My Favorite summer weed is up and shiny in the yard! Purslane, demulcent, sour, crunchy, high in omega 3’s and full of yummy! I made a little video for you about how to prepare purslane pickles !!
One transformation at a time… one baby step after baby step, then a few mighty leaps of faith. Lots of prayer, lots of ceremony, asking for help, and lots of self awareness and diving deep into your personal healing. Facing those deepest darkest demons.
Living from your hearts deepest desires- don’t waver from your deep stirrings and dreams- shed, shed and shed some more whatever doesn’t bring you closer to your spirit’s calling. No matter if it hurts. Because it will hurt some, and sometimes a lot. Feel it, feel it deeply, don’t numb it, feel it free.
Confront your fear. Tremble, quake, cry and then face it head on. Seek those experiences which make you quail a little…because often that which you fear most is what you most need. And do it again. And again, because practice makes perfect. Your fear can free you.
Surround yourself with those who believe, who are transforming too, who see and dream of a positive and beautiful new world, who cry with you, and laugh with you, and create with you. And who kick your fearful, staying small ass a little when you need it.
And knowing, that you transform one facet at a time. A diamond isn’t formed in a day, it is subject to eons of pressure, heat and transformation. So you find you heal and transform one place, and inside you find another place of stuck, of scared, of anger and smallness and lack of faith.
And you start all over again.
Imagine a world of all of us catterpillars turned butterflies, phoenixes rising from ashes, carbon of the dead self transformed into diamonds, veins of beautiful crystals spewed from the most violent of volcanic magma eruptions.
I have transformed, and I hit a wall. Loss of faith, and the daily reminder that faith is not lost, faith is built, one tiny transformation at a time. Time to shed, time to dismantle another outdated structure of belief in this lifetime. Time to cry and grieve that loss too. Let it go, and believe as you have before, that there is light beyond that wall you have smashed yourself into one too many times.
Make magic. Again and again. We make magic every day, in every breath, in every choice, in every thought.
Thank you thank you thank you.
That is all I have. Thank you again and again. For teaching me. For showing me. Thank you.
So excited to announce the winners for the giveaway of two free spots to the Chakra Plant Wisdom course!!
Christina Grossman and Crystal Murphy!! Please get me your preferred e mail address for receiving class info asap. <3
Big HUGE thanks to all who participated and shared the giveaway info!!
Remember to sign up for the course by tomorrow at midnight for the tuition discount, and if you need a payment plan you must arrange that with me tomorrow to get in under the deadline!
thank you friends for making my world go round!!!
Some old favorites are restocked in the store this week, with help from my special apprentice helper Gina in the apothecary. We always have such a good time crafting and creating herbal treats and magic medicines for you together.
This super salve for aches and pains, sprains and strains , bruises and bumps. It contains a local herb, Yerba del Lobo, which is used much like arnica is for injuries and trauma, plus wildcrafted pain allies like elder leaf, goldenrod, telegraph weed and precious Solomon’s Seal for tendons and connective tissue healing. So next time you bonk yourself on the trail, trip over a rock or a root and twist an ankle, or work your muscles a little too vigorously try some Wolf Balm for relief. Local medicine from the Sky Islands and Sonoran lands of Arizona. Plus a lot of flower magic. Fragrant blossoms of Yerba del Lobo had lots to say to me last month in the mountains after a weekend of teaching, and especially wanted me to make myself a queen with a golden flower crown. A plant for your alpha within.
Medicine for the Sleeping Dragon- Herpes virus is one of the most common chronic infections in humans- manifesting as cold sores, genital herpes and even shingles- (even chicken pox is related). Regardless of the strain or location, the outbreaks on the skin of tender tissues are painful. Sleeping Dragon Salve is a proven remedy with clients and friends stamp of approval for relieving the itch, sting, pain and duration of the outbreak when applied frequently throughout the day. This remedy will offer relief for acute outbreaks. If recurring outbreaks are a problem for you, you may need to work on your stress levels, diet, and an herbal formula for long term support. I can work with you to manage and control outbreaks through natural methods so they are far less frequent and troublesome. Contact me to set up a phone or in person appointment!
This beautiful smelling balsam of the forest is my go to for drawing out splinters, thorns, cactus spines and other small bits embedded in the skin, and protect the skin from chapping, windburn and other infections. Its antiseptic, pain relieving, and stimulating. It also doubles as a wonderful congestion and chest balm when dealing with winter illness and damp mucousy cough. This salve is a pure natural product, only three ingredients pine resin wildcrafted ethically from the pinyon and ponderosa pines in the mountains of the southwest, olive oil and beeswax. I only take resin from trees when it comes off freely, and never take a metal tool to the tree to pry it off. The tree offers its resin as a gift to us, once it has done its job for the tree. Its like tapping into the tree immune system.
And it makes a good perfume for forest nymphs and green men. Apply freely.
I’m so Freaking Excited about the retreat at the end of October- Putting together all the finishing touches for you in the coming weeks and I am thrilled to report that there are THREE spots left. Just three. Thats it. Do you want one???
