My body is a wilderness

Oh how I love these words from Ojibway author Richard Wagamese, who left us earlier this year to walk with The Ancestors. His words inspire me daily, especially in his book Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations.

"My body is a wilderness. To understand that I need to inhabit it. I need to contemplate, meditate, and reflect on it just as I need to feed, water and exercise it for optimum fulfillment. When I do that, when I allow myself to fully inhabit my body I come to understand it as a wilderness; as a wild mix of sunlight and water, blood and bone and minerals, humus from oaks and pines, the residual dreams of my ancestors, the sound of songs on distant hills, of drums and petitions to Creation, wolf song and the random particles of exploded stars. When I know my body in this way I know myself and can celebrate the immense miracle of my being. Yoga gives me that. So does breath work. Silence. Ceremony and my feet planted softly on the skin of the planet…"

I must confess that my relationship with my body has definitely changed . . . and it's long overdue! I was always very strong and healed quickly from any illness and injury (I did a lot of extreme sports and was active as a mountain biker, hiker, equestrian, and more). I felt impervious!

And so I did not always take care of my body as well as I should have. I took it for granted. I trusted that it would always be this way . . . that it could support me, that together we would always overcome anything.

So, over the years, I ignored so many warning signs. . . Until I could no longer walk and needed two total knee replacements.

So now I ask my body for forgiveness, for not honouring its needs, and have vowed to treat it with respect.

Now I honour my body in how I eat and drink and move. . . eating "clean foods" and hydrating . . . meditating . . . breathing . . . basking in the sunlight . . . nurturing its agility through yoga, weights/resistance exercises, long walks in Nature, riding my bike and swimming. I celebrate mid-life fitness and have competed in walks and triathlons since my knee surgeries.

So that is my story, so far. I have a long way to go and much to repair. . . but I am getting there, literally one step at a time. I am reclaiming my wilderness.

How do you celebrate the miracle of YOUR being?

How do you care for YOUR body?


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Life is Ceremony

Yesterday I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience.

I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience. This image is from the heart of the garden: sacred tobacco.

We began with ritual… with ceremony… with sharing… standing in Circle, honouring our ancestors and the unceded land of the Musqueam People, upon whose land we were standing. And as we each stood on boughs of cedar, we smudged our Self and gave blessings of tobacco to Mama Earth while our Sisters drummed and sang.

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We then walked the garden to connect with the plants, collecting from those that spoke to us… from those with whom we felt relationship or connection. There were so many plants, some new to me and some familiar favourites. The pollinators were busily working and a bald-headed eagle soared above us. Pure magick!

After our garden walk, we returned to the UBC Farm yurt and made medicinal creams using tinctures prepared from plants harvested from the garden, a hormone cream and a pain relief cream. We each made extras for giving back to the community.

It’s hard to describe my feelings throughout the opening Ritual…. sheer joy… connection to Mama Earth… connection to all others participating… connection to the Ancestors and those who walked this land before us. a profound sense of community.

As we completed the opening ceremony, one of the Grandmothers looked around the Circle and quietly said,

“Life is Ceremony.” 

YES! Embracing Ritual and ceremony has been a huge shift in my work and in how I walk with Mama Earth. I bring Ritual into my work and spiritual practices and into my daily life… when I am working with plants, making magic, wildcrafting, meditating, creating, cooking, writing, crafting…

How does Ritual or ceremony weave through your life?

For me, Ritual brings the sacred into my life. It expresses my gratitude. It honours my place in this Universe and lights my path.

And in a lovely moment of synchronicity, this morning I read this quote:

“I wish for you a life full of ritual and community.”
–Flaming Rainbow Woman, Spiritual Warrior
From her book “The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens

This is what I wish you.


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Praying Rain and Cooling Green Freshness

UPDATE: This meditation was scheduled as a virtual group event for 8 PM Pacific Time on Monday, July 10th and it has now been spread across social media. People across North America – and beyond – have been participating at their own time, in their own place.

Thank you for your energy.

The organizer, L Gail Ludwig of Shores of Earth and Spirit is now holding space for others to participate beyond the original date and to go (at least) as far as July 31st. Join us, to bring your energy to shift the vibrations from Fire to Water for our beloved Turtle Island.

