Saturday, March 14, 2009

Grass Flower Essences


"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." -- Henry Miller

"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." -- Walt Whitman

When you think of grass do you think of tenacity and strength? Do you think of a species that could persist in all kinds of conditions over 65 million years? Do you think of grass as important -- an incredibly versatile plant species we depend on like no other, a species our planet could not live without?

Most grasses are delicate. They bend and sway in any breeze. So what makes them so persistent, strong and successful that you can pave over their environment and within weeks find them popping up through the cracks?

They know how to work in "community."

Blades of grass are never found alone. They either grow in bunches, like the grasses we see here in the desert, or by sending out runners or rhizomes that sprout new grass plants at the ends. Think of whole communities of plants that support each other by holding hands. Grass lives in community. And yet you can cut these connections and the underground runners and rhizomes remain viable and remaining plants that are mature enough remain whole.

Grass flower essences work by helping people understand themselves within the greater matrix of humanity. Themes include knowing one's own importance within the context of a group, the importance of merging life purpose with community goals, and the ability to maintain one's connection to the earth in the cramped and more restricted conditions of modern life.

We'll be talking about three individual grass flower essences -- Quaking Grass, Wild Oat and Corn -- later this week.
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1 comment:

Anne Vis said...

Such an insightful post! I love that idea of communities holding hands to support each other ... how beautiful and inspiring!