Sunday, September 27, 2009

Aloe Vera

I've had five plants since arriving in Spain. They have all died, except for the Aloe Vera. Its thriving.

It was a plant given to me by a yoga student. When I first saw it, it was healthy. I took it under my care, and it started to look sick. I was afraid I was going to kill it also.

I took a step back and thought of my smother love attitude to plants, and let it go.

I was looking at the aloe today, and its thriving. Not just healthy, but vibrant with life. Its even sprouted a little baby in its soil.

I did a bit of research. The Hindus called it 'the silent healer'. It has been a symbol of beauty, health, longevity and healing for many peoples.

The Spanish are given credit for bringing it to Europe, and it was used by priests and grown in monasteries as a healing aid.

Jesus Christ was anointed in Aloe Vera (John 19:39)
The Burial of Jesus
38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

I drowned the other plants in too much water. I gave them more than they were capable of absorbing. With the Aloe Vera, I waited for the soil to dry out, and then watered it, when it was ready.

Enki, the Sumerian God of Wisdom, is also the god of the waters. He is father to Ningal, the moon goddess, and the grandfather to Inanna.

This ties in with a conversation I was having about limits and energy within the mind/body and breaking those limits before the 'whole' was ready for transition.

The wisdom is. The water is. It is.

The seeker, if her chalice is already full, can not take any more water/wisdom. There is even the possibility of drowning in too much water/wisdom.

Wisdom, the water, must wait until the chalice is ready to be filled. Must wait until the chalice is empty.

I have always had the tendency to 'tell the truth'. Regardless of the consequences. Even if the ears were not receptive.

Its time to take my watering can and place it upon the shelf until the timing is right.

That means, just as I watched the Aloe Vera plant, testing its soil, and being careful of its nature, I need to keep this same observance/awareness in my daily life.

I am that I am.
God grant me patience and humility to await for Your guidance.

with Love


ordinary sparrow said...

i love the Aloe Vera. . .so many healing properties. . .i too love plants. . .before i began the work with Amma i had over thirty beautiful plants in my house. . .i had hanging plants in the bath tub from the ceiling the windows and the shelf and love the effect and the long baths each evening in a garden of lush green. . .i have lost most of my plants. . .but now i have moved them in the room where i am and have taken to giving them Holy Harmony water and it is amazing how they have taken off in vibrancy.

i so love bring Nature indoors. .

Tiffany said...

You're so good Sparrow.
Holy Harmony water!? What is this?
Jett and I have been practising healing one of the old sick plants - we thought to give it another chance. I can't say he's totally fixed, but he is looking a bit better.
We're all sending it love. :)