The Great Earth Mother gives us so many wonderful Gifts – air, water, food, even our bodies – an abundance! What a lovely world – such diversity, beauty, a paradise – she takes good care of us.
The Gifts of Great Mother Earth have been misused and vilified. Take for example an article about peyote, illegal in the United States. The article “Potent Psychedelic Drug Banished PTSD Small Study Finds” [Potent psychedelic drug banishes PTSD, small study finds]. Researchers found that one month after treatment, participants had average reductions of 88% in PTSD symptoms, 87% in depression symptoms and 81% in anxiety symptoms. This is a wonderful Gift from the Great Earth Mother, and she provides many healing plants for our use.
A wealth of information about plants and their uses, for food and for healing – are contained in the Jean Auel books, Earth’s Children series – The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Specific information on how communities come together in a primal environment, what it takes to live day-to-day, tools and implements needed to survive and how to make them, are all contained in these books.
There is an ancient Chinese proverb which says: “The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.” Annie Berthold-Bond’s book Better Basics for the Home contains 868 practical formulas for all-purpose household cleaners, body lotions, baby care, disinfectants, etc etc that are 100% environmentally safe and 100% toxin free. She also includes sources and resources for companies which produce environmentally friendly products, newsletters, etc.
Part of my spiritual practice is thanking the Great Earth Mother for all her Gifts.