Intuition and Beauty

What do intuition and green beauty have to do with each other?

Intuition and beauty walk in hand in hand for the woman expressing her divine feminine essence. When we are following our intuition we feel better, and everyone knows when you feel good you look good.

Following this common wise woman sense of feeling good means looking good, and we feel good when we follow the guidance that leads us there then we begin to see deeper into a mystery that is woven by a feminine force that lies within us all (both man and woman).

It is the hand of a divine feminine energy guiding us in our daily lives leading us towards greater joy and beauty, and she speaks in the language of intuition and leads us to our truest expression of ourselves.

How does this translate to beauty?

When we are in our truest expression of ourselves, we are in our truth and there nothing more beautiful than being in your truth. Using our intuition leads to this.

We can use our intuition to make choices that make us feel supported, grounded, and nurtured. We can make choices that help us to regenerate and rejuvenate. Sometimes these choices mark huge changes in our lives which brings us closer to our source and other times the choices may be small changes, but these too lead us closer to ourselves, our truth, our source.

The foundation of knowing, of our intuition is a connection to the divine feminine for it is the feminine force that speaks in an intuitive and receptive language. Our intuition often speaks to us in a way that has no words, it is a feeling, a knowing that comes from within.  Learning to recognize this and to feel this on an empathic level is a big key to being able to then use your intuition.

Intuition is like a river running between the divine feminine and ourselves, whose channel becomes more clear and defined as more water flows through it.

The more you recognize your intuition and follow it the easier it becomes to recognize it and follow it. Like any muscle or habit it grows stronger with use.

As we follow these whispers of intuition we become ever more free in ourselves, okay with what comes and what we may be feeling. We learn to embrace what is and is not. We makes choices that support our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around us.

All of this brings us closer to our truth (our authenticity) and this is when our beauty really shines.

Learn more about following your intuition.

In my next article I will talk about how intuition can be used in plant spirit medicine when choosing plants for formulating beauty recipes or picking herbs for the garden.

Until then, be well!

J

 

Wild SkinCare Ingredients

The Wild Ingredients

The ingredients that we use in our herbal products and skincare recipes are so much than just products themselves. They were at one time individual living plants lives in a field or forest. Breathing, eating, reproducing. Amazing plants that have the superpower of turning sunshine into sugar. Pretty sweet.

I call them wild ingredients because they had lives rich with existence spending their days with the wind and the rain. They grew for the sake of growing, of breathing and stretching for the sky. They grew in their own way, bound to none, they were wild and free. Even the plants on a farm. Most of them spent their days under the sun, their nights under the stars, and their lives full of a freedom that many of us long for.

Take Jojoba oil for example.

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The jojoba shrub is native the southwest deserts of the United States. It grows under the searing sun with a heat that drives most other life away. In the quiet of the desert it thrives soaking in the heat, witness to few other lifeforms while it silently produces one of the most healing oils (a wax really) available. I like to remember this when I am soothing my child’s chapped cheeks, that this stoic shrub survived in the burning desert under a scorching sun while making an oil that is now soothing the burn on his cheeks. Amazing.

The plants and oils that we use are more than just isolated ingredients on a list.

The herbs and plants we use were once living and breathing. The rain fell on their leaves and their flowers blossomed in the sun. They were home to small little lady bugs and great big soaring eagles. They had lives out in the forest and field, and some of that life was stored in the very molecules and cells that made up the plant, that you are now absorbing into your skin when you use them in your recipes.

They were living breathing entities that made oxygen for you to breathe and now once again they offer up their medicine to you as they are absorbed into your skin ultimately becoming a part of your own being.

It keeps you grateful to remember where your ingredients came from to be sure. It also deepens your connection with them, remembering that they were living, breathing plants, that gave life for your benefit. It opens the door to understanding their properties on an intuitive level.

Know your plants like you know friends.

Be Gentle, An Act of Love

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As I was reflecting (on world events) and writing this, I looked out the window and saw this buck by the river. The deer don’t come in my yard, so it seemed special, and as I writing this for all of us I thought I should share his picture.

