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Friday, June 27, 2008

Faithful companions-purple campenula...


When I first moved here to the coast, the confirmation that it was the right move for Sophia Center was discovering these little purple Campenula in a planter in front of the shop. At first they seemed somewhat timid, but came on strong after I kept complimenting them and touching them every time I walked by. At our very first location in the Historic Laundry Building at Marylhurst, this same variety of Campenula lined the narrow space in front of the building. In the summer, at least 10 people a day would stop to ask what kind of flower that was. This must have gone on for years before I came to establish my studio there because once I inherited the care of the old laundry building I would find little notes taped in every nook and cranny, written by the older sister that was the manager of the building before me. I think they were meant to be a reminder to her. Each one said: "The purple flowers out front are Campenula."

These little bell shaped flowers bloomed continuously, even during the winter! There was always one or two that bloomed as if to say: "we won't leave you, even in the winter, because we know how much you love us." There have been ground breaking studies "back in the day" to show that plants somehow know they are loved and thought well of and they seem to respond favorably to this attention. Some of you may remember an earlier post I did about my orchid. It gave me five or six big blossoms and hung around for about 3 months and then faded away. I thought I might have to wait another year or two for any more activity from this little soul, but, to my amazement. I discovered that where the old flower stalk ended and shriveled up is a new one shooting out with more buds getting ready to wow me! Maybe it wanted to encourage me as I get used to the fact that Toby is no longer physically present. Maybe little orchid thought I could use some creature company. Don't get me wrong, My sister and I are having a marvelous time spending time each day. I think it is the way that Mother Earth reaches out to us through the beings who are most in tuned with her energy.

The thing is, Mother Earth is changing. She is being re-configured by cosmic forces. And, she is not the only one. There is astounding new data, not covered by main stream media. that every planet in our solar system is going through a process of global warming! It has nothing to do with the burning of fossil fuels either. There is a fundamental change that is happening to our part of the cosmos, a birthing process. Consciousness is awakening in all of us. Our plant and animal kin are even more aware of it than we are and are preparing us to join in the great awakening our planet is experiencing. This is why, in the end, it is so important to tend to the environment and watch ourselves so we don't add to the difficulty of the change we and out planet must experience. Most of all it is our heart place and the quality of our thoughts and feelings that are so important to be directing and choosing carefully. It will be the difference between a hard or soft landing, I think. There are many out there that want to keep stirring up fear and negativity. However, this is an important transition time that requires many faithful lighthouses and anchors to help keep stability and hope and kindness moving us forward. It starts for all of us by first looking in the mirror and loving who we see, and then taking that feeling into each day and looking out at our world with this same positive recognition. Because, when we arrive where we are going as a transfigured species, we want to be able to recognize the faithful companions waiting for us to realize we have come to our "sweet spot." I'll bet for me, and I'm counting on it, that it will be something like those little purple Campenula that will be involved. What about you?

14 comments:

miss*R said...

it is always something like the little campenula that bring me back to Earth, to reality, to simplicity... I can be running around feeling sorry for myself, wondering why I am here and I see a tiny little flower somewhere in my garden and I sigh... that is what it is all about to be simple and to bloom where I am planted.
thankyou once again for bringing me back to this.. you are simply wonderful xoxo
I do have to work on being a 'lighthouse'.. I tend to rush through my day and forget..

miss*R said...

ps - it is so good to have you back here... I am glad that you are enjoying your time with your sister but i sure have missed you xoxo and more xoxo

Kikipotamus said...

I don't know an answer to that, but this post of yours makes me feel the work I'm doing lately might actually be important work. That helps me want to stick with it.

Island Girl Spirit said...

Thank-you for your insights . . . they make me think . . . I feel that we are adding to this global warming, but I also feel that Earth is in her own cycle. Hopefully the "Global warming" will help to slow us down, listen to Mother Earth, get in touch with our spirituality!
I love my garden. I've only been gardening for the last four years and what a spiritual awakening! My flowers, and this year herbs, help keep me in touch with the God of my understanding, and help to keep me in the moment.
I planted some Campenula last year and I didn't think it was going to make it. But it is thriving this summer! Beautiful. I'm going to go tell it right now how beautiful it is!
Blessings, Kel

ladybug said...

I agree the plants and animals not only know when and how much we think and care about them, but that they are tapped into the places that we can't see yet...that greater connection and conversation with the Earth that we have yet to listen to fully. Watching nature brings me so much joy and seems to filter out my negative thoughts even on my worst days...and it breaks my heart when I see it destroyed for greed and power.

Connie said...

Dear Kathryn,

Thank you so much for your eloquent post. You have put into words, much what I have been thinking and questioning for awhile now. I too agree with all that you said, and it is comforting as well as exciting to know other souls feel the shift.

If you don't mind, may I please share your wisdom with others on my blog, by quoting your post.

Peace & Love.

Lola Enchanted said...

Very pretty!~

Julie said...

Hello,

I have seen your comments many times on my friend Robyn's blog, and read what she has written about you so I thought I would stop by. There is much wisdom in your words. I know I have gone through a spiritual awakening in the past year but I don't know about the rest of the world!

Julie said...

Hello,

I have seen your comments many times on my friend Robyn's blog, and read what she has written about you so I thought I would stop by. There is much wisdom in your words. I know I have gone through a spiritual awakening in the past year but I don't know about the rest of the world!

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