Fenugreek Seed has always been one of my favorite, go-to herbs, here’s why! First, here’s an easy, quick, and delicious homemade Fenugreek Coco Tea I whipped up last week. I did a bit of research and found amazing benefits of Fenugreek both for the physical body and spiritual (magical) uses. Fenugreek Seed has an enormous benefit to the body for both men and woman alike; its one of those herbs you should know about and use regularly as a spice, in curries, teas, tonics, even washes as its been used for thousands of years by many global cultures through antiquity.
In Love, Abundance, and Empowerment, Ria!
Ria’s Tasty Homemade Coco Fenugreek Tea
Fenugreek seeds (1 tablespoon)
Ginger (raw root) – (2 tablespoons or 2 inches of raw root )
Ground Turmeric – dash added
Ground Cinnamon – dash added
(Ground Nutmeg – dash added)* alternative flavor/spice
Coconut Milk (organic from can or homemade blended and strained)
Raw Sugar or Raw Honey as sweetener
Boil together organic Fenugreek Seeds and Raw Organic Ginger Root in pot of 1 cup water high to medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Steep 15 minutes to strengthen and absorb flavor of tea potency. Strain or poor liquid in cup can add a few seeds and raw ginger root to cup.
Add ground Turmeric powder and organic Cinnamon to cup and stir. Add sweetener of choice such as Raw Sugar or Raw Honey. Enjoy!
There’s always some herbs lying around the house and in my case I reached for fenugreek! Iv’e always loved fenugreek seeds and have kept them as a staple herb in my cupboards for decades. I have no idea why I love this herb so much, yet instinctively prepared a tea when my body most needed its healing benefits. It’s an ancient herbal remedy with potent healing properties that are both for men and women as a restorative tonic to increase so many health and reproductive benefits; including feminine wellness (breastmilk and cup size, curvaceous body type, increased appetite that stabilizes to maintain body fat, reduce menstrual cramps, aid reproductive health) for men it increases testosterone levels, libido and overall hormonal health. It’s great as an eyewash for pink eye or conjunctivitis (inflamed eyes) used with more well-known eye herbs such as Fennel, Chamomile, Eyebright (clary sage), Aloe Vera. Fenugreek is also great for the lymphatic system, blood cleanser, warming stimulant, aphrodisiac, carminative, mucilage, emollient, demulcent and so much more!
For skin care, it’s great for boils, wounds, tumors, abscesses, and ulcers. For respiratory health its potent for soothing coughs, mucous, and lung ailments such as bronchitis, fevers, flus, colds, sinus infections, phlegm, inflammatory conditions and infections, even herpes. It’s a strong digestive aid for gastrointestinal and stomach ailments. Improves sex hormones, endocrine glandular health, immune health, circulatory system health, nerves, and sensory organs. Not to leave out the skeletal and muscle joint body parts and physiology.
As a caution (precautions), however, pregnant women should use with caution or abstain from use or use under medical supervision. Also those with nut or chickpea allergies use with caution. Diabetics should use with caution and seek medical supervision to control blood sugar levels.
Otherwise, Fenugreek is truly an ancient healing herb for both spices and culinary goodness while providing enormous healing and nutritive benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.
Fenugreek Seed Healing Benefits
Latin name: Trigonella foenum-graecum
Other Names: Bird’s Foot, Bockshornklee, Greek Hay Seed
Family: Fabaceae family
Parts used: seed
Actions: nutritive, phytoestrogenic, restorative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue
Description: The small seeds are a yellowish brown color and bitter to taste when crushed seed. Also maple-like flavor.
Taste/smell: Mucilaginous, bitter, maple-like taste.
(For 100 g or 3.5 oz)
Energy 323 kcal (kilocalories)
Carbs 58 g
Fiber 25 g
Fat 6.4 g
Protein 23 g
Calcium 176 mg
Iron 34 mg
Magnesium 191 mg
Manganese 1.23 mg
Phosphorus 296 mg
Potassium 770 mg
Sodium 67 mg
Zinc 2.5 mg
Vitamin C 3 mg
Vitamin B6 0.6 mg
Vitamin B3 – Niacin 1.64mg
Vitamin B1 – Thiamine .322mg
Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin .366 mg
Vitamin B9 – Folate 57 μg (microgram)
Quick Look Healing Use
It is used in gastrointestinal inflammation, coughs, colic, diarrhea in infants, cholesterol level reduction, diabetes and as an eye wash for inflamed eyes. Externally, it can be used as a poultice for inflamed, irritated skin conditions.
