Plant Journal for Seed, Root and Bloom Self-Healer Rites. with Linden flower, April 22nd and 24th 2019. Linden had so much medicine for me in three minutes alone, I needed to pause my meditation to write this out. I began my ceremony with intaking her with a series of other herbs I use in ritual smoke. From there, I began to sip my Linden tisane, which I had added two tinctures (Dreamweaver + Ancient Ways) to. Linden immediately had much guidance for me. Bring out herbs, your entire collection of it. Thank them. Wait for me to cool a bit, gentle. Slow. take your time. Can you give thanks? Do you see how Tulsi, a playlist created and you rarely listen to but is now the medicine for tonight? Tulsi, cannabis and I are all herbs you associate with the Heart, I have felt your love as you work with me to give thanks. Continue to give thanks. This is my medicine. And that was as far as I got in my practice.
I have been feeling anxious and sad about my upcoming graduation. On the way home from school today, I was thinking about how I want to allow myself to feel all my pre-graduation feels. I don’t want to feed energies that don’t really do anything for me, but I will encourage myself to feel wistful about this upcoming life shift. I realized Linden was one of the herbs that has supported me in the most felt way. The first time I worked with Linden was so spiritual, so powerful. I felt so much Venusian, Libran energy coming through. Just the purest of medicines, the most clear channel of Love since working with Tulsi. I am trying to remember if Linden is a nourishing herb… yes. She is not nourishing in the thick, full ways that Red Clover was. Linden was clarifying, sweet, airy. Light. She reminds me that I am to give thanks before any practice, and that gratitude will help me recognize my tangible and spiritual abundance. Tonight, she is showing me that she will be the medicine I should commune with most frequently during times of stress, anxiety or fear.
I am more in tune with what Linden does for me spiritually, rather than her physical medicine. Energetically, she opens my Heart, showing me gratitude, love and patience. She helps me feel more optimistic, loved and empowered. But physically, I know she moistens my mouth and activates my lungs in some ways. I never feel bogged down when she heals me, just more present and centered.
I offer my thanks to Linden through song. Together, we mourn the loss of my favorite band, Her’s. I reflected on how their music brought me so much joy, and still does, even after their violent roadside deaths while touring in the US last month. Linden encouraged me to play their songs, and I had made her a playlist the night before. She shows me the way into loving, crying, healing and releasing. Her energy in that way also feels very Piscean. There is a release of emotional trauma and wounding, a beautiful full circle that ushers in healing waves of love. This pain is not forever, she tells me.
You can stream my ‘Linden’ playlist here.