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Present Amber: It’s a Wonderful Life!

I moved to Utah three years ago with a hopeful vision of partnership.  Such a profound intention shared by two people can bring deep healing of old patterns if we are willing to walk the path.  Eric and I are living separately for this, our fourth year, allowing spaciousness to further our individual healing processes.  In the bedrock of my heart this feels right, but at times it is hard, confusing, frustrating, and just plain uncertain. I have found myself doubting the choices I have made along my path and wondering if indeed I do have something of value to offer to my community, my village.  

Friday after Thanksgiving, while visiting Eric in Boulder Town, we had a movie day.  In It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey keeps missing out on his dreams of travel and adventure, but gets supernatural help to realize how important and blessed his ordinary life really is.  Then in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has a similarly out-of-this-world experience to show her how much her home and family mean to her.  We both cried a lot that day… And I am heartened by these modern myths of the hero’s journey.  

When we bring groups of students together to lie down at the feet of the trees, our heart-sharing seems to always have a theme.   There was just one time when Eric said he didn’t think we had a theme, but later I was gifted this song incorporating pieces from our sharing that day, which I call Messages from Bristlecone Pine

Close your eyes.
What’s your hurry?
Sit yourself down here in the shade. 
Take off your shoes.
Come a little bit closer.
Sit very still, lift up your face. 
If you climb up in my branches, you will be held like a child. 
We’re not so very different, you and I. 

There was a footpath 
Long before the road, 
So many people have come and gone. 
High on this cliff face 
My roots grow strong, 
You have roots too, can you feel where you belong? 
If you climb out to the edges, 
You will know an awesome view. 
Your fear can never get the best of you. 

There’s more to life 
Than meets your eyes, 
But you have other eyes in your soul. 
With each irritation, 
Each bump in the road, 
We grow more lovely, you and I, as we grow old. 
If you look inside my body, you’ll see ring on ring on ring. 
We need never ever forget we are part of everything.  

Open to your life. Open to your life. Open to your life. 
We are alive.  

Thank you. 

Present Amber: Ponderosa Journey

Present Amber

We are lying on our backs with our eyes closed in a mandala of human forms, cushioned by a carpet of dun-colored pine needles, sunlight dappling our faces and bodies as a gentle breeze plays in the boughs of the three gentle giants, the Ponderosa elders standing guard around us.  We each receive a misting of PINEal hydrosol, a drop of Ponderosa cone essential oil on the forehead, a light brushing down arms and legs with a Pine frond, and a weighty cone placed in our hands.  The gurgle of the creek nearby and the soft, repetitive rhythm of an elk-hide frame drum coax our capable intellects into relaxation, and we open to our impressions.  We simply are for a space in time.  Our heartbeats find a steady groove held within the pulse of Life in everything around us. 

When we return to sitting, each one of us is invited to share from our experience  with the Ponderosa Pine.  The points of similarity become threads of themes in this circle, and from group to group we have brought to this place.  We are amazed and delighted at how our stories weave us together and into the fabric of the natural world.  The palpable sense of connection to these wise beings evokes awe, that rare emotion that flashes through us like a wisp of feathered lightning, and gratitude flows easily into the opening it leaves in its wake.  It is subtle, but it’s powerful. 

The distillation workshops we held this year brought together vibrant and varied groups of people from Arizona, Califonia, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.  Each person brought something to the group that no-one else could – as we worked together, talked together, listened together, ate together, thought, dreamed and laughed together, and shared in the collaborative creative process with the Plants, the Stones, the Fire, the Water, the Earth, the Air, and our human heads, hands and hearts. 

What a joy it always is to see the smiling faces of wonderful people, who want to learn about where essential oils come from, arriving at our driveway.  What a gift it is for us to share and learn together with each of you!  And what a blessing to watch each unique group of precious individuals drive away knowing that our lives are changed forever by each other’s presence. 
Thank you!
<3 Amber  

Disclaimer! None of the statements would be or are approved by the FDA. Not meant to diagnose or treat anything! Educate yourself by studying ethno-botany, seek out herbalists, plant a garden, learn about wild plants. Do not use internally. Keep away from heat and direct light. Keep safe from young ones. Use with Wisdom & Intention.

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