Hello dear ones,
Just to let you know up front, if you are getting triggered / activated in any way by the amount of stuff that I talk about in these email travelogues, then you might want to pass on this one.
This weekend we did three days of training with a medicine woman from Montana. It turns out she is not an herbalist, but she still taught a bit of herbology. It was an amazing time – I learned a ton and had my eyes opened to more possibilities of what to offer in my bodywork practice.
Oh and Thursday we went to the Ashram nearby for a Vedic Fire Ceremony (Fire Puja, offering ceremony). That was pretty wild. Big fire, lots of smoke as we threw our offerings in, I was reminded of being a part of a primitive religion as a Shiva Lingam was a part of the fire pit. The Ashram is a shrine to the Universal Divine Feminine, so it was interesting – they said prayers to Hindu female deities, Buddhist female deities and Christian Mary! Pretty wild!
Day One: We discussed initiation periods in people’s lives – Saturn Return, Uranus opposition and Chiron Return (so yes, I learned / reviewed a good deal of astrology with her). We went into the woods and chose a plant to offer tobacco to and then came back and did a shamanic journey to learn about the medicine / wisdom from that plant. Amazing journey for me the first time (the second journey the next day I fell asleep). Then we went into the woods later and offered tobacco to evergreen trees and took some sprigs of greenery to make smudge sticks with (smudging with smoke to clear our energy fields and more). We said prayers and sang songs over the sprigs of evergreen as we made the sticks. Lots more was done but that is good for day one.
Day Two: This was a day of cooking. We made our own massage oil with peppermint, frankincense and lavender in it. Then we cooked a delicious lunch with simple organic ingredients – a hearty vegetable soup and roasted root veggies. We then worked with a potent brand of essential oils that you can only acquire if you do their training – it is a company that is fully in their integrity – they only let people pour and work with their oils if the employees are in their hearts (grounded and prayerful). That was amazing. This is when we went to a plant again, offered tobacco and came back and journeyed again. I went to an enormous aspen tree – but apparently I wasn’t ready to meet it in my journey as I fell asleep.
Day Three: (today) another full day – we made a salve (which can be good for reflexology) – great for the skin with lots of herbs in it! Then we made a strep throat / sore throat remedy which was crazy spicy and potent, but my sore throat went away! We also made a tea out of an herb I had never worked with before – but it has many good health qualities, especially beneficial for the lungs. Then we cooked up some onions to make an onion compress – hot onions on our chest apparently is really good for lower respiratory issues (but don’t burn yourself!). We made a compress of mullein and garlic which is really good for ear problems. And finally we also got to experience and learn about herb wraps, let me say more next.
An herb wrap is when you soak towels in herbs and hot water, essentially making a healthy tea. Then you wrap a person in these healing herbal tea hot towels, wrap them in space blankets (emergency blankets which are shiny and silver) and a wool blanket so they stay warm. Then you proceed to give them a facial or foot reflexology for the next 20 minutes as their skin soaks up the beneficial juices of the herbal wraps. Essentially they look like a human burrito as they are all wrapped in towels and layers of blankets!
This is another full week for us. We have a reflexology test tomorrow, a physiology test on Tuesday and on one of those days, we have to give a high quality Swedish massage in order to pass that test! And some people are doing their oral exams at the moment as well – it is crazy! I feel for them to be sure.
We will be teaching Kundalini Yoga coming soon, and we are completing the Yang Style Tai Chi – we just learned the full kata or full 24 steps of it. I can’t wait to put it all together on a regular basis so I can lock it into my memory!
The last two massages I gave were awesome. The people loved them. One lady said that she had worked in spas for a few years and what I gave her was better than any massage she ever gave (she was a massage therapist for a while). That is high praise indeed!
There are only 3 and a half weeks left of school. It is definitely bittersweet. I will be very sad to leave all these wonderful peers and yet I can’t wait to get out there and practice all these awesome techniques I have learned! And practice I will – if you like in central Virginia, I want you to come for a treatment!
I am somehow also seeing astrology clients on top of all the other things we are doing here. Yes, it is a lot, but I can use the money and now that I am AO – After Orals, I have more time than most people. 🙂
(In case you are wondering, I’m pretty sure the Chi Kung practice is giving me more energy and vitality to hold all these pieces together.)
Oh and working with the medicine woman, she and I talked a bit about BodyTalk – a modality that uses muscle testing to determine what someone’s priority is for treatment. I have done level One BodyTalk and received a number of these treatments. So I’m going to work on a protocol where all the (many) modalities I have learned can be potentially offered to someone. Now I just need a dynamic and potent name for all that I offer!
Thank you for reading and I’m wishing everyone well!
3 thoughts on “Working with a medicine woman: healing songs, plant medicine, stone medicine, 5-element medicine, Astrological medicine”
That sounds incredible!
Yes pretty wild ride! I’m looking forward to continuing some of those techniques / rituals. 🙂