Being a student of the Shamanic traditions, I have now begun to view what I come into contact with as “medicine.” According to ancient Shamanic wisdom, for example, if you get bit by a spider you now have spider “medicine,” and it becomes a power and a gift that you incorporate into your being.
It has recently become a part of my awareness that all things I come into contact with have a “medicine” that I can incorporate into my being and gain energy from. Each moment a new offering, a new opportunity from Spirit. This being said, it also now becomes imperative that I be very good to myself and minister to myself as best I can, not indulging in influences that I do not wish to incorporate into my being. For example, I find it imperative to strictly moderate violent media (and mainstream “news” in general,) junk food, and time with people who I do not feel happy being with. On the contrary, there are influences I notice nurture me and contribute to a greater feeling of well being, and some of these I will share here.
In terms of food, I notice staying away from wheat and also milk makes me feel much better in so many ways. Cheese, yogurt, and grains other than wheat are fine for me. Mind you, these preferences have not come about because of any particular mental conviction but rather experiential conclusions. I also am finding it invaluable to stay open to changes in what feels nourishing and nurturing and allow myself to rewrite my rules at any time.
One recent discovery is dark berries crushed up in thick coconut milk with some high quality dark chocolate melted in. I eat it like a thick mash. I did not get the recipe from anywhere but followed my instincts and am finding it a necessary staple for me at this time. Today I had deja-vu while eating it and remembered eating it in a dream right after the Japan nuclear crises. In the dream I was looking for a food to protect me from radiation. I do not know if this food serves this purpose, but it was an interesting flash back.
My body also wants almonds now everyday and greens are also a daily “medicine.” When I am eating greens I feel so particularly satisfied.
Sunlight is huge for me. I feel an instant lift in frequency. I like to just sit in my yard in the sun (sworn off sunglasses*) and watch my dogs. Low key feels so much better to me now than anything else. Activities such as shopping or errands are ideally kept to absolute minimums. An hour or two now and then is plenty of crowd and traffic “medicine” for me!
If I am in real need of a recharge I will put my bare hands on a tree for a few minutes or in the dirt in gardening season. For a real treat, I love going bare foot. My animals are a necessary daily touchstone for me also. Meditation is, of course, maybe the most foundational practice of all and twice daily feels the best.
Surrounding myself with beauty, good people, nature, vibrant food, animals, peaceful surroundings, spiritual perspectives and spiritual practice are all medicines my soul soaks in and I feel starved and “out of sorts” without.
Maybe you have had experiences that correspond to mine. Maybe you know what it feels like to be “out of sorts” from a vibrational stand point. I have learned for myself I have to take care of me before I can be of use to anyone else on the level that I have personally been called to serve. This is because I am here to heal. This is square one. Now multiply exponentially.
*Spirit showed me in a vision how sunglasses starve the pineal gland (the third eye) of it’s “food,” which is the sunlight.