I'm sitting here fairly tingling. It will sound strange to some, but with the advent of the new year, I also got the huge gift of clearing up some thoughts that have been holding me back for a few years, and it feels wonderful!
You see, for years and years, there were all sorts of (we'll just call them) herbalists. Some of my friends are very serious medicinal herbalists. Some of them are very happy just taking care of their families, choosing to switch to allopathic medicine when it becomes that a situation is not self-limiting. I have friends who know their stuff, but choose to use herbs mostly for cooking and decorative uses. Some just like to garden.
There were so many different crayons in the box, and not a one of them was superior to the other.
For years and years, that was just fine.
Recently, it seems that there is a more narrow, specific accepted modality. A specific sort of spirituality is often associated with it. I've talked to very gifted herbalists who have become too intimidated by this situation to write anymore.
Well I'm done. I'm tired of this narrow definition.
Because people do the best they can.
Because I know too many people who don't eat in the prescribed way, but they still deserve to learn about herbs. I ate at Sonic a few times this year. Sue me.
I know too many people who do own TV's, and they watch them, too. I'm one of them.
Because there's nothing wrong with whatever way a person chooses to come to herbs. If they don't sense the Devas or think of the herbs as their personal allies, that's okay. If they worship at the foot of a tree, that's okay too. Everything in between is a-okay with me too. Nobody starts out knowing everything, and I will not be making anyone feel like less because they don't.
Folk herbalism has sufficed for a long time. If that's what people want to do - great. If they want to spend their lives studying and learning as much as an MD - that's wonderful.
But I'm going back to the old way. I'm not going to judge people by the way they live or the sacrifices they make. It's too limiting, and too exclusive. I'm getting too old to think that people should live in a certain way. There's a whole lot of gray between the black and the white.
You want to talk about herbs and have a little walk in the woods (or you're not "the outdoor type" but still want to talk about herbs)? Fabulous! That's what it's all about. Every single crayon is beautiful in it's own way.