Blue Deer Center News
Excerpts from the Introduction to the New Edition of Plant Spirit Medicine
“Plant spirit medicine works partially because it has broad perspective. It does not look only through the eyes of physics and chemistry; it sees human beings as expressions of divine natural forces. It plumbs the human mind and emotions. It gives paramount importance to spirit, the mysterious core of our lives.”
“By way of tipping my hat in respect, I will mention that the Huichols are an indigenous people whose once-extensive homelands have been reduced to some rugged areas in the western Sierra Madre in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango, Mexico. Like all indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, the Huichols have been and are being hard pressed by the dominant culture..."
An Interview with Sherry Boatright, Director of Lifeways, Sacred Fire Community
Blue Deer Center: Can you tell us a little bit about "Lifeways" and its roots?
Sherry: Lifeways is sponsored by the Sacred Fire Community, which is about bringing people to the fire, back to the essential connection we have to fire, a spiritual essence. Fire opens us to gain greater awareness of heart and how to live from our hearts. As we get more connected to our hearts, we begin to discover and become more aware of the natural cycles. The sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening. The yearly cycles of birth in spring. The growth, development, and blossoming that happens in the summer. The fall, and the maturing, and then decaying. Then the death and dying. Fire helps us open to a greater sensitivity to the world and to these cycles.
In recent years the annual Plant Spirit Medicine Conference has focused on business practices. Now, following the advice of Grandfather Fire, what’s needed to grow our practice is to grasp the unseen participation of the plants. Our allies, the plant spirits, are constantly with us in the treatment room as we work with our clients. This year’s conference is designed to increase our awareness of the participation of the plant spirits and strengthen our connection with them.
Get ready for this year’s conference to be a very participatory experience! We will invite the plants to take a seat at the conference with us, and listen for their wisdom, guidance and support. To help us embody our learning, we will have short segments of movement led by Mai Duong throughout the conference. This year’s offerings promise to deepen our Plant Spirit Medicine practice and help us take a quantum leap forward in partnership with our plant allies.
For more information email psma-conference [at] plantspiritmedicine [dot] org
Or call conference co-chairs Mary Beth Robinson 865-387-0977 or Kateri McCue 978-877-7367
Friday, August 1st
Welcoming in the Plant Spirits - As a group we will build an altar to the plant spirits and invite them to take a seat at the conference with us.
Saturday, August 2nd
The Play of The Plants and The People - Eliot Cowan, Facilitator An experiential “play” where everyone has a role in acting out the relationships among the plants, middlemen (healers and those who want something from the plant people) and the suffering-mass-of-humanity.
Connecting to the Divine - Sherry Morgan Relating with the unseen is a prayer matter… also a natural state. Our true nature is to live in joy. In this session Sherry will show how accessible Nature’s gifts of guidance, support and healing actually are. She will share simple tools that can unfold your life into the joy of inherent relatedness & connectedness. The session will include a facilitated experience designed to improve your sense of guidance.
Community Market Gathering– A social evening is planned to give Saturday participants an opportunity to mingle, shop the inspirational offerings of the vendors, and engage in a book signing with Eliot Cowan for the latest edition of his book, Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants.
Sunday, August 3rd
Roundtable Discussion: Checking in After a Year of Practice-building - David Wiley, Facilitator Practitioners will share what’s working/what’s not working in building our practice. What is holding us back or getting in our way to balance both intuition and the mechanics to building a strong practice?
Blocks to Building a Strong Spiritual Healing Practice - David Wiley For those of us steeped in our mind-based society, leading with the heart is not an easy task. From the issues that arose during the roundtable discussion, David will address the blocks that continue to get in our way of moving forward with our PSM practice.
Good Mechanics + Good Intuition = A Home Run - David Wiley David will present the mechanics of building a healing practice. For those who were present at last year’s conference, this will be an opportunity to find a new listening, incorporating the unseen participation of the plants along with good business mechanics. This session will reinvigorate our efforts to move forward in a balanced way for the coming year.
Engagement Opens the Door to Relationship: Teaming Up with Our Plant Oracles to Support Our Work - Alison Gayek What are the key ingredients to offering our work to the world? In past years we've talked about confidence, standing in our medicine, listening to the plant oracles. This year we will explore the divine principle of engagement, exploring what is expected of us in this relationship with the divine world.
Teaching Fire with Eliot Cowan: An evening sitting around the fire with founder of Plant Spirit Medicine. An ideal opportunity for healers to ask questions of their teacher gaining insight and clarity around issues of importance.
Monday, August 4th
Town Hall Meeting– Annual meeting of PSMA Board and Plant Spirit Medicine healers.