Preparation and Dosage:
Dosage: Freshly powdered herb: 1/2 -1 teaspoon per cup of cold water, let sit for a few hours and drink; decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:3 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.
Made into a tonic
Applied topically: crush seeds and use as a poultice.
Traditional Medicinal Use
Breastfeeding mothers, promotes milk flow and production, makes women curvaceous, may add weight gain than stabilize, increases appetite, helps diabetes symptoms (reduce blood sugar levels).
Additional Healing Benefits
- Increases mens testosterone levels and libido
- Reduction of Fat but increase in appetite
- Anti Inflammatory
- Cholesterol levels
- Diabetes & Blood Sugar levels symptoms
- Reduce muscle pain and fever
- Improves Liver and Kidney health
- Reduces Menstrual cramping
- For eczema and skin ailments
- May induce allergic reactions for some with nut or chick pea allergies.
- May be unsafe for pregnant women use under supervision and care as the herb may affect uterine contractions.
Well-known global use in India, East African, Middle East, China, Turkish, Ancient and Modern Jewish cuisine; pickles, curry powders, pastes, sauces, stews, chutneys, breads, spice rubs, sweets, recipes.
Global Facts about Fenugreek
Bronze Age: In now Middle East including Iraq, modern day Israel, Egypt and ancient Romans.
Egypt: Egyptians used Fenugreek as a potent herbal healing remedy for childbirth, uterine health, fight infections, wound healing, and embalming rites for the Dead (Ancestral Realm). Found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and Papyrus Ebers (Luxor, Egypt).
Mediterranean: Greek and Roman use. Greek Hippocratic medicinal uses and remedy.
Middle East: Iraq (Tell Halal) used as spice and herbal healing.
China: The Chinese to date use fenugreek in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Kidney health, Reproductive health and Liver health.
Fenugreek, Wikipedia. Retrieved from:
Sharol Tilgner, N.D. Retrieved from: https://www.herbaltransitions.com/materiamedica/Trigonella.htm
Magical Uses of Fenugreek
As passionate researcher, I was shocked to find that Fenugreek is also used for its magical occult properties! As you may already know and have learned through your own studies and research, ancient cultures healed not only the physical body but the spiritual body using all of Earth’s and cosmic plentiful resources. We are so abundant with these many gifts and healing remedies.
Magic is an ancient science that was turned into fragmented labels including pseudo and evil by religious doctrine and secret societies. However, I’ve personally learned that not only did the Egyptians, Sumerians, Mayans, and other ancient earth cultures and tribal nations use magic but they recognized individual and communal power using higher senses and sacred communication with Nature and the Higher Self.
Wealth Abundance Prosperity Herb
House Money – psychic protection, health, happiness, grounding, increase and growth, bust size and bank size!
Tarot: The Magician (Alchemy)
Magical forms: Seeds, Powder, Wash
Sprinkle Seeds in home at doorways, corners, thresholds to increase business, abundance, profit, opportunities
Make a wash for bath and floors including kitchen
Wash for intentions and psychic protection or evil eye
Fenugreek can be burned like incense (ground Allspice, Patchouli, and Dragon’s Blood on a charcoal in the home to attract money)
Can be carried in pocket or satchel
Kitchen Table: Set a bowl of seeds and increase intentionally as offering
In Love, Abundance, and Empowerment, Ria!
UNIVERSAL LAW, CAUSE AND EFFECT::
THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ADEs IS BURNING AS POPEYES AND KFC SALES SPIKE MILLIONS
Smh 🤦🏽♀️ I rarely “speak” on politics or world events because, 1. I’m an observer,
2. I realize the relationship between my Commodity (Attention) and Emotions as fuel, energy and magic for the very things/actions I don’t agree with,
3. I hate giving away my power …. but I’m compelled to share just a bit of information as my critical thinking 🤔 cap sees these absurd shenanigans playing out during these times in our world history.
When there is No knowledge of Self (Historical Accountability) Humans will co-sign and act out pure absurdity…
Everything is kinnected (remember these words).
The Government of Brazil is in bed w the Very American Corporations who want to Grow MORE cattle and chicken (monoculture) farms while putting the World at Risk for greater Climate Disasters due to our current Environmental Crisis. There is also a spiritual side of side of things that remain hidden that most do not know, see, or care to even research, yet all these seemingly unrelated things are in fact connected.
“Intensive monoculture depletes soil· and leaves it vulnerable to erosion· . Chemical fertilizer runoff and CAFO wastes add· to global warming emissions and create·oxygen-deprived “dead zones” at the mouths of major waterways . Herbicides and insecticides harm· wildlife and can pose· human health risks as well . Biodiversity in and near monoculture fields takes a hit· , as populations of birds and beneficial·insects decline (U. of C. S. (n. d.).”