Click here to visit the Rain4BC community on Facebook.


L Gail Ludwig, a member of our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle, shared this beautiful and inspirational meditation for “cooling green freshness” to support Mama Earth in balancing the forest fires raging across our continent with Water and loving intention.

And she has given her permission to share.

Please feel free to share with your friends and on your pages.

Let our vibrations shift the balance from Fire to Water. 


From L Gail Ludwig:

Hello all,

I know we are all horrified at the forest fires that are burning out of control. My thoughts began with the ones burning here in BC, Canada, more by the day, but I know there are so many fires in other places as well. My thoughts and love go out to the ones who are affected by these fires.

So in thinking of all of this, I have been sending out “cooling green freshness” energy and prayers to Mother Earth, Father Sky and Grandmother Moon, to bring about moist coolness and rain to calm these fires. I want to experiment with this, and everyone who would like to, please join me. Forward to your friends if you think they would like to put their ‘energy-in-numbers’ behind this as well.

I know, scientifically, it takes certain conditions for rain to happen. But I also know that we are made of all of these elements, we are an inherent part of it all, and therefore we may be able to influence the conditions.

I have written a visualization for you to follow if you would like, or just offer thoughts and prayers in your own perfect inspired way. We will do this in the spirit of love, compassion and helping in whatever way we can. I invite you to focus your thoughts, meditations and prayers now.


VISUALIZATION

For just a moment, close your eyes, take a slow relaxing breath. We always start with breath, and our own inner environment. We can’t give what we don’t have inside. So center your mind on how you are feeling within. Is your energy rushed and frustrated these days, are your thoughts and words inflamed or possibly out of control? Acknowledge the fires inside you, so that you can quench them, and then have cool freshness to give.

Breathe slowly, and begin to bring coolness inside, wafting over you, and through you completely. Now imagine moisture, like a fine spray of water refreshing you, extinguishing the blaze in your mind, in your body. With another breath enjoy that feeling for a moment.

Imagine water beginning to puddle around your feet, from your cooling mist of water.
Envision the pool of water around your feet growing, spreading out, farther and farther, eventually touching hot burning ground. And still farther it goes, moistening and cooling. More and more water courses serenely down from your body, your arms, dripping off your hands, out from your feet, and streams out to the parched land.

“Rain, we ask you to fall, refresh the land, quiet the fires. Wind, we ask you to blow the other direction and turn the fires back upon themselves. Send reprieve to the men and women who are working so hard to save life, home and land.”

Picture it in your mind; rain, dampness, drops of water on the leaves of the trees and on the grass. Freshness, moist and green. Dripping with revitalizing water. Send it out to the fire, send your fresh coolness, and imagine dewy green leaves and new growth.

Close your eyes again, breathing with peace and love, envisioning these watery images. Take as long as you want. When you are ready, take a deep fresh breath, and keep cool gentle Nature within you.

You can do this exercise whenever you think of it, and know that there are so many others of us doing it with you.

Be refreshed.

LGailL


A Healing Ritual for Yemaya (and YOU) on World Oceans Day

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English Bay, Vancouver BC, where I will do my ritual for World Oceans Day

Thursday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day the United Nations has set aside each year as a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme is Our Oceans, Our Future, with a conservation focus of “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”.

Ocean health is vital to the health of our planet, of our beautiful Mama Earth. Per the UN,

“The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and regulate climate.”

For those of us who love Mama Earth and are committed to her health and vitality, every day is Earth Day and every day is World Oceans Day.  Consider using this day to look for ways you can improve what you are already doing to support the health of our planet and our oceans.

And do take this occasion to honour our Oceans in a special way, with a ritual for cleansing and healing, and a blessing. And because World Oceans Day this year is so very close to the Full Moon (which arrives Friday, June 9th at 6:09 AM Pacific Time), consider bringing elements of your Full Moon ritual into this ritual… perhaps working with Yemaya in a ritual cleanse or release to the waters.

ABOUT THE RITUAL 
In this ritual, we honour Yemaya (Mother of the Seas) and her sister Oshun (Mother of the Rivers), and offer a healing to the waters of our world. You can also use this ritual for cleansing the Self.

Do change up the ritual to honour any Goddesses of the seas or waters that resonate with you such as Aphrodite, Brigantia, Ganga… so many to choose from.

