Medicinalmeadows

the place within…..


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What Do You See? A Reflection of Me

Can you feel it, this shift in spirit? I see our forms as energy all thinking, dreaming, perceiving, doing, projecting. I see all those projections as cords, the unaware.

Within my own space, what am I projecting, what have I perceived?

Much of this is not my own, so who am I? I see my form, looking back at me and what do I see?

The perceptions of myself have dropped away, who am I Now? In this moment, there is just my form looking back at me, this is ending, dying, birthing….this is New.


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Inner sense

Big energies levelling off with this potent moon. I feel it growling into existence. Like a dominant force of animal energy pleased to see the inside instead of the outer shell.

The inner home is in need of “getting ready” the old just won’t do….boldness is required.


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Retrieval

I forgot how satisfying it is to create, to get messy, paint, chop and squeeze.

To make in the moment, forget the chaos and remember me.

I lost time, and place and to silence the world around and be inside of me.

This took me back to rose petals in jars, to a pebble in my pocket weeks after being on the beach.

This reminded me of me…


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Darkness to release

In the darkest of night

that is when the soul burns bright

When I am on my knees in prayer

the load breaks, no more I can bare

When burdens scatter to the floor

I can say I have given my All

I welcome the dark in me

as this is when I truly see

When the darkness fades

precipitated, end of a phase

I can say I was present to it all

I keened but I did not fall

#YDWordPrompt

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Wish You Well

So when did we stop wishing well with sacred spring water, at waterways and sacred sites? Do the words, I wish you well actually correspond to wish you well with sacred water ?

In the last 6 months most correspondence both business and personal have begun with the words, “ I hope you are well?” It occurred to me that this term in our beautiful language, “well”, is a word for health and for the place once associated with healing, a water well. When I searched the word “well” in old English, Latin and in Germanic the word refers to “wish well”. So a little play on the words “wishing well”, how wonderful. In the present time that we have been in these challenging times and wishing each other well are we actually wishing each other well with an age old intentional act of wishing you well with healing water? Are the ancestors and the ancient ones right under our nose at this time, referencing us to wells, healing springs and old ways of healing. I believe we are being directed to think about the ground we live on,  the meandering paths we have been walk on and the places that have been bypassed and forgotten….the ways of wishing and healing near sacred waters.

So my weekend project for the autumnal months is to go and look for some water wells of the land I call home.

So wish me well as I go exploring……

Image by Janice Turner Salmon here at Medicinalmeadows taken at Janet’s Foss, Malham, UK. “The name Janet (sometimes Jennet) is believed to refer to a fairy queen held to inhabit a cave at the rear of the fall.[1]Foss is a Nordic word for waterfall, still used in Scandinavia” (www.wikipedia.org).


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Land, Ancestors and Heritage

Our connection to the Land brings us to a relationship with our ancestors. It was their settlements and their community that became our towns and cities. We have a responsibility to pass on a place worthy of the ancestors commitment as they weaved their lives into ours. That also includes a responsibility for the challenges they experienced on the Land as well as the trauma. You see our ancestors knew how to be caretakers to honour, cleanse and clear the land of loss and grief. Their rituals have long since withered and the medicine for the Land bypassed.

Healing can be considered a place of self care but we also have a custodian relationship to the land that is our physical foundation. When we integrate the Land as we heal ourselves we truly known what healing becomes. We are actively responsible for the patterns and vibrations in relation to our locations. Think about remembrance, the last monument we placed for commemorating our ancestors. When did we last lay our thoughts and prayers to ground? When did we last position a plaque in gratitude? When did we grieve on the land? Clear the air with sounds and song, When was the last time we celebrated?

Healing the ground we live upon doesn’t necessary need to be done with with duplicated rituals and ceremony of old. I feel that oral handed-down traditions were most likely updated to be relevant to the next generation and time of relevance. Key features of gratitude to the ancestors would probably be upheld but the way in which this would be performed would be modified to the present time. Think about music, food and ways of clearing and cleansing would most probably have been meaningful for the community of the moment. It is the act of remembrance, the act of honouring generations past and generations of the future.

Is it time to recreate Land rites and ceremony? At this time of great loss, great change. Is it a time to honour the Land as Sacred, as Sanctuary? Is it time to clear a way for healing?, a cycle of remembrance so we have a sense of belonging not just to each other but to the place our feet caress every day?

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Medicinalmeadows….Home, Heritage and Healing

Medicinalmeadows?… people often ask about the name..

The term medicinal means “all that becomes healed”. For me that is a step towards the state of equilibrium, towards the centre and a place we identify as home. It is a “sense” of place, rather than a physical place. Our divine sense of self becomes the inner and outer aspects of Home.

Meadows is a conscious picture of peacefulness. The place I was brought into this life was a lush meadowland. It was also called Meadowlands for real! So you see the picturesque form of a peaceful place is my integration of a meadowland within.

So the sacred space I create here in this present moment, as a service, is Medicinalmeadows. It is a place to create healing of the inner self, of a home within and to consciously create your own Presence. This creation acts as your inner compass and foundation. In short Medicinalmeadows is the creation of your own peaceful presence….

Image: Janice Turner Salmon, Medicinalmeadows, Cumbria


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Morning Practice

My morning practice has served me well for a number of years. A little rosary, it takes it’s own unique form (check out The Way of the Rose book for a full energy download). I love crystals, meditation some oracles cards and I am good to go. Sets me up for the day ahead!

In a discussion group yesterday we touched on how we have been on a long pilgrimage of self healing modalities. It was a surprise to talk about these practices which I identify with as a 10 year process of rock bottom to coming out of the mud. But talking through the journey of life’s adventures of practices we realized we have been searching and uncovering these rituals all our days. From early Sunday schools, childhood group initiations with bobbled hats, to yoga, meditation, light codes, ley lines, yew trees….

As I look at the list it is like a walk back in time through our ancestors. A stepping further and further back through our DNA, the cellular memory codes to our ancient inner self. After all aren’t we just the inherited codes of our native origins.

If I continue to follow my memories, the symbolic breadcrumbs, what rituals am I uncovering? They say we lost our heritage as it was an oral tradition and our deep rooted path of our ancestors can never be truly known. But what if we do know, from a memory embedded within us? What if all we need to do is look inward to remember…


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Transformation

As the season changes so can you. As your body restarts a new cycle every month this is a great time to give yourself permission to transform. Change when viewed as growth is a positive act of self care and drives us ahead to dream and to reestablish our goals. As the season changes and we enter autumn we can take lessons from the natural world. As the trees shed their leaves we can view this time as our time to release some outdated practices and lighten our load. To take up a new perspective and channel our inner goddess to some well deserved self care routines for the month ahead.

My head chatter has always got the better of me. So this month I am going to make a conscious effort to push in some gratitude thoughts over the self doubt. My aim is to write down my successes and achievements because when we look, really look, we can achieve new goals every day just by welcoming in a new thought with a positive perspective. Even if that thought is to ask a friend for help or advice, or write a self love note. “You did good today you had that coffee and took 10 minutes to yourself!”

What can you allow to fall away that no longer served you?

What transformation will you make that gives you greater joy?

What new cycle can you set in motion?