Next to providing us with oxygen, food and herbal remedies, plants can do more – much more.
If you’ve ever had a walk in the woods and had a secret, silent discussion with a tree, you know what I’m talking about. The same goes for gardening and feeling your attention is being tugged at by a thirsty plant. Plants are sentient beings, just like animals and we humans are.
When I was a little girl, I preferred solitude to crowds (I still do), and often found myself sitting at the root of a great oak tree.
I can’t remember how our relationship began, but I do remember reading fairy tales, as pictograms, from his bark. It was like reading a book with symbolic images. I was eagerly deciphering the story that the oaks’ bark was telling me.
As an adult gardener, my garden plants started to communicate with me…and even though my very good friend told me not to tell anyone, I’m sharing it with you. Because I think it is important to shed light on what is possible.
So what is Plant Spirit Healing?
To summarize, Plant Spirit Healing is working together with the spirit of a plant in order to solve a problem.
That can be a health issue, but it can also be about a difficult decision, a situation you can’t understand…or anything else that really matters to you.
You (or I) connect with a plant spirit and receive information.
Here’s how people go about it:
I usually observe which plant comes to me – it springs to mind or I see it very prominently in the garden or during a nature walk. Intuition will tell me quite clearly when I’m face to face with a plant (spirit) that wants to help me. I might hang out with the plant in terms of observing it with an open mind, perhaps tasting it if invited to do so, and give it a gift in return: a song, something handmade, arranging its surroundings a little bit as to make it more comfortable. I’m making friends, getting to know each other, building a relationship.
In traditional shamanism one then journeys to the spirit world with a clear, predetermined intention, using the beat of the shaman drum to get into the trance (or: the right state of mind for journeying). But you can find your own favored way. I find the path of meditation more straight forward – from meditation I slip into visualization.
In the spirit world I then meet with the spirit of the plant. Or, sometimes I’m communicating with the spirit of a plant in my daily consciousness, telepathically. No drumming/meditation and journeying involved, just silently chatting in the here and now. What ever is genuine and authentic, and works.
The advice from the plant spirits is very powerful. Sometimes they speak in symbols or metaphors, but I or the recipient of the session can decipher the message, since it is Personal Advice. With health issues there usually is an underlying thing (issue) that causes disharmony, imbalance and/or blockages. Getting clear about the root of the problem gives you grip on the situation, and understanding the cause almost automatically sheds light on the solution.
After such a session it is quite fitting to thank the Plant Spirit with a song, a gift and by opening up for the possibility of a lasting friendship.
And why do I think it works?
Well, because it is my experience that the advice I get is accurate, often surprising, and very effective. And because I believe that plants are directly connected with the Source or Spirit (or Force ;) ) and haven’t got the hindrance of a thinking mind that has been programmed to think x-y-z, like we have. And because my experience is that collaboration with plant spirits and animal helpers is very satisfying – it’s fun, adventurous and…real. No tricks or false appearances involved (so far), the very pitfalls of our – until recently – modern day society. You’re not ingesting some synthetic chemical cocktail as you would with common medicine*, but you are working with spirit, hence no side effects, except joy and clarity. It is available for every one, if you’re interested in tuning in.
*Please note that I do believe that common medicine certainly has its place in assisting our body when and where necessary.
If you’d rather not invest the time and effort in vision quests in nature, the good news is that a Plant Spirit Healer (or a shaman-herbalist-holistic-healer) can do the job for you! The world is changing, we’re returning to our beautiful, natural state, and it’s fully OK, natural and interesting to investigate the fields of holistic healing. Your body, mind and soul will thank you!