Little by little I had become disconnected from nature and my relationship with nature (or shall we say, the nature part of myself, since we are part of nature) had become alien, distant and uncertain.
I first started my re-wilding or remembering process by taking long walks in nature during lunch breaks, enjoying my small garden at every possible moment, growing my own veg and bringing plants inside my home. It wasn’t until I moved to Nova Scotia in 2010 and started running an organic flower and herb farm with my partner that I really started waking up to the raw spirit of nature.
I first noticed that the spirit of nature had touched me when I realised I was singing. (A lot!).
If you, like me are tone deaf you will realise the horror with which I admit this act. I was singing out loud in the fields, singing while planting, singing while harvesting, singing to the trees while walking the dog, singing to the sun as it set. You get the picture I was singing my heart out to these wonderful plants every day. Each plant seemed to have a song, the salvias for example one year were full of sadness, it was sorrowful harvesting those flowers and it took forever, I would often get weepy. Snap dragons on the other hand were always jolly and such a delight. Where did these songs come from? My heart.
Being in Heart Space, not Head Space
We soon learnt that plants that were planted in what our minds determined as “suitable” locations, did not thrive. Take Nettles for example, we planted them in a nice shady damp spot and they simply refused to grow. So the following year, we simply asked them where they would like to be and left them to their own devices. They thrived.
By getting out of our head space and into our heart space to sow seed and transplant the seedlings we had more success, even though logically some things often did not make sense.
There were many weird and wonderful happenings with the plants, not to mention a lot of hard grind but most of all the over-riding feeling was one of joy and bliss, getting to play with these incredible beings every day. Plants would appear to me in dreams with messages and asking for attention (mostly watering).
Plant Spirit Communication
I started to communicate with the plants to make flower essences and herbal tinctures, guided by their direction. My relationship with nature and these plants that grew just flowed since I was living and breathing plants. Even over the winter, we often brought many plants like rosemary and white sage into the house so I wasn’t short of plants to talk to, never mind the trees outside! I also started adopting the way of a Druid through OBOD and honouring the wheel of the year, which strengthened my relationship to the seasons and the elements.
After a workshop with Elliot Cowan I started using my drum to journey with the plants to meet their spirit and making notes of everything I discovered. Plants started presenting themselves as part of my treatments and the presence of plants in some shape or form was increasing more and more.
The wonderful green kingdom has much to share, having been around for billions of years and I truly believe that it’s time for their wisdom to come to light through willing beings and open hearts like us.
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