Tree Medicine..

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It was only in dreamtime that those memories came to haunt her.. She had always been a restless sleeper, and her grandmother had long known that her dreamtime experiences went further than normal dreaming.. Aponi’s wisdom had known even before her birth that she was going to be a special child. She knew she was a Dreamwalker, one who could travel beyond this vale.

But she also knew that her granddaughter needed much guidance to be able to develop her skills for she was fragile in her emotions.. But Aponi had been told by the wisdom keepers that her granddaughter had much work to do, she needed schooling in the old ways.. A task Aponi had much pleasure in teaching her.

The Spirit Elders watched over Aponi’s task, which they had charged her with to teach her granddaughter  Muna all she knew. Muna’s name had been well chosen, it meant Overflowing Spring  in her Hopi tribe.  They had watched over the infant and would travel in and around her world until she was ready for the task she had come to this earth to fulfil in this modern age where the old ways would be needed to be called upon again. 

So Aponi had taught her grandchild the Earth medicine and she had done it in such a way even her grandchild was unaware that these were in fact lessons. For they came as natural as breathing to her. Such was her love of the outdoors and all of Nature she absorbed each piece of information Aponi gave her and remembered everything.

Aponi had only been too pleased to teach her granddaughter to connect with the Forests, and about the many animals. She spoke of the Trees being the Lungs of this earth, and how they gave us not only the air we breathed in, but the tools to live.. She taught her about the various varieties of Trees and their uses, and how their barks and fruits, leaves and shoots could all be used in various ways…

Coming off the Moor we enter a beatuiful Silver Birch wood.One of her Granddaughter’s favourites was that of the Silver Birch, it is graceful in form with its silver bark, was known as ‘Lady of the Woods’.. Aponi took pride in teaching her how its medicine had been used throughout the centuries and told her how it was a cleansing tree..

That the Silver Birch Twigs were used to make Brooms to sweep clean, and beat out negative influences, clearing the way for renewal. She was told how in the past Criminals were thought to have come under the influence of ‘Bad Spirits’, and were ‘Birched’ as an act of cleansing. And how land boundaries were beaten with Birch twigs each year in order drive out the spirits of the old year, the old energy which may have got stuck there, and let the new energy flourish . . Aponi taught her how the Birch shed its leaves and twigs and even its bark, teaching us to let go of unwanted aspects of ourselves to be free to move forward to new beginnings. The heart shaped leaves reminding us to follow our hearts desires.. ..

Aponi had taught her how the sap was tapped in March for syrup which was used as a Sugar, and could be used to make wine. Also Oil made from Birch bark was used in tanning of leather and the oil too when added with almond oil soothed aching muscles when used to massage the skin.

She taught her how the bark is water resistant, containing large amounts of resin, and how in the past it was used for roofing, shoes, and making canoes and in baskets and paper making. The young leaves too could be collected in late spring and early summer to be dried . These could be used in infusions such as teas, to act as a gentle sedative, to break up kidney stones, or gallstones, or to use as a mouthwash for sore mouths..

Birch leaves are a tonic as well as an antiseptic and Aponi had many women from the town come seek relief from cystitis and other urinary infections which the Birch medicine helped relieve. ..

Aponi taught her Granddaughter many things,  how to be careful when removing the bark from trees and to do so in small patches, for as to remove it in a continuous ring around the trunk, the tree would die… This was just one of the many lessons of nature her Grandmother gave in her teachings of Earth medicine. 

Many more were taught not only on the medicinal properties of Natures larder, But of the Spiritual elements of them too.. Birch brings boldness, helping to clear a path in our energy, as changes come. Aponi taught her the great wealth of knowledge that comes from the Earth, that many now didn’t even remember or practice.

Aponi too was saddened as many of her own Native tribes had also lost their ways and forgotten to live in harmony and within the balance of our Earth Mother. Forgetting the Ancient ways. Many were now lost.. 

One of the most revered lessons Muna was taught was that of the Trees, was that Trees span the five elements . Their branches held high in the AIR, they take their energy from the FIRE, the Sun, and their roots go deep into the EARTH, drinking from the living WATERS of the Earth. Aponi also taught Muna, that they inhabit the fifth element, SPIRIT, and that we are all able to connect with them..

