Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Berry Harvest an Art

 
Berry harvest is an art just like any other gathering . know how to properly remove , identify when time to harvest & acknowledging all plants in the harvest area . I know , many people will roll their eyes . thinking " dam , its berry picking . give me a break. what is so hard about berry picking . its easy . go pick the berries "
well, If you harvest properly you can get 2-3 harvests as well as leaving some for wildlife . when selecting berries , what appears ripe may not actually be so. blue berries especially but also saskatoons can appear to look ripe in colour but if you look closely they are still changing from purple/ red to blue/purple . it is easy to be an impatient picker ( thats me !!! ) Yet it is so worth the 3 day wait ! it helps fruit maximize full nutrients instead of having to ripen off plant when no more goodness is being received via the mother plant . also first harvest is a delicate time . no , really it is . if you do not harvest properly you will take the green berries along with the ripe . if this is done then thats it no more harvest for us or the critters .
& no don't have a fit if you or your little ones get green berries . it happens . just if we are aware of it then we are careful & less green come off & are able to ripen .
so to pick , you actually are not really picking at all . it is more a pinch & roll method . use your thumb & pointer finger usually & sort of gently pinch the plant at the berries location , then roll with thumb & finger into your palm . there you go . the ripe berries absolutely just roll off because yes , they are ready ! the others , the green & not so ripe yet do not loosen off the plant & remain intact . waiting for yet another harvest in a week or so .
when harvesting , remember to keep in mind time of day . try to do your collecting of berries during the cool of the day like early mornings & evenings . Berries sweat if picked in the heat of the day & tend to mush up from this heat .
in order to clean berries , DRY CLEAN THEM ! This means pick over them DRY ! Do not bathe them ( if you even need to ) until finished dry cleaning them . if you try & clean them wet every little stick , juniper needle & bug sticks to them !
Instead pour a single layer of berries on a cookie sheet & pick through them dry ! easy peasy !


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Medicine Spirit Bags (2007 )

Medicine Spirit bags can be a personal bag which we wear on our person that reminds us of whom we are , how we walk with spirit and our true callings .
However a medicine/spirit bag be similar to it is not the same as an amulet or a talisman or fetish .
A medicine bag is to always remain on your person .
It contains herbs, plants , trees, other items which are personal to you .
so for example in my small personal medicine bag I have a mixture of my plants & trees , a small piece of spruce & copal resin . a bit of eagle feather a silver quarter from the yr in which I was conceived , a scapular , my hair a bit of tobacco . I can add or take from this bag , what I am not to do is give this bag to anyone else .
It is a part of me unlike an amulet or talisman I may share that with another .
Over the yrs as we had children I made them each a medicine bag personal to them . I also did this for children of friends .



this is my personal bag right now . I am working on a bigger one to have with my shaman belt .
I love the colour deep Indigo blue my teacher picked out for me and the infinity or metis symbol which came to me when I was reconnecting with my calling .

 
I also make up these very inexpensive bags for kids class I taught . they are mini bundles , People can carry easily on their person in a pocket etc. these are sort of nice because they also act as aroma therapy . All they need do is rub the bag a bit and the scent of their personal medicines drifts up , It clears the head and basically connects us to spirit right away .
So many inner city children are drifting not knowing who they are or to what they belong  & a part of. This is a very quick easy reminder for them .
You can make up your own bag , pray about it first , ask the plants , animals , ancestors etc. who walk with you always to remind you . spend time slowly gathering your teachers .
think about materials you wish to use , what symbols etc.
you can then once it is all assembled have a blessing time to spirit .
 Give prayers of gratitude , respect & honour .
you may wear your bag round your neck as traditionally often was done . However now people are more self conscious , may not want others to see or like me things round your neck feel awkward if over a certain weight & size.
so you can just carry in your pocket or like me I tie mine up short on my belt loop or pin onto my skirt .
I do not recommend keeping in your purse or back pack etc. #1 because it is not close enough to your person & #2 we often misplace our purses or worse another may be tempted to steal a purse and then you are without your medicine .
 also if a bag does go missing we must remember to also once again do a prayer to disconnect us from that medicine and return it fully to spirit .
 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Womb Weaving

 
Womb Weaving ( Therapies )
 
