Origin of Vitality

Sacred Musings from the Garden 
Part III

To perceive origin is to be reflective of the past and observant of the present all for a fruitful future. Origin is known as the original substance, the purest sustenance, the primal force of existence, and this prima materia, as the ancient alchemists knew it, is the wellspring of existence. Our inter-relationships and co-dependencies of human and creature, mammal and plant, soil and worm is an irrevocable entanglement of our original destinies displayed unequivocally in the vital participative flow of the seasons and the enigmatic sways of the pulsating moon. It marries the cosmos with communal existence. 

Origin is an invisible tendency to express life force through an inner source that beats to Nature’s drum. Plants in origin are the weeds of this planet. These herbs are easy to find, quite prolific, and they know opportunity. They pop up anywhere and everywhere and with the right conditions they will thrive. To work with these plants is to know utmost ease and vitality as they contain great quantities of nutritive juices with the least amount of work.

Wild and free, these herbs have meandered through the crevices of humankind for centuries serving as constant reminders of where we came from and reveal to us effortless engagement with season. Every cultivated plant has come through this parentage as a cultured expression of what once was. Each time a human consciously cross breeds plants, through our destiny to work with and beautify Nature, a dilution of source energy takes place. The plants that one sees in the garden, and especially the vegetable garden, are in different proportions removed from origin. Some plants like Corn were bred thousands and thousands of years ago, and others such as Swiss Chard were bred less than a couple hundred. Each plant is also in differing proportions separated from source energy based on how many times it has been cross bred or hybridized. Thus all plants known to us come from origin plants and the ones that remain in origin are suffused with primal energy. 

Much of our food now is cultivated and bred for taste buds that have become dulled to the wild juices of once fertile lands. The creatures and insects of today, having a tendency to take just the right amount of wild weeds, take far more than is normal of cultured plants to satiate the same inner nutritional hunger. This is more often the case if these plants lack nutritive soils and are grown without biodynamics in mind. This has formed the extensive use of pesticides, the “eradication” of pest was from the erosion of nutrition, yet this created and perpetuates disastrous consequences towards the wild web. Pests should be looked at as entities performing an obedience to right an imbalance and eradicating anything is an illusion, in Nature everything exists either latent or in expression, participating or waiting for the right opportunity. Nothing also is ever wasted or removed, every death rebirths life, and each life tends towards deaths renewal. Nature balances imbalances, always, or destruction occurs, the great balancer. One can truly see the fallacy of modern day agriculture.

To grow and take in myriads of weeds not only supports the diversity of the wild web but revitalizes the human being participating in their growth and taking them in. Placing or allowing these herbs to grow in the garden is an act of reverence to the origins of our kind. It is a way to remain eternally vital. Eating what is in season while conversing with these ancient plants and observing their obedience to the seasons of Nature through their life cycles is true knowledge. Nettles, horsetail, juniper, and pine are just a few of the origin plants. They have inborn protective properties that enable them to thrive on the planet, thus why they are oftentimes perceived as invasive. They are loaded with bioavailable nutritive vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and all the things that the human needs to continually evolve on the planet as part of the grand design. 

In plants is revealed the flow of life. They follow the rhythm of the watery sprouts of spring into the acids and sugars of summer, they move to produce oils in autumn which harden and solidify them for the storage and hibernation of winter. And you see this mirrored in creatures and insects. The quickening of the equinoxes is a growth phase, spring and autumn, sunrise and sunset, infant and elder. The pause of the solstices is a recollection and gathering of energy within, summer and winter, midday sun and midnight moon, adult and the in-between pause of death into life. 

So just as a plants growth stalls during the night and the highest and hottest aspect of the sun, so does a worms work, they rest during the solstices and are active during the equinoxes. The squirrel protects itself from midday heat and gathers and frolics nearer to the equinox dawn and dusk. Animals behaving in origin, being allowed to choose what to eat, when to eat, and where to eat will also be full of health and vitality as they are integrated in the seasonal changes. Animals caged and in pens given the same food day in and day out ignore their innate primal responses to life, this weakens the animal, its spirit suffers, and disease, illness, as well as myriads of other ill-effects are the byproduct. One can see why one should be very selective about the meat ingested, should one choose to consume animals, since one brings in the energy of what one consumes. It is also revealed why animals should be allowed to make their own choices for they are designed to act aligned and the human best support that.

Humans that perceive this can act congruently with Nature’s call for our modern world has become deprived of this wisdom. When these cycles are aligned with the individual has the utmost health and wellbeing for to act in this way is action in origin. Consuming origin plants in their appropriate seasons, moving with the rhythms of the year, playing with fertilities through the pulses of the moon, all of these ways are the actions one can take to return to wholeness. Gender in origin is a woman foraging, moving, busying, and tending to the family. It is the man that stills himself enough so he has an unwavering focus enabling him to shoot the bow and arrow and nail the target. When acting upon these primal urges Nature supports for life is flowing from within to without. It is organic and ever-changing, evolving and revolving. The modern day mechanistic life moves from the outer and imposes itself upon the unique individual. This stifles life force as it creates a one size fits all approach that is far too rigid to survive Nature’s impermanent pulsations. 

Returning to origin is a rebirth of wholeness, a reintegration into Nature’s wild web, a remembering of intuitive wisdom. Rekindling the seeds of origin is an out-breath of life, an in-breath of vitality. Origin is primal source. To know this center is to be an essential piece in the outflowing gift of life on this planet.

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