Aponi told the story of the tree spirits in one of her bedtime lessons, and how important meetings were held under large trees, And how they listened to us, and shared their energy, and if we listened how they would speak to on the breath of the wind, as their leaves shook and branches creaked… And how they shared their gifts of fruits and nuts and most important of all, giving us our very life’s breath to breathe. And how they sacrificed themselves for fuel and shelter, and how important it was to communicate with their wisdom, for they were old and wise. Holding a wealth of knowledge as they had stood and watched the comings and goings of human kind some for hundreds of years..

Aponi spoke on how if one were to cut down a tree, or take a branch, a limb, one should always ask the trees permission, this allowed for the Tree spirits to withdraw, allowing the tree to die, however Aponi told her that even after the tree was cut down and the wood was used, either carved or polished into a piece of furniture or some ornament, some of the trees spirit would still be within its wood, and how people would always want to reach out and touch it, stroke its smooth surface admiring its colour and grain, thus touching the wood for luck.. as they felt the Trees spirit.

Muna sat now remembering once more all the Tree Medicine, as she sat with her back connecting to her favourite tree.. It was indeed time to reach within and bring out the wisdom she knew she had within her..

It was time for her to awaken others, she was ready.. As she became like the Birch Tree she sat beside..   It was time to let go of unwanted aspects of herself, to be free to move forward, to new beginnings… She turned to the four directions, and bowed respectfully to each.. She gave thanks as she gave the tree some tobacco from her medicine pouch

Her journey was just beginning.. 

© Sue Dreamwalker  2015 All rights reserved.

 This is short story Part of one I wrote some years ago..Its message is too good not to share, Thanks go to Brad over at Writing for Freedom  whose own recent post Native Winds  prompted me to post this old chapter that I tweaked a little     

 

 

Symbols and Symbiosis

 

Have you ever wondered about the Symbols we share?

The Language you’re speaking– Do you care?

Have you thought about the Words and the sounds they make?

Do you digest them and absorb- to intake?

 

Have you ever delved into the History Books ?

Studied Latin or Greek, or been given funny looks

As you compare how words have formed we use today

Did you wonder how hieroglyphs spoke and had their say

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Calendar of Mayan, such marvel of Signs

Which spanned many centuries, how geniusly  designed

The First Nations, the Indians with paintings on the rocks

Symbols of the road we travel with forks and zig-zag blocks

 

I’m sure you’ve seen the spirals from Pagan times and Celts

And the Flower of Life in Egypt along with Orion’s Belt

Celtic Cross Bakewell Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you ponder now in modern times of symbols that we see

As we delve into the Past of Mysticism’s Sea

And what about the Symbols that ‘Crop’ up with in a field

Did you never wonder at their messages they wanted revealed

Now moving to your Dreams, what Signs do they show you?

Have you never-ever wondered if they’re giving you a clue

Look beyond your language, Look no further than the Sky

Look beyond the Stars, then pose your question -Why?

See the Signs in Nature, look up the word Symbiosis

Our Earth Mother is talking- Wake Up!- We’re in Crisis!

© Sue Dreamwalker 2014 All rights reserved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Signs of Change are everywhere, when will we wake up to become the change we need to make our lives, and live in balance.When are we going to learn to co-operate with one another for the benefit of all, instead of individual greed!

Are you Following the Signs?

Please click the links and photo’s to take you to more knowledge

~We are the Children of Mother Earth~

Thank you for reading. 

Symbiosis

ˌsɪmbɪˈəʊsɪs,-bʌɪ-/noun~ BIOLOGY

noun: symbiosis

  1. interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.

    • a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.

      plural noun: symbioses

      “a perfect mother and daughter symbiosis”

 

Sources:

http://www.crystalinks.com/hopi2.html

http://www.sightwordsgame.com/spelling/greek-latin-roots/

http://www.discoveringegypt.com/Egyptian-Hieroglyphic-Writing.html

http://www.mayas.net/the-drought-theory-of-the-maya-collapse.html

http://seeker401.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/were-we-ever-alone/

http://www.korncirkler.dk/cccorner/realthing.html

http://nativetime.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-lakota-legend-of-dream-catcher.html

http://www.esa.org/esablog/research/crocodile-tears-please-butterflies-and-bees/

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/piramides/esp_piramide_8.htm

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_illuminati_59.htm

Medicine Wheels.

