Our Relationship With the Living World: Plants, Weather & Gratitude ~part 1 Plants July 21, 2015
Did you know that the plants, animals, mountains and weather all have spirit?
Where would are lives be without food, warmth, shelter or water? These beings are constantly giving to us. What have we been giving back? When do we say ”thank you, I really appreciate what you've given?”
I grew up playing in the woods behind my house. I loved the quiet forest, playing little games with the creek. I don't have memories of talking to plants, nor was I aware of a special connection with the weather. We had a beautiful yard, but no garden, and no one in my family spoke about nature. It wasn't until I read the book, Plant Spirit Medicine, that I learned that plants have spirits.
People have been engaging with plant spirits all over the world in different ways since the beginning of time. From talking to garden plants to working with sacred teacher plants like peyote. My experience is with Plant Spirit Medicine (PSM) as taught by Eliot Cowan.
Practitioners of PSM work with local, common, wild plants, sometimes called weeds. You may not notice many of these plants growing in the cracks of the sidewalk and you probably spend lots of time pulling them out of your garden! The spirits of these plants are strong and have a lot to offer humans. Even in a drought they do just fine with very little water. They're very generous, although it's common courtesy to give an offering of tobacco in gratitude for what they give.
Plant Spirit Medicine is a form of spiritual healing that calls on the spirits of plants to heal the spirits of people. The medicine is transmitted energetically to the client through the hands of the healer. No substances, teas, pills or potions are given.
Plant Spirit Medicine is about relationship, between the plants, the patient, the healer and the living world of Nature.
Plant spirits help us with our relationships: with ourselves, family, friends and the with nature. I’ve heard from several clients, "I think the plants are helping my partner, he seems to understand me better.” This healing work brings the laws of nature inside of us back into balance. It's hard to put spirit into words but basically people feel more connected to life.
Expressing your gratitude to the plants will begin to bring the laws of nature inside you back into balance
You may already talk to the plants in your garden or the trees when walking in the forest, the plants are listening to you! Thank them for the joy they bring to your life. Thank the plants for the nourishment they provide you and for giving their life to sustain you. Offer them tobacco as a gift of gratitude in exchange for what they give you. When you eat, thank each plant and animal being by name.
This simple act of gratitude can have a huge effect on the web of relationships in life. Deepening our relationships through gratitude brings balance and harmony into the world.
But where would the plants be without the rain and the sun?
Megan Montero is a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer and a Feng Shui Consultant with 15 years experience helping people transform their lives and relationships. She's also a Quiatlzques or bringer of water in the Nahua tradition of south-central Mexico. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.