This weeks #wildwisdom #soulstory is in response to this weeks #treeteaching of a small plant growing in captivity. The small shrub I spotted trapped between two fences and yet producing beautiful golden yellow flowers who should appear but Oshun whose favourite colour is golden yellow.
African goddess of the Yoruba people also worshipped Afro-Brazilian religions known as Ọṣun (Oxúm in Portuguese).
She is the goddess of rivers, springs and streams. It is said that women dedicated to #Oshun walk and dance in the most sensual way and none can resist their charms. When followers gather at her waters she is gifted honey and copper. Her help is sought for romantic problems and other relationships. She is the energy of attraction, abundance and fertility.
Her story says that she was the only female of 17 deities. The other gods all failed in their efforts to populate the earth. Oshun agreed to help them and brought her sweet waters to bring life back to earth and humanity.
In Venice, under #lockdown from the #coronavirus, the water has cleared dramatically and now fish swim in the crystal clear water and swans sail across its surface. Meanwhile in our ‘Flowering Between The Fences’ tree teaching we learned how even in captivity it is possible to flower.
Her story teaches us that we need #balance in order to live both male and female. In our modern lives we see how mankind needs to balance living with the needs of nature. So it is that we see the #water is the #lifeblood of the #earth. If we pollute the #waters we pollute the earth and also ourselves.
As more and more people across the world experience #lockdown we see that relationships will need tending. Trapped between four walls like the plant trapped between the fences we will need to find ways to flower. We will need to attract #positiveenergy into our lives. We will need to bring a #positive focus to living in lockdown or risk feeling trapped, or worse still feeling panic and despair.
Below is a beautiful film I found. It is about a sacred grove dedicated to Oshun and one of the last sacred forests of the Yoruba. I hope you enjoy.
Oshun is associated with sensuality and #awareness of the body. Bringing our attention to the body rather than looking wistfully out of the window we can sing or dance or do yoga or simple stretches. We can be aware we are warm bloodied animals and feel our connection to other species. We are a part of nature, and we can use that fact to connect deeper with wider nature, the eco system and the planet. We can feel our blood coursing through our veins and connect with the river of life and the life giving waters of stream, springs and rivers. We can use our senses to take in the beauty of flowers, particularly yellow ones. Yellow speak of sunshine and #optimism. These are things we need to contemplate to stay positive.
Blessings Amanda Claire x
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About these wild wisdom soul stories.
You take this as you wish as a mythic exploration, spiritual gift, positive psychological programming whatever … but I offer it to you in the hope that it will serve you some good purpose.
The tree teachings, #forestbathing #meditations and wild wisdom soul stories are not pre-planned, I don’t have the year ahead mapped out with neat little diagrams and to do lists and pre-prepared old last years’ materials. No ... these are the fresh green shoots of inspirations sent forth from the trees. I don’t care what your belief system is … in times of mass extinction, and #climatechange , my conviction is that if we connect personally with trees and nature this can only serve both us and the #earth well … I hope you agree.
Each being and story featured each week is of course a brief glimpse. If you feel drawn to a particular one you could study it in greater depth and pay homage to the culture within which it arose.