Step out into nature and the tension and fear are washed away. There is a message of gentleness, be gentle with yourselves, with your loved ones, with friends, with the earth. Being gentle does not mean being weak, it means moving through life with an air of compassion and grace. Keep walking in your truth and being of service, because every little act of kindness is linked to every other act of kindness and a whole web is weaved together.

When we are faced with a world that is displaying scary things there is a choice to be made, you can either live in a world of love or a world of fear. It is really one collective manifestation versus another. Choose love.  Make every act, an act of love, an act of service towards the greater good that builds a world on a foundation of peace.

We can do this, together.

When I Tell You I am Sensitive

This is one woman’s take on what it is like to be empathic. I am sure others will have different opinions, this is just mine.

When I tell you I am sensitive (or empathic) I do not mean I cannot handle your snarky comments or sarcastic humor or off color comments or your cussing. I don’t mean that you will offend me or that my feelings will be hurt. I don’t mean that I am fragile or to be easily broken. In contrast my sensitivity has given me the perspective to not take things personally, because much of what I feel is not others directing stuff at me, it is just stuff; charged electrical emotional stuff.

It is like water that is on fire with the heat of emotion that has to flow somewhere and empaths being the sponges that they are, soak it right up. Or at least I do.

When I say I am sensitive I am mean that my ability to feel things is super heightened, like having sensitive hearing, or eyes that are sensitive to bright light, or skin that burns easily in the sun. Only I haven’t found sunscreen or sunglasses for my “feelers”.

Being sensitive is like having a super sense, one that is really really hard to shut off.

I can feel the soul of the world in my  bones, and sometimes it hurts, sometimes it aches, sometimes its beautiful, so beautiful it hurts. I feel the grand potential of everyone I meet and I feel the craters of your pain, the emptiness of your perceived loneliness, I feel how ugly you think you are, how sad, how worried, how frazzled. I feel the good too. I feel your coffee buzz, your excitement, your extreme happiness, your hope, your anticipation of jobs and dreams yet to come, I feel you in your power, I feel you feeling beautiful.

And it’s exhausting. And it’s not your fault. And I wouldn’t change it.

It can be downright crushing to have to feel so damn much. I feel all my own shit, the stuff that I cannot shake in a day, whatever worry is trying to take root in my mind or whatever excitement I am currently obsessing over. And I also feel all yours.

Without you having to say a word I will feel in my body as a very real sensation or emotion the emotions that are at the forefront of your being and any stronger ones laying under the surface.

Some empaths will say, “I take all your stuff, I absorb it, I take it on, I take it and feel it”. But I can’t say I take it because that would mean I am volunteering to receive something.

I can’t seem to stop it. It’s like trying not to breathe. Sometimes when I am around others my brain even seems to stop working, I am asked questions that I cannot answer because my circuits are being blown by a torrent of emotion coming from outside of me. It can be downright overwhelming.

But I wouldn’t trade it. I don’t think any empath would.

Its a wonder to be able to feel another’s person’s soul so closely, so vividly. Its a gift to be able to know another’s pains and joys. Its a comfort to be able to feel the emotion lying under the words and act accordingly.

But when we retreat, and we often do, its because one human nervous system can only receive, handle, process, and release so many electrical impulses, so many emotions, whether they are “good” or “bad” in one day.

So if you know or love an empath, let them have their have their space, in fact encourage them to take it, and don’t resent for them taking it, because they will feel that too. One of the best things an empath can do is find the people that can give her what she needs, which can be space, or the ability to bow out of plans, or to be in touch when she is ready to hang again.

For example on Monday you make plans with me for Friday night, but I never know if by Friday night the rest of the week will have been way too much, by Friday I may be at maximum feeling capacity, I may need to bail, and having people that understand this means the world to me. Like the WORLD.

So when I say I am sensitive I am really saying: When I hang out with you I am going to feel all the nuances, ups, downs, highs, and lows of your being and mine at this moment and at some point I will have to go wring out my empathic sponge of a self.

And that’s ok. I wouldn’t change being able to feel so much, but I will retreat into a place that is easy to be, like my bedroom or nature. A place where I do not have to be a radar dish for everything else in the world.

It took me so long to realize this. I wanted to pass it on in case you are an empath or know one.

