Weeds and our inner world
What are weeds and how do they correlate to our inner world? In Nature there are no weeds because each plant that grows has a purpose, so what are weeds? Weeds by our standards are any undesirable plant that grow in our lawns, gardens and farmers crops.
This past February when I went to Arizona to help my parents clear out my Grammie’s house to prepare the property for sale, I noticed a single small orange African daisy growing amongst the rocks at the edge of her yard which brought back childhood memories. My mom used to have African Daisies in her flower bed that were yellow or orange in color, and I remember gathering the seeds. The next day when the gardener came to clean and weed my Grammie’s rock based yard, he removed the tiny daisy plant which made me feel sad. To me the tiny plan was pretty, however it was clearly a weed to the gardener. We live in a society where everything has to be “perfect”. We can’t have dandelion’s growing in our lawns and our farmers are growing monocultures such as corn, wheat, soybeans and nut trees. Even hay grown for animals has to be perfect, “you can’t have weeds in your Bermuda hay because horses don’t eat weeds”. Monoculture has led to the heavy use of herbicides and GMO crops that withstand being sprayed with these herbicides. However, when growing a mixed grass hay such as clovers, vetch, rye and Dallas grass, these all provide biodiversity within the field. Clovers and vetch provide natural nitrogen to the soil and when mixed with other grasses provide food for honeybees and butterflies and homes on the ground for insects, rabbits and ground nesting birds and food for soil microorganisms. Aaaah biodiversity, the spice of life!
When we moved here 7 years ago, there were lots of weeds especially milk weeds which by the way are food for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. This land, was stripped of all nutrients having been a cotton field at one time and previous “owners” cutting hay but not giving nutrients back to the soil. My husband took soil samples and the pH was really low, unhealthy for most grasses grown for hay. The ground also lacked nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. In short……..the land was sick. He applied lime to bring up the pH and also spread commercial fertilizers. He tried organic fertilizers, however the ground was so poor it did not respond readily to the organic fertilizers. Now 7 years later the fields are lush providing high protein grasses for the cattle, sheep and wildlife. Neighbors scoffed at his farming practices yet his fields are producing rich hay while the neighbor’s fields are very short and sparse.
So again, how do weeds correlate to the world within ourselves? As you can see, having a lot of weeds can be a sign that the soil is poor because all the nutrients were stripped from the soil, causing healthy plants to die and weeds to thrive taking over a field.
Weeds in our lives could be those pesky people who seem to keep cropping up no matter how much we try to get rid of them…….bosses, partners, neighbors, family members. These “weeds” could be people in our lives who when we look back on our lives we may see a pattern. Some weeds such as brambles have thorns and when we try to pull them from the ground, they pierce through our protective gloves hurting our hands. How many times have people felt like thorns in your fingers or pesky weeds”? A weedy inner landscape could be like the dandelion that parachute their seeds on the wind, landing in our manicured lawns and flower beds, now showing up as illness within our bodies, emotional shutdown or perhaps addictions. But think of this…….. “weeds” such as the dandelion are beneficial and healing to our bodies and to animals who consume them, a perfect tonic for detoxing the liver, kidneys and other disorders too numerous to cite here. However, if you are interested, here is a link on the benefits and healing powers of the pesky dandelion plant https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-leaves-and-dandelion-root .
Those pesky people who blow onto our path, help us to grow spiritually and to fulfill the sacred contract they have with us to help us complete the work our souls came here to do. When we have people mirroring to us or have chronic physical symptoms, this is an indication that our inner landscape is out of balance, fostering the “growth” of undesirable “weeds” in our lives.
So how do we nurture the soil of our inner landscape? The healing must come from within ourselves, we can’t simply pull the “weeds” because they will merelycome back, sometimes overwhelming us, just like the farmer’s fields which are overgrown with weeds. We each heal in different ways. We are told the answers to every question we have lies within us. Yeah right!! When our inner landscape is so overgrown from a lifetime of weeds, we may not even know where to start. Pulling a row of weeds is exhausting and we notice they grow right back up behind us, leaving us frustrated, depressed, feeling stressed and overwhelmed. OMGosh where do I start?
We can reach out to others who have had the same experiences by reading self -help books, participate in coaching sessions, learn self-healing techniques such as Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Quantum Touch, the Emotion Code (TEC) and Body Code (BC), etc., so healing can be achieved. There are so many different healing techniques and because we are each unique, we must find what works best for us. What works for a friend of ours may not work for us. Connecting with others on the healing path helps tremendously, giving us the love and support needed during the healing process. It is a journey, there is no quick fix mostly because humans are programmed that everything takes time and LOTS of hard work. However, it does not have to be that way, and as we grow we reach another layer that wants to be cleared. We never truly get it done, however we can to begin to experience heaven on earth rather than the hell we feel we were born into.
Yes, we can heal ourselves and yes all of the answers lie within us, however, when we get stuck, mired in mud up to our eyeballs, it may be helpful to seek someone outside of our self because they can see things from a different perspective, bringing us clarity. Healing our woundedness provides nutrients to our soul, removing the weeds growing in our inner landscape providing a healthy “inner soil” that allows new seeds to sprout bringing bio-diversity to our beingness as a human, a spiritual being having a physical experience.
Oh yeah, and the hay which some farmers consider as being weedy…….well the animals will dine on the hay and like a buffet, will pick and choose what they want. Those unwanted milk weeds when dry are like candy to sheep and are the first thing they jerk out of the hay.
Perhaps now when you see weeds growing you will see the message and experience the healing properties of the weeds. Some weeds may require being removed, and this is our free will that as adults we have the opportunity to pick and choose who we want in our lives.
Healing with you. Namaste