I've seen a few posts on social media lately coming down on plant medicines. It's interesting, as to me, it shows that some people are really missing the point.
The negative perceptions that people are using the medicines to "escape," "get high," boost their images (egos) and be the ultimate cultural "cool" gives the plants themselves a bad reputation. But it's not about the plant medicines themselves, but about the people. People are "mis-using" and "abusing" these medicines which are revered as very sacred by the indigenous and those who understand their magic and power.
All of us are bringing our personal shadow, the collective and cultural shadow, with us to the plants. The plants are pure and truthful in their expression. It's the human aspects that the plants are bringing to light. Let's recognize the difference.
Some people working with plants continue operating in shadow, not doing the courageous work to see it, own it and transform. We see entire medicine communities operating out of alignment with the sacred. The plants are only highlighting where there is still work to be done. And there's a lot of it.
Working with plants is about 𝗥𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗣 - including relationship to self, to the sacred, and to the plants. All in one the same. If we work with plants as sacred sacraments and truly respect them, they will open up to share with us their miraculous healing, their magic, their ancient wisdom. But we have to also work through the not-so-glamourous times of truly facing our shadows. Just like any relationship.
Let's do our work, and let the plants do theirs.
Protectress of Mother Earth, Intuitive, Shamanic Energy Medicine, Sacred Plant Medicine Integration, Soul Adventurer