The five owls perched overhead near me each morning as I wrote, prayed, cried, and did yoga. The temporary farm we were on last summer was a beautiful place. I knew we were about to lose everything and the dread of what was going to happen next and the scrambling for some semblance of sanity and organized planning to move forward tangled with each other in that open field as I sat cross legged in the early morning sun peering across the acres of unscathed plains, my eyes taking in the sight of watercolor mountain tops still touched by snow across the horizon. The owls looked on. Directly at me. Their messages clear and soothing. Change was coming, but it would be for the best.
During that time I jotted down each little message that came to me. Different plants came to mind to be made into teas. I knew the spiritual use for some of them like roses-love, hawthorn-heals a broken heart, but some of the herbs that came to mind I did not know the meaning of and looked them up to find that they had a perfect place in each tea blend. After I wrote, meditated, and listened, I went into the old farm kitchen and made a large mug of tea using those herbs for the day. I would feel my strength return. I did this for twelve days.
Eight months later the pieces fell together in one seamless layout. In one day the book was completed. A twelve day journal that discusses spirit animals and chakras, highlights a word to meditate on, a quote, a writing prompt, a gratitude section, a place to jot down other healthful habits, places to write and dream, and a spiritual tea blend. I carefully hand blended each tea in each tea bag and placed them all in a pretty cellophane bag, one for each book that was printed. It took days but I knew that this journal and the healing teas with them would help others just as it had me.
The cover of the book is a photograph of one of the owls that stayed near me during my time on that farm while this book was creating itself. This was one of the infant horned owls that looked on. My daughter, Emily, stayed up in a tree for some time waiting to capture this shot. It serves as a reminder that we are not alone and that everything in the universe works together to help us on our journey.
“White Wolf’s Spirit Journal; Twelve Days of Balancing, Healing, and Energizing the Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Self” is only $25 plus shipping. Call to order-(303)617-3370 or send a check to White Wolf Medicine, P.O.Box 2012, Elizabeth, CO 80107 for $35 to order. Better yet, come into my shop, have a cup of tea, and pick one up!