Plant Spirit oil: INTUITION

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INTUITION Plant Spirit oil
Wild-harvested California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) and organically grown purple sage (Salvia dorri) infused in organic olive oil. *Does not contain essential oil.

A single drop between the midpoint of the eyebrows stimulates focus and the expansion of inner vision. Use with meditation, study, art, movement practice, healing work, or apply as a daily practice for strengthening intuition.

DIRECTIONS: Roll a drop over the third eye area, just above the midpoint of the eyebrows, to stimulate your intuitive center (ajna chakra and pineal gland).

Started on the New Moon in Taurus, finished on the Full Moon in Sagittarius (May 2016).

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The idea for this oil came to me in the mix of waywardness and intuition that my favorite projects have been guided by this past year. One of the most powerful things I took away from my apprenticeship with Mary Pat Palmer last year was to begin thinking more about plant Spirits, and wanting to start making medicine with them, so that the medicines would be co-creations, and therefore as potent as possible. A highlight of Mary Pat’s apprenticeship was plant spirit journeying, where she took us into meditative states to encounter the plants in ways that were unique to each person, but often shared common details.

As part of this intention to work with the plant Spirits, I decided that I would harvest only plants that presented themselves to be made into medicine somehow – and that they would be either homegrown or growing wild, and sourced directly. It is important to me the plant presents itself to be made into medicine, before I come up with the idea of what it is that I want to make, to allow the final medicine to be a co-creation, rather than something that emerges out of the egoic mind.

The seed for this particular project, INTUITION, began to grow after harvesting some wild California mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana) earlier this year, and then the following week receiving a bounty of purple sage (Salvia dorrii) grown by Mary Pat herself, who grows The Most Beautiful Herbs (and who told us that ‘Some plants want to grow for you, some don’t‘ – wisdom which has buffered me through many funereal gardening moments). So these plants arrived to me separately, separate to each other.  I was not looking for the mugwort, rather it found me, on a walk in Ukiah, leading me off the path and down into a little stream, and I had no intention of harvesting it, except that it called me back, long after the walk, and I went back and sat with it in the mud and talked to it for a long time before harvesting a small bouquet.  I cherish Artemisia for her wisdom and protection, but both of these plants enhance intuition and wisdom, and when I sat and meditated with the freshly harvested purple sage in my hands, I could feel it awakening my blood, strengthening my pulse, and strongly stimulating my intuitive center. So I felt called to combine these two into an oil for the third eye.

“Synchronicity [… is] an indication that I am in a state of alignment with my own divinity.”

Maryam Hasnaa

I always see synchronicity as a sign that I am on the right path. So when the poet and meditation teacher Sascha Aurora Akhtar contacted me about Tygr Tygr, wondering if I had any herbal allies that she might use for an upcoming meditation retreat, and I had JUST strained the oil and started to use it on myself, I knew that this was the perfect medicine for her / us!

You can read more about Sascha’s project BE MEDITATION on her website or follow her on Twitter @B_Here_B_Now

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This is what Mugwort told me when I harvested her:

go down into the low part of the earth, where

the water runs, creep your roots into the damp and cool, be a yin monster release your machine drop your machine. the ground runs with energy, bulbous at the places where it produces its onion fruits, its vegetable fruits, its flower fruits, its plant fruits, which call you in and whisper among shooting stars,

this is my place and pasture, this my little homely kingdom in which I invite you to crouch

neverending

be

all of your body and be

all of your body’s layers and be

all of your body’s increments and clementation be all of its elements, be

fire, earth, metal, water, wood, and then be air, and then be

empty, shadowed, be a vessel for a thing to perch and whisper in

be negative ions be a vacuum be forceful

be unwishful be desiring be trusting

be elliptical be desire be

open be closed be honest be closed be

hive

be behind me be beyond me be behind me be beyond me be behind me be beyond me be behind me be beyond me be behind me be beyond me be behind me be beyond me

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