This morning I drew the Whale medicine card from the David Carson and Jamie Sams Medicine Cards set. (If you do not know these cards, do explore them for yourself www.medicinecards.com ) Whale is the Record Keeper of the planet - a swimming library carrying the history of Mother Earth, using sound frequencies to communicate this wisdom and to tap into ancient knowledge that is timeless, and which exists beyond boundaries of human making in religion, politics, education and speech. "If you have pulled the Whale card, you are being asked to tap into these records and to allow yourself to be sung to by those who have the original language." David Carson writes.
Start by choosing flowers that you love - it may be the colours that call you. The scent. The texture, the shape.
Next, turn off all noise. Don't answer the phone. Don't answer the door.
Get a vase or container that you love.
Lay your flowers out on a clear surface with gentleness. Treat them with respect and grace. These flowers have put a tremendous amount of energy into growing and being who they are, here, in front of you. Honour this. Don't just 'bung 'em in' to your vase. Look at each one. I mean REALLY LOOK. Observe the infinite and magical detail of each one. A work of art right before your very eyes.
And LISTEN to each flower. What word is it saying? What note is it playing? If you 'think' you cannot hear either, then maybe you can feel it instead. If still nothing, then simply allow yourself to play with the flowers, and arrange them in a way which makes your heart sing. Put them in your chosen container in a way which makes you smile, laugh, feel great. It's not a creative challenge that your mind is going to give you marks out of 10 on afterwards. This is a sacred connection with the Great Spirit of each flower. A sacred moment in time. A meditative moment, a peaceful moment to immerse yourself in.
And when you are done, stand back for a moment to look at the creation that you - and the flowers - have made together. However you have arranged these flowers, it's no accident. Your mind may not have 'heard' - but your whole being has been singing along with the tune of your flowers as you have created this sacred space with the clear intention of listening and connecting with the heart of nature. And with the heart of Great Spirit - and all of life.
He also says, "Before the advent of speech and the primordial language, hand signs were used, and many tribes were silent most of the time."
This is unthinkable in our Western society today. Bombarded every second of every day with billions of sounds and messages, mainly via our excessive exposure to, and ingesting of, information via technology, being silent is unimaginable to most.
So many people say to me "Oh, I have tried meditation and it doesn't work. I can't shut my mind up." Why am I not surprised by these words, when they have spent every second of everyday for the last 10, 20 years plus filled with noise, words, sounds that are anything other than a resonance of primordial language and sound?
If you can't "shut your mind up", then start by arranging flowers with spirit. What do I mean by this?
In my 25 years of working with flower essences, the healing language of flowers has become part of my every day life. Each flower’s shape, colour, size, number of petals, scent or no scent, whether it loves sun, shade, dry or wet conditions all has meaning (the Doctrine of Signatures). Alongside this information, each flower has an energetic signature – a word or note that plays like a coded message within the whole of nature. Flowers – like Whale – hold the original language. For those that take the time to look and listen, each flower talks – and sings - to us in its own unique way. The frequency of this language is beyond the constant chatter and interference of everyday media and conversation. And yet it is always there.
Nature holds a complete library of information, waiting for us to decode it.
And what's the benefit to us if we do decode it?
I believe – or rather, I know – this library is free medicine. Medicine being anything that improves our connection with Great Spirit, the wisdom of nature and our connection to all life.
Why bother improving this connection?
Because it brings personal power, strength and understanding of how life works. And at a time when we are moving from a "mechanistic, fragmented paradigm to a holistic, connected paradigm" as talked about by Ervin Laslo, Philosopher of Science, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and founder of The Ervin Laslo Center for Advanced Study, ALL of nature, not just flowers, offers us the medicine we are looking for at a soul level - personally, and planetary - to RECONNECT with Great Spirit and all of life.
So -if you need a place to start, because you cannot shut your mind up, or because you feel there must be more to life than you see and experience at the moment and don't know what to do about it, because you are searching, feeling a deep yearning or a slight pang, because you witness a world in chaos and feel helpless at the human level to have an impact and create change, START BY ARRANGING FLOWERS WITH SPIRIT.