As a child, I liked to find the tallest pine tree in the woods nearby and climb as high as I could. I loved to feel the sway of the tree and to look over the beautiful land from that great height. This vision of the earth felt like a welcoming, embracing, feminine – even divine – entity.
Another “Mother” I’ve come to honor and respect is the Japanese Knotweed plant. As most of the Japanese Knotweed in the US, and other parts of the world, is female (and likely a clone of a single female plant), it has been surmised that this Japanese Knotweed plant could be the largest female in the world. Considering the plant’s marvelous healing properties, I’m not surprised to learn this.
The first time I “lifted” a large “grandmother“ rhizome from the earth, experienced the plant’s strength, and saw the beautiful deep golden orange interior, I had no doubt this plant is here to heal.
A question comes to mind when confronted with the “invasiveness”, or “prevalence”, of this plant: could the rampant expansion of this powerful female be in response to perhaps a little too much “maleness” contributing to the ails of Mother Earth? Is this Japanese Knotweed Mother here to help right the balance and contribute to holistic healing?
My vision of a Mother includes one who nurtures, and who guides in a loving manner towards the highest good. Somehow, I imagine there’s also some golden light and a benevolent smile in this vision.
Here I wish to honor all the “mothers” (regardless of gender) who in their own way are nurturers, spreading their golden light.
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Shine on, and Happy Mother’s Day!