Thursday, 8 December 2016
A course in every day miracles
(or, how to get the most out of my ramblings)
Judging by the stats for this blog (if you can believe them) and the emails from readers, we seem to have a few newcomers here.
That's led me to look through older posts on the blog with an eye to what has already been covered, and then back to the stats to see if those posts are being read. They're not, they're buried. So from time to time I think I'll link you back to them. For some of you this will be review, but if there is one thing I have learned it is that review is essential. I still do it, especially in winter, and even though as I read my old text books I can practically recite certain passages by heart, something I have forgotten or perhaps never quite absorbed will pop out at me.
One thing my readers know about my writing is that I tend to go off on tangents. They're useful things, those tangents, so I want you to pay attention to them. But sometimes they lead me astray and there are blanks in the posts that shouldn't be there.
So, some of the old posts will be reworked, have addendums (addenda?) and/or more tidbits of information in the comments. Please, read the comments and especially, I implore you to ask your questions there! No matter how old the post is, I see the comments and answer them. If I can figure out how, I'll add a widget on the sidebar to notify the readers of where a new comment has come up. (I'm not promising that will happen, because I hate messing about with the inner workings of the blog, but I will try.) (Added - done, thank you Barney.)
Now, I absolutely understand that there might be a personal aspect to your questions that you don't want to share, so naturally you would prefer to email me. That is, of course, fine, I encourage it. But it very well might be the case that someone else might find the information you seek to be useful to them, too. So, here's what I want you to do - ask a generic version of your question in the comment section, and email me with the details. That way I can address the issue where others can see it, and discuss the more intimate details with you in private.
You know, I get frustrated with this blog and try to give up on it on a semi-regular basis. When I do there's a bit of a hue and cry in the background as my regular readers push me to keep at it. (sigh) The thing is, this blog will only do what it is supposed to do if there is feedback in the blog itself. I am not here to lecture, I'm here to facilitate learning, there is a difference. It may (or may not) surprise you to know that there's a sizeable group of you now, and that you could be learning from each other's experiences IF you would only reveal yourselves in the comment section, people!
Sorry, didn't mean to scold.
Oh wait, yes I did.
The goings on in the comment section of that recent post about St John'swort oil, topically is exactly what I want here, people sharing their experiences, so go see. We have to share the success stories with each other.
And hey, join in if you have a story of what didn't work, or if you had a bad reaction to an herb, etc etc. Or even if, (like me with the heart's ease,) you end up taking 'too much' of something, and how that played out, good or bad. Put it anywhere, hijack a thread if you must. Just speak up, 'k?
Which leads me to the sometimes thorny issue of the two blogs. Because my heart's ease stories are over at the blog where all the "woo" posts end up., you might have missed them. And if you're really getting into the herbal journey, that's a shame. So I am going to go out on a limb here and say if you find this corner of the internet useful to you, then you're going to find it even more useful to read both my blogs.
I've spent long enough trying to pretend, to the more casual readers, that spirit can be separated from the healing journey. I didn't want to scare folks off. Well .. fuck that. If you can't hack mentions of words like spirit, God, or miracles, then you shouldn't be reading me at all. Run along.
Miracles happen all the time. What seems like a small thing to one person is so life changing to another that it IS a miracle to them and I am not going to let anyone tell them otherwise. I want to get my readers into the habit of expecting the miraculous on an every day basis. Here on the garbling blog we'll keep talking about the how-to of plant medicine and there on Falling Into Grace we can talk about the deeper issues, the background, the heart-led life that is essential to real change within. But it is all so intricately interwoven, you can't have one without the other, not really.
So there we are. You have your assignments, don't let me - or each other - down. Let's turn this into something a lot more people can use.