Animal logic: interpreting aberrant behavior

romantic squirrels

Dearest readers,

For the last two years, an otherwise ordinary-looking squirrel has been targeting very specific plants in my porch flower containers and viciously and systematically shredding the plants until nothing remains but the stub of a root. This creature, whom I have dubbed “Psycho Squirrel”, does not eat the plants. He, and I am assuming, perhaps erroneously, based on his deliberate and aggressive yet sneaky behavior, that he is a male, has occasionally garlanded my wooden fence with shreds of geraniums.

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Squirrels are supposed to be repelled by geraniums.

My initial response to this squirrel’s erratic behavior was to feel upset and even a bit angry. I love all animals, but I was having difficulty feeling affection for his less than lovable behavior.

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When people on my local neighborhood social network regularly vent about package thieves and other nefarious individuals who delight in petty crimes and burglaries in our area, their reactions, while more heated and intense than my response to my rodent visitor, reminded me of my own thoughts about package thieves and such.

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Generally, humans are very protective of their property, their belongings, and they become quite angry and aggressive when their territory is invaded. Sending unconditional love to these perpetrators is outside of the realm of most people’s experience and ability.

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Since I spend much of my time and energy focusing on raising my energetic frequency and working towards unity and coherence in my body, mind, heart, and energy field, the behavior of this erratic, fluffy-tailed being intrigued me. Perhaps he is not a simple ne’er-do-well bent on tearing up flowers. Perhaps he is a messenger from Gaia (Mother Earth), and his actions have been misinterpreted by me. Perhaps I need to send him (and our relationship) unconditional love despite the vegetation decimation in which he seems to delight.

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As a gardener on this third density realm of experience, I struggle with the concept that some plants (people, animals, trees) are considered more valuable, more important than others. In my heart of hearts, all beings are conscious and have specific talents, properties, beauty, and energy. No being is more important than another, no matter how humble in appearance.

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Some people say a “weed” is a plant that is the wrong place. Perhaps a plant becomes named a “weed” when it is perceived by a lower density being, by a state of consciousness that divides, confines, compartmentalizes, judges. Because we, for the most part, still live in duality while striving for unity consciousness (some of us do!), our gardens are also subject to judgment.

 

The message of the squirrel, as I interpret it, leads me to question my gardening practice. I have written of this dilemma before in this blog. By tearing up my asters this spring, and my geraniums last growing season, the squirrel was destroying the “privileged plants”, who get to live in containers on the porch, with lovely store-bought soil, compost, and plant food. The wild plants, of which there are a great variety who propagate themselves  throughout my front and back yard – and the types of plants also vary to some degree from year to year – are not allowed, for the most part, to live in the designated flower beds or containers.

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And while I regret doing it, I do pull up certain plants to favor others. I do not resort to using poisons of any kind. But think about it! In our human societies, we constantly judge certain people. Put them in categories. Decide that some should be punished, put to death. Some enjoy great privileges, while others constantly struggle to survive. Certain body types and appearances are considered beautiful and desirable, while others are judged ugly and unlovable. I believe that when we live from the heart, these judgmental practices fall away. The heart is a great unifier.

weeds and flowers

This institutional plant racism or segregation does not obey the Law of One. How can I be aligned with my higher self and in service to Gaia and to continue to garden in the old way, with hierarchies of plants, separated beds? Should a New Earth garden be a confusion of weeds and cultivated plants? Areas of intentional planting with other areas left intact? I don’t quite have an answer to this question yet. But the question itself intrigues me. How do we garden in the fifth dimension?

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I do talk to my plants, to the trees, the stars, the air, water, rocks, and clouds. I apologize to the tiny trees and seedlings which I remove from my yard. Each time I grasp a tiny stem and pull the roots from their hold in the Earth, I feel twinges of sadness. And I know that Nature herself is quite harsh on small trees. Very few reach maturity. Perhaps I am just one of the hazards in the eco-system. Still, to love the plants unconditionally, while loving myself unconditionally is my goal. My intuition tells me that I simply need to listen to the plants more. Sometimes, I ask certain plants if they could please move somewhere else.

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In any case, Psycho Squirrel has inspired a thought process and a questioning of how we, as human beings, interact with our natural environment. I feel much improvement to our quality of life in human societies would come if we did slow down and took the time to listen to plants, animals, rocks, the soil, trees, the air, and the clouds. The ability to understand all of creation is inside of each of us. Of that I am certain. We simply need to be still, and to remember.

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I speak for the weeds (a poem)

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From a matrix of sand, spewing gravel, humus, and a heartfelt explosion

of abundance

I sing unending joy. I drive, poke, peek, push

From within the ranks of green soldiers constantly mown down in an acceptance of defeat

I rise up, we rise up, diverse, tangled, fleshy, juicy, untamed

We are the voice and talents of our beloved undomesticated mother.

Living unframed, we are the wild women

shamed into invisibility or porn

Our abilities mostly unseen, our beauty defamed

We are pushed outside the acceptable window of vision

Those who purportedly seek status, perfection, power

cannot see us

We know no hierarchy

Only freedom entices us. We are the artists and purveyors of the green side of the brain

The heart of darkness of humanity has plunged us into a blind eye

plumbed the heart of being into a footnote.

Yet we embody the feminine power of birth, life,  healing, and the creative juice

Infinite shapes, textures, chemicals, potentials, striving

We remain pure, never hybridized, not studied, used, developed

Just poisoned, attacked, eliminated

We bother the perfect unity of control. We are not an image with which you can comfort yourself

We hear of the genocide of peoples

We are told of the extermination of animals

The endangerment of species

Yet here we live, wild

in the perfection of multiplicity

An infinite expression of life force

We are the motion inside of you

The water that feeds you

The medicine that heals you

We are the voice of love from your mother

The mother you never embrace, thank, or appreciate. Your toes have not wriggled near our roots and the worms for so long.

