In the traditional ways, the word medicine can mean anything that brings us closer to the Creator, wholeness and the life force within all things. This could involve the healing of body, mind or spirit. We learn the medicine through close observation of nature, noting the behavior and qualities of the animals and plants that share this creation with us. The seeker of medicine must have great focus, patience and desire to be in harmony with the essence of the being who’s medicine they seek. The knowledge of medicine takes time and intention to grow.
Everything in Nature is a teacher. Even the changing seasons bring experiences that deepen our connection to the Creator. Winter is a time of reflection. Many living things die off or go within themself to grow and be renewed once Spring returns. Bears and other animals hibernate. Plants shut down, feeding off stored energy until the warmth returns. We people have this opporunity too. We develop wisdom and medicine not just by observing, but also by taking time to process our experiences. Through contemplation and meditation the deeper meanings of our experiences are revealed. We ask permission to use the medicine through our prayers and as we are ready those healing energies become available. Ceremony helps us cleanse those things that block us from being open to the medicine that surrounds us.