Our gardens have much to teach us about finding the balance between creativity and surrender, between acceptance and tenacity. For gardening is an act of co-creation with the will of the Divine. And for the spiritually attuned, working with soil and plants moves us beyond what we will get from our labors, and into how we connect with the energies and the sentience of the green ones.
To first hear the voices of those energies can be a miraculous, life changing experience. As I mentioned yesterday, such encounters are not reserved for a special few. All humans are invited to find friends, allies and teachers in the Green realms. After all, with our every breath, we are already bonded.
So how do we find a Green Ally? First, simply begin to notice the plants around you, either in your yard or a green space near your home, or even a houseplant. Pay attention to any plants that you are already tending in your garden, but with which you feel a special bond. Be open to the idea that your plant is also choosing you.
Get calm and centered, and then slowly “shop” through the area where you will be making your choice. As I mentioned yesterday, you do not need to know the botanical name or care-giving instructions for your Green Ally, at least at first. Just pay attention to any subtle feelings of familiarity, welcoming, joy, or appreciation that the plants may stir in you. Listen with your heart, ears, and skin, as well as your mind. Walk through the area and see if you feel called.
In my experience, many plants may call to you. They are usually very glad to have us notice them in this new, deeper way, and eager to be friends. Don’t worry about which is the right one. This is the work (and pleasure) of many lifetimes, so just know that one at a time doesn’t mean that any will be left out or forgotten. You may wish to reassure yourself (and them) if this is a concern.
Once you’ve decided which plant you wish to first work with, herbal Wise Woman, Susun S. Weed has listed some simple exercises, in her ABCs of Herbalism.
The first is to sit and breathe with your Green Ally for 3 to 10 minutes a day. What could be simpler? You breathe out, and the plant breathes in. The plant breathes out, and you breathe in. Every day, for just a few minutes, all you have to do is breathe together. For the next couple of days, just try this. On Tuesday (after tomorrow’s discussion of the Tarot Card of the Week), I’ll suggest what comes next, as you develop your relationship with The Green.