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From time to time I’ll be writing about my “In the Garden with Mother Earth” workshops because lots of insight and inspiration gets generated from these wonderful events.  And these workshops are really fun.  Let me first describe what these are and how it all began.

 

Two years ago in early spring (which is still winter in Vermont and not yet mud season) I was inspired, led or directed to develop and facilitate these workshops.  At the time I got this fascinating message, I was sitting in a sound healing workshop, working within a deep meditative process.

 

Now, I had been channeling and working with Mother earth for seven years prior to this.  So I’m used to getting inspiration from Her, but this was a surprise.  It was a surprise both because of where and when it came through to me, and because it was so clear and specific.  What else could I do but try to discretely pull out the laptop and take notes?  As the workshop took place over a two day period, I had to wait to tackle the tasks of hashing out details.  However, once I sat down to do the planning, it simply flowed and I connected with my first host that same morning.

 

The purpose of these events is to help people become connected to their backyard spaces on a spiritual and energetic level.  I developed a list of tools and exercises that I would demonstrate and it was clear that offering to do channeling with each group would be a big part of these events.  It seemed that I needed to find gardeners who wanted to share their garden spaces with others, while exploring the spirit and energy of their space.  I put out the call to people and by the end of that week I had booked eleven workshops for the summer. 

 

Vermont has a shorter growing season, although I’m sorry to say that it’s seeming a little longer now due to climate changes and global warming.  But in any case winter happens.  So we have a short season here and we are usually very enthusiastic about getting outside to enjoy it, because we know what is coming.

 

Over the last two summers I’ve had the privilege of traveling from one end of Vermont to another to wander lovely garden spaces.  We have meandered through plots and beds, indulging the senses by smelling, touching, admiring and sometimes tasting the plants and flowers.  We’ve worked with the energy of each place, blessing and giving thanks to the land, and where appropriate, lending some healing to the spirits that dwell there.

 

I have to say that this is some of my most favorite work, and I love all of my work.  It’s great fun to teach people that their gardens contain actual live beings, plant and tree divas, gnomes and fairies.  In turn we have been blessed by the tree divas and nature spirits in each place I’ve visited.  I’ve also discovered that each garden space reflects very accurately the lives of the human beings who dwell upon that space.  A great lesson to pay attention to what your garden is trying to tell you.

 

I find people who garden to be  joyous in their pursuit of color, texture, and artful arrangement of plants.  Folks seem to immerse themselves enthusiastically in the preparation and planting, diligently dealing with pests and weeds, nourishing these gardens like their own children.  But sometimes we can be myopic  when it comes to listening to the actual spirits of the land.

 

The following is one of the first stories from one of the first workshops I led 2 years ago.  Throughout the summer I’ll add various tidbits from “In The Garden.”  For now, here is a story from a lovely tree friend.

 

The Blessing of the Willow Tree

June 2, 2007, Ferrisburg, VT

As I reached for the Willow tree to ask its permission to connect with it, I felt a definite solid masculine presence.  He welcomed me and shared with us that it was good for humans to have roots in the Earth.  I stood with my back lined up against his massive trunk, instructing the participants on how to connect with the tree spirits. 

Willow

Willow was a strong grounded energy for aligning us to the Earth and was welcoming in our quest to connect with him.  He indicated that as Willow, he is one with all of the Willow tree beings and all trees.  In the plant, tree, stone, and animal kingdoms they have no separate names, because these beings recognize their connection with everything around them. 

 

All of the participants took a turn lining their backs to the Willow and with closed eyes they each opened to his energy.  All of them found it a grounding and relaxing experience.  Willow interacted willingly with all of us.  Then we stood in a semi-circle around this magical tree and extended our right hands to touch its trunk.  Calling upon our connection with the White Light Source, I directed us to send White Light through our heart chakra and down the right arm through the hand to the tree.  We focused on the intention of sending love, gratitude and appreciation to this Willow being.

 

After several long minutes, I withdrew my hand and felt the Willow send a message of peace to us all.  This was a warm, sunny day with no breezes whatsoever.  We all turned and began walking away, only to feel a cooling breeze come up and a showering of Willow leaves and tiny raindrops follow us in the hot afternoon sunlight.  The blessing we sent was being returned to us three fold.

 

A note from Celtic Tree lore: Willow is a tree of emotion, love, intuition, and poetic inspiration.

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