Nourishing Roots

“Where is your water? Know your garden.”

―Hopi teaching

The Outer Teaching

The Crooked Path

Rooting is a downward movement into the murky, compressed and often obstructed spaces of our depth. As any tree knows, to expand towards the light, we must reach down into the dark. In such spaces, we inevitably encounter stones in our path which threaten to either trip us up or block our growth completely.

When faced with obstacles and obfuscation, we must learn to be flexible and creative in our approach to navigate such places. Not all stones can be broken down, but all stones can be gone around. If we fixate on the straight path as being the fastest, we inevitably face delay. When we learn to adapt, to wind around our walls, we keep our momentum and find the way beyond.

The Inner Teaching

What Are You Feeding?

Shadow cultural messaging has confused our natural drives for nourishment and distracted us from finding it. The shadow culture has co-opted our need for belonging to dictate how we should look, feel and want. In the same way we have been mislead to treat the symptom rather than the cause, we have learned to feed the craving rather than the being.

There is no denying that pleasure, aesthetics and challenges are a part of what feeds a healthy being, but fixating on these alone leaves us strung out and clamoring for another fix. By turning back to and tending our primary needs of clean air, healthy food, exercise, rest and harmony with one other, we recalibrate our sense of where we draw our nourishment from and how to cultivate it.

The Hidden Teaching

Digging for the Actual

A truly nourishing path with heart is easy to miss if we become misaligned within ourselves to what we love. As our lives become filled with distractions and the agendas of others, we must remember to take the space to recalibrate to ourselves. Only by drinking first from the well ourselves can we be strong enough to carry water to others.

Suggested Divination Meanings

Am I being nourished by my actions?

Are these things in my life nourishing?

Have I mistaken something in my life as nourishing, when in fact, it is diminishing?

What truly nourishes me?

What does it feel like to be nourished?

Am I factoring in my needs?

Have I allowed my desires to keep me from receiving my needs?

How can I wind around my obstacles rather than beat my head against them?

In what direction do I need to grow in order to access deeper nourishment?

What needs to be nourished in this situation?

What is being nourished that is causing things to be held back?