I love a crazy salad, made from my garden, some self-seeded greens of last fall, and foraged friends around the edges:
This is a weird Reuters news story that I stumbled upon — involving ayahuasca, a sacred plant, a shamanic healer, and a Canadian “addictions counselor.”
Whether it’s nicotine, caffeine, frankincense, palo santo or cacao, our Western culture has lost a sense of the sacred usage of these powerful friends and allies.
It’s no wonder the power leaked out “sideways.” I understand that our culture needs major changes — greed, capitalism, unchecked egos, divorce from Nature — have all created soul sicknesses. These sacred plants CAN help, but they are powerful. And they, I think, demand being treated with honor.
A sad story all around. And the loss of the shaman is the loss of an ancient library, “books” of knowledge left unread. As is the death of every human.
We must honor our plant allies, great and small, as we honor All Life.
May we re-value clean water, fresh air, and fertile soil as well.
Heading into my Master Gardener class at Edgerton Park, there were snowdrops (Galanthus). Enjoy!
It’s late winter. I’m MORE than ready for Spring. I’m launching this new Green Rachel website — and I don’t know what will come of it! It feels like opening a packet and sowing those mixed wildflowers; some will grow and some won’t. Some may be invasive even! So, we’ll see what lives and thrives and what flowers here.