Majestic Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

blooming Hollyhock

Hollyhock aspiring to touch the sky.

I was glad about the Hollyhocks when my first seeds took root.  But my patience was tested, it took years before any of these beauties attempted the summit to the sky. In the end I got the reward. The entire Hollyhock bed overflowed with 8 foot spires…

The plants were a love gift to someone who loves Hollyhocks. In hindsight leaving that garden where I planted them was hard, but only on a human level. My plants will come up even though my care cannot extend itself to them. The glory of their majestic endurance though many storms, is adorned by their humility. Their sweet climb litter the stalk. One by one, over and over until I couldn’t reach them with out a ladder.

It is a medicinal plant as a tea, for the throat and lungs I read… but to me their healing is in remembering to stand humble in all weathers with the single goal to meet the sun, our source of light. It is like a faint memory of something so utterly sweet and gentle that can never be forgotten. Like being wrapped in a soft blanket watching the midsummer sun disappear for awhile before returning without a night. I ponder this as spring is slowly melting the layers of snow outside my window. May Love be remembered…

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A New Prosperous Year and Water Dragons to Bless Us

My Water Dragon seemed to come out of the tip of my pen

I was not too sure of how the Dragon would look like, but as I put the pen to the paper she appeared little by little… sort of meandering out of my ink. This one is not exactly tame, but her focus is towards the future – I am reassured!

Experience with Dragons

My first idea about Dragons came through outright fear, experienced during some summer nights a several years ago. At that time I lived in a small space directly accessing a deep well, which was dug maybe 50 years ago, no one could tell. The well was sporadically in use, and was only used for the gardens… As I came to take up residence near it, I experienced strange noises and weird sensations. And sometimes it was very scary. I remained sort of paralyzed in bed during the wee hours. I tried all versions of things to get rid of this fear, but it wouldn’t go away.

I came to the conclusion that I just had to face what caused these terrifying appearances, and let go of my fears right now.

Because it could not just be that squirrel who lived under the shingles. I finally got an awareness what was hiding under the building. Of course my childhood monsters was conjured up to enormous proportions. What came to me in my meditations was that I had stirred up some kind of elemental energy, and it was provoked. Maybe it was upset since long time before I got there, I could not tell, but now my fear changed into curiosity. What about this being? I didn’t want it to be upset and for sure not by my presence.

How to tame a Dragon?

I asked this being what it wanted. I wasn’t getting any words, but I felt it did not want to be disturbed. So I took some measures to seal my space and giving healing prayers to this effect. All my fears was totally removed after about a week of these prayers. I also found a small wooden sculpture of a green Indonesian dragon, it was just tiny but I hanged it in a corner of my room to remind me of the deep earth energies I had encountered. I felt green is a symbol of the living earth. In essence I had tamed my inner dragon, because I did not perceive the frightening sounds or sensations any longer…

So how about the Water Dragon…

Well not long ago I received a past life regression, by a skilled healer, and he told me about my dragon, she was a female water dragon… so I have worked with this energy to help me though emotional hardships. I am very grateful to the Divine of all Nature who gives me both Angels and now Dragons to help and guide me… If you feel you have a dragon, I’d love to hear about it…

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My Bodhi Tree Lives

I was carefully monitoring the new leaves coming out. I was so happy my Bodhi Tree survived the winter.

Bodhi Tree (Ficus Religiosa)

I’ll tell you it was a delight to see my small Bodhi tree come alive again after it dropped all the leaves… I was combating some kind of pest that ate the new shoots. But now when I see its vigor day by day I am rejoicing. A plant is like ourselves it must have nurturing and the circumstances to live healthily.

The Bodhi tree is known for its connection with the Buddha, who was sitting under a Bodhi Tree (the historic Pipal Tree) as he attained his enlightenment.This was 2500 years ago. To this day you can find this tree near Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, India.

My small Bodhi Tree is maybe 12 years old by now, and my enlightenment may take a little while longer a am afraid. For me the Bodhi Tree is significant, as a reminder that I have to take care of what I put out in the world. Bodhi Trees grow enormous with a very wide trunk… My tree is confined in a pot, and only brought outside in the summer. So challenging for him, as his natural habitat is in a much warmer country.

I am tracking my progress by watching my Bodhi tree grow. Especially relating to finding freedom, like the Buddha did. Could I practice patience better? By doing that perhaps at some point I have resolved all inner conflicting emotions and clinging to anything in the world.

 “The branches reach towards the heaven yet the vines of the tree reach towards the earth. Such is the state of mankind – always being pulled in two directions. One direction is freedom, ultimate liberation, and the transcendence of boundaries. The other direction is security, rootedness, comfort, and tradition – the self that will not turn away from the earth.” (This quote is from Bodhi Tree Yoga Center.)

How wise to contemplate it thus. I feel  the pull of freedom and of constraint in the physical world. The bills, the demands… and on the other hand leaping out into infinity. My Bodhi Tree lost all its leaves during my month absence to see my family oversees. As I came home he looked dead as a doorknob and covered with the pesky spider webs of the culprit insect. I found that only by daily inspection and removal of their nets could my tree survive, and here is the result. So the answer is mundane, very mundane…all is enlightenment.

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Magnolia – a measure of trust

Be with the Light

Where I am sitting outside in my friend’s house, I see Magnolia buds and half-opened flowers. This is already September but these flowers seems not to know about the harsher winter conditions further north. I love Magnolia, I planted a small Magnolia in my garden, it is still very small because of our cold winters. It didn’t give me any buds yet being only 2 feet high on its third year. I am seeing it as myself trying to finally flower, but unable because the surrounding conditions are not favorable yet. It is discouraging, but I will definitely learn something. I am sure there will come a time when the full blooming will take place in splendor and naturally springs forth with the glory of spirit vibrantly present.

May I venture to present you with this question: Do you bloom in what you do? Does it contribute to making this a beautiful world, or do you come and take, never expecting to give back?

Being a witness to what is...

Wise Magnolia gives abundant showers of sheer beauty; this is its nature. Giving more and then letting go, resulting in many seeds of more beauty. We can follow its way if we like. It is up to us.

I am thinking for myself I can learn from Magnolia, to just be me and shine my inner light. All have this light, and we do not have to steal it from others; just discover our own inside.

Yet some do not even see the flowers…

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All my children…

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I wanted to remind myself to not forget myself in all the busyness going on. Who else is so busy they can’t remember which day it is?

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Leek Seed Pod

Do you see yourself in this image, standing in solitude in the middle of the sky, surrounded by all of creation.

Or do you feel the odd one out, all alone in the world with no-one to see or care for you?

In the day or in the night aspiring to reach perfection to burst to the apex of creativity, and spread the seeds for the future totally abandoned, but not fearing. I feel like the ‘American Flag’ Leek who model standing straight in spite the winds, and storms and thunders and anything else out there in the garden. Proud but totally unaware about itself. In fact just being itself. This I aspire too…





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