The Amazon Rainforest ADEs (is) was a deeply rich manmade soil (Biodiversity) developed and constructed by the Ancient African Aboriginal Indigenous Mayans (Olmecs) [quick History Lesson: who btw were from “Egypt” ie Egyptian And Hebrew Pharaohs (Butler, 2009), the United Upper and Lower Egyptian Lands referenced on the hieroglyphs were in the East, ie (Africa) AND the West, ie (the Americas). I will leave that right there to marinate if anyone wants receipts I’ve got a dozen or more books 📚 you can research and confirm.]
ASEs are called Amazonian Dark Earths, Archaeologic Dark Earths, or Anthropogenic Dark Earths (Churchman & Landa, 2014).
These Egyptian Olmec Xia Hebrew Kings residing in the Kingdoms of the Americas (Churchward,1910) ie Mexico, Guatemala, (Peru), Belize, El Salvador, Brazil used “high science” chemistry, agriculture and architecture to CREATE the sacred land (ancient ecosystem) of the Amazon Rainforest what we call today “The Lungs” of the Planet” (BBC, 2014). As we sit back and watch this land burn without truly knowing our direct kinnection to the land, we ignorantly allow our energy to be used and swayed by propaganda and brands. (Smh)
“The Amazon Basin is of continental size, about the size of the lower 48 states of the U.S.A., and consists mostly of Brazilian territory, but also extends into neighboring Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas” (Churchman & Landa, 2014, p.238).
The Amazon soil is called Terra Preta also known as “Black Soil” “Indigenous Soil” “Dark Earth” “Black Earth” is unique anthropogenic CARBON RICH SOIL FERTILITY These great ancient ancestors (the Egyptian Olmecs) knew intrinsically (naturally) .the vital relationship between soil-health ie land fertility and mans-health ie human fertility. The direct “kinnection” between the Earth and Agriculture and Human Life and to not only use technology to preserve and create sustainable systems that safeguard the natural balance and order of such natural systems but enhance and provide solutions for generations thereafter. Because to go against these “natural systems and orders” for “new world orders or systems” that oppose nature is genocide against humanity itself, ie the universal law of cause and effect (reaping what you sow).
Just food for thought albeit controversial.
(I’d love to write more on this subject ….) Until then, Love you Global Family!
Check it out for yourself!
Below is a small list of books and articles you can read fully to create your own opinions, thoughts, facts and ideas. Although we are in a time and age where information is abundant many are starved from the lack of the truth, facts, real news, and real history of our planet and human family. This worldview perception causes a great disparity of consciousness and allows others to control realities. So read, read, and read some more! Continue to awaken ….
In Love, Truth, and Empowerment!
B . B . C· . ( 2014 , November 18 ) . Future – Amazon: Lungs of the planet· . Retrieved from http://www . bbc . com/future/story/ 20130226 -amazon-lungs-of-the-planet
Butler, H. (2009). When rocks cry· out ! : explosive· secret· uncovered: an ancient Egyptian city·called Jerusalem , in South America ! Fort Worth, TX: Stone River Publishing.
Churchman, G. J., & Landa, E. (2014). The soil· underfoot: infinite· possibilities for a finite resource·. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Retrieved from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1d8d/a796a7ccacea70e05f6251dbe131ca238337.pdf
Churchward, Albert. (1910). The signs and symbols of primordial man. New York: E. P. Dutton & co. Retrieved from 10.5479/sil.212089.39088000141432
Makowski , E . ( 2019 , July 17 ) . Monoculture farming is not good· for bees: Study . Retrieved from https://www . ehn . org/monoculture-farming-is-not-good-for-the-bees-study- 2639154525 . html
Massey, G. (1907). Ancient Egypt. The Light of the World: A work of reclamation and restitution in twelve books. S.l.: Old Book Publishing.
Passion, P. P. (2013, October 14). Back to the Future: Terra Preta – Ancient Carbon Farming System for Earth Healing in the 21st Century. Retrieved from https://permaculturenews.org/2010/05/25/back-to-the-future-terra-preta-–-ancient-carbon-farming-system-for-earth-healing-in-the-21st-century/
U. of C. S. (n . d .). Industrial Agriculture: The outdated, unsustainable system· that dominates U . S . food· production· . Retrieved from https://www . ucsusa . org/our-work/food-agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture
I got hold of my first piece of selenite crystal today while in an eco plant shop hunting, learning, and exploring plants! EcoVibe Home is located at 1408 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211. It’s online store features clothing apparel while the brick and mortar shop is a home decor and plant 🌱 store.
