Through the work of Inner Wilderness, Murray Sheret supports individuals to explore deeper undercurrents of identity, connection, meaning and purpose, to heal disharmony and embody greater wholeness, and to integrate such experiences into a larger process of transformative personal and spiritual development.
This is achieved through one-on-one sessions and immersive experiences in wilderness landscapes.
While Inner Wilderness is based in Melbourne, provision is made to work in person elsewhere in Australia and non-locally through Skype.
At a particular point in time my perspective shifted. During an intense stage of healing and inner reformation I came to recognise both the hurts of the past and the adversities of the present as exceptional teachers… radically instructive and deeply meaningful. All at once my life ceased to resemble anything it had been before and instead became an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery and inner development. Existence itself was unmasked as the supreme teacher and every moment became a rich opportunity for learning, growth and deeper connection. In this way the kindling of spiritual development was ignited.
This adventure is an ongoing one that has often called upon all of my resources of fortitude and perseverance. I imagine this is the same for anyone who sincerely undertakes the sacred pilgrimage to wholeness and selfhood. Many profound experiences have served to inform and shape my being, some clearing and carving me hollow, and others serving to transform and revitalise. As my path unfurled a more authentic life vision emerged. It became clear that I was uniquely suited to assisting others in their own journey of unfoldment. This multifaceted yet singular endeavour has been the focus of my study and work ever since.
I am particularly interested in the confluence of western psychology, wilderness self-healing experiences and shamanic practice. To these ends I have studied a degree in Holistic Counselling and engaged in wilderness-based experiential learning with Bill Plotkin’s Animas Valley Institute U.S.A. Most significantly, I have been mentored for the past six years by accomplished curandero Simon Green, who taught me (among other things) what it means to take one’s process of becoming seriously, and how to live in the world with an open and attentive heart.
My interests and endeavours eventually culminated in the creation of the unique ‘inner wilderness’ guiding work that I offer. While I’ve been profoundly influenced by the teachings of others, Inner Wilderness is ultimately the product of my own visionary process, vividly invoked through my wayward wanderings and deep engagement with the wild animate world.
Through this work I am privileged to support courageous others in their process of healing, self-discovery and transformation.
A brief musing on wilderness
Wilderness means ‘uninhabited or uncultivated region’, a wild place. The word derived from ‘wildēornes’, an Old English term meaning ‘land inhabited only by wild animals’, which was itself derived from wild dēor, meaning ‘wild deer’…
Wild deer + ness = Wild-deer-ness!
Wilderness is commonly used to describe the few remaining tracts of land that have escaped the interminable alteration and scarification of industrial development to remain relatively unmarred (by modern standards). Long before these tracts of land were dubbed ‘wilderness’ they were indeed inhabited (deeply) by their respective indigenous denizens before they were forcibly removed or otherwise dispossessed from their homelands. The ancestors of most peoples endured this kind of expropriation at one point or another in history though some closer in time than others.
It is conceivable that the term ‘wilderness’, meaning uninhabited or uncultivated place, may be considered a decidedly unfitting descriptor by the prior inhabitants of these landscapes, not least those for whom the dispossession was most recent. Despite this wilderness has become the conventional descriptor for such landscapes and I use it here advisedly, conscious of it’s historical shortcomings, and with a view to repurpose it. Wilderness is invoked herein both as the common descriptor for landscapes that remain wild and vital and, more pointedly, to reflect the still uncultivated and uninhabited parts of ourselves, our ‘inner wilderness’.