Plant Spirit Healing

Yew tree Dartington © Moira LakePlant spirit healing is a branch of shamanic work in which healing and teaching are offered to us by the spirits of trees and flowers. This is possible through the relationship between the spirits and the shamanic practitioner, in which the practitioner acts as a kind of bridge or ‘transformer’, allowing the plant spirit energies to interact with the human world of ordinary reality.

It is important to understand that the practitioner in no way commands or controls the plant spirits, but approaches them as a grateful supplicant on behalf of the human community, and at most as a co-worker. The spirits who give us their powerful medicine do so out of generosity and not from any compulsion. Bringing healing to humans, animals, birds and other plants are some of many ways in which they work to support and protect Earth and her peoples.

Herb Robert © Moira LakeThe world is entirely different from what most of us were brought up to believe. Thankfully, more and more people are now beginning to recognise this incongruence. One of the effects of this rapidly opening awareness is that large numbers of us are now responding to the call of plants and trees, and developing relationships with them based not primarily on their decorativeness in our gardens, or their usefulness as food or drugs, but arising from a new depth of respect, gratitude and love.

The trees are letting us know that they too are suffering, and may not always be sharing this world with us. In southern England, as I am writing this, Ash, Oak, Larch, Chestnut and Crack Willow are all struggling against disease. The time is past when we can look out from the little capsules of our selves and see the world as an object which is there for us to consume. We are required now to grow up and take our place in a world where all life is endlessly creative and interdependent, and where relationships of benefit must be reciprocal. We can repay the gift of plant spirit healing by offering gratitude, prayers and care to these magnanimous spirits.

Plant spirit healing in practice
There are a number of ways in which I offer plant spirit healing. Here are the most usual.

  • I may ask to be guided to a plant which is going to be a healer for a particular person. I will then be given teaching as to how this plant is to be helpful, and how I should prepare it.

  • Sometimes during a healing session I will call on a plant spirit which I know well, asking it to bring healing directly to the client. Or a plant spirit may arrive in the session spontaneously, without being called.

  • Sometimes I will support a client in working ceremonially to call on the plant spirits for guidance, and we will then spend time outdoors while s/he finds a plant s/he is drawn to for healing. The client will then work with it as the plant instructs.

  • I make my own tree and flower essences, which I give to clients as part of our healing work. These are enormously powerful medicines which the plant spirits give me together with in-depth teaching about them. I do not make these essences available commercially – they are created through my relationship with the plant spirits, and I give them to clients in the course of our work.

  • I also make a small range of incenses for healing and ceremonial purposes. These too are made in a sacred way together with the plant spirits, and are very helpful medicine in themselves. These are currently available from me directly. I do not at present sell them commercially.

Location
I work on the beautiful Dartington Estate, Totnes, South Devon. My practice is easily accessible from the South Hams, Dartmoor, Torbay, Exeter and Plymouth.

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