The Alberta (Arts) District has some of the most chic, eclectic, and hipster shops and restaurants in Portland. Shortly after a morning iced-cream mocha to-go and shooting the tea with my twin suns, I wandered into the plant shop I’d been eyeing for months but never ventured to explore. The multitude of green eye candy that would capture my attention each time I passed the windows lead me to explore the stores intriguing displays and products.
EcoVibe Home Store – Alberta Arts District
This time, however, perhaps by the pull of the Pacific August Sun and the culling Green Earth emanating from the store, I was magnetized to not only absorb the delightful aesthetics, but find the one plant calling my name.
The EcoVibe Home is the kind of store you get decor ideas for your home and bedroom while you’re transfixed on trendy air plants, ferns, and succulents in copper vessels, earthen clay pots, and the coolest hanging ornaments.
EcoVibe Home had me so transfixed within the intensity and diversity of “green” hues, I was discovering not only cool decor trends but a new home plant that I caught myself mouthing out-loud “oh cool, I love how this looks, but what is it exactly?” Pointing to unusual (but super cool) wall plants snuggled in fixtures I had to have (pictured below).
Not only are books, journals, artwork for sale but an array of plants, pots, unique jars, pillows, furniture, and nifty decor finds.
Upon my short time exploring, one plant did call my name and was nearly one of its kind in the shop, a well robust, Baby Tears ground plant.
Baby Tears House Plant
In spite of the name, baby tears plant 🌱 also known by its botanical name Soleirolia soleirolii (Other common names for this plant include: Mind-Your-Own-Business and Irish Moss) is an invasive evergreen needing constant contact with its soil.
This ground plant makes an excellent ground cover, loves moisture, will produce small white flowers during the summer months and needs repotting once it’s overgrown it’s previous pot.
What attracted me was the visual aesthetics of the plant full of lush green abundance in a relatively small hanging pot. The tiny round leaf clusters which cascade abundantly are so cute and delicate. I had never had or seen one of these plants but immediately asked the shop girl how to care for the plant.
Upon contemplating taking the Baby Tears plant home I scooped up what appeared to be Selenite Crystals immediately feeling it’s “calm” and soothing energy.
Selenite were crystals I had read about as New Age Higher chakra amplifiers tuning into cosmic angelic guides. I was drawn to the energy of these translucent moon wands not only because of their size but an outer worldly inner worldly feeling I could feel them transmitting. I envisioned some mystical majestic old world intentionally carved crystal cave exalted yet hidden beneath the facade of mountains where these wands originated. In my tiny hands they felt completely soothing with stories programmed within their geometric strands ready to vibrate its wisdom.
Selenite Healing Benefits
Selenite crystals are associated with the ebb and flow of the Moon 🌙 and the ancient Titan goddess Selene, a triple goddess associated with Artemis and Hecate. Selenite powers are derived from the light or brightness of the Moon and accessing Light Body frequency of the Crown and Higher Chakras and dimensions.
So far both the crystals and my houseplant are thriving and providing a powerful exchange of healing and empowering energy.
Health, and Empowering Love!
According to Medical News Today,
Ginkgo Biloba an ancient tree 🌲 found in fossils more than 270 million years old, is excellent for brain 🧠 health including dementia, Alzheimer’s, cognitive development, social behavior, and improved focus.
Other healing benefits include:
- Improved sexual energy
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased circulation
- Vision and eye health
- Reduced inflammation
- Fights cancer, arthritis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), stroke, and heart disease
Ginkgo has long been a natural medicinal remedy in ancient 15th century China its native habitat. Gingko is also known as Maidenhair and as Gin Kyo in Japanese. The mature tree can grow as tall as 160 feet (50 m). In the fall, the leaves turn saffron golden yellow then drop to the grown. Remarkably, Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most resilient longevity tree species with built-in insect resistant wood and disease including pests and animals such as deer. Resistance includes bacteria, virus, and fungi to its internal and external environments.
My personal journey with Ginkgo
I discovered Ginkgo Biloba I’m Washington, DC in the 90s as one of the trees heavily populated throughout the city. As my natural healing vocabulary grew, this medicinal herb 🌿 was added to my herb cabinet and usage. I would ask for ginkgo in Chinese and Korean New York bodegas along with ginseng and ginger candy. Here in Portland, I noticed the leaves and immature trees planted in my neighborhood and in the city. The sight of the unique familiar green leaves brought a flood of good memories and curiosity to “revisit” the healing and spiritual medicine this tree provides.