What is Womb Weaving ? Womb Weaving is basically the concept of Women providing Women with Womb Healings , Womb Therapies . Womb Therapies done via different modalities .
So for instance ceremony honouring first blood time /moontime . I tend to avoid moontime regarding menstruation because all women have moontimes , time with the moon that are sacred & holy & connected to their Womb at different stages in our lives .
So yes ceremony , ritual , techniques used .
 While not all societies were matriarchal I do believe all ancient societies took time & looked after women's health . Especially Womb health.
 Many cultures this takes place via not just one woman but many women taking part in ritual & ceremony . Many women being medicine people offering their unique healing for each other . Not just one woman because our wombs have many issues !
So Womb Weaving can come in many forms so I have a friend who offers Yoni steaming . She like I had homebirths via indigenous midwife & methods .
I make yoni tisanes & offer these to women . Yoni steaming for those many areas regarding our Womb Weaving . I haven't worked with women yet in this way but offer the teas which my friend uses with her clients. I can see very much using my hypnotherapy curandera skills in with the yoni steams . This could be after miscarriage , after a violent act , seeking nourishment , menstruation issues etc.
I also Womb Weave via teachings on Homebirth & pregnancy, afterbirth . I also offer Teachings & counsel on miscarriage . This is something my friend & I just discussed yesterday . Ceremony in healing from miscarriage . naming our lost . I have honoured & had grieving ceremony for 9 of my lost children .
Massage of Womb for heavy bleeds & cramp pain, I am just beginning to focus on using my grandmother shawl for Womb Weaving shawl therapy .
 Womb health after birth , before conception etc. using poultices, infused oils, clay therapy,  stones , ancestors & spirit world .
 Nourishing the Womb via Yoni steams & herbal teas . Womb fasting  as well.
 Womb massage & shawl therapy for the Wise Womb ( crone )
Sweats for all Womb Times  !  Bleeding houses & Indigo tents .
Are You getting the idea ?
I feel extremely blessed that I was reminded of my ancestral midwifery roots at a very young age when I first conceived my eldest 36 yrs ago . to have then connected with peers that I was able to walk & honour my womb & childbearing with . These woman are now grandmothers like myself & dear close friends .
I see now the need in my daughters generation to care for them with them . & for The granddaughters coming we need to pass on these strengths both old & new .
 
 



Monday, 29 February 2016

Moon Daughters & Sisters

 
Moon Sisters & Daughters , you know we all have them & we are all moon daughters .I am a moon daughter to my mother & grandmother .  My last writing was regarding moon mothers /grandmothers. Those women who nurture me in that motherly/grandmotherly way . This is about equally giving women who yes some also provide mothering to others yet are often younger than myself , children or the same age as my daughters . Women who also give to me deeply but I am connected to in a very similar way . Women I am often extremely protective of . Women I share with & provide nourishment to as they do me .
Women growing .
The younger generation  the ones I as grandmother see & know are my reason to give & share for they are the next generation & raising our next generations .
Being grandmother/Mother we protect without binding or forming codependency .
We teach in order that our daughters may be wiser than we are . We allow growth to form individuality . Moon Daughters do not copy they take a teaching & immerse it within their being making their own self work  .
As these women grow I need to be here for them . Provide comfort for when they experience persecution , are tired from their parenting , when they feel drained from societal pressures. rest from the often hypersensitive emotional experiences in young lives  .
Moon sisters & daughters are the next moon mothers/grandmothers . some are mothers already yet not quite grandmotherly . The longing & want to be old at times but not there yet .
They are the love mommas & soul sisters .
Protectresses need to keep the flow open for these moon daughters ! Think of how many times a materialistic over emotional distraught world blocked us when we were younger . We grandmothers know all to well how we would've flown had we not had those societal blocks .
So it is extremely important to me that these girls & young women have the access to bloom .
I look to myself & my own mother & the things that stood in our way stifling our gifts .
 So if a moon daughter can have the freedom to let her spirit rise from child onward . This is an amazing goal to have & brings warmth to my core & silent smiles to my face .
As moon daughters we are often impatient & react to soon . This diminishes over time & we grow into having patience to stand in reflective time . Yet that stage is so important . We cannot take those experiences of trial & failings away either . Yes we get tired & drained but these are lessons needed .
So I offer my granny space for when my daughters need to come home just as my mother or older ones offer me .
of course I have my own two beautiful medicine daughters Natasha Rose & Jasmine Milan
 have sisters  who are also my daughters whom I feel very protective of , they give so much & share so much  Emily , Cari , Rachel , Arwen , Melanie, Kayce, Jaclyn, Hannah,  Jo, Lorraine,   Sam, Alison,  Sarah, Mona , Sonja,  Boe, Kim ,Melissa, Kara , Shalynn,  ......... Some I will not mention ;-)
I meditate on them , sending blessings & washing them in moonlight
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, 28 February 2016

Sweet Poem

Sweet Poem
 
 
 
awakened by sweet poem that she is
forever daughter
children will be an old wish
anam cara of an eagle son
snow swept waters
souls on winter winds
people of spruce under indigo skies
sleeping giant & inuksuk arms
lingering sadness & yet love deep rises
reflected in a poem , stays silent in a dream


