a reply to: LastInLine1
As someone who spent time in the woods, a lot of what is said above is perfectly sound advice - I also went through the Reddit link someone else
mentioned before - I'm not going to say I believe everything there, but it does add a couple more nuggets of wisdom that I'd like to append onto
1. If you stop hearing "normal" noises (IE: You become the only thing making noise, everything else goes silent), get out and away from the spot!
Learn from nature: Birds will stop making noise in the presence of a hawk - So I wouldn't be sticking around if even the larger animals aren't
2. If you come across something that seems too natural (IE: A house, shed, car in the middle of the woods), leave it alone, especially if it doesn't
3. If you feel as though you are being followed, tracked, or stalked...You probably are. Best advice: Don't wait around to see what's following.
4. Don't give in to paranoia - the environment can play tricks on you. Focus on getting out, not getting led deeper into the woods. The scarier events
I've been through were those where I panicked, and found that in doing so I was going the wrong way. Could it be that I was purposely being led deeper
in? Yes, but looking back it was more than likely paranoia.
All I can say in regards to the above is that if I go into unfamiliar territory, I do sometimes bring something with me, be it a couple coins or a
couple crystals. I've felt on more than one occasion that I've trespassed into an area where I'm not welcome (you can tell, because it feels like
someone is glaring down your back, and for me, everything goes completely silent). If I feel this way, leaving behind an item seems to lessen the
feeling (Like the "thing" is still mad, but will not do anything to you if you retreat back).
I know it sounds crazy that I'd do such a thing, but I trust my gut - if I feel like I should leave something, I try to, even if it's the rock I
picked up early in my journey, or my current walking stick. I don't take anything home either, unless I get the sense I'm allowed to.