Science. 1967 Sep 15;157(3794):1270-3.
Hill, A. 2018. Healthline. 12 Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba (plus side effects and dosage). https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ginkgo-biloba-benefits
personal meaning + inner wisdom
Bees are master pollinators! During my week I walked into my room to find a loudly buzzing bumblebee come from under my bed to hide on my window sill. She was gripping in stillness for dear life and my heart simply melted at its very presence. I remembered my instructor from Seed to Supper Gardening class mention she had problems getting bees in her backyard garden and here in my tiny room a ladybug and now a bumblebee found their way into my life. Instead of being frantic, my heart raced with both acceptance, thanksgiving, and wonderment!
Bees have always been sacred to me, I’ve honored them for many reasons and having a small indoor container garden I was left with so many questions; How did this tiny creature find its way into my room? How was I going to get it out?
On a much deeper level, (as I always look into the hidden spiritual side of things), I wondered what ‘message’ the apidae was both showing and leaving me. And as I captured it in my dirty sea moss-water cup, I felt the power of its familiar buzzing mantra which immediately touched my heart. I felt the need and urgency to continue on the path of raising my personal vibration and personal healing. I felt its deep connection beyond space and time to ancient cultures and goddess traditions. The bumblebee’s buzzing was hypnotic and brought with it many healing remedies. I felt and saw my heart swell with intense healing vibration. I remembered the shamanic experience I had only a few months prior in a field of flowers and bees where the song enraptured my heart from left over past pain to surface for healing and alignment.
Bombus Bumblebees – Species in the Northwest Pacific Region
Bumblebees (Bombus) are master pollinators! They are diverse in their range of pollinating various plants, herbs, and flowers and thus play a central role in maintaining and balancing our ecosystems. The bumble bee has over 250 bombus species in the Apidae family which consists of over 5700 bee species. Other bees include the honeybee, orchid bees, stingless bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees all of the apoidea family. Bumblebees are nectar bees like their honeybee cousins. Bumblebees pollinate crops and wildflowers and are vital to tomato plants.
Best Bee Documentaries
Who killed the honey bees? (2009)
(Director: James Erskine)
I would add the movie The Secret Life of Bees but that’s about personal relationships, sisterhood, and healing color lines in America; staring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo, produced by the linked of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith to note.
Bee Shaman Wisdom Message
The bee symbolises community, brightness and personal power. Follow the bee to discover your new destination. From ancient Kemet (Egypt) of the Nw Swt Bty [nswt-bjtj], to early Estruscan (Ancient Greece) Women’s Mystery Rites Systems such as The Eleusinian Mysteries (Goddess Demeter), to ancient Druid societies bees have symbolized the sun, the Goddess, community unity, and festive parties and events.
Bee Mantras and Yogic Pranayama
The buzzing of bees is an ancient Hindu healing mantra which effect the heart chakra and pineal gland. The Goddess of the Bees is a form of Shakti (Divine Feminine Life force) called Bhramari, goddess of the black bees also an avatar of Durga, Shakti, and Parvati. She is consort to Shiva and is simultaneously a warriors goddess as well as healing goddess.
There is abundant bee mythology including Native American and Indigenous animal totem, spirit animal, and spirit guide meaning while the Hindu have preserved their mythology and healing medicine in the form of not only stories but healing practices. Pranayama the science of the breath has its own yogic tradition of the bee breath that brings calm to the mind and senses, alleviates migraines, improves memory and focus, and brings sunny confidence in undertakings.
I plan to start not only a 30day Yoga practice but to include forms of pranayama including this Bhramari pranayama – Humming Bee Breath.
How to Practice the Bumble Bee Breath
- Sit cross-legged or up on your chair
- Keep your mouth during practice: Gently close the lips, keeping the teeth slightly apart, and bring the tip of your tongue to the space behind the upper front teeth
- Cover and close the ears with your thumb while placing index fingers at at the mid part of your forehead (the middle fingers, ring finger, and pinky finger should press gently at the bridge of the nose
- Take deep ujayi breaths from the belly
- Begin making a low pitched “hummmmmm” sound at the back of the throat
- Position the tongue and allow the buzz sound
- Breathe through the nostrils
- Start with 7 repetitions and increase with practice
With Love, Light and Healing!
Peace and Blessings Global Family,
I’m exhausted but caught up on a 4 week course with OSU (Oregon State University); Intro to Permaculture was an amazingly, rich content course. I was able to complete this afternoon and present my final Permaculture design project. It’s a discipline that incorporates organic gardening, botany, horticulture, innovative technologies, ecology, water management and irrigation systems, climate, geology, and topographical data, energy systems management, wildlife and plant life habitat, agroforestry, environmental sustainability, paired with landscape and architectural design and development.
