Journey into Your Ancestor Nature

What does it mean to explore your ancestor nature? This short video starts you down that trail!

We can look to how the ancestors live in us physically (and in our imaginative sense as well). We can also journey into ancestor nature by way of connecting with a powerful plant ally and teacher: Maize, more commonly known as Corn.

Corn has a rich, vibrant, and long history with our human family. Whether we eat corn or not, gratitude for the  co-creative, deeply interactive, respectful and even sacred relationship she has had with humankind for thousands of years can awaken a potent sense of wonder within us. Corn can help us recognize that we too as individuals are the result of an incredible co-creative dance of land, spirit, myriad beings, our own ancestral lineage, and so much more. Understanding and experiencing Corn as nourisher of our bodies, communities, ceremonial life, and spirit is one way to renew and deepen your sense of your own old ways nature!

Zea_mays_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-283Where do you sense ancestor nature within yourself?  What is that sensation? If you contemplate this sense of “ancestor” within yourself, what thoughts and emotions arise? Take time to journal them, create from awareness of them, and to share about them with a trusted friend (someone who won’t think you’re nuts 🙂 ).

I invite you to entertain the notion that the spirits of plants exist outside of three-dimensional reality, just as do our own spirits. Plants — especially those who are in close relationship to the human family — are often quick to respond (favorably!) to a greeting or appreciation by us human folk. Gratitude is a potent way to connect with a plant spirit.

An offering such as a little water, a song, cornmeal, or some other gift that feels appropriate to you in the moment are time-honored ways for cultivating a relationship with a plant and its spirit. Note that you don’t have to be physically present with a plant to connect with it (though it’s great to do so whenever you can).

CornSpirits-webIn journeying into your ancestor nature, consider calling on Corn to infuse that journey with her own wise ways. If you eat corn, you might mindfully prepare some corn and taste it before settling into reflection. How does Corn engage with whatever feels most “old soul” within yourself?

Suspending  disbelief (just set it respectfully to the side for the time being!), ask Corn if she is willing to share some wisdom or insight with you. Notice what arises (emotion, thought, sensation, memory …), and trust that these responses are a gift to you from Corn.  Write them down or engage in some other creative expression to explore what they mean to you.

How does awareness of the ancestral nature of Corn nourish your sense of  life-affirming wise ways? If you bring that awareness to the next food you eat — a curiosity about its ancestral nature — what awakens in your imaginative spirit and in the felt experience of your body as a result? What shifts for you?

Please share your stories and comments below!

More about Corn Spirit: One of my plant medicine teachers, Shamana Flora, Darcey Blue French writes eloquently and beautifully about Corn Spirit here.

Posted by Jane Valencia

Touching Ground With Balance

Pineapple Weed
Some of Pineapple Weed’s medicine is to cool, calm, and heal dry, hot, irritated areas — such as gravel roadways or an inflamed gut.

Today is the Autumn Equinox, when the day and night are equal in length. This is the time of year when we feel into the balance of the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine energies in ourselves, and in the daily round of our lives. How are we tending to the sacred space and what we hold dear in our intimate circles, in our home and hearts? How about for Gaia, our Mother Earth herself?

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Queen Anne’s Lace in abundance – photo by Jane Valencia.

And how are we active in our wider circles, taking a stand for our vision and convictions, helping others to make a stand for theirs, and engaging in the tasks necessary to create health and well-being for our home, wider circles, and the earth? How are our actions “star-aligned” — in accord with the energies of a larger reality?

If we sense that we are out of balance in some aspect of our Village of Self, what might we do to bring ourselves into balance?

Autumn Equinox is also the time of community celebration, harvest, and gratitude. In times past, various cultures celebrated their version of Thanksgiving at this time of glorious abundance.

As we as women settle into the new and renewed rhythms and routines of this time of year, we might take some time outside to soak in the interesting interplay that is the last warmth, blaze, and glory of summer, and the turn to crisp, cool, work-focused autumn and the beginning of the energetic sequence that is both creative fire (often a more community-focused than at other times of year), and a storing up for the winter.

How are you engaging physically with the energies of the Autumn Equinox? And how are they engaging physically with and within you?

One way to engage with balance, to rest into the shifting of the seasons and into a source of connection, strength, and openness to navigating the inevitable change in our lives, is to engage in a daily practice of what may well be the oldest nature way we have for tuning into the nourishing and replenishing peace woven into the world and which also resides within each and every cell of our body.

If you haven’t had a chance to read (and view!) the previous post, The Oldest for Practice for Restoring Peace to our Hearts, we invite you to do so.

We want to hear your stories. Please share your reflections and experiences with us!

Women’s Nature Ways Update

Autumn Blessing - photo art by Jane Valencia
Autumn Blessing – photo art by Jane Valencia

Enrollment for our year-long transformational program is underway! We have a vibrant and beautiful circle of women emerging to join us on this journey and adventure. Will you be one of our circle?

You can find out about the Women’s Nature Ways program by starting here.

If you have any questions, hesitations, or just want to connect with us personally about the program, please contact us. We’re happy to schedule a time for one of us — Stacey or Jane — to talk with you. We want to support you in discerning if this program is an exciting and right choice for you at this time. Space is limited, so we encourage you to check in soon.

Many blessings of Autumn to you!

Post by Jane Valencia