Soul Washing to Attend to the Contents of Your Personal, Interior Space

Soul Washing to Attend to the Contents of Your Personal, Interior Space

Soul Washing is a ritual for deep self care. It is a time to check in with the contents of our interior, see what is there that needs tending to and offering it nurturing and care. If we have been especially busy, overworked or just come through a crisis of some sort, Soul Washing is a good thing to do.In this ritual we are washing and refreshing our interior space. It is different than the sweep because the sweep cleans the outside, the skin. Here we are reaching for our internal, private, vulnerable soul space, what lies within, the place only we have access to and that only we know completely, or can know completely.
For this ritual you will need:
A fire (either a fire in a fireplace, wood stove or outdoor fire pit. If you do not have access to these, a candle will do) Milk (any kind you prefer)
Healing charcoal if you have it.
Hyssop essential oil (optional)
One raw egg
A bowl large enough to hold the egg covered with milk

Tree Work to Support Our Life

Tree Work to Support Our Life

There’s a kind of work that I do and recommend to others that I call Tree Work.

Daily Tree Practice: Sit quietly and visualize yourself as a tree. Visualize your roots going deep into the soil, into the Earth. Visualize yourself grounded and rooted–nourished by the Earth. Visualize your branches as reaching out all around you and to the sky, taking in nutrients, perspectives, beauty, rain, sunlight, sounds, the breeze, the footsteps of birds, animals and children in your branches. Visualize yourself as one with all the rest of the Earth, not separate or apart, but rather a part of.

Membrane/Boundary Work Part Four

Membrane/Boundary Work Part Four

In my previous blog post titled Membrane/Boundary Work Part Three I talked about how human boundaries/membranes are a two-sided issue–establishing good boundaries for ourselves, and learning to respect and support other people’s boundaries. If you haven’t read that post, I suggest you do that now and do the exercises, then come back here.

In the previous post I offered the Rope Circle Exercise version for Respecting & Supporting Other People’s Membranes/Boundaries. Then I introduced the Start/Stop exercise. Now I want to focus on how we treat the Earth.

Membrane/Boundary Work & Mother Earth’s Healing Power

Membrane/Boundary Work & Mother Earth’s Healing Power

I want to share some background about membranes and communication systems in nature and in humans and then describe a win-win process we can use to heal ourselves and nature around us.

A membrane is like a cell wall. Every organism has them and also large natural systems and communities have a type of membrane, also called boundaries. The Spirits and Sages say that the large earth membrane systems such as the forest system and the ocean system work together with the synapse/communication systems of plants, animals and humans and they both need to be healthy for maintaining and healing the Earth and all the creatures here.

The Path to Peace, Part Two: Setting the Stage Early with Children

The Path to Peace, Part Two: Setting the Stage Early with Children

The Path to Peace starts in youth. We can help encourage/ground/nurture the path to peace in our communities by beginning early with our children and youth. Many of us were not brought up with a clear understanding of boundaries. Often, children’s boundaries are routinely violated either meanly by abusers or subtly by adults who don’t give children the dignity of having personal space.