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Recently, a friend of mine mentioned connecting with her plant totem. She said she can always rely on her particular spirit plant anytime she needs to return to a peaceful, grounded state of being. This idea intrigued me, and I began searching for my own spirit plant.
The answer just came to me in a dream. I dreamt I was home, at least the place I still think of as home (The New Forest in England), walking towards a tree-lined avenue. I knew the trees were lime trees (or what is known as Linden here).
The importance of this dream was amplified when a crow (my spirit animal) flew into the branches of the tree near me and cawed loudly in my direction.
When I awakened, after my usual tea and morning ritual, I began searching for the folklore associated with this plant. I was astounded! Everything I read resonated with me on such a deep level. Lime trees are associated with a goddess of fate, they symbolize love, they are trees of justice, and they are incredibly resilient. I learned that the blossoms can be made into a tea and the tea has many health benefits.
Every snippet of information I got about this tree just seemed to reconfirm that my hunch about the meaning of my dream was correct. I was able to trust my intuition and have this incredible experience because I have learned to slow down and simplify my life.
Tips for finding your planar totem:
1.Spend time in nature. You might find yourself gravitating towards a certain plant.
2. Keep a plant journal. Record your nature walks in your journal, sketch the plants that intrigue you.
3. Ask the Universe for help in connecting you with your plant.
4. Be open to receive the message in whatever form it takes.
My plant totem found me in a dream, but yours could come to you in any number of ways. Enjoy the process.
Some final thoughts...
Every day is filled with time to just be present, to listen to the birds chattering in the trees, the bleating of our goats, the sound of my son’s laughter. I cherish these simple moments and wouldn’t wish a return to a fast paced life EVER!
My life might not be glamorous or filled with lots of people, but it is filled with the people and things that matter. I cherish that first sip of tea in the morning while I write in my journal and listen to the choir of birds. I am grateful for the peace and quiet, the nature walks, the lessons in rewilding!
I enjoy getting lost in other worlds as I read and write. I appreciate cooking nourishing, wholesome foods.
I look forward to drinking lime blossom tea and seeing where this connection takes me. I can’t wait to learn from this plant. I know it has much to teach me and I vow to be an attentive student.
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