My journey with Grandmother Medicine Song has impacted me on so many levels that it will be difficult to do it justice. I will write about what has been the most profound.
For this to make sense I should say a bit about me. I was raised “in town” but came from a family raised in the hills. Their love for nature colored my childhood. My grandmother still lived in the foothills of Kentucky and luckily I was allowed to wander off by myself. I remember sitting by a creek one afternoon feeling an indefinable fullness and thinking, “this is my church.” There is something here I need to understand.
Fast forward to middle age. I was sitting with Grandmother Medicine Song one day, looking out at the little woods behind her house. I was trying to put into words that sense I had so many years before. That knowing that what we call “nature” is so much more than what we have been taught to believe.
I spent many years sitting with her and sitting in circles but over time something inside me shifted. My worldview changed. I began to really experience the sky, the sun, the stars, the moon, the waters, the earth as alive with Spirit…. alive with an intelligence that was humbling. I felt the seasons in my body. All the trees, and plants and animals, birds truly began to feel like brothers and sisters. I learned I could, in fact, have a relationship with them, I could relate to them as fellow travelers in this dance of life. I came to understand that all of this springs from one divine source and we are intimately connected to everything.
A walk in the woods became truly magical: sitting on a rock and feeling the depth of wisdom there, asking “my tree” questions and getting really helpful insight, really feeling my longing to make contact was returned. What I am describing is not an ideological shift, not a change of philosophy; it is a shift of being. Grandmother Medicine Song, as I described this to her, said simply…”So, you have become part of it.” And that is priceless.