The Confluence of Gaia, Plant Medicines and the Human Soul

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Instructors: 
Julie McIntyre
Date: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 8:00pm EDT
Please note webinar time is: 8 pm Eastern Time, 7 pm Central Time, 6 pm Mountain Time, 5 pm Pacific Time
 
Gaia and the plants we work with as medicines, as teachers and healers work on physical, spiritual and soul levels; that liminal place where the medicine meets the person. Many of us have become herbalists and people of the plants because something from the depths reached out and touched us. Perhaps it was a deep need within that called it forth. Wherever it arose and touched us it changed us; the touch changed the trajectory and meaning of our lives. Healing with plant medicines, with Earth medicine is something as ancient as Gaia, as rooted as a Redwood forest, as interconnected as the neural networks of plants hidden by cover of soil, as invisible as feeling. 

Many herbalists know that working with plant medicines, with Earth medicine is a multi-sensory experience; an embodied experience. This episode will explore expanding and deepening those experiences through depth perceptions as well as the effects those perceptions have on who we are becoming as human beings, our relationships to the medicines we use and the people we work with.

To ground this deeper I turn to Maurice Merleau-Ponty:

The thing can never be separated from someone who perceives it; nor can it ever actually be in itself because its articulations are the very ones of our existence, and because it is posited at the end of a gaze or at the conclusion of a sensory exploration that invests it with humanity. To this extent, every perception is a communication or a communion, the taking up or the achievement by us of an alien intention or inversely the accomplishment beyond our perceptual powers and as a coupling of our body with the things.

Bio: Julie McIntyre is an Earth mystic, clinical herbalist, author. For fifteen years she worked with people with chronic illness from tick borne diseases.  She is wildly passionate about the soul's journey and its relationship to plants and Gaia as a way to heal wounds and broken connections. For two years she was a spiritual advisor and ceremonialist for Native men in prison. She teaches workshops in the U.S, Mexico, Canada and Europe and is the author of Sex and the Intelligence of the Heart; Nature, Intimacy and Sexual Energy