 

Plant Spirit Allies

Plant Spirit

All medicinal plants have physical herbal properties but they also have plant spirit qualities, all plants whether herbs or not have plant spirits. Plant spirit is the essence that the plant carries with it, it is the medicine that the plant offers to us in terms of emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Think of it somewhat like a plant’s personality.

It is the plant’s spirit medicine that gives gardens their charm and cut flowers their appeal. Ever wonder why we bring the sick, or the suffering, or a lover, or a friend in need flowers? It is the plant’s spirit that brings the medicine of the flowers to the human spirit. Often we don’t even consider the healing the flower is offering to our human friend.  If we listened we would hear or feel what is being offered.

Plants are alive. Meditate on that for a moment. ALIVE.

They sense things and they know things. And if you approach them in the right way you can hear what they have to say, what they know, the mysteries and knowledge that they hold in their roots and leaves. They will tell you their secrets and help you on the path of life if you have the heart to listen. Think of all the wisdom they must contain, eons of time sitting under the stars in communion with the trees and mountains around them. They are alive with consciousness.

The spirit of the plant is what vibrational medicine therapies like flower essences and homeopathy are based on, but plant spirit medicine itself is ancient, plant whisperers have roamed the earth since the dawn of time. These are people that can hear the medicine of the plant and know how it is offering itself to help.

Plant spirits are the thing that causes a rose to make you feel differently than a sunflower, and a sunflower differently than a daisy.

On the path of our healing evolution we have been moving towards these subtle forms of therapy as we become more highly attuned to the subtler energies around us and more capable of recognizing and using them. This is the ability to use energy for healing, energy such as Reiki, color therapy, sound therapy, and crystal healings.

Vibrational plant therapy is part of this. The plants can be called upon for their vibrational essence in many situations with out actually having to have the plant itself present. We can call the spirit of the plant, like we would call on a friend or an angel, and ask for its healing, protection, guidance, for its spirit medicine for any situation we find ourselves in.

There is a whole a green planet of spirit allies waiting to assist you, if you settle your mind, open your heart, and listen to wisdom of the plants.

More on intuitive plant communication coming soon! Until then you can always read A Wild Women’s Guide to Intuition, which is free when you subscribe to WildWomenWays (don’t worry I won’t burden you with a ton of emails!)

 

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

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The summer solstice is a magical moment, one that has been well observed by many cultures throughout time and it is the best time for a summer solstice sunshine meditation.

The summer solstice brings warmth and sunshine and an outward expression of spirit. It is the warmth of summer that helps us through the dark of winter. Now during the time around the summer solstice is time to is the time to gather and strengthen your Light.

Winter definitely serves its purpose, but it is much easier to move into the silence of winter with sincere appreciation when we come from a place that is full of light. And in our modern world today working inside as much as we do, we need to make a point of being outside and gathering light.

In Ayruvedic medicine the yogis believe that the hue of golden light is the most nourishing and strengthening. They sit at sunrise at and drink in the gentle golden hue.

The ancient Atlanteans believed that absorbing the hues of the sunset imparted the healing vibrations of that color directly into our systems. (Colors that are alive and vibrant and are born of that golden hue that the yogi’s love.)

Modern science states that we need to directly absorb the sun’s rays for about 10min a day for optimal health. From Vit D production to keeping our spirits high.

People use lights to help them get through SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

You can store up all that warm summer sun and save it for later, with simple recognition of its force and a meditation to help seal the deal.

 

Summer Solstice Sunshine Meditation

This meditation serves the purpose of literally storing up the sun’s rays for the upcoming winter. It can be done all summer, but at the height of the summer solstice the energy is the strongest.

(take care and watch the time, don’t get a sunburn, doing it later in the day helps with this!)

Find a quiet place where you can lay outside for 5-10min with out being disturbed, preferably directly on the earth.

Lay down, place your feet (your barefeet) directly on the earth (your knees will be up).

Say your thanks to the sun, ask that the being of the sun impart its life force directly into your system. Ask your angels and Archangel Ariel to help you with this.

Lift your shirt up so that your belly, (your solar plexus chakra) is exposed to the sun. You are going to absorb the sun directly into your third chakra where it will be stored for winter, think of this chakra as your own personal little sun, your place of will and warmth. It is your power chakra, intensely yellow, and expresses your divine power.

