The Body of the Goddess, Revealed....
Sometimes the Universe/Spirit/God (insert what jives for you here) asks us to do things that are pretty inconvenient. Of course, we don’t have to do it. Free will is a beautiful thing, and it allows us just as much latitude to do wild and amazing things as it does to do absolutely nothing.
Now, I’ve learned to recognize the sensation of following a trail of magical synchronistic breadcrumbs to somewhere awesome. It was totally inconvenient that these cosmic breadcrumbs led to a school in Northern California for my hypnotherapy and shamanic training. But it could have been a lot more inconvenient, so I sucked it up and thanked Spirit for showing me the way forward.
In my adventures up north, I had the blessing of long stretches of time for solitary exploration. One of my favorite places to frequent was Muir Woods. I would quickly make my way through the surprisingly busy sea of visitors in the valley and find one of the paths that took me up into the hills. The higher I climbed, the fewer travelers I passed, until finally it was just me on the quiet path winding through the giant trees, listening to the breeze, and delighting in the little ping-pong ball shaped birds and the occasional squirrel. I was both awesomely insignificant and intricately woven into the fabric of everything around me. And I was reminded so viscerally of the sacredness of nature, and it’s power to support, nourish and heal us, if we allow it.
Sitting on a massive tree root and opening up to healing, this is the reflection that came through me on one of those treks...
shallow roots exposed along the path
worn smooth and shining by the souls
of countless pilgrims to the Wild
do they recognize the temple they are seeking?
in the dappled, shifting light
in the rich, moist shadows
do they leave their offerings to
the old gods of this place who
sleep, nestled in the roots of trees, who
laugh through the beaks of ravens, who
shapeshift from delicate yellow bird to
tumbling leaf on the wind to
obsidian eyed doe nibbling clover to
the line of ants marching solemnly through
the towering peaks and deep sunken valleys of
moss blanketed redwood bark
and these unknowing pilgrims, do they
listen to the rhythm of their feet,
the syncopated beating of their hearts,
sinking gently into trance and passing
through the thin veil that can take them
back through time and into
and miles, hours, eons down the path
their boots have fallen off
their feet, now calloused ~ as smooth and hard
as the roots and stones beneath them
their hair grown long and woven
with twigs and flowers
the bones of their ancestors
strung from their necks
do they remember their names
their carefully planned futures
their disappointing pasts?
do any of these things exists in those unknown moments,
pausing to regain their breath
and drink a sip of silvery water to
quench their incomprehensible thirst?
then, a word carves the silence of the temple
the spell is broken
language returns in a torrent
time rushes forward and backward to meet them
will they remember?
the body of the goddess herself
revealed to them in the spaces between
stillness and movement
light and shadow
sound and silence
inhale and exhale
will they remember?
In transpersonal hypnotherapy and shamanism, we often call on different aspects of nature to receive wisdom, healing or internal resourcing. What does the tree have to share with us about being grounded? How can the tides of the ocean support us letting our emotions flow freely? I’ve found that everyone can conjure up a place in nature where they feel safe and calm. And in those places - whether they truly exist somewhere on our beautiful Earth, or were a creation from a person’s subconscious - profound healing can happen.
So even in the moments where you might feel profoundly alone, remember that the Earth is with you, holding you. She is the one that is always there, consistently, non-judgmentally and with all she has. You dont have to journey far - She's right in your back yard, or city park, waiting for you to make the pilgrimage back to her, and back to yourself.
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