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Yemaya by Thalia Took 

This ritual can be done at the ocean or any source of fresh water such as a lake, river, stream, pond, etc. If you are not close to a fresh water source, fill a large bowl with the freshest water possible (such as distilled, from a spring, or simply tap water that has been left in the sun for several hours or to which you have added a handful of ocean salts). Preferably, the bowl should be large enough to either stand in or immerse your feet in. Bathtubs or foot baths are great for this!

PREPARATION FOR THE RITUAL
Prepare for this ritual to Yemaya by first collecting seven shells and seven white flowers. The number seven is special to Yemaya, representing the Seven Seas. I believe that rituals are not “fixed” or absolute, so feel free to adapt this in your own way if these materials are not available to you. The key is to honour the intent. Do try to have at least one real shell, however, for the ritual, and make sure that whatever you are offering the ocean will not harm it in any way.

Cowrie shells are strongly associated with Yemaya, but use any small shell of your choice. If you are not in a place where wild shells can be collected, use purchased shells (ethically sourced of course) of any kind in this ritual. You could even use blue and white stones.

Forage for wild white flowers such as daisy or yarrow, or any white blossom that is local for you, first asking Mama Earth and the plant for permission. Alternatively, you could purchase white blossoms from a florist or pick from your garden. And because both blue and white are the colours associated with Yemaya, you could even mix it up a little with the colours.

THE RITUAL
Go to the sea, river or other location (unless you are doing this at home) with your shells and flowers, and any other sacred objects that support you in your rituals.

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Oshun, by Thalia Took

Centre and breathe deeply, connecting to your Wise Inner Self. Meditate first on your intention for this ritual, such as what you want to share with the Oceans, and — if also using this as a cleansing ritual for your Self (so perfect for the Full Moon) — reflect on what you want to release to the Oceans.

Stand in the water, making a connection with the seas and rivers. As you stand in the water, no matter the source, you are connecting to all water.

Call on all your Ancestors, spirit guides, and any other deities and allies. Call to Yemaya (Mother of the Salt Waters) and Oshun (Mother of the Fresh Waters), and any other goddesses of the waters that are important to you.

Holding the shells in your palms, call to the Ancestors of the shells…. to their ancient DNA from the time when the Oceans were pure, teeming with marine life, unpolluted, in balance, and flowing with ease. Call out to these Ancestors and ask them to remember that time of balance and flow in the past and to bring it to our present and future so that the Oceans can be healed again. As you physically connect with the shells, listen to their message. Perhaps they have a blessing for the Sea or wisdom for you as to how you can continue to honour Mama Earth and Lady Ocean.

Immerse the shells in the water to bring the ancient healthy energetic patterns to all our world waters, saying something like:

“Yemaya, I bring you these shells and their ancient energy to heal you, to restore your energy and to heal the damage we have done to you.”

Leave the shells as an offering for the seas. If doing this at home, add them to your altar in a small bowl of water (infused with salts) until the Full Moon has passed.

Holding the seven flowers in your palms, call out to Yemaya, Oshun or other water goddesses. Thank them for the fertility and life they have brought us, for the fresh water that nourishes and cleanses all living things in our world and for the air that fills our lungs. Ask The Goddess(es) for her blessing and a cleansing of all you wish to release. Stand in the water… feel it moving across your feet and ankles…. the coolness… feeling all you wish to release leaving your body and given to the waters for healing.

As you lovingly release the flowers to the water, thank Yemaya — or your Goddesses — with a simple affirmation such as

“Yemaya, I offer you these flowers to thank you for your love, protection and healing. I thank you for the waters and air that nourish and sustain our lives.”

Completion and Gratitude 
While still standing in the water, take a moment to connect with the wisdom of the Oceans and the Goddess(es) of the waters and reflect on how grateful you are for what they give us. Listen for any messages or wisdom they are sharing with you.

When complete, give your thanks to the oceans, to all waters on our planet, to Yemaya and Oshun, and to your Goddesses, Ancestors, and allies.

When you return to the land, note your experiences, thoughts and wisdom gained in your journal for further use in your Soul Work for this month and for your Full Moon rituals.

Blessings to you on World Oceans Day !


