I'm reading a book called "Awakening to the Spirit World" by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman and was inspired by the exercise to meditate on different elements of nature, to journey inward and connect with aspects of the natural world and learn from them.
Lately, I've felt a deep desire to connect more with the natural rhythm and flow of the world around me, so decided to give this method a try. I decided to begin with a flower and to suspend my belief to include the notion that sitting down to have a chat with a flower is normal, every day thing to do.
The journey was simple, beautiful and whimsical in an almost childlike way. The wisdom the flower shared with me was incredibly powerful. I wanted to share with you what I learned and thought I might share more of these in a new series of "insights from a [insert natural element here]."
Here's a bit about the journey to connect with a flower:
I sat on the stone steps in my parent's backyard garden, the sounds of bees and humming birds bustling around the flowers around me. The smell of sweet grass and sunshine surrounded me. I closed my eyes, took a few breaths and set an intention to connect with the energy of the flowers.
In my mind, I suddenly became very small and found myself at the base of a flower stem. There was a tiny doorway there into the stem which I opened and stepped through. Sunlight filtered through and cast a warm green glow on the stairs that spiraled up through the stem. I began to climb the stairs and they took me to the top of the flower, where I looked out over the garden.
Across the sunny expanse, a tall, graceful echineaca flower danced in the speckled shadows. It appeared to be glowing and I felt myself becoming the flower. I felt myself become simply and effortlessly radiant. I felt myself soaking in the sunshine, confident in my own beauty and grace. I felt how rooted and connected I was to the warm soil beneath me.
And then the seasons changed and I began to wither and crumple towards the ground. But it wasn't sad. Instead, I felt a sense of relief, the urge to be back in the dark was welcoming, like the promise of sleep after a busy day. I felt myself go down into the deep, rich soil of the underground. I felt close and comfortable to the earth, like I was being cradled by a soft and caring mother. I felt supported and deeply nourished, renewed. Then the soil became warm again and I felt ready to spring up, a green, new shoot.
When it was time to return, I thanked the flower and came back to my body and breath and opened my eyes to jot down the following messages I had received from the flower:
Sip the Sun
Take in that which powers you up and makes you feel alive.
Bask in the Light
Stand tall in the light without reaching or grasping. Let it come to you simply and effortlessly.
Express your Pure Radiance
Feel confident in your own beauty, grace and simple magnificence.
Take the Time You Need
Like a freash green shoot in spring, take the time you need to effortlessly unravel your brilliance.
When it's time to rest, rest.
After shining so brilliantly, know when it's time to rest. Nestle in close to the earth and take in all the nourishment she provides.
Have you ever done any inner journeys like this before? If you have, I'd love to hear about your experience!