You being here is purpose enough.
I remember a ceremony in the jungle, during a dieta with a tree called bechuja (also known as chullachuqui). This dieta was profound for me, as it was the first time I'd ever felt my own energy field by itself. As a highly sensitive person, I was used to feeling everything around me... all of the time.
In a room filled with other people, after ceremony, I was sitting in the middle and realized I was alone within myself. I didn't feel everyone around me. Just me. A huge relief and wave of pure joy washed over me.
Tears welled up with the realization of how much in everyday life I was trying to manage and care for others energetically, and emotionally, all of the time. There was not a moment, where I had space to simply be myself. Working with this magnificent tree, who is known for teaching protection and boundaries, I was able to let that burden go.
As I sat there, there was a whisper, "It is enough just to BE. Be YOU. You don't have to do anything else."
I took a breath. allowing my heart, my essence, my purest most precious being, to safely emerge from the depths. I knew, in that moment, that I needed to take care of this piece of me that had been hidden. Take care of it with all of my intention, to attune to and tend to what it needs. So that it is never extinguished or lost in the way that it had been ever again. And this was the gift of bechuja.
We each have an essence, which is like a precious diamond, a crystal, through which we are meant to shine into the world. And so many of us don't know what it feels like...until we do.
Once you get a taste of your deep heart and essence, aligning with it takes courage, and tending to. In our world, it's very easy for this to be obscured by our minds, our emotions, our conditioning, and our culture.
The beauty of plants (and trees) as teachers is that they can guide you to remember your essence in its purity. Show you that it's always been there, in all the challenges and the times it was seemingly be lost.
Reminding you that no matter what happens, you are here to be true to yourself.
And that is enough.
If you are called to working with plants as teachers, I'm opening a 1:1 Plant Spirit Calling mentorship this fall. I also have 1:1 sessions on special through September 5. Please reach out if the plants are calling you.
Protectress of Mother Earth, Intuitive, Shamanic Energy Medicine, Sacred Plant Medicine Integration, Soul Adventurer