Medicine Wheel.

Medicine Wheel  I made .

This was inspired to be written from a Question from a friend, dogkisses. 

In the past the Native American people have honoured the Sacred Circle by building their homes in circular fashion, Rituals of purification were done in circular sweat lodges. And it was in a Circle the Elders came together, all being equal to have their say.. The circle is One, never ending continuous And it evokes a feeling of Wholeness and completeness. Sacred Dance was and is also done within a circle.

Jacob Boehme, a sixteenth Century mystic wrote , “ The Being of God is like a Wheel, Wherein many wheels are made in another, upwards downwards, crossways, and yet continually turn all of them together. At Which indeed, when man beholds the Wheel, he highly marvels”.

The Hopi Indians have a word: Tuwanasaapi, which means a place of Belonging. The place where you are your true home, the Spiritual Axis of the Universe,

When Native Americans made their Medicine Wheels to help him in their Vision Quests, it became their centring place, their Tuwanasaapi. Making a Sacred place an opening for unmasking your true self, love, sincerity of heart, of giving thanks, transformation, and reaching the stars… Connecting back to those Ancestors.

A Medicine Wheel is also a circle of protection. In Ancient Europe the Magi put a circle shield around himself that sealed him from his surroundings. The power of the Circle protected him and was a place where energy could be built.

By using Ceremony, Intent and Love, a medicine wheel can be a protected sanctuary where a vortex of spinning energy can build.. And as the energy builds your prayers can ride to your higher self and to that God source of Creation.

You can find out more on the internet about Medicine Wheels.. I was asked how I chose my stones?

First you need to locate where you want to build your Medicine Wheel, use your intuition as to what ground feels right and where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Close your eyes and ask yourself what you are feeling, if you are not comfortable move to another spot.

The Earth is a living Force, and there are places upon this Earth where you are strengthened and weakened. Feel the Earths Energies. Connect with Mother Earth,

Next Chose your stones.. the Ancients understood the power of the stones and often used them in ceremonies and rituals, they believed they held living Spirits with healing properties, even though you may think a stone is an inanimate object it still holds living energy. Native and Ancient people saw a world beyond the material and acknowledged that Rocks held living Spirits.

When you chose your Stones always ask Nature, “ May I take you for my Medicine Wheel?” in fact you should always ask natures permission to what ever you take, be it veg from your garden to picking flowers.  I liked a  sign I read while in Canada many Years ago now, it read..

( Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints) and that has stayed with me a long time.

You can find many places upon the web to see how you set your Medicine Wheel  and many will vary. Follow your own intuition, Always  Enter your Circle from the East,  And be guided by your inner thoughts and prayers to honour your Sacred Circle, and send out your Intent and Prayer..

In most traditions the Medicine Wheel is divided into Four Equal quarters

East ……. South…… West ……. North.

and the Different Elements of

Air……….Water……..Fire……….Earth.

then you have the

Mental …. Emotional…Spiritual…. Physical.

Spring…. Summer……. Autumn… Winter.

Dawn….   Noon………Sunset….. Midnight.

Waxing Moon… Full Moon… Waning Moon.. New Moon,

Yellow…… Blue…….. Red…… Black/White.

Birth…… Childhood…. Young Adult…. Elder..

Activation.. Nurturance..Experimentation.. Consolidation.

Inspiration.. Intuition…. Transformation… Introspection

Eagle/Owl.. Frog/Dolphin… Phoenix/ Snake… Bear/ Turtle. 

There is no right way or wrong system, ALL Medicine Wheel Tradition hold Beauty and Truth. And many can vary.  The Value of the Medicine wheel is in the way that it gives understanding and in honouring of the Inner cycles within each of us.

The Medicine Wheel can be used to go on your own Vision Quest to discover your waking Spirit, to heal emotional wounds,to experience your connection with Nature, or just to develop your peace of mind…

The Nest post I  do on Native Americans will be  on Drumming….

© Sue Dreamwalker 2011 All rights reserved.

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