Today I was interviewed for a magazine about SouLodge Fire Circle, my retreat in it’s first year on this land. It was revealing to revisit all of the paths I took to get here: to this land, to this place of being surrounded by many generous supporters and team members, to my queendom on the edge of civilization. This place is pure magic and the women who gather here know who they are and how to honor themselves in full light. They come here boldly, to celebrate life and their place in it, with gratitude. It’s a genuine blessing for the land, for me, and for them.
What comes up here often in conversation around the council fire is our role as safekeepers of the Earth and her resources, as well, of course, of her medicines. Medicine comes in so many forms, but plant, animal and stones are what SouLodge Earth Medicine School is all about. Really it’s all about relationships. As healers, which women naturally are designed to be, we are critical engineers of relationships. We go into nature and see what there is to see, then we bring that intelligence back home, and back to the cities where the people are hungry for healing of all kinds. We help mediate the relationships between the animals and the people, and the people and the animals. And we do the same for the plant realms and the under-earth stone beings. It’s our role to mediate.
As healers, we also mediate the realms of the living and the spirit world. What I found most intriguing in the Spring session of Earth Medicine School is our deepening need to know what exists in the world in the form of dark energy and how to handle it when it comes toward us. There are some situations which require us to be warriors of light more than we’ve been trained for, and this discussion was of great importance to those participating. I’m beginning to understand more and more that it’s reckless to help people open up to the spirit world and not educate them on what to do when unwanted forces come forth. For this reason, Earth Medicine School dedicates a seminar in the last module to something akin to Defense Against the Dark Arts. It’s the next step for SouLodge and a timely one.
Rather than stay closed in fear, I think it’s better to be open and well-armed. What say you?
Image by Stacy de la Rosa