Yet our contact would restore you to balance and bring you peace and health.

I speak for the weeds, whose passionate expression of indomitable life cannot be crushed

Remember, gardener.

What are you growing? Who are you helping? What are you creating?

We are here to help.

 

Intuitive skin care with weeds and herbs

basil

Dearest readers,

I recently joined an on-line class called Awakening to Remember on Lisa Transcendence Brown’s site. Her insights are amazing, and the insight that mastery, self-love, health, and emotional balance are gained by remembering who we are as sovereign and powerful beings resonates with great truth for me.

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Remembering means allowing all relevant parallel timelines (what are most often called past or future lives) to resurface so that all unfinished business, separation from the higher self, and emotional pain, fear, or discomfort be resolved in love. It also means acknowledging that the knowledge and information gleaned through hundreds or thousands of lifetimes of experience is still stored in our DNA, accessible through our intuition, heart, and body.

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Our cellular structure does have memory, and we are all able to access what is needed in the present without necessarily having to go to school or receive specialized training. Dr. Sebi, a naturopath, never received any formal training, yet through diet, fasting, and supplements, he claimed to heal deadly diseases and disorders. Basically, by restoring the body to balance, the body heals itself. Dr. Sebi said that plants which have never been hybridized contain the essential minerals the body needs for energetic balance. He called these plants “electric foods”.

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Weeds and certain herbs are probably the only plants we consume which have never been intentionally hybridized by humans. Because humanity has been farming for so many thousands of years, it would be difficult if not impossible to find a fruit or vegetable that is not a hybrid of some kind.

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While I am not seeking to heal anyone other than myself at this point in time, I am very much interested in recovering my knowledge of plants and herbs through intuitive insight. When I look into my mind’s eye, more often than not, I see flowers or green plants. This inner vision indicates to me that I have a long and intimate connection with the botanical world. I believe that the more I ask myself specific questions, the more information will surface.

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One question that I recently asked myself:

  • How can I heal the rosacea-like capillaries that appeared on my cheeks several years ago?

The answer that came to me is this:

  • Finely chop fresh basil leaves
  • Mix the chopped leaves in plain yoghurt
  • Add lemon juice to this mixture
  • Apply to affected areas

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I found a web page with natural remedies for facial treatments broken capillaries/couperosis. This article indicates four different home remedies respectively using aloe vera, parsley, sage, and green tomatoes.

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I decided to compare the nutrition profiles of these various recipes/ingredients to my intuitive recipe to see how they match up. On comparison, it appears that my intuitive recipe contains several of the vitamins and minerals that these home remedies also include B vitamins, vitamins C and K, potassium, and various antioxidants. I am planning on trying my own recipe as well as the those found in the referenced article and see what results I experience. I will post a follow-up in a few weeks.

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  • Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese; a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C; and a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium andomega-3 fatty acids. A quarter cup of lemon juice contains 31 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 3 percent of folate and 2 percent of potassium. Yoghurt, in addition to probiotics, contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

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  • Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium,selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.

parsley

  • Parsley is an excellent of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. Parsley’s volatile oil components include myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alpha-thujene. Its flavonoids include apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin.

Sage

  • Sage is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin in much higher doses than the recommended daily requirements, plus healthy amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper.
  • A large green tomato contains 43 milligrams of vitamin C, providing half the daily requirement for men and nearly 60 percent for women. Green tomatoes also are rich in Vitamin K, B-Complex, protein, fiber, and Tomatine
    Green tomatoes are equally rich in antioxidants and B vitamins and may even help fight cancer.

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    While herbs, fruits, and vegetables are full of phytonutrients and minerals derived from the Earth and nourished by the sun, it is important to consider where and how plants are grown, and by whom. The healing properties of plants are  increased when grown in a loving, high frequency environment.Horseweed-III.jpg

     

     

    What we consider to be weeds are some of the most nutritious and healing plants on Earth. Canadian horseweed is a common plant found growing between sidewalk cracks where I live. It is mainly known for its astringent properties. Plantains are excellent for healing surface wounds to the skin. Stinging nettle, paradoxically, can be used to treat eczema, acne, and other skin blemishes, and it is also a very good tonic for hair and dandruff treatment.

    The next time you think you only want a smooth, velvety lawn, think again! You might have an entire pharmacy and a wide selection of beauty spa treatments growing in your back yard.

Women and Weeds (a poem)

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Smooth army of blades upright, uniform

invaded by shapes careless

of a perfection that strives

to eliminate dissension

Furred and spiked, clingy climbers

lacy, rebellious, fleshy

climbing high above the ranks of the well-behaved soldiers

Tight, orderly brains trained to shut out the mind-well

 

Wizened fingers once knew how to pick

from endless array of plants

the perfect remedy

Yet our scientific control box has shifted woman and plant

to black or white, ugly or beautiful, beneficial or garbage

Discarded, we are weeds

Full of juice, joy, vitamins, healing powers, whispers of wisdom

If only a few are coveted

Many are valuable, unseen, untasted, unexperienced

Wasting away are the talented many

Stronger for genocidal craze

The DNA an arsenal of innate adaptation

Perfected because left alone

Left out, not boxed

Unconventional is the new beauty

Powerful is the weed

Left alone to evolve

Woman is no hybrid either

Abandoned, crushed, used, disregarded by so many

She and weed are rising, will rise together

A new glorious day beckons

in a softer, wilder, world

the feathered throat of mother spews

a web of glorious love