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What is my True Nature?

As I began work on this blog, I have wrestled with my ego whose motto is “If you can’t do it perfectly, don’t do it.” One of my ego’s fondest fictions is that I am not enough and have nothing to offer. But Nature provides gentle and brilliant reminders that the only necessary is to Be and allow Life to flow through the unique expression of my True Nature. Smallwort

This lovely little flower fills corners of our lawn and special little hollows in the woods around Cabin Run Creek in early spring. The Celts called it ‘Grian’, in reference to the sun, and although we call it Lesser Celandine, the ancestors called it Smallwort or Pilewort. Back-in-the-day the root was used specifically, both topically and internally as a remedy for hemorrhoids. The roots appears as tubers, resembling these unpleasant little problems, formerly called piles. Hemorrhoids commonly occur as a result of stress and strain, symbolic of resistance to letting go of the past, letting go of anger and resentments. Smallwort is a member of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes many Plants whose wisdom is that of radical transformation.

Last year I made a flower essence of this little plant, and as I journeyed to the Plant Realm I found a newborn child, simple, naked, robust in health and I Saw that the child had everything it needed to survive and thrive in life. Verse 55 of the Tao te Ching describes the person who is whole and in harmony with Oneness as a newborn child who cannot be harmed, his grip is firm even though his muscles are weak and his bones soft, his vitality is strong even though he knows nothing of sexuality, and he can howl all day without becoming hoarse.

This humble plant teaches us to be born again to that childlike authenticity, to release all our egoic struggles, to return to our True Nature, the natural and simple as the day we were born. Eckhart Tolle says,

“Through becoming less (in the ego’s perception), you in fact undergo an expansion and make room for Being to come forward. True power, who you are beyond form, can then shine through the apparently weakened form.”

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