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Herbs for Shadow Work

Last week, there was an anon who inspired me to put together a post about herbs I’ve used alongside shadow work. So here it is. Admittedly, I don’t work with herbs as much as I’d like, but I thought I’d offer the bit of the experience I do have with the handful of herbs I’m familiar with. 

Sage

Cleansing

Sage is a go-to for many practices. I consider it a jack-of-all-trades type, though the one thing it definitely masters is cleansing. That being said, I use it predominantly to cleanse both myself and my environment by burning it, usually before and after I engage in “sit-down” shadow work (i.e. journaling, tarot, premeditated rituals). 

Chamomile

Relaxation

Chamomile is soothing and meditative for me. For the relaxation effect, I burn it or make tea with it. 

Dream Induction 

Analyzing dreams is an enlightening exercise to use for shadow work and chamomile tea is a great way to induce them. Steep 2 tbs. of dried chamomile flowers in 1 cup of nearly boiling water for 5 minutes or so, then add some honey and a squeeze of lemon, and voila! You’ve got a delicious bedtime beverage that has the potential to aid you in shadow work. 

Lavender

Relaxation

Similar to chamomile, lavender is great for relaxation and sleep. Burn it or use some of the dried flowers for tea (it goes well with chamomile).

Upliftment

Where sage cleanses, lavender uplifts and comforts. I burn it during and/or shadow work sessions or just anytime I’m feeling down. The smell of it offers instant encouragement for me. 

Calea Zacatechichi 

Dream Induction

Another herb that serves to induce dreams is calea zacatechichi (aka calea z). This stuff can be a little more abrupt than chamomile, but I’ve found its mild effects interesting. 

Rosemary

Cleansing, Protection, Healing

Rosemary is a promoter of general well-being. I typically use it in baths and body scrubs. I sometimes take ritual baths for shadow work– water is a great element to work with in this arena and I find that it’s refreshing to physically cleanse afterwards using a rosemary-lemon salt scrub. 

Self-Heal 

Healing

Self-heal, scientific name being prunella vulgaris, is a wonderful little herb I discovered growing in my yard this past spring. It is said to cure a myriad of ailments. I’ve only really used it in homemade incense so far, which I found to be very earthy and grounding. I can see it having the potential to facilitate assimilating and healing from past traumas.  

Lemongrass (oil)

Upliftment

Though I’ve only dabbled, I feel confident in saying aromatherapy is a helpful practice to incorporate into shadow work. I’ve found lemongrass oil to be uplifting and revitalizing, great for the recovery process. 

Eucalyptus (oil)

Cleansing, Strengthening

There is something so empowering about the smell of eucalyptus. I use it in my baths or I dab a bit of oil on my forehead while introspecting or meditating. 

Black Tea

Relaxation, Introspection

For me, tea time is introspection time more often than not. Something about sipping on warm tea just makes me want to think. Coffee does this, too actually, but my thoughts are inclined to become a little more exacerbated when I drink coffee, so I recommend tea. 

Marijuana

Relaxation, Introspection, Preservation of Sanity

Now, this is where this post may be a wee bit controversial, but marijuana has been a huge help for me. It’s served as a natural antidepressant and I respect and appreciate it tremendously for that. But there is a downside, you can become dependent, and it can start playing with your shadow– it can cause you to become complacent, agitated, depressed, over-analytical, paranoid, etc. Moderation and discretion are key. 

Overall, I’ve found that marijuana teaches patience, appreciation, and acceptance, all things that are of tremendous value to the process of shadow work. But you must be careful not to let it become a distraction or a crutch, because it can very easily. 

*For the record, I am not recommending the illicit use of marijuana. This information has been provided as a means of sharing my experience, not directing others’.


Other herbs that I believe may be useful for shadow work include mugwort and valerian. Mugwort would do well for dream induction/recall and perhaps even memory recall. Valerian would be useful for relaxation and countering anxiety, as well as for sleep and dreaming. 

last sentence meme

I was tagged by the amazing @politicalmamaduck to post the last sentence from five of my fics! It was a lot of fun to take a look at my fics this way, and to examine how well the ending lines of my stories stand on their own. 


A Ghtroc 690, Fully Restored (Reylo)

Now they’re bound, entangled together through the Force, whether for good or ill, and Rey can’t find a way to free herself.

Hunger (Reylo)

She supposes they each have their own illnesses, their own temptations to resist.

Tribute (SasuSaku & ItaSaku)

He’s hers, for the rest of their lives, and Sakura knows she can only treasure this gift all the more, because it came at such a high price.

Second Son (SasuSaku)

Then he waves a hand toward their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing in the grass before them, and says, “The future.”

blind but for blue (Stucky)

They’re vivid, beautiful, and in an ocean of dull grey, startlingly blue—the only color that Steve has ever been able to see. 


This was such a blast, and a very enlightening exercise, so I’d encourage any interested fanfic writers to give this meme a shot!