What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies.
What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies. Permaculture solves problems and provides a better future for living space, and human-ecological harmony on the planet. It’s broad range of integrated disciplines allows you to ‘think’ and create solutions to complex problems like water management on farms, small or large spaces. If there is a drought or desert, Permaculture can fix that problem; clean up erosion, stop the symptoms of wildfires, drought and even famine and provide balance to man and environment.
Of course, I’m still overwhelmed by the scope and the knowledge needed to be absorbed to be even basically functional in this type of ecological lifestyle design. As an Anthropology student with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, Permaculture answers many of the questions we often overlook in this modern society. It’s very core is a return to the natural state of being one with the earth and her elements and producing sustainable yields that exceed lifetimes.
Permaculture was created by both Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970s meaning “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture.” The 12 principles of permaculture most commonly referred to are first described by David Holmgren in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002).
- Observe and Interact,
- Catch and Store Energy,
- Obtain a Yield,
- Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback,
- Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services,
- Produce No Waste,
- Design From Patterns to Details,
- Integrate Rather Than Segregate,
- Use Small and Slow Solutions,
- Use and Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, and
- Creatively Use and Respond to Change.
OSU’s Intro to Permaculture online MOOC course (April – May 2019) included people from all over the world earning to transform their land into smart livable spaces that ooze with sustainability and abundance. The institution offers a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with extensive and in-depth training, analysis, and feedback of design ideas. The courses professor, Andrew Millison, provides an excellent YouTube lecture series, a well written eBook along with a chockfull of resources of permaculture’s founders, history, technologies, and the movers and shakers of today’s permaculture global world. He also has a podcast on SoundCloud worth listening to Earth Repair Radio with fascinating topics and speakers who provide their expert knowledge base and global projects.
I truly injoyed the class and look forward to hands-on projects and certification training opportunities!
Hugs, Love and Empowerment Family!
I was asked yesterday by a really cute guy with the dreads what I like about Portland. His brown face was in disbelief knowing I come from the East Coast. Originally I replied, “the food trucks,” when he asked which food trucks and I said “I mean juice trucks!”
I had the feeling he didn’t believe my answers and I was taken a bit off guard. Since I had an audience of eyes on me in wonderment my shyness kicked in and the introvert in me withdrew from the conversation with smiles and thanks. Heading back to my computer to finish my paperwork. But the were many reasons my like for Portland was increasing.
I woke up this morning to another semi cloudy cool morning! I had planned on working in my garden, but the weather and my tasks were too cumbersome and timely. So here I am at 6am with a few hours sleep from homework the night before on a little mission. Lo and behold I spied a Lime eScooter on the curb while on my path! Whoa, looks like I gotta get a bike helmet!
Voila! There on my walking path was a Lime electric scooter to assist on my travels! Lime electric scooter is a bike share micro-mobility company. eScooters as they are called in Portland, are pay-per-minute scooters located throughout the city on street corners and bike stations. The maximum speed are 15 mph and start at $1 per hour to unlock and 15 cents per minute. The eScooter is so easy to rent with a simple download of the app via Apple Store marketplace and linked bank accounts anyone can ride. You can scan the eScooter bar code via your phone camera and unlock your ride, zoom to your destination and park in required location which is simply parking upright using the kickstand and uploading a snapshot.
There are ride rules which I think I pretty much violated by lack of awareness but not that I know, I’m on the search for a bike helmet and better ride planning.
eScooter Rules and Laws
- Wear a helmet – Oregon law will fine you $25 if you don’t!
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk
- Yield to pedestrians
- Park on the curb
- Single person rides only!
- Don’t ride intoxicated or under any influence – drug free riding!
- No eScooters allows in public parks
- No eScooters on public transportation systems – bus, trains, railways, streetcars!
So I can add this to my list of “Why” I like Portland! Portland transportation is infused with Bike and Cycling programs and stores throughout the city to encourage a more healthy and sustainable transportation system. Portland is known among other names as “Bike City” with over a dozen bike shops, organizations, and programs to teach bike maintenance, provide ride share, and rental opportunities. I’ve been looking for various types of bike options for the summer months ahead. Looking forward to getting a new bike standard or electric to join in the “Bike City” enthusiasm and get my exercise on.
Peace, Love & Empowerment!
