Our true Elders, have a way about them, that can track through you, and find the most secret blip in your fractals. Like someone with knowing hands, they can run them over your entire being and find that one knot, that teeny place that is squeezing too tightly, and show you from a higher perspective, who and what you really are.
I am grateful to have a Spirit Grandmother like this in my life, who from time to time, visits my family in our little blue cabin by the river, and realigns us with the primordial frequencies of our oldest ancestor, the One World Tree.
It is behind the eyes, and bubbles up in the throat, it rests between the fingers, and it is far greater than any knowledge. It is wisdom, gathered with presence and love, like a wildcrafter, slowly and mindfully filling her basket with petals, roots, and prayers. And this wisdom does not come quickly, at beck and call, like so much in our modern world. It comes but slowly, turtle medicine, one foot behind the other. It is breathed in with each toe pressing down into the belly of Madre Tierra, and it is this very way of gathering that is responsible for the small lines that frame the deep eyes of such a Grandmother.
Take the time, dear ones, to sit and listen, truly listen to the Elders. Watch closely how they move their hands, who have created and destroyed so much. Notice how their long grey braids are tied to the ancient ancestors, and how their eyes are weaving the stories, the dreams unfurling from bloodlines that live on.
Some things I learned from sitting and remembering with sweet Grandmother Kaariina:
1. Motherhood is the first school. Let go of the ego’s need to hold on to an identity separate from Mama, surrender fully to what you have become.....a Mother.
2. Stop focusing on money. If you want to learn about true abundance, go sit at the base of a sitka spruce, and listen to the roots. Here you will learn true wealth, as above so below. And know that following your purpose will always feed your family.
3. Let your child tell you who they are, and let all other ideas of them fall away.
4. Know that all wounds lead back to the Mother wound. Be fully here in Motherhood, you are shaping the future with every moment of raising your child.
5. Laugh, ask for help, and know that it is okay to have a “Mommy Brain”.
Holding this medicine deep in my heart. Elder teachings are always incredibly deep and profound in their simplicity. Listen wholeheartedly to them, for seventy years of footsteps on an earthen path makes for a pretty amazing story.
📷 by Hayley Melrose