Tagging @xxlovendreamsxx, @reylotrashcompactor, @mnemehoshiko, @shelikespretties, @machinewithoutfeelings, @the-flowerchild, @lunaplath, @tehanufromearthsea, and @briarlily! No pressure to participate ofc. :)

On what has a "place" in religion

With everything going on recently with police brutality and racism all the way down to the white washing in Exodus, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about race and racism within the Kemetic community over the past 6 months. Every time race is mentioned, I see a lot of “omg race has no place in religion. gods don’t see race. you’re just pushing politics”.

And while I’ve said it before, I want to say it again.

Anything that effects the lives of the adherents of the religion- whether it be race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, w.t.f.ever- has a place in said religion, and should be discussed by members of said religion.

A religion is nothing without its adherents. And if the adherents of said religion don’t feel safe because members make them feel unsafe (such as members being racist) and end up pushing members away- guess what, that is now a part of your religious community. Given enough time, this will become a solid part of your religion (don’t believe me? ask some of the Heathens that hang around here, they’ll tell you what racists and sexists do to a religious community).

You can not compartmentalize this stuff. You can’t. You shouldn’t. And if you want your religious community to be strong, you need to address this stuff.

When you say that discussion about racial dynamics (or anything similar to this) has no place in your religion, you’re basically saying you don’t care about PoC feeling welcome or safe in your religion, and that they aren’t welcome in your religious community.

Race is a part of our religious community (and therefore religion) because our society pays attn to skin color. We don’t live amongst color blind gods, people. We live amongst humans with biases. Sexual orientation is a part of our religious community (and therefore religion) because our society has rules about what is acceptable and what isn’t. Gods may not care about who you love, but your boss and parents and neighbors (or forum moderators) might. Disability is a part of our religious community (and therefore religion) because our society ignores and erases disabled people. Gods may be willing to work around disabilities, but our society sure a shit isn’t.

These types of things effect the members of our religious community and therefore has a place in our religion. When you say these things have no place, you are shitting on members of our religious community (and therefore religion) and saying that their voices don’t matter. 

Those voices do matter. These topics do matter. These topics deserve to be discussed right along side of Min’s big boner and Thoth’s butt (if not even more so than boners and butts).

These topics are a part of our religion. They deserve a place at our religious table. And if you think they don’t, I urge you to seriously examine why you think they aren’t important. You may find it to be an enlightening exercise.

This has been a thing.

anonymous asked:

Who do you find more interesting Dean or Sam?

Both brothers have their respective quirks, which prove to be interesting to try to analyze, but at the same time they do share subconscious tendencies as well. 

Sam, for his part, will never stop feeding his need to learn, constantly in a book whether it is lore or just for entertainment. He will usually be the first to awaken, either taking the time to make coffee or go for a morning run. These are very human things, as I have learned, and I have found myself going for a run once or twice with him before. I can understand why the exercise can be enlightening, though with our lives I am unsure just as to why Sam chooses to tire himself out when there is no danger involved. 

There are other quirks as well that he does not actively show, such as the romantic comedy shows that he still has yet to watch on his Netflix account or how he absentmindedly traces his hands around old photographs of his family. Or when he leaves his computer screen open and it will revert to sleep mode, displaying pictures of years and faces long since gone. He will never speak of them, and I have never brought them up, but to think about what he and Dean alike have been through, that makes them unsolvable equations.

For his part, Dean can actually be the polar opposite of his brother, spending his free time in the garage fixing up the Impala or watching television while Sam is in the library reading. He will usually be the last to awaken unless we are hunting, and has a tendency to wear the same robe to breakfast every morning when we are in the bunker. He will drink considerably more than Sam, but he almost never loses himself completely (which is saying something considering I have witness him consume 6 beers in one sitting and still be relatively coherent). He can be rambunctious, arrogant, but also calculatingly quiet, conveying all that he needs to say in just a few glances. Sam has called him dumb on numerous occasions, but he is one of the smartest men I have met.

I found myself observing Dean more towards the beginning, whether out of habit, curiosity, or just the fact that I pulled him out of Hell. Sam may have his hidden habits somewhat guarded, but Dean locks his up in the prison cell of his mind, the chains only rattling when he is most vulnerable. From spending time with him I have found that he feels as if he has a duty as the older brother, constantly needing to be ready for any source of attack, leaving little time for him to be the human he is. Dean will be the one to go to sleep last, either making sure the warding is completely sealed around the motel or just finding an excuse to be alone. Those are the moments where I do not think he realizes that I am still awake, but those are moments that I also do not eavesdrop upon. They are private, only for him to see. All that I can hope is that one day he chooses to open that prison for at least Sam and me.

So to attempt to answer your question: I cannot decide. The Winchesters are unfathomable, their stories and lives entwined with so many and yet they themselves are constantly having internal epiphanies of their own. To an outsider they may seem as just hunters, disguising their lives for the greater good, but to me, they are humans that have seen far too many horrors of this world and the next, yet continue to try to put a stop to them, yielding to nothing until the monsters are gone. They are an incomparable and infinitely intriguing team. All that I can say is that I am honored to consider them family.

Yours,

Castiel