Weeds are called weeds simply because they are persistent.
Often, we reject them or they simply become invisible to us in their commonality. Weeds follow human occupation. Us and the weeds have a long association and weeds have evolved with us.
How perfect therefore that their medicine is often potent for our various ailments. They literally pop up when we cultivate land. Sometimes I find it hard to weed the vegetable gardens without some kind of general explanation to them about giving space to broccoli, or rows of carrots. I ended up having whole beds dedicated solely to chickweed and bitter cress.
I feel enriched by my relationship with these plants and in many ways feel their essence bringing me into life. I encourage you to get to know them for yourself, to take a moment to taste the dandelion leaf or place the flower in water to drink or gather the chickweed and the cress for your salads. I give immense thanks for all those before me who have brought attention to these great little healers.
Into the World by Leila Lees
A beautiful introduction to mystical and shamanic practice, this book covers the main concepts of year one of the Certificate training, and introduces the Wild Weeds.
“I wrote Into the World because I am passionate about human consciousness. As we begin to experience our own integral self and find our moral compass in our hearts, I see that we may create space for each other to exist. We do this within a dynamic community that is conscious of its interconnection with an even greater, more diverse ecosystem.”