On the edge of the wild. The alchemy of plants

Succulents and black cat ♥ via ohnorachio in The Alchemy of Plants - awakening sacred flow

Succulents and black cat ♥ via ohnorachio

Hello beautiful ones,

To balance my intense work in architecture these days and hence my more infrequent writings, I live now on the edge of the wild–where I find myself recharging, recalibrating, regenerating in a space of stillness and subtle flow. I moved to a beautiful place in Marin, surrounded by plants and animals bringing magic into my life. My home is on a street that becomes a trail in the Marin Headlands. In between two worlds, I am at home in this place that welcomes me into the wild terrain of this land.

What is so compelling about living so close to the wild? Placing ourselves in this realm becomes essential for our well being in our increasingly digitized world. Being exposed to the wild can awaken our very own and reveal the parts of us that become numb and aren’t so alive. Our connection to nature can awaken the repressed fiber, dimension, essence of the feminine in all of us.

If you are a nature lover, you don’t have to wait to go to wild places to come in contact with the spiritually embodied power of nature. You can invite the presence of the plant world, consciousness, and frequency into your home space and bask in its energy and glow. Just being in the presence of something so alive enlivens us, if we open our hearts and let its subtle flow and radiance touch our being and reawaken our own.

As much as we earthtlings pride ourselves for being more ‘evolved’ beings;  plants and other creatures have an instinctual understanding that often escapes our so called ‘evolved’ selves. Plants don’t fight their natural impulse to:

  • Grow roots and ground. Plants grow roots to absorb water and nutrients. They ground their being in order to expand as they connect to earth and sky.
  • Seek the light and glow in the dark. Is not that darkness is bad, it’s just that light feeds life. Plants seek light and orient themselves towards it, magically turning it into nourishment.
  • Find and produce nourishment. Not only do they transform sunlight into food, plants also transform carbon dioxide (with the help of water) into oxygen for all life to thrive. They let in and let go. They breathe.
  • Connect in subtle ways. Just because you can’t sense does not mean it is not there. Plants sense in ways we don’t. We can get quiet to hear the soft whisper of spirit land on our being like the soft touch of a butterfly on our skin, the withering of a serpent on the earth, or the smooth glide of an eagle in the sky.
cacti plants via seasage | awakening sacred flow

Surreal cacti via seasage

cacti terrace via whatkatieate | awakening sacred flow

an outdoor garden with cacti from Katie‘s travels.

light filled space with plant via sfgirlbybay |awakening sacred flow

General store light-filled space with a gorgeous plant via sfgirlbybay / awakening sacred flow

bright plant corner via apartment therapy | awakening sacred flow

Bright plant corner via apartment therapy

cacti and words of wisdom via kerouacandcoke |awakening sacred flow

Lovely cacti and words of wisdom. Some things take time via kerouacandcoke

gardening shop via anlogidentity | awakening sacred flow

Gardening shop via analogidentity

Marina Burini – the selby - awakening sacred flow

Marina Burini–Stylist & Co-Owner of Beautiful Dreamers at her Home & Store in Brooklyn « the selby

paradise is here via skinnylaminx | awakening sacred flow

Paradise is here. Plant inspiration via skinnylaminx

Andrew Trotter & Mari Luz Vidal's 'open house' with plants via freudenvonfreunden |awakening sacred flow

Andrew Trotter & Mari Luz Vidal’s ‘open house’ in Barcelona comes alive with plants. Via freundevonfreunden

festive plant corner via sfgirlbybay | awakening sacred flow

Festive, light filled with plants corner. Home of nicole valentine don, photographed by by lauren bamford. Photo via sfgirlbybay

modern macabre via modernmacrame | awakening sacred flow

Lovely tiny plants in modern macabre

cactus corner in stillness via thebrickhouse.tumblr | awakening sacred flow

Love the stillness in this gorgeous space. The light, the sensuous forms, the cactus. Via the brickhouse

wild plant via talesofendearment |awakening sacred flow

Gorgeous plant in the home of alix brown. Via talesofendearment

when-in-drought via sfgirlbybay | awakening sacred flow

when in drought via sfgirlbybay

Lovely plant corner of Kelly Thompson via urbis | awakening sacred flow

Lovely plant corner of Kelly Thompson via urbis

Plants are ancient beings, alchemists that help us align with the flow of the universe. They kindly offer themselves as sacred food and medicine when taken whole and not stripped of their spirit. Being in touch with plants can help us remember our own power to ground, expand, breathe, sustain life and feel alive.

There is an intense drought in California. I have been meditating on how this environmental condition reflects the unbalanced state of our souls, creations and structures thirsty for nourishment. Dear ones, where are the dry places in your soul craving moisture and fluidity?

May we remember to not take more than we need and to give back so much more in return. And may we restore, heal and celebrate our connection to the sacred waters and rhythms of life, within and around us.

With love,

Waste and our soul’s hungers

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Jul 23, 2014 | continue reading →

On finding the right container to grow

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Apr 18, 2014 | continue reading →

Blessings of love

Happy Valentine’s day dear ones! Valentine’s day can be a painful day for many, a reminder of the love we don’t have. But is this true? I encourage us to open our eyes and hearts to the love that is pulsing alive within and around us, not just today, but every day of our lives….

Feb 14, 2014 | continue reading →

Breathe new life into your space with plants

Beautiful plant. Olga Bennett for peppermint magazine, via stampel, via sfgirlbybay   Does your heart vibrate to the rhythm of gardens, plants, flora in the wild? You can develop a relationship with this realm right at home and by doing so improve the ecology of your home space. I have written elsewhere about our need…

Jan 13, 2014 | continue reading →

Making space for new life

Dear ones, I am wishing us a blessed 2014 under this new moon. May we flow more freely to reveal, feel and experience the fiber of the sacred in our spaces, hearts and lives. May we pursue our life-enhancing dreams with courage and a fierce heart. But first, what do we need to release in…

Jan 1, 2014 | continue reading →

Seeing in the dark with the light of your own heart

“What is to give light must endure burning.” ~ Viktor Frankl Winter invites us to journey into the heart of darkness, a darkness that can activate our deepest fears. Why? It’s just difficult to see in the dark. But darkness isn’t bad. Light flickers in the dark, which reveals its illuminating power. There is no…

Dec 26, 2013 | continue reading →

Thoughts and quotes on courage and risk taking

Have you witnessed a child’s spontaneity, play, and sense of wonder? It saddens me to see this dwindle in humans as we grow up. I can’t help but wonder how much we compromise our need for self expression and integrity for the fear of getting hurt. It takes much work to recover our authentic spark…

Dec 9, 2013 | continue reading →

Everyday flow of gratitude

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart I recently had an important conversation on the nature of thanksgiving, which reminded of my article “Pachamama illuminating Thanksgiving.” A little boy in the place where I volunteer brought up some painful memories to the surface. The details of…

Nov 30, 2013 | continue reading →

To make our souls grow. Sacred Flow in San Francisco

For the traveler by John O’Donohue ..A journey can become a sacred thing: Make sure, before you go, To take the time To bless your going forth, To free your heart of ballast So that the compass of your soul Might direct you toward The territories of spirit Where you will discover More of your hidden…

Nov 16, 2013 | continue reading →
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