Saturday, 27 February 2016

moon mothers/grandmothers

 
Moon Mothers/Grandmothers we all have them .
These are the comforters , the protectresses we go to . They are always there , open . Non threatening . Providing safe space & more importantly the safe person .
The place & person You can be small with . You can let go with , the non judging one . The one who offers You cradling , ears , soft words , clear sight & straight direction . Discerning thought offered in slow calm manner .
The person whom has helped You be true to self & able to encounter yet another day in the world when you leave her presence & space .
Some may think that while I am now a grandmother I am ever strong that I do not need nurturing , comfort , wise words . Well I do .
So when the world gets to me in to many attacks , shaming , beat down & worn I go to my mothers & grandmothers .
Some are living so I can actually go & have physical comfort . Some are in spirit yet reflection is always with them & their experience & wisdom shine on me .
I am blessed I still have with me my mother . My mother teaches & offers me goodness .
When I need I have the spirit of my grandmother great grandmother & great aunts .
I have saints & sinners women similar in style , similar in persecution felt .
Hildegard , Momma T, Kateri, Dorothy Day, Yotanka , Paula , Polly ,Dallas, Rachel, Therese, Dorothy, Lore, Tina, Dana, Mary, Patrice, Susan , Linda M, Audrey,    Catherine Young , Raven Lang , Jeannine Parvati Baker , Gladys Cook , Linda Mc, Audrey Logan ,Adrienne,  Susanne McCrea, Darlene Birch
Stevie Nicks , Loreena Mckennit , Buffy Sainte Marie , Elizabeth Cotton
 
Many of these women are my dear friends &  are moon women who offer this moon mothering/grandmothering
This is who I am , a moon mother/grandmother
 
I had been meditating on this long the other day . I have had to take a break from FB again . In my croning this is happening more & more with the new moon
I need comfort from words hurting
persecution . I know this is what we do as humans . Every single person does it . Most don't admit or own it but everyone does .
I am no different in that & I do own it & have sorrow for hurts caused . I also experience pain via others . I need to heal .
As we learn how to heal we begin to know that recovery from victimhood does not mean we will never experience victimization ever again . Never be hurt again by others , rather we learn how we need to heal & heal in healthy ways . Mine is retreat , reflection & forgiveness .
I seek nature , I seek comfort , I seek wisdom , I seek understanding .
So I go to my moon mothers & grandmothers .
As I was meditating I was thinking on my cronehood . Something I shall write about in future for this is a stage in life as motherhood . Which did not just happen in one step but many forward, backward & standing still steps.
I have had people question my grandmotherhood. People wishing me to remain always mother . I am not always mother . I am grandmother . I know the day I became grandmother in my strength . It was year 4 into my grandmothering . A child so broken by an abusive bully crying in my car . I as mediator had chosen to see both sides of the parents struggle in separation . Giving chance for both to not make the experience about self but rather be parent for child . This was not happening . A spirit was being broken & abused . The destruction of a child's soul , the purposeful tormenting of the soul innocent I will never tolerate . I have had to hide children before from abusers . Offering shelter & protection . My own children & friends of my children . This moment was even stronger than that & I cannot explain for it is only in that true moment of grandparenthood one will be . I saw purpose , the next generation is the importance . I that moment became true grandmother as I drove towards home with my grandchild now drained to point of exhaustion sleeping yet not in a peaceful way rather a tormented sleep brought on my exposure to absolute lunacy of an adult no where near deserving of title of parent . So I took him .I held him . We spent 3 weeks while the supposed justice system decided his fate . I nurtured him in nature , read books , held him as he cried missing the parent who did provide true love could not be with him .
So you can see yes I am Boreal granny now . I know it , regardless of the shaming of others .
So I know true mothering /grandparenting & I know we all need this
Yesterday a beautiful friend came over . Not staying long . We shared . She brought along a beautiful set of cards she had just acquired . She offered me to chose one . I cut the set .  counted 3 . 3rd card . goddess of midwifery . Yes goddess of the big belly Haumea of birth , vegetation , of all things come . A goddess of birth of strength . Mother giving .
Yes she is mothering me , she is in me .I am her she is me .
I return to the women who have not judged me . The ones who gave to me so freely . Who Loved .
So I in turn can heal & grow again . Giving birth to myself yet again . So I may offer comfort to those others who need moon mothering . I will hold them, I will offer nourishment , I will offer ears & soft words , I will offer reflection & the time in which to do it with.
I am moon mother /grandmother as those who came before me & are with me now
spending time nourishing & growing
 listening to Kellianna I walk with the goddess because it soothes my soul
great grandmother Shafia ( Sophie )

great Aunties Freda & Lebebe ( Louisia)

great Auntie Freda ( center )