present and have an intention to follow where you feel the ‘urge’ to go.
But remember, we are more advanced than our ancestors , we have a duty of care towards the planet and the creatures that share it with us. If you do develop your instinct to track and discover wildlife make sure the only shot you take is with a camera.
Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. He is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey, to guide others.
Ian lives in Gloucestershire, UK where he guides Natural Mindfulness Walks and provides coaching, courses, gatherings and retreats, for others who want to deepen their connection with nature and their true nature.
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