In the garden, we are able to encounter so many aspects of the Divine and the magical. There we may encounter thresholds to other realms, beyond the everyday concerns of the human community. In many places, like Perelandra and the Findhorn Community, these connections are being intentionally and extensively developed.
But access to the “overlighting spirits” of plants and the land itself is not reserved only for a few special humans. It is available to anyone who is willing, open and awakened. (By awakened, I mean anyone who is psychically aware, working directly with spirit consciousness, and has moved beyond the hypnotic dream-walking trance that our war/consumer culture tells us is reality.)
In the Perelandra Garden Workbook, Machaelle Small Wright offers detailed instructions about contacting the devas in your own garden. Again, I want to emphasize that you don’t have to be landed gentry to have a garden or work with the Nature energies. If you can grow houseplants in a sunny window, or cultivate potted plants on a balcony or deck, you can work with the Green Allies.
And if even this is a stretch, you can still develop your bond with the Green. Herbalist and Wise Woman, Susun Weed suggests, “Choose a plant that grows very near to you . . no more than a one-minute walk from your door. You don’t need to know the name of the plant, or anything about it. You will be sitting with your plant every day, so, if possible, choose one that grows in a quiet and lovely place . . . in a pot on your balcony is just fine . . . in a park is great . . . so is an alley. . . or a backyard.
“You can read about the plant you’ve chosen if you do know the name, but it isn’t necessary. The point is to develop a special caring, nurturing, relationship with your green ally.”
In her experience, Susun has seen that it is usually one special ally that is our first teacher, and that opens us to the magic of the Green.
Perhaps you already have this guide, and have already worked many years with the plants and energies of the growing worlds. Even so, when was the last time you touched base with this original teacher, to give thanks?
And if not, drop back by tomorrow and I’ll suggest some additional ways to begin to attune to the devas and Other realms that can be discovered through the magical garden gate.