Why I am doing this work
I don't like talking about plant medicines so much publicly. It makes me uncomfortable, and I find myself holding back often.
Plant medicines are "the sh@!" in the Western world right now and have been for awhile. The thing is that we Westerners bring our worldview with us into the medicine work.
Most of us live enmeshed in the Western worldview, whether we like it or not.
We have been raised and taught that consumerism is the key to success and happiness. That more is always better. And that we need to extract as much as we can - whether it be from the Earth, from someone else or from an experience. Otherwise we may go home missing out, or not having gained more than our neighbor.
There are many of us are really trying to shed these ways of living from our consciousness. But it's impossible to do so completely right now. As we still live chained to the old system until the new system is online.
So where does that leave us with plant medicines?
Working with plant medicines, many of our Western worldviews don't hold up in the end. We are trying to make these sacred medicine fit into what we know - commoditizing them, using them to get something for '"me," and dismissing the ancient traditions holding the wisdom of the medicines.
And we see now the medicalization and legalization of these medicines underfoot, bringing a whole suite of challenges in our worldview that we are going to have to face.
Why am I talking about all this?
Because the plants and our Earth have given me my LIFE. My life outside all the societal expectations, my life without all the stories. My life as pure, my life as living in joy, my life as connected to the fabric of existence. They have taught me how to heal, shown me the truth, and stripped away my illusions.
My work with the plants has been so precious, so intimate, and so vulnerable. I respect the work and the depth of their transformative power. I honor the experiences beyond this world that cannot be condensed into language, nor should be.
It's a fine line to learn how much to share while keeping in alignment with my own integrity.
But here I am - listening to the plants that are by my side, guiding me. They are pointing me back right into the mess we all want to move beyond. "Here's the work." They are guiding me to speak, to share, and to connect their wisdom. To ignore their guidance, would be to ignore a part of myself, my heart, and my soul.
And I trust them and this path of evolution more than anything.
The plants are moving through me, calling me to use my voice for them, for the Earth, for our lives. To connect people with the innate power and wisdom within everything and to learn to care for everything - themselves and the world around them.
And if you ask why this is the path I'm on...
Our Earth has been neglected, abused, and destroyed. She has been and continues to speak in her ways - through her rhythms, elements, climate change, ecosystem collapse, you name it. And many of us aren't paying attention. Or we feel at a loss of how to even begin to shift our collective reality.
The truth is the plants are rising in our collective consciousness for a reason. Their wisdom is moving through each of us, bringing to the surface all the sh@! that we need to see. All those worldviews that are ready to be dissolved, no longer serving the greater evolution underfoot.
It's a beautifully orchestrated transformation actually.
But only if we humans do our part too. We have to learn to walk the edge of consciousness- between our shadow and our light. We have to be courageous enough to sit in the fire and to face our shadows, our fears, our judgements, our criticisms, our egoistic desires. We have to alchemize the parts we really don't want to see and feel.
And choose something different.
The plants won't do that part for us. They can only point us in the right direction. And we have to show up and do the work.
(I also do not like posting pictures of my face so often. But social media algorithms and people prefer human faces..... So here I am doing the uncomfortable :)
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Protectress of Mother Earth, Intuitive, Shamanic Energy Medicine, Sacred Plant Medicine Integration, Soul Adventurer