Connect with Plants and Grow

All that is visible must grow beyond itself, extend into the realm of the invisible. Thereby it received its true consequence and clarity and takes firm root in the cosmic order.
I Ching

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Enchanter’s Dream Seeds

Back in the day, when the Soul Food Cafe was fully operational, Enchanteur used to pass out dream seeds for participants to plant. The seeds were in the bag she gave people as they were setting out. The special bag was filled with talismans for the journey. The bag contained a packet of dream seeds, spectacles, a candlestick, a tiny anchor, a medallion with the imprint of the Unicorn and a set of wings.

When operating classes on terra firma participants have sometimes received a small pot with some seeds ready to plant.

This excerpt from Song Magic of the Papago Indians of Southern Arizona by Ruth Underhill provides the perfect ‘practice’ to apply upon receiving the planter, planting and locating a home where the seeds will flourish.

The Papago….stand at the edge of the field…. Kneeling he makes his hole and speaks to the seed, in the Papago manner of explaining all acts of Nature lest there be a misunderstanding. “Now I place you in the ground. You will grow tall. Then, they shall eat, my children and my friends…” Night after night the planter walks around his field “singing up the corn….” Sometimes, all the men of the village meet together and sing all night, not only for the corn but also for the beans, the squash and the wild things. (Source: Growing Myself by Judith Handelsman)

If you communicate with your plants they will respond and teach you about the inner gardening that promotes creativity. The challenge here is to look after the plant, talk to it, allow it to teach you, keep a journal, preserve your experience and generally grow.

References:

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Growing Myself A Spiritual Journey Through Gardening Judith Handelsman
An Interview With Judith Handelsman
The Faithful Gardener Clarissa Pinkola Estes
A Gift From the Sea Ann Morrow Lindberg

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5 responses

  1. Great to see Dream Seed Enchanteur again, excellent creative memories, Heather

    1. They are wonderful memories Monika. It has been healing to be able to savour them again!

  2. I remember the dream seeds prompt. I wish I could find my response. I have been making bread lately, and I suspect it is for reasons much deeper than just making something to eat. Do you know of any writings that speak on bread making as a metaphor for creativity?

    1. I am sure it is Lori! The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction does not refer specifically to bread but it certainly addresses the significance of gathering and making food. I will keep an eye out for something more specific.

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