A Timeless Interview with Robin Easton-Author of “Naked In Eden”
Posted Oct 11 2010 12:00am
“With the Earth wrapped around me I was alive instead of isolated, sterile, and dead. As I woke to full consciousness I began to grasp my place in the scheme of things, and my realization of the equality of all life was born.” ~Robin Easton, Naked in Eden~Robin, to me is a breath of fresh air. She fills each heart she comes across with immense love and so much joy. In all my encounters with Robin, I have always felt an intense connection with her on a soul level. I often tell her that we are ‘soul sisters’ separated by distance, but united by love on all levels.
When I need a calm pick me up, I run over to her blog “Naked In Eden blog” and fill my heart & soul with all her magnanimous loving energy. She exemplifies love, like no other I have ever met or encountered.
“I also learned that there is nowhere to “be”; we’re already there. Everything we need is right in front of us.” ~Robin Easton, Naked in Eden~
When she announced her book “Naked in Eden”….. all I could do was literally jump with joy, and yes, I did literally scream “eeeeeeeEeeeeeeee” while doing a happy dance. My excitement had no bounds and the immense happiness that I felt for her and all she has achieved in her beautiful journey was just overflowing. I have read her book “Naked In Eden” cover to cover. Her journey and her soulful experiences of rediscovering herself in the Australian rainforest just leave you with a state of immense calm. Her story will inspire you to take the inward journey into self discovery. It will motivate you to go back to mother nature and reap the many benefits that come from living a truly authentic to self life.
I don’t think I even begin to qualify to review her magnanimous book or her as a person. All I can say, is that the lessons, the experiences, the calm, the immense love . the beautiful energy that is in this book is all Robin. As I read the book, I felt her speak to me and tug at my heart in the most positively gentle way.
“Deep in our core lives the magnificent wild human-animal, passionately yearning for relationship with the living Earth”
Below are a few questions I asked Robin about her Beautiful book. As you read through it, just hold on to your seats, cause you will be blown away.
ZEENAT: What sparked the thought of writing your own book?
ROBIN: I never intended to write a book. I was never someone who journaled. When I lived in the Australian rainforest, I always seemed to be too fully living to write. To have journaled in the rainforest would have taken me away from my immediate experience of simply “being”. My days in the forest were larger than life. There was so much to see, feel and learn that journaling would have taken me away from experiencing the rainforest. The forest demanded and held my fill attention.
However, after I left the rainforest and returned to society, I was suddenly living around more people than I’d lived around in years. On top of that, my eyes were now wide open, very open. I saw things as they really were, such as the destructive things we humans do to the planet, other species and each other. I also saw how much we take for granted here in American culture (our abundance of food, water, clothing, fancy cars, elaborate homes, an excess of things used and thrown away). I saw more clearly than ever our disconnection from the rest of life on Earth. I found all of this very overwhelming.
One day I picked up a pencil and started to express my feelings on paper, but not with the intention of writing a book. For the first time in my life I simply felt compelled to write. It was a way I could deal with all that I saw in my culture, as well as stay connected to what I’d learned and, more importantly, who I’d become in the rainforest. Often my original writings were about my insights into humanity or my culture, other times they were beautiful memories from my time in the rainforest.
I tried to share my insights into my culture and my rainforest life with others, but for most people in American culture, my experience was so far off the map that they couldn’t relate. Some were kind and tried to understand, others didn’t understand at all and told me I was crazy and, “why would anyone want to live like that?”
Eventually, my husband bought a secondhand computer for me. I was writing so much that my wrists hurt. A pencil didn’t allow me to write fast enough for what needed to be expressed. Over a period of several years I wrote almost 1500 pages. Several years later as the world slowly changed and my culture began to make movies and write books about nature, people became more interested in my work. I was blessed to have highly successful authors recognize my work and suggest I put some of it together in a book.
“Naked in Eden” is the first in my series of Australian rainforest books. It was written with great love. I often cried writing it and felt the ancient rainforest trees and wild creatures hovering all around me, each waiting to have their turn to speak. I felt cradled in loved, and often cried while I wrote. Daily I experienced the core feeling in this book, which is Love. “Naked in Eden” carries a message that hopefully will help us all remember who we really are, what we are connected to, and where we come from.
