I have heard many accounts of memories, encounters and powerful experiences with trees from my Plant Spirit Medicine colleagues. Some actually feel that it is difficult to engage in contact with some trees, because trees have been around for such a long time, they are such huge presences and their perspective is just different.
I love gathering with PSM healers from all over the country to explore new areas of growth in our healing practices, catch up on our personal and professional lives, learn, sit by the fire and listen. Talks, panel discussions and workshops happen around a beautiful fire. We open our hearts to each other, our medicine, the sacred gifts of the Land at the Blue Deer Center, our teachers and the world. We learn, we share, we explore, we squirm in our seats, we ask, we debate, we honor one another, we hold our people and our medicine and our prayers for all of the above and we march on home afterwards renewed, inspired, re-invigorated and filled with joy to take to our healing practices, our families, our communities, our people.
Some people milled about the reception comfortably, others were in a rush to walk through to the art exhibit and go home. A few ladies came and sat at our small table to eat a few bites then immediately and hurriedly left to see the exhibit. “How can that possibly be enjoyable?” I asked myself. And it occurred to me that the people were the real exhibit, not the art!
Shortly after I opened my Plant Spirit Medicine practice I realized that I was seeing my clients in a very unique way. They were dazzling to me. Radiant — in their spirit, in their endeavors, in their awesome humanity. Slowly but surely I began to realize that this must be how the plant spirits in fact “see” us.
I was describing to my husband how the stems of roses tend to prefer being cut short when you place the flowers on a vase. He wondered about that, because after all long-stemmed roses have a reputation for being best. As we spoke, I heard the guidance of the Rose Spirit, “Just as rose medicine is wonderful for healing people’s hearts, the rose’s stem itself has the ability to heal immediately after a cut has been made.”
One of the things I witness consistently in my Plant Spirit Medicine healing practice is the beauty of transformation. Similar to the peeling of an onion, layers fall off and the innate radiance, beauty and ease of a person’s spirit begins to be revealed. As...
I met the shaman in his Tuki, a sacred living structure and treatment room. The smoke and scent of the fire were grounding, comforting, centering. My heart began to melt. Now I could really listen.
We feel everything accelerating around us. 2012 is off to a very rapid start. We feel the pull of our daily routines, work and obligations, along with the thirst of our soul and the call in our hearts to find and get busy accomplishing our life purpose. And, while in the past we may have handled these issues alone, now the rules have changed. Now it seems the only way to be effective is by involving others, asking for help. Real progress today takes a village, a community and real support. How do we support ourselves in the middle of these changes and as we transform?
We generally think of karma and lifetimes as requiring dying and reincarnating, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the case anymore. I believe that, right now, we are living many lifetimes within this one. It happens as a life-leap.
I have never encountered a healing modality more powerful, more effective and more subtle for lifting off pathology and for helping to heal others by bringing their body, mind and spirit into better balance. It isn’t a woo-woo thing. Plant Spirit Medicine is a well-grounded, real, serious healing practice. It is a profound yet simple path to wellness. One day, like Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths we will be recognized by the mainstream. Until then, I wanted to do my small part at recognizing and celebrating this medicine and the people who share it with others, transforming many lives in the process.
People who inspire us with their hearts, work and actions are the heroes of our time. It is they who remind us to think in terms of possibility; to go after our dreams. Lubosh is like that. When Lubosh bought his home in North Portland, he transformed it in record...
Marshland experts in Louisiana say the grasses and the marshes will heal … micro organisms and bacteria in the water can and will get to work breaking down the oil to restore balance and heal the area. So the wisdom of the plants, the living organisms and nature will heal the marshes. Though we are being advised not to travel now to volunteer, we need to come together as a people and begin to make a difference on behalf of our planet and its many amazing beings. We are miracles. We must do this.
When we’re with our tribe, our true community, we feel free to be who we really are. Our hearts and minds open, we experience contentment, and our cells, neurons, synapses begin to vibrate and work harmoniously. Being in community can and does heal us.
Amazing customer service can set your business apart from the competition, help it be remembered. But it isn’t easy to provide amazing customer service consistently. It takes heart and skill and guts. However, once you learn to read the pulse of your customers, listen, empathize and relate authentically and you get good at it … you will succeed … no matter what field you choose to pursue. Now more than ever, as people deal with unprecedented stress and vulnerability, customer service is an area in which you and your company can truly shine.
I have heard so many people be in fear and worry about the year 2012. The media, of course, tends to hype it up. They know that pleasure and pain (fear included) are two key links into our consciousness, even into our buying decisions. To me, 2012 represents a great...
Last new year’s day, my husband and I made a special effort to set aside time to envision our year ahead. We went away, had a nice dinner (duck & sparkling wine, my faves). We then spent the first day of 2009 planning, envisioning and goal-setting. As a result, we’ve had one of the most productive years of our lives. Thinking about it made me want to share these tips to help you make 2010 one of YOUR most wonderful years ever.
After a recent trip to San Diego, I started to read “Happy for No Reason.” In it, Marci Shimoff states that she was 13 when she decided to be a motivational speaker. She had just heard Zig Ziglar and she wanted to “do that!” I could relate to her story, though not quite as certainly. I mean at age thirteen, growing up in Puerto Rico, when the circus came to town I wanted to be a trapeze artist!
I’ve just experienced one of the best theater surprises of my life. I was told we were "going to the city for an activity.” We drove into Chicago. I didn't recognize the area. We parked on an alley. We walked a block. A woman outside a bar said, "Man of la Mancha?...
I just recently returned from another trip to Mexico. This time, the lessons of the trip were around resonance, healing and community. It is true that there’s always a tradeoff — Mexico is Mexico, ancient, dusty, rustic, with its water challenges and its raw environments. But also, Mexico is Mexico with its delicious fruits, art and architecture and especially its beautiful, warm, service-oriented people.
One of the intangibles in my training work is the need to bring people to a place of wellbeing before asking them to learn something new. With some, this involves learning about empathy and respect for their colleagues and customers. Others need help managing their...
To be Known To be a Voice, a Color, a Rhythm, a Catalyst, a Perspective. To help Build. To Inspire. Why I Blog. [Turn up your volume:] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTQfERb9HVk