Sunday, June 3, 2007

The Ultimate Authority About Plants

Using Plants & Our Intuition

To a certain degree, we rely on other people's accounts, books, tradition ext to inform us about plants. For example, we can't all be botanists, but we can benefit from taking their findings to heart. In the same way, we often look to teachers, various leaders, and gurus to tell us about the right thing to do when it comes to our bodies and using plants. While this input from experts is undeniably valuable, our own sense of the truth by what the plants tell us, our intuition and prayers, and what our own bodies tell us is ultimately the most important piece in processing the information we take in from external sources. In the end we will decide what resonates with us and what a particular plant is telling us.

We need only take a brief look at history to remember that even the most respected teachers and leaders were all wrong about something at some point in time. This is the beauty of learning, experiencing, and evolving. While we sometimes wish we could just let someone else decide for us what is good for us & true, this is clearly not a wise option. Great news! We can confidently devote ourselves to making up our own minds about what a plant is teaching us, taking everything that we are told by others as truth with a grain of salt.

This does not mean that we discount the information we receive from teachers or outside sources. It simply means that we can stop to question it before we decide whether or not we agree with it. All the information we receive is useful in the process of helping us make up our own decisions. As we allow ourselves to process the things we learn, measuring them alongside our own inner sense of the truth, and our own experiences, we find that making our own decisions about healing & plants is joyful, and a excellent learning experience that makes us grow.

Listen to your body, listen to the plants. Follow your instincts yet be safe. If fasting, doing a colon cleanse or any other method that is stated “necessary” by others does not resonate with your body, don’t do it, don’t try to make others do it. Sharing your knowledge is wonderful, pushing it down others throats and stating it as "fact" is a whole different story. The more I know the more I realize I don’t know, and that we are all different with amazing bodies and energy that need different healing methods.That is why I love herbalism, the plants & people have constant lessons and miracles to teach me.


Shamana Flora said...

well said!!
i'm glad your back in our little online world!!

Angie Goodloe LMT, Herbalist said...

Glad to be back!