Catching up on posts and studies:
I’m just 24 hours· after “completing” my Mississippi Mound builder archeology project and I use· that word· loosely these days , because I am always finding (discovering) new information that expands my perspective, knowledge, and understanding of our human past· and familial lineage . What turned out to be· only 12 pages turned into a whooping 50 pages leaving my Lyft driver to question· if i was in a graduate degree· program· or undergrad program· . What happened is the more I ‘dug’ , the more I found , and had to add· to the project· ! (And I wanted to add MORE ! ! but time· and technology wouldn’t permit· me to do· so ! )
I am so thankful I went through the ups and downs in this class· . As I reached the end· , my Mac gained incredible supernatural-paranormal powers which seemed to interfere· with even editing these PowerPoint and Word documents . (I recorded it because who would believe me!? haha)
Mississippi Mound Builders test animation
My recent test with animating the Mississippi Mound Builders project found an app that so far is working pretty well. Writing a script and adding sound hopefully in the same app or iMovie or Premiere. Be right back…
Final Project Grades
In the end, however , I got a whooping B+ (only because I turned it in late· with all the issues I had). Not my usual A+ but, nevertheless , like my first and second anthropology· courses have enriched my life in such a way that I no longer see our world, history, or our story the same ! I plan· to share· more… will keep you posted !
I’ve been obsessed with organic foods since high school finding my way through local Georgetown (DC) grocery stores tasting tofu and raw veggies! Not much has changed accept my longing to find the most fresh, organic natural forms of fruits and veggies, the answer — farm to table or rather garden to table foods.
NE 33rd Community Farm
The home of Oregon Food Bank is also residence to both the NE 33rd Community Farm (learning garden) and MudBone Grown LLC, a local African American managed teaching farm. I was so impressed by the story of MudBone Grown’s owners seeking land, pursuing farming certification, and chasing their dreams in a city that has a historical past of resisting African American expansion. Although many of their learning programs were closed due to earlier deadlines prior to my arrival to the area, I was able to volunteer on site with local OSU Master Gardeners and volunteer gardeners.
Last week, we planted seedlings and harvested winter crops. A Washington High School visited the site to also partake in the early gardening activities under the overcast of Spring showers. It was a delight to meet everyone, get in the green house, and harvest some kale, collards, and chard.
When I got back home, I cleaned the greens and prepared a few dishes to compliment the veggies. It had been sometime since I made old fashioned collard greens and eventually made a huge pot of collards that lasted a few days. This was especially a treat that I savored with great southern or rather southeast coastal comfort. But my first meal was purely vegan and mostly raw consisting of all organic ingredients; Ethiopian bulgar tabouli, collard wraps, raw organic cucumber tomato salad, avocado and blood orange fruit salad, and cumin hummus.
Will post recipes when I get back from the garden 😉
Until then, Peace Love and Empowerment Family!
It’s monday night, I’m in a dark room lit by a candle re-reading Credo Mutwa and feeling as though I’ve surfed a wave of emotions at long last needing release. A “night mix” playlist is echoing, “33 bowls of rain” that’s crystal bowls along with the classic “jala, yoga flow mix” and “dolphin and whale sounds.” I’m feeling the after effects of this last quarter scorpio moon entering sagittarius.
Only a few days ago, I was speaking to a new yogi about Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi), kundalini, tantra philosophy, jesus christ and christ consciousness only to hear some of the same words in a YouTube video with the late Sunyata Saraswati. I was amazed and astonished at this Ancestor’s life story. Powerful to say the least, this day has been fruitful with abundance; a shaman class, a woman’s permaculture class, a class i thought was about botany or gardening that turned out to be about facilitating the healing or support of children with trauma (thank you, oregon state university)!
i sent this yogi a few must reads:
- autobiography of a yogi,
- sri ramakrishna,
- the science of breathe,
- the mahabarata
- and oops forgot — siddharta — another classic!
I knew I came to this region for healing I just didn’t imagine it would be this powerful. Even the beads on my wrists smell like ethiopian frankincense and myrrh! Maybe it’s the sacredness of the mountains or the proximity to the ocean or simple ‘timing’ thrusting me into the darkness of myself. or the lessons of witnessing the harvest and rebirth of seeds make their full bloom as I learn to grow microgreens. the way the darkness of soil like the mothers womb brings forth new life. their is something deeply sacred about the land, the mysteries of nature, and our kinnectedness to spirituality that is profound. i am a student. observing while acting in this sacred dance remaining in awe and deep appreciation.
in this way the days go by. i am re-learning to breathe.
