I am falling in love all over again with our Earth. This past week I have spent more time with family, more time in my garden harvesting plants for medicine, and more time in Nature walking in the forest, bathing in running cold water. As this week is coming to a close, I am knee deep in learning. I am writing to you in the midst of a four day workshop on Stone Medicine, sitting with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest.
I am digesting such high level information and what I find myself focusing on the most is perhaps clearly obvious. Spirituality is based on cultivation, as any committed practice develops frequency. We only have something to offer, when we have spent time in cultivation. Practice is everything, and cultivation is about authentically committing.
Once again I am falling in love with the stones, and like any spiral I am finding myself at a different place on this journey of life. At the age of 7 I lived in Germany and in school we quite often went on incredible field trips. I will never forget driving to Belgium to a museum to see large dinosaurs like T Rex and Brontosaurus reconstructed from their bones. When I close my eyes, I can still see the way light entered through the windows and how the shadows cast in the spaces where light was hidden.
It was then I wished more than anything to be a paleontologist. However, what came home with me from the gift shop of the museum was a piece of amethyst the size of my palm. After the museum we ate Belgian waffles from a stand outside and I began to make friends with my new stone.
Stones have been an essential part of my life. I can mark almost any important moment in my life through a specific stone that someone has given me or that appeared in that time and space. It was 2 years ago when I chose to consciously work with stone medicine as a part of my healing practice, and from there the Alchemy Sessions and the Ra Ma Kaur apothecary were born. The medicine of stones is vast, deep and profound. However, like any path it requires cultivation.
Stones have the ability to be programed to store information that we may wish to access in future timelines. Stones can be transformers, harmonizers, or assistants in our journey of life. We can relate to them as a geological nerd or a new age healer. We can connect with them through their physicality, their energetics, their stories of lineage, or our intuition.
Ultimately what is the most important in our journey on this wild, beautiful Earth is the simple connection to Her, and stones remind us of this. Stones are literally the roots, the foundation of all other medicine on Earth. As we connect to the Earth through the soles of our feet, we are activating a compass of connection. We need the Earth and the Earth needs us. There is a mutual reciprocity that is essential to all life on this planet. We can see this reciprocity in other forms-- from parent and child, teacher and student, healer and client.
The simple connection to our Earth is everything. I invite you to explore this sacred connection to Earth simply barefoot and standing tall, lying on a blanket while blowing dandelion wishes with your child, or in quiet meditation.
Finally I invite you to venture out tomorrow to the Burton Street Peace Garden's for their Early Plant Spring Sale. We got a sneak peek this week and the stunning green magic is waiting to be rooted in your backyard! Support your local community, your pollinators and fall in love with the Earth while doing so!