Lay and meditate. Feeling the sun enter your being, filling you up with energy and warmth. And know that you are storing this for the winter, a time when you will need to call upon that internal warmth and brightness.

~Enjoy!

 

This meditation can be done several times during the summer, giving you ample storage of light.

Happy Summer! (And winter, but we don’t have to talk about that yet.)

 

*photocredit sausalitoyachtclub.org

Feet on the Earth, Eyes on the Sky

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It’s been a long day. All I want is to be outside. Finally that moment has arrived.

 

I stand outside and stare at the sky. It seems to stare back at me. I wonder what it sees. I look down upon myself through the eyes of the stars and I see I am dripping with goo and buzzing with electricity.

 

I see my feet on the ground, almost touching the dirt under the grass, but not quite. I see through the eyes of the stars that my stress is unraveling at the seams.

 

It begins to roll off my shoulders, and down my low back. It seems to fall in streams off my bum, and drips down the insides of my thighs, finding its way into the earth, where it will be turned into dirt. Multi-colored stress dripping off of me, mucky browns, with pink streaks, gross green with puddles of grey.

 

Stress from that old man that guffawed at my,….my music being too loud? Or maybe he wasn’t even guffawing at me at all.  The that lady that huffed at me because my kids and I were horseplaying in the store getting in her way (that was definitely at me). Stress from running trying to catch up with the clock, so I’m not late for the third time this day.

 

It all drips off me in an icky sticky black grey brown mustard yellow strange pink goo, like in kindergarten when you mix all the paint colors together.

 

And the stars see the highs from the day too, the good stuff of life sparking around me, yet still keeping me from feeling my calm.

 

Sparks from the excited woman telling me how she loved the body butter I made for her. And the garbage man who talked about how great my dog Coconut is. And sparks from my friends whom I loved so hard this day I thought I would burst. All exploding around me like my own private 4th of July show.

 

These highs crackle around me, a little electric field pulsing through my mind, my blood is charged, my bones are ringing, and my mind is spinning. My whole being is swirling around my center trying to catch hold, trying to find terra firma.

 

And the stars see my feet sink deeper.

 

Deeper and deeper and the humming slows down. Like a tuning fork my body falls into the slow rhythm of the earth, the earth that I am falling ever deeper in love with. My electric sparks aren’t spinning in orbit around me anymore, the earth has smoothed the static.

 

And still the stars see my feet sink deeper.

 

Deeper beyond the damp grass, into the dark warm soil beneath. Things move under my feet, slimy things, dirty things, and they are a thousand times cleaner than the goo dripping off me from my day. And bugs buzz around me sporadic in their flight pattern, yet a thousand times calmer than the sparks that were flying around me. My bones are humming slow, my heart is beating steady, my mind is calm, and my spirit has found terra firma.

 

And the stars see my feet cradled into the soil, they see my spirit is stretched out and my edges are smooth, and that my heart lies open touching both earth and sky.

 

I am feeling my calm, feet on the earth, eyes on the sky.

Wild Woman and the Divine Feminine

What is a wild woman?

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She is the embodiment of the Divine Feminine. She is every woman, and in every woman. This energy of the divine feminine lives within man too, but it is women who are bringing it back.

The face of the divine feminine changes across time, across the continents, but she is that part of every woman kept in a secret safe chamber that is unchanged by the society around her. It is this part of women that recognizes and sees, truly sees, another woman, despite any socioeconomic, cultural, or lingual barrier when it is awakened in her. When your eyes meet she SEES you and you SEE her. It is this divine feminine aspect of women that has been silenced and forgotten in many cultures and places.

But while the divine feminine has gone unhonored, she did not disappear. She has roared loudly in some women over the ages, these were the torch bearers. While in others she laid silently gaining strength in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to re-emerge.

And now we have arrived at that time. We are finding the wild women everywhere.

