On the edge of the wild. The alchemy of plants
By: Marjory Mejia
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.
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.