Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sacred Seeds

© 2015 Oona McOuat

I just read an amazing novel about seeds: “All of Creation” by Ruth Ozeki.  It navigates the world of bio-engineering and genetic modification, and the race by multinationals to control seeds. Mostly though, it spoke to me of the miracle of getting your hands in the rich brown earth and planting a tiny something, and then watching it transform into something else.

"Whatever happens to seed affects the web of life." 
—Vandana Shiva

Seed Mandala
Photo by Ana Castilho

For me, this past year has been all about seeds - literally and metaphysically.  What a privilege it has been to steward our garden, to learn how to listen to the voice of each plant, and to witness how a tiny seed, which contains all of life, and a specific life, both surrenders and gets down to business at the same time.

Photo by Deanna Holbova

"A seed is small but rich with possibility, like love, which is as humble as it is powerful."
—Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
from "The Seed of Love"

At Imbolc, February 2nd, the  Halfway-to-the-Beginning-of-Spring-Day, we choose the seeds we want to plant.  At a time on our planet when the pace is fast and our days are full, yet the need for balance and healing is great, we must choose carefully, judiciously.  And so, on this Imbolc Eve, I invite you to reflect on what you want for yourself and the world.   May you sense the stirring of the secret seeds within you.  May those seeds that will bring forth the highest good for all of creation germinate and flourish, nurtured and nourished by the unseen magic of the elements.  Everything starts with a precious little seed - an intention, a thought, a dream-before-form.

Photo by Ana Castilho

"The seed holds a very great secret—it never gets old. It is the eternal YES to life."
—Anat Vaughan-Lee
from "The Language of the Seed"

Let’s take a moment now to celebrate the golden – fire flickering, sun reflecting, moon beaming, heart shimmering, and then let’s dive down for one last visit to the Dolphins’ Dreamtime.  When you emerge, may you be refreshed and connected to Deep Self, the part of you that knows when, and what, and how to plant:  earth wisdom rooted in your body, connecting you to everything.

Thanks Leigh Hilbert for making this wonderful three minute video of me swimming with my Beloved Friends.  Don't forget to turn up your audio for sonic bliss!

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