Natural Healing with Nature Gratitude

Nature opens us to the possibilities of healing.                                                                                       Gratitude shifts that magic into action.

I am reminding you that You are Nature. Just as that tree, rooted deeply into the Earth, is a dynamic part of the flow of Nature, natural energy, so are you.

When we connect to this energy, deeply like the roots of the trees, deep self-healing begins. With this Earth connection comes a profound sense of gratitude that changes the way you function, right down to the way your individual cells function.

Take a Mighty Tree for example. Go outside, barefoot, and hug a Tree closely.  Let go of all other thoughts, yup, Tree Meditation begins now. Allow yourself to experience how the roots run deeply into the Earth, how the branches reach high into the Sky, and how every leaf on the Tree is engaged in photosynthesis and breath to benefit every being on this planet.

The Gratitude We Can Express to the Trees:

  • Deep roots pulling up minerals and nutrients from deep in the Earth’s soil. Those nutrients will eventually decay into the top soil enriching it. No instant gratification here, Nature requires us to be patient and think of and for long haul. Maybe the Wisdom of the Native Americans has value:
      “The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today.”

    Oren Lyons (Seneca)
    Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

  • The breath of all Trees on this Earth are the Breaths gifted back to you. Oxygen is created by the Green Beings on this planet. Next time you hug a Tree, thank that Tree and every Tree on this Earth, for the breath of your life.
  • Shade: oh the cool Magic of shade on a hot summer day. Need I say more?

When we walk the Earth, literally, with gratitude for every gift She gives us daily (food, medicine, shelter, water, air, light…) we begin to interact differently with ourselves, others, and the Earth as a whole.

This very energy is a gift of Self Healing.

Homework: Hug a Tree, barefoot. Now turn around and hug a tree backwards, spine to spine with the tree. Every day, find at least one being in your natural environment to thank for being there. Deeply think about that beings purpose in the web of life as you are thinking of reasons to thank it. Payoff of this homework: your life will be ripe with the Magic of Gratitude.

 

“If you ask me what is the most important thing that I have learned about being a Haudenosaunee, it’s the idea that we are connected to a community, but a community that transcends time.

We’re connected to the first Indians (people)* who walked on this earth, the very first ones, however long ago that was. But we’re also connected to those Indians (people)* who aren’t even born yet, who are going to walk this earth. And our job in the middle is to bridge that gap. You take the inheritance from the past, you add to it, your ideas and your thinking, and you bundle it up and shoot it to the future. And there is a different kind of responsibility. That is not just about me, my pride and my ego, it’s about all that other stuff. We inherit a duty, we inherit a responsibility. And that’s pretty well drummed into our heads. Don’t just come here expecting to benefit. You come here to work hard so that the future can enjoy that benefit.”

Rick Hill Sr. (Tuscarora)
Chair, Haudenosaunee Stabding Committee on NAGPRA

*(people) The word people is my addition because we are all one with all other beings on this Earth.

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Secret Feminine Energy

 

menstrual chart

 

Original artwork, hand drawn and designed by Cat Stone

I love this menstrual chart.  When you really look at it, study it, it says so much about the amazing female moon cycle and the female body.  Truly, we woman have amazing energy going on!

If I could step back to about 12 years of age (maybe sooner, as really, should we not be bringing girls up, from day one of their sacred lives, to understand the mysteries, the secrets of feminine divinity?) I wonder what my life would be like, how it would be different, if I had been conscious of these things at a younger age, perhaps all my life?

Nature runs on cycles.  Everything and everyone follows the same cycles: the cycle of the moon, the seasons, the sun each day… everything has cycles.

I am going to compare the female moon cycle to the seasonal cycle.  Use this energy and wisdom to plan your days each month.  It is very empowering to tap into this energy and know why your body, mind, and spirit feels the way it does when it does.

Spring is a time of growth and renewed energy; a time for getting things done.

Summer is bountiful, ripe and juicy.

Fall is a time for gathering together, settling in.

Winter is a time for rest and renewal; looking forward to the spring ahead.

Use this energetic wisdom and apply it to your menstrual cycle.

Spring starts after moving out of bleeding.  Your body, deep in the endometrial layers of the uterine wall, is preparing for the next menstrual cycle.  Once you get past your bleeding days, use this spring time energy in your cycle to get things done.  It is when things are building up in your life, so use this energy wisely.

Summer is coming closer into the 2nd week of the cycle.  By ovulation, you are at the ripest and juiciest phase of the moon cycle.  Use this powerful energy to your advantage.

After ovulation, we are moving into the Fall, the Autumn, of our cycles.  Time to turn back into home (self) and take care of things there.

Winter iscoming when we are moving towards the next bleed and start bleeding.  As you get closer to the day you start bleeding, take care of you. Rest, as winter is a good time for rest.

Women tend to be at the height of their intuitive creativity just before the moon bleed starts and into the first day or so.  We open up to the universal wisdom; a good time for self insight and learning. Women moved into the moon lodges, at this time, to get and share visions of wisdom to support life in their communities. Women truly were the Wise Women!