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Creating a Relationship with your Plant Allies

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A member of our Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle recently asked about working with Clover as a plant ally, and what that meant.  I responded on a herbal/medicinal level but also suggested I would post separately about what it means to work with our Plant Allies from a shamanic perspective, not just a medicinal one.

So let’s talk Earth Medicine . . . and how working with our Plant Allies can support us in so many areas of our life – spiritual, emotional and, yes, physical.

We know that Mama Earth takes care of us in so many ways. Our ancestors knew this too, and many had a wide knowledge of the healing and restorative powers of their local plants: which plants they could use to clear rashes, to reduce swelling or infections, to staunch bleeding, to build immunity, to calm an over-excited mind, to induce sleep. In those traditions, it was also very important to try and use local plants as medicine, as they typically have the medicine to cure “local” ailments (quinine for malaria, etc). For many, that’s all they could access anyway!

Many societies had medicine men or women, wise women, healers – and this was both respected and honoured. As our societies and cultures evolved, so did medicine. Many of the pharmaceuticals in today’s pharmacopeia were originally – and are still – created from plants (aspirin from willow bark, digitalis from foxglove, etc), while others are chemically engineered.

That being said, many of us either prefer the “old ways” or are returning to these Wise Woman remedies by making our own infusions, tinctures, balms and more. Some also like to use plant essences and homeopathic remedies (the latter has very little original plant material but has basically its hologram).

In shamanic traditions, our family of allies can include our ancestors, spirit guides, animals (such as clan/family totems — or personal allies — such as Bear, Lynx, Butterfly, Mouse, Spider or Eagle) and plants (trees, weeds, flowers, herbs).

We can call on all of them for their wisdom, and one of the most powerful ways to do that is to create a relationship with them (being in “right relationship”).

CREATING A RELATIONSHIP WITH A PLANT

There are many ways to connect with a plant. This method was taught to me by BC and Yukon herbalists  Darcy Tara and Lori Snyder,  and it was also shared by Clea Danaan in her book “Voices of the Earth: The Path of Green Spirituality”.

🌿 Find a plant with which you wish to work and sit with it in a comfortable position. Work with something in your home, to start, or very close-at-hand such as your garden, balcony, window box, street or a local park

🍀TIP: You may want to consider starting with a tree and its big energy; you can also lean back against a tree and some find it easier to tap into its energy this way

🌿 Take a few moments to ground, to feel that connection with Mama Earth, and release any tensions through deep slow breaths and through relaxing your muscles. Let the earth absorb any stress from the day.

🌿 Ask the plant for permission to connect with its energy. Be aware that it may say “no”, and that’s okay. It may be busy! Or maybe it just doesn’t want your energy at the moment. You may feel that refusal in different ways – – almost like a solid wall of air, or some other block or sense of resistance. If that’s the case, pick a different plant in the area and try again, or come back another day.

🌿 If your plant says “yes”, wonderful! Direct your attention to the plant and extend your energetic aura around it. Embrace it, figuratively (or literally, if it will allow it), and start to use all your senses (including your six-sensory ones) to connect with the plant:

  • Touch the plant, if you can. How does it feel? Smell? Sound?
  • How does its energy feel – calm? bright? energetic? sleepy? young? wise?
  • Is it a solitary plant, or does it like to be in a crowd with others?
  • Does it need a lot of attention and nurturing or is wild and resilient?
  • Does it sprout and mature quickly like the lodgepole pine, or slowly like the beautiful desert saguaro cactus?
  • Does it respond to music, chimes or singing? (Think of how nurturing it might be to a tree or other plant to hear the sound of bird song.)

🌿 Spend some time with the plant absorbing all its energy. If the time feels right, ask the plant if it needs anything…. some water, some fertilizer, some shade. If the time still feels right, ask it for its wisdom…. how it can support you, what it’s medicine is for you – it may be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

🌿 Record what you learned in your journal or notebook.

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This doesn’t all have to happen in one sitting. It may take several visits over days or weeks to get to know this plant. Or maybe it takes only a few minutes. You never know!

You might like to visit your plant throughout the year, because its energy can change dramatically, especially in geographies with sharply defined seasons. Think of trees, now different they are in spring, summer, autumn, and winter. . . and what we can learn from them as we entrain to their energies and as they entrain their energy with Mama Earth. If you like drawing, sketch your plant in all its stages – new growth, full blossoming, harvest times (seeds, falling leaves) and stillness.

