All posts tagged: clearing

Dragon Roar

I’ve been exploring my inner body awareness in a series of guided group energy experiences with Denise Dee in preparation for the Brouhaha Festival. In the first call she had us focus on our throat and what might be stuck there or wanting to express itself. A big, red dragon came out of my throat. It made a guttural hissing sound like a giant snake/cat. Each time I make the sound I feel fierce and strong and protective. Get out of my space! (anything that doesn’t belong there) I’ve been working on this red painting. It started as a red figure curled up on itself. I struggled for a while to paint a tight human and it started to open its wings and become a bird. After a few days I pictured myself in the scene standing upright with wings and spreading to the edges of the frame to fill it all with my power. I explored some photos of people and muscles and ended up with a second draft. Then, waiting for inspiration. Is it an …

imagine yourself …

Imagine yourself standing in a clearing. Green grass, soft moss under your feet. A circle of trees around you. Comforting, protecting, watching over you. Breathe deep, inhaling the sweet smell of forest, the life from all around you. You may notice some familiar trees nearby, Cedar, Maple, Hawthorne, Doug Fir or perhaps others you have no name for, but they feel like kin. A little closer are the flowers and bushes surrounding you, gently merging with the edge of the clearing. Imagine you can see the roots from the tall trees, the shrubs, the flowers and grass all growing down and out, entwined with each other and the fugal micelium that connects them all. You too are connected.  You may not have physical roots, but your energy comes out in lines and waves, like little rootlets all around you. Bigger ‘roots’ extend from your palms, the soles of your feet the tip of your spine, the top of your head, those energy centers throughout your body refered to as chakras. Tune into them now, feel …

Clearing Roadblocks

A nice camping trip to the east side of Mt. Hood. Some folks call it Wy’east over there. The mountain itself is called Lookout Mountain. I’m sure there are other names, but I just remember how to get there. As I pulled on to the dirt road leading up the mountain I saw some fallen trees by the side of the road and it reminded me of the MovNat video my trainer from Bootcamp showed me. I started to tell my friend S about it, how the guy ran around in the woods half naked and barefoot. He jumped off cliffs into a pile of pebbles and dragged around huge logs with his bare hands. Then we turned the bend to our campground and right before us was an enormous pile of downed trees blocking the whole road. We both had to laugh at that synchronicity. Being adventurous we jumped out assessed the situation. We decided that if we moved all the smaller logs we could drive around the main roadblock and make it to …

Wormwood

Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium (Compositae)    “Nature’s promise that out of devastation life will spring up anew.” M. Woods Names:  Apsinthion, bathypikron (Gr) , Herbs fortis (Lat), Madderwort, Mingwort, Old woman, Wermut, Elss, Magenkraut, Wurmkraut, Bitterer Beifuss (Ge) Taste: bitter, warm, frarant Tissue States: cold depression, internal damp heat Effective Qualities: warming and binding; stimulant, detoxicant and restorative; cooling and draining Constituents: ess. Oil (incl, thujone), terpenoids (incl. azulene, tanacetone, bitter sewquiterpines and their lactones, triterpenoid, flavonoids ruitin, quercetin and hydroxycoumarins, polyacetylenes, ketepelenlide, tannins, organic acids, arabin, ascorbic acid, amino acids Characteristic Symptoms: Coldness and Deadness. People who have been through rough, brutal, dehumanizing events or harsh environmental stress resulting in emotional and physical coldness, lack of somatic activity, suppressed psychological affect, with stiff, cold extremities. Brutal, insane, idiotic. Pulse: hard in the middle on right hand, dead, masked feeling. Characteristic Uses: Stomach, intestines, liver, uterus Bitter Tonic. Stimulant to stomach, gallbladder and digestion. Promotes bile flow, reduces liver congestion, removes accumulation and relieves fullness, relieves bilious headache, (right flank and epigastric pain)Travelers indigestion and nausea. …