Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
May the forms of your belonging—in love, creativity, and friendship—
Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
May the one you long for long for you.
May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
May a secret Providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.
May your mind inhabit life with the sureness with which your body inhabits the world.
May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.
May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.
Notes on Hawthorne
Known as a heart healer, a gatekeeper to otherworld, and a traditional easer of grief, Hawthorne’s most powerful healing indicator and most recognizable ID characteristic, is her thorns.
Hawthorn has been used to treat heart disease as far back as the 1st century. By the early 1800s, American doctors were using it to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. Traditionally, the berries were used to treat heart problems ranging from irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure. Today, the leaves and flowers are used medicinally. There is even research to suggest that hawthorn might be effective when used in the treatment of mild-to-moderate heart failure.
Hawthorn’s mechanism of action are antioxidants and flavonoids that help dilate blood vessels, improve blood flow, and protect blood vessels from damage.
Energetically and esoterically speaking, like rose, the thorn’s of hawthorn teach us a very valuable lesson— in order to heal the deepest wounds and access the most profound states of magic, we need to have good, strong boundaries.
A solid container is what makes it possible for us to access the medicine inherent in our being, and from that place of receiving our own medicine, be able to join the great re-weaving of the world.
What if our ability to hold boundaries now, with what exhausts us, what drains our hope, our hearts or our ability to believe in possibilities is exactly what we need to dream a new world into being?