But there is also another way to work with our plant allies. For instance, we can journey with them and ask for their wisdom there, and also for their healing while in non-ordinary reality.

In the Alchemical Healing modality (created by Nicki Scully) one of the basic precepts is that “we do not require the physical plant in order to work with its magic” [Alchemical Healing, p. 138]. In this form of healing, we work directly with the spiritual medicinal essence of the plant.

I would highly recommend Nicki’s book(s) to learn more about this modality. I was lucky enough to take an Alchemical Healing introductory workshop led by Nicky recently and saw some amazing healing work by both Nicki and my fellow students. Her website is packed with info, and her books are carried by all major booksellers.

So, yes, it’s important in that healing tradition to know what plants do what. . . but they do not have to be local to your environment to do their magic.

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Image of trees in Vancouver’s Stanley Park was photographed with my iPhone SE.
Words in the photograph from a poem by Mary Oliver “When I am Among the Trees” (2006).


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Healing begins within

If the label fits . . . LOL. And yes, I consider myself a hedgewitch.

But on a serious note, what does healing mean to you? 

And how to you bring and maintain self-healing into your life?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines healing, in part, as “to make sound or whole”.

The National Institutes for Health defines healing as “the personal experience of the transcendence of suffering”.

Both of these come into my personal experience and definition. . . yes, there is physical curing or healing but I tend to think of healing as a spiritual process.

For me, healing starts with awareness and is then supported by meditation . . . shamanic journeying. . . balancing . . . forgiveness. . . release rituals . . . Soul Questions . . . connecting with Mama Earth . . . making healthy choices for my body. . . speaking my truths . . . working with my Guides . . . transforming the impact of painful experiences so they no longer have power over me, no longer control me . . .

Sometimes the original condition / pain is gone yet can still control us. This is particularly true for the trauma of abuse or physical pain (think PTSD).

Here’s a simple example from my life . . . I endured mobility problems and pain for years, which was eventually cured by two total knee replacements. It wasn’t until both were complete and I could walk again (and walking well, I did my first triathlon a year later) that I realized I still thought and acted like a person for whom the simple act of walking was a painful experience. I had learned to protect myself, to avoid pain, to NOT walk. I had to let go of those conditioned responses and embrace a new way of thinking, that of a person with a healthy body. I gave up my “old story” for a “new story”. . . and was able to fully heal.

“They called her witch because she knew how to heal herself.”
― Te’ V. Smith, from her book “Here We Are, Reflections of a God Gone Mad”


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The healing power of the humble dandelion 

I love working with the local herbs I find on my plant walk, a daily ritual for me, foraging in the neighbourhood. And some of my favourite medicines are crafted from what some consider weeds, such as the dandelion and the plantain.

I collect dandelion roots in both Spring and Autumn — always ethically and asking permission of the plant first — then clean and dry them for use in tinctures and herbal bitters…. a great tonic for the digestive system.

It may be easier to purchase dandelion root from your local herb shop but I do love getting out there and collecting in the wild. The energetic properties of the roots differ in Spring (more bitter, good for calming the liver) and Autumn (more stored nutrients, good for supporting the digestion) which is why I collect twice a year. If I purchase from a herb shop, I may not know when the roots were collected. The roots pictured were collected on Spring.

There are many uses for dandelion (including the leaves and flowers, which are delightful in infusions, salads, soups or lightly sautéed as a side veggie dish).

Dandelions are abundant and sustainable, but be very careful and aware of where you are foraging. Because dandelions are considered invasive by many (if they only knew how important dandelions are to us and to the soil!), they are often sprayed with pesticides.

DO NOT FORAGE if you are not sure about pesticide usage.

The Dandelion plant is mineral (potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus) and vitamin rich (A, B, C) and also contains protein.


NOTE:
Dandelion also has diuretic properties so be sure to check all its properties thoroughly — as you would with any medication taken internally — to ensure there are no contraindications with your health or prescription drug regimen.


UPDATE: I had originally shared this post a couple of days ago on Instagram, and a friend subsequently shared a fascinating article on the cancer-fighting prooerties of dandelion. Click here to read the article.


 

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