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Listening to Trees :: surrender is the new strategy

  One of my favorite things to do is lay on my back and look up at the trees. Sometimes I go a long time without doing it. Sometimes years. Yesterday I took the morning off with my kids and a dear friend and we went to the Smith and Bybee Wetlands, a 2,000 acre protected space for wildlife withing the city of Portland. The truth is it's not really all that impressive. Flanked on every edge with industrial complexes, old landfills and highways, it seemed at first to be [...]


Permaculture Design Certificate, 10 things you can do with yours

Q: Why would I want to pay for and earn a Permaculture Design Certificate? A: You're kidding right? I mean one of our major influences here at Tierra Soul is Permaculture. Its ethics and principles make up a set of tools you can carry anywhere, into any profession, any endeavor. The essence of permaculture that it is a paradigm of sustainability for all things, all things here on earth from the stone to the stars and maybe even beyond. What is covered in a Permaculture Design Certificate? Like us, those [...]


Find your project’s True Name :: yes, it matters

It is no secret. All power is one in source and end, I think. Years and distances, stars and candles, water and wind and wizardry, the craft in a man’s hand and the wisdom in a tree’s root: they all arise together. My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name. ~ Ursula [...]


Nervous Breakthroughs :: why you need more of them

Nervous Breakthrough: Derived from the oft referred to Nervous Breakdown, a Nervous Breakthrough occurs when, instead of viewing the symptoms of the aforementioned as pathological, one views them as important signs of imminent breakthrough. I once had a roommate who had spent about ten years practicing Zazen (a form of Buddhist meditation) who described the day she completed a koan after many years of meditation. She reported that she lost her physical ability to do some of the most simple everyday things, like tie her shoes, and walk down the [...]


What is Permaculture?

Q: Dear Hettie -- I love organic gardening and want to do more. I want to be more ecological and self-sustaining. I've heard the term "permaculture" used by like minded acquaintances, but I can't really pin-point exactly what people mean by it. What is permaculture? Can learning about it help me do more for my family and the earth? A: Well, says Hettie, In 1978 Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the phrase “Permaculture” to describe a set of agricultural principles that mimic the way Mother Nature sets up her gardens all over [...]


Grief Gates :: how allowing your grief can get you through

There is a Palace that opens only to tears - The Zohar I want to get really honest about grief, about what I call The Weeping. I have been in the closet about it for many years, only ever being half honest about how important the release of grief is. I was reminded once and for all last weekend at Sobonfu Some’s Grief Ritual. It was clean. It was raw. It was real. It was all out miraculous for one who has harbored snippets of release behind closed doors. This [...]


Letting Love Flow :: a magic spell for radical authenticity

Lately I have been thinking a lot about love, about how we are always calculating love's scoreboard. About how we know we shouldn't but we can't help it. It's natural for us to get tangled up in the do's and don't's, the right and wrong, the eternal calculation of everything. Agonizing over every detail, certain that if we get it wrong everything will be a mess… and if we get it right, the sun will come out and we will finally feel joyful, safe... and loved. First of all it [...]


The Weeping :: the world’s most ancient healing art

May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in. ~Mother Theresa I have been talking about the weeping for many years. Mostly just with myself and the Angels. I sometimes describe it to people to explain why crying isn't such a bad thing, when it is done right. Why I cling to tears as holy water, as sacred balm, as my birthright. There is a certain kind of crying that is a surrender, a pouring out, and then, a clearing. It is the broken-open heart. Finding [...]


Healing Power of Saunas (5 in series of 5)

loyli, temaxcalli, inipi, sauna . . . These are all words for the universal use of heat for ceremonial healing and cleansing: the steam that bursts forth when the water hits the rocks, the house of heat, the earth womb, to strengthen the WILL in a sacred way, the spirit.... These are all expressions of the sacred gift of heat and cold, of human homeostasis, and of community that rises from the rocks in the sacred sauna steam. "Sweat bathing--be it in the form of the Finnish sauna, the Russian [...]


Castor Oil Pack (4 in series of 5)

Whether it's the old black and white photos of a mother holding a giant spoon out to a cringing child or the horror story from your friend who, in a moment of pregnancy induced hysteria, would try anything to get labor going, castor oil tends to have a pretty bad reputation. Your grandmother might recommend taking a teaspoon of castor oil as a general cure all – from a healthy dose of run of the mill nastiness for unruly children to taking it yourself to help loosen up your bowels [...]

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