The wild woman is what you find in nature, the unadulterated version of a woman that is fully embodying her divine feminine nature.  She is awake to her nature and she knows it.  As our awareness of nature returns and all that is embodies, so does our honoring of the divine feminine; the wild woman. This archetype of the wild woman is wild at heart, boundless in her beauty, compassion, and power. She is comfortable in her shape, her skin, and her ways, because nature is the only thing that has shaped her.

The wild woman has not suffered the suppresive hand of society, yet she has felt the cold wind, and the warm rain, she has felt the ground shake violently and been soothed by the songs of the birds, she has grown strong to the heavy snow and supple to the raging river, but she has not felt the sting of a society that tried to silence her.

She has developed an understanding of her intuitive nature. The wild woman can sense the creative powers that surge through her. Nature has taught her to nurture. Nature has also taught her of receptivity and the ability to hold something while still setting it free to follow its own course. Nature has held the wild woman’s hand while whispering in her ear that her emotions are great waves of water rising within and to let them flow. Nature has reflected to this divine feminine child of hers that her beauty is beautiful no matter if it is the stark barren landscape of winter or the gentleness of early autumn.

The divine feminine energy that pulses through nature pulses through the wild woman and she is free.

The wild woman is our modern day goddess in touch with her divine feminine nature, a woman who never lost touch with her wild woman self.

And She lives in all of us.

Cleansing the Chakras with Nature

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We need to clear and charge our chakras with nature because many of us are sensitive to the modern lifestyle. All the running around. A lot of electronic devices and a lot time indoors and in cars. And we feel it, it affects us, and it affects our auric fields. Our chakras do a lot of extra work keeping us clean, keeping up our protective energetic boundaries, filtering out the excess static from media and over stimulation that we do not want to sticking to us.

 

So its a good practice to cleanse and balance your chakras.

 

There are many exercises we can do to keep the auric field and its chakras clean. For example we can smudge with sage, do chakra clearing meditations, we can take salt baths, we can wear certain crystals. I love all of these (love them, thats why I call this woowoomomma, because I love metaphysical woowoo stuff) but the one I think is best, as in BEST, the one I think makes all the chakra cleansings even better, is being in Nature.

 

It takes about a week outside in nature for the entire human body system to regulate itself back to a balanced system.

 

It takes about 5min standing on the earth barefoot for the electrical circuits to be re-established between your feet and the earth.

 

It takes about 20 min outside for the chakras to balance themselves.

 

Spending time in Nature might be the best thing you do for your aura. Just by being out there your chakras begin to regulate themselves, no sage or meditations needed. Although that would make balancing the chakras even more powerful.

 

Here are step by step instructions;

 

Step 1. Go outside. The more wild the better. But even the backyard works.

Step 2. Stay outside. You may nap. Walk. Run. Jump. Skip. Or whatever.

Step 3. Repeat the next day.

 

You do not need to pray, or visualize, or meditate, your body will of its own intelligence fall into sync with Nature. You can pray or chant or whatnot, prayers in nature are powerful and visualization would make this practice even stronger but to cleanse and balance the chakras just being in harmony with nature does the trick.

 

When you are outside the chakras begin to spin all in the same direction and they begin to be balanced. Meaning they are all open to the same degree and spinning with the same speed. This means that each one of your energy centers is taking in and processing the same amount of energy from the nature around you. Literally your system is balanced and in line or aligned with itself.

 

If you spend the entire week outside your balanced chakras taking in the same amount of energy at the same rate would begin the process of balancing your entire physical being.

 

Obviously spending weeks outside at a time is not feasible for a lot of us a lot of the time. But if we did this once or twice a year and then the rest of the time made sure we were spending at least 20min or more outside a day our energetic fields would be balanced, cleansed, and cleared.

 

Cleansing the chakras with nature would also mean;

More patience

More clarity

More joy

More playfulness (less depression)

More creativity

More vitality

More health (less down time being sick)

More Vitamin D (always a good thing)

More intuition.

 

There are other benefits but you get the point.

 

Find your wild place and soak your spirit in the energy of it. Breathe it in, revel in it.  You deserve it. Your chakras deserve it.

 

*****Warning; Spending time outside in wild places may cause a sudden surge in wild women activity. You may find yourself howling at the moon, singing wildly at the top of your lungs, or dancing (possibly naked). Conditions vary according to nature.