There’s a plethora of oxymorons relevant to this weeks revelations that go along the lines of “you have to lose yourself to find yourself”.
I love the contradicting nature of all the things I was immersed in this last week. Words, animals, plants, human nature and nature in general
Walking country, watching the fresh green buds popping up from the little and big rains after the burn offs.
Seeing the beautiful but poisonous winter berries, the spiders intricate webs they weave that catch the morning dew, unassuming but marvelous in the same glance.
Observing these things reminded me of the importance to tread carefully and take in the opposing sides and balance of all things. We can become so entranced with awe and wonder at what we are experiencing, we may be deceived by the double nature of what we are seeing, hearing and feeling.
Yes, the Eucalyptus leaves are great for cough suppressants and curing fevers, chills and pains but too much smoke inhalation can leave you sleepy and with headaches.
There are many different types of Ivy, but take the time to look carefully and seek advice on identifying because one innocent type is very different to the poisonous one that can leave you burning and scarred.
Examine your connections, the strands you are tangled in, the webs you have woven amongst yourself. Let some go if they no longer serve you and bring the others in tighter, if needed.
An innocent tiny house spider can be incredibly useful in the life cycle and function of keeping your space clear, just as Black Widow spider contributes to the cycle of nature. Interestingly enough, a Black Widow's venom is an alpha-latrotoxin, affecting the nervous system and 15 times more powerful than a rattlesnakes venom. The smallest things that can hide themselves well, can do the most damage. It’s all about perception and the threat of danger.
Many people underestimate the power of small things, small voices and small actions.
Equally though, we can be blinded by the fear of something’s reputation.
For example, Kangaroo apples are more commonly known as poisonous when unripe and traditionally used in Indigenous communities for birth control, sometimes leading to death. However, the berries contain a powerful steroid important in the production of cortisone and can be used as a poultice for swollen joints.
The unassuming Hakea tree looks rather bland but holds incredible antibiotic properties and the nuts themselves can be split and used as jewelry or ornamentation.
When we forget to write it down or we choose not to share it, when we lose touch with expression of knowledge through creative art, the information is lost for a while.
However, nothing is ever really lost.
Ironically, when you forget who you are or lose yourself in something, for example - the bush, you eventually emerge with a stronger sense of self. By taking notice of nature and applying that awareness internally, we rediscover the incredible capacity of our mitochondrial DNA and the complex threads they are interwoven with. We look deeper, below the surface and reconnect the links to our genetic DNA and we start to remember things we may have forgotten.
By reorganising the information stored within our brains, we let go of the baggage and irrelevant strands that no longer serve us. Mind mapping (or brain mapping, check it out!) is quite good for anyone struggling with sensory or emotional overload.
Another little quote I subscribe to is "not all who wander are lost". Sometimes, we wander because we need to be reminded how resourceful, knowledgeable and determined we are.
Sometimes, we need reminders of how powerful we are and bits of solitude can be conducive to solidifying strength and how identifying how good we can be at protecting ourselves and others.
Take some time to get a little lost and see what you discover about yourself. Just tread carefully and respectfully, and surround yourself with people you trust if you need directions, knowing that the steps you take will leave an imprint on the earth and add to the stories of your future generations DNA.