“why do you move so fast?” was one reminder that i had to rid myself of my high-strung “survival mode” southeast lifestyle. that my shift in consciousness is more about fully embracing my authentic self. even my tiny locs seem to grow as to kiss the sun and spiral to the stars like shoots from mother earth herself. they are my teachers. i look at my kinks sticking straight up in wonder at the simplicity and complexity of my indigenous alchemy and this conductive fire that largely remain a hidden metaphysical quantum science. and i re-teach myself to accept this sacred way of growth i witness from my person. a reminder teaching me to resist any form of negative self talk. to promote a crystaline self-acceptance through re-opening the heart space.
i am adjusting my sight. re-membering to see the all in everyone and myself. the love in all things.
everything feels like radical growth that i want to keep private and sacred. much i’d like to share and still so much more i am silent to. and i’m greatful to be here at this time unraveling and rooting in this sacred frequency…
The last time I was on the West Coast was during Katrina in August of 2005. I visited Arizona on a few dreams I had following a young Native girl and my Aunt Tiye who would climb Red Earth mesas and fly to the next while I would climb in arms reach before their next leap. At that time, I was discovering the Sun and her children, the tribes of the Sun scattered from the Yucatan into old Mexican Arizona. At that time I had no idea the inclusive history of indigenous and native peoples on this planet.
I was also heavily writing, dancing, performing spoken word and dabbling in teaching to elementary children about indigenous culture and our environment. Still a practicing vegetarian, I was getting extreme downloads from the Earth (cosmos) from the Divine Feminine realm. In fact, I had journals filled with messages from The Goddess and as I sat in the lotus position or in pigeon pose I began to see the beauty of Tantra everywhere and in everything. This was the East coast, the hemisphere of my birthplace on this planet and yet I still had this weird connection to the West coast! At least in Arizona where I felt more at home than almost anywhere I’d been (apart from Guadeloupe).
But here I am on the West Coast, discovering none other than Oregon. Back home on the East coast the words “Portland” and “Oregon” made my black coworkers pause with side-eyed glares and ask almost offensively, “Why Portland?” As if my black card would be revoked by our imaginary world-wide black card institute.
Their conjectures almost had me convinced until walking through the neighborhood and seeing others with my skin tone assuring me “there’s ‘naga’s’ here!” with a sigh of relief. Still I get the unusual looks or loud “Hi, how you doing?” It’s definitely a mixed bag. But beyond the looks — and maybe its my wild unruly “braid locs,” turquoise, and shoulder length feathers in my ears, I know there’s something super “magical” about this region I am only beginning to discover.
The trees alone have much to tell – and I’ve never been anywhere where trees and shrubs are as diverse as they are here in Portland. Gigantic mature Rosemary bushes are aligned with rose bushes, sage, and pine yards away from bamboo, ferns, and pacific mandrones (one of the prettiest unusual trees I’ve seen). There are palm varieties with algae, lichen and moss grown on the trunks and trees of pine and oak (noted to have over 700 varieties of moss in Portland!) I’ve even seen cacti and succulents! Why? Portland is a rain forest! The only American rain forest in the North America and Oregon is one of the states (including California, and Washington State) of the Pacific Northwest to house its unique temperate climate and home to the colossal red woods which are still part of ancient Mayan lore to date. But these tree varieties sometimes leave me feeling as if Ive walked into some far away faerie gnome village with the later I’m still trying to figure out and define. Still, I admit Portland is by far a very mystical forest region Ive only begun to discover! 🙂
Many people in Portland look as if they are ready to climb mountains, win the iron man (or gender-neutral equivalent), homestead (Macgyver style), and Natarajasana (yoga cosmic dancer pose) without missing a heart beat. There is a true love for nature in these parts! So much so that my first trip to the local grocery store, the cashier hesitated packing my items thinking i’d walk out in hand or had a personal recycled (preferably hemp) bag in my pocket! He gave me a side-eyed stare when i insisted on a paper bag and my paper receipt which is probably recycled on the spot. The truth is the ONLY plastic bag I gathered in my few weeks here was the one I brought with me from Virginia!!! Recycling here is not some feel good chat, it’s a religion and way of life that shocked even myself.
The grocery stores have some amazing local markets fresh produce that I was equally amazed to see and taste! The Alberta Coop was one of the first stores I walked in and was happy to see such gorgeous veggies, mushroom, fruits, roots, and greens! Plus the cashier informed me I could ‘purchase’ or own part of the coop which really got my attention, but more on that in the Spring! For now, I will say there is a huge vegetarian and vegan health conscious population residing here. And i cant wait to explore the food agriculture here both personally and academically.
For now I will end with thankfulness and anticipation of new journeys, awakenings, and empowerment of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding!