I just posted the second part part of my new Talking With Plants essay over on the Animá blog, I suspect all my regular readers here will enjoy it and strongly suggest that my students read it closely as it is very relevant to the courses. Here’s an excerpt to tempt you:
The truth is that if we’re only listening for words – for language in human terms – then we’re barely listening at all! The world speaks to us in the ancient tongue of touch and color, texture and fragrance, through taste and breath and every part of our senses. Listening through our whole body teaches to be open to the world and each other in a whole new way and with a depth and subtlety that even the best words cannot begin to approach. All of nature communicates on this level, eternally engaged and intensely aware. We humans have pursued the allure of the linear mind and categorizable information and in the process, often abandoned the instinctual (and primary) intelligence of the body. Certainly both forms of learning are useful, but to underestimate the value of physical, tactile understanding is to undermine our relationship to the greater whole. The mind works best when integrated as a co-operative part of the body rather than designated the dictator of an artificial hierarchy of organs. Remembering and awakening the often submerged senses of the body requires patience and dedication for many of us, but the rewards are great. Knowing ourselves as living, vital parts of the natural world provides a visceral, bone-deep sense of self-knowledge and belonging within a larger family.
Also, I’m up against my deadline for finishing the design work for the hardcover version of I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! so I’m a little out of contact at the moment and will most likely remain that way for the better part of a week. If you need a response to something right this moment, please be sure to indicate that in your email. In addition, Medicine Woman Core students should know that I’m in the process of re-arranging and re-writing some of the lessons, so I’m being slower than usual in sending out new lessons. Bear with me, the course will be improved by the changes and you’ll benefit from this delay in the long run
Check out my lovely friend and student (and wonderful herbalist), Angie’s great new blog Authentic Mama and the ridiculous (as in, too good to be true) herb book giveaway she’s currently doing. This is a great selection of some of the best herbals available, with authors ranging from Matthew Wood to Lesley Tierra to Stephen Buhner, so don’t miss it.
Oh, and happy ~official~ Spring to you, as of tomorrow. The equinox is a special time in the Canyon and we’ll be celebrating as we do each year at dawn.
With the blessings of the turning earth and growing green to each of you…