Talk to me sister! Let’s make it happen for you! Magic. Manifest. I’ve watched my sisters from all over the country inquire, and set an intention to be there, and made it happen. like magic. asking for community support. exploring new options. What can you do to make magic happen? It does take faith, and a leap. But the universe responds in kind to the energy you create- so be brave, be courageous, be magical. Join us in Arizona for Day of the Dead/Samhain. Let’s honor ourselves, our plant allies, our ancestors and the land. Drink Deeply of the Nectar of life.
Sometimes in life, we come to a place of needing to realign, affirm, intend, bless, and offer gratitude. A despacho (blessing) ceremony is ideal for those times, when life asks for an investment of your energy, feeling and intention.
Traditionally despacho ceremony is offered as a gift to the land spirits, at the beginning of new endeavors, for rites of passage (birth, death, marriage, coming of age), when asking for something to come into your life, or for offering a blessing of forgiveness or gratitude.
Despachos are created with your prayers and intentions and deep feeling infused into the gifts offered in the despacho, traditionally, grains, fruits, seeds, sweets and candies, in addition, call on the plants as allies for specific intentions, and include flowers, herbs, and medicines in the offering to amplify and empower and bring even more beauty into the ceremonial offering. After your despacho is created, and infused with prayers and blessings, the offering is burned in a ceremonial fire to offer it up to the wisdom of the universe and spirit.
I have made despachos over and over and always find they help shift the energy and movement around a situation as much as I am able to put my energy and emotion in the intention. A ceremony for forgiveness when I’ve been hurtful to someone that helps me to change my thoughts and feelings toward the situation. And I cried, oh how I cried during that ceremony. There WAS so much I needed to forgive, and ask for forgiveness, and I no longer had to hold it inside. That one burned for hours in the fire, it was dense, thick with energy, and transformed overnight in the coals.
I offered a ceremony at the Temple of Grace while I was at Burning Man, lost in a dusty white out on the playa, sheltering in the temple, making prayers for all those people who had lost someone, who had written their prayers on the walls of that graceful building, prayers for sweetness and peace, burned up in the flames of the temple burn, with 60,000 people’s energy and intentions going up in smoke. It was powerful to watch all those intentions, all that humble honor that all those people gave to that moment.
When I travelled to Peru, there were countless despachos before I even left, offerings to the mountains I would be working with, and then while there, each new place we visited, each step of our journey, punctuated by prayer after prayer and beautiful despachos created by our friends, the Pampa Mesoyoqs, of the Andes- Dona Bernadina, Don Hilario, Don Adriel, Jose Luis. This medicine and gift ran deep, full of the prayers of 25 journeyers.
Its simple to ask for the support and grace of our spiritual allies – by making offerings of gratitude. We say, “Thank you great spirit for bringing me to forgivess, Thank you for spirit of rose for infusing my heart with love, thank you pachamama/mother earth for holding me in infinite abundance and providing for me all that I need.” We offer in gratitude as if we already HAVE exactly what we need, we offer gratitude for the support and help in transforming heavy energy , we offer gratitude and great joy at stating our intention for our beautiful project or relationship as we create it. Bringing your life into ceremony maginifies and intensifies and transforms it from just our own mind, heart and energy, and taps into that which is bigger than us, that which is sacred all around us. We are creators of our own destiny, working hand in hand with the power of creation and spirit.
How do you ask for assistance from your allies, teachers, wisdom keepers and great spirit?
If you would like to receive and participate in a despacho ceremony for your personal needs, I offer personalized despachos. You can contact me to set one up!
Its that time again! I’m going to give away TWO spots to the Chakra Plant Wisdom E course on Sept 14! Read on below to find out how to sign up for the giveaway!!!
Plant Allies for Healing the Chakras
The chakras are energetic centers in our physical and luminous body, described by many traditions and cultures throughout the world, by many names. They hold memory, emotion, trauma, healing and wisdom for us, and are always informing us, the way our body works, the way we respond to the world around us. We can learn about our physical, emotional, and spiritual body and nature through study of each chakra. Plants can be our allies in the work of healing, nourishing and supporting the physical and energetic manifestations of the chakras.
Join me in this e- course to learn about each chakras vibrations, jobs, and corresponding physical manifestations in the body, and about the plant, allies and helpers that can support each chakra. This course will also use shamanic journey, ceremony, energetic clearing, and plant medicines to help you learn and heal your own chakra system.You should be familiar with the basics of herbal energetics, and with the basics of meditation and/or journey work, or at least comfortable with exploring and learning these techniques. You do not need to be a practicing herbalist, healer or energy worker. This course is for YOU to work, heal and learn about yourself and your allies. Though the class may help you feel more comfortable and adept at working with plant medicine healing in your practice as well.
Lessons are delivered as PDF downloads, with video, mp3, images and text files. You must be able to use, access and work with all the class materials. I have found this works best on a laptop/desktop with internet access. Ipads, Kindles and phones often have trouble.
October 1 2014, – Feb 1, 2015
Lessons delivered- two monthly, with a holiday break in December!
Early Registration Discount!!!
To Participate in the Giveaway you must:
1. Share what taking this class would mean to you and what you hope to gain from it. Tell me your story! Tell me why this speaks to you!
2. Comment on this post below for EACH TIME you share this page on : (one entry per type of share)
Winners will be announced on Sept 14, Next Sunday!!! Happy sharing!!!