02 August 2009
Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioicia)
So, I begin with my great green ally Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioicia).
Notice I included the Latin name (above) - why do weeds have Latin names? Think about that one for starters. Consider your definition of a weed. People can be weeds, too. Ask Hitler or Margaret Sanger. Ask Dick Cheney - he knows a lot about what he considers human weeds and what we do to them. The list goes on and on.
We also live in a society that craves elitism. The (Donald) Trumping of America. First class, gated communities - I am somebody, can't you see by my clothes or my car or the way people treat me? My great wealth and power are my validation. I will show you what is truly important and valuable. You will want what I am.
Weeds are not elite, neither is healing. Michael Jackson spent 150K a month on his private physician -- how many of us could afford that elite level of health care?
Obama supposedly wants health care for everyone, but what are we (ok, you) putting your trust in? You can't trust a weed can you? Does a weed have more access to the energy/information that heals than your doctor? I'm perhaps questioning the content that would be delivered in a Government Health care system - that goes beyond the basic question of whether or not a Government can or should provide health care - which, unfortunately, seems to be where the focus of the debate has stuck. I realize I need to be careful here because I do not want to be drawn into the same category as so many who oppose Obama's health care initiative for very different reasons.
If weeds could only talk -- oh, that's right, they can. The word weed has evolved to a more pejorative meaning -- it used to mean just grass or herb, now it is imposing it's will on our gardens or lawns, invasive, taking over, not clean or safe or controllable. Something to be dealt with harshly. As a modern day human, believer only in science and technology, I'll decide what/who lives and dies. I am a master abortionist - god-like in my insanity.
Nettle is a great weed to start with. Just get to know that one weed and your life will change. I have had a deep and long relationship with Nettle. We have been intimate many times. It is definitely tough love. Nettle is in my blood now, green and dark. Nettle grows really fast, great at taking energy out of the universe and shaping it into the material world. Hmm, which organs do that? Kidneys and lungs for starters -- liver maybe -- blood is pretty important to that process -- could Nettle help my kidneys and lungs? Strengthen and build my blood? My immune system? Help me breathe better? What's the stinging about? Touch it and find out! Touch it hard and less/no pain; try to be gentle and you'll get zapped worse. Stand up for yourself. Why are you sneaking around like a mouse -- maybe you're a lion instead? Only one way to find out. Get your head out of your ass and look around.
Nettle is about fast, quick observation, sensory perceptions: let's have fun with your nervous system while we're at it. Is pain bad? Can pain be pleasurable? How's that possible? Can I breathe through pain and transform it into something else? Can I use my pain for something other than mere misery? Can I dance with pain? Does it hurt less if I'm flowing with it, flowing into it, letting it move through me instead of sticking somewhere? What are all these perceptions but signals anyway? Why do we attach emotions to these signals? Why not learn from them instead? They are just energy, usually hurts more when stuck -- let it out. Scream or cry! There's the trick to living and Nettle will teach you. Easy to say not so easy to do. So much more on Nettle to come.