ZEENAT: While writing your book, what was the most challenging part? Was there a time you wanted to just give up?
ROBIN: When someone publishes a book, composes a piece of music, creates a film or other piece of art that becomes publicly known, we tend to say, “The reason they were able to do that is because they had more talent, more money, more time (or something that I don’t have).” I’ve learned that this usually isn’t true. Their success is usually due to one thing; they didn’t give up.
I’ve done many creative things in my life: as a performing musician, a professional glass artisan, a potter, and now a writer. Although I still do the other forms of art, writing my rainforest books felt more like a calling than my previous projects. And yet, I had more setbacks with my writing than with any of my other “careers”. I experienced many setbacks, some of which were serious illness, financial challenges, divorce, loss of loved ones, and minor things like book rejections, trying to find time to write, and maybe hardest of all, adjusting to a culture that was beyond my comprehension.
However, one day I simply said, “I can embrace it all. I can simply “be with” it, let it all wash around me and still maintain my center. I also can grow from these challenges, and let the ups and downs be part of the process of my life.” In doing this I no longer felt that life “should” be something different, better, perfect, more, and so on. Of course I did all I could to keep my life on track, in balance, and moving in the direction of my heart. Sometimes I didn’t even know why I decided to turn my writing into a book, but I was continually called by love to write about my rainforest life. Most days I felt something much greater than me guiding me, watching over me and loving me. Often the trees that talk about in my book, appeared in my dreams, speaking to me, just as they did in the forest.
Through writing I got to commune with my rainforest (now thousands of miles away). The forest had become part of me, maybe all of me. I had to listen to its calling and desire to speak through me. Since I’m very willing to trust my heart, I easily trusted this “calling”, wherever it led me. Making that decision allowed me to be more relaxed and at ease. For me, it has never been about “being an author”, but it has been about listening to my heart, experiencing life, enjoying the journey, and loving as much as I can. With time I saw life as one big adventure. I thrived no matter what was happening. It never occurred to me to give up on my book. I realized that the only thing that could stop me was me. As if by magic, the doors started opening.
ZEENAT: Do you have a message for the readers of your book?
ROBIN: There are so many messages I suppose I could share, but I will simply share what comes first into my heart: Dare to take risks. Take time to be still and listen to your heart, then act on its dictates. Get rid of your TV and live life instead of watch life. There’s a whole world out here awaiting you. Yes, YOU!! Commit to living no matter what life throws your way. Take the “manure” that life flings at you and use it as fertilizer to grow the most beautiful flowers anyone has ever seen. Think for yourself. Make decisions as if you were the only one left on the planet (imagining this will help you to better hear your most authentic truth). Love like your life depended on it. Love, even more, your enemies and those who hurt you; they need it most. Forgive. Don’t hold grudges. Never keep score; the Universe will give back to you what you need. You may not “get back” from the person you give to; you may receive from a totally unexpected source. Take great leaps of blind faith, huge leaps. Do what you need to get close, very close, to your own personal “god”. Help those you are called to help. Many are suffering beyond endurance. Some pray daily that “someone” will help them. They might be praying to you. Be that someone! Find ways to help. When we help another we essentially help ourselves. When we heal another we heal ourselves. Have compassion and do not judgeThe world needs both our laughter and our tears. Don’t be afraid to hug people, compliment them and love them. We are being called to create our world; right now. Love, Robin
Naked IN Eden Book Trailer:
If you aren’t already blow away by this amazing woman, purchase the book and you will be for sure!
“Mother Nature began her work of stripping away the fabrication I’d called “my life”. She spoke directly to my innermost self, and the human-animal within me heard her voice, picked up its ears and grew restless. The contrast between who I really am and the role I’d tried to fill in society was so great it was beyond understanding.” ~Robin Easton, Naked in Eden~
Prepare to be Amazed!
Thank you Robin, for being YOU, for loving like no other and for making me feel like I never felt before. Your Book has left me transformed and yearning for more.
With Immense Love & Gratitude, ~Zeenat~