This is part two of an article giving a review of the Spagyrics I talked about in my recent interview for the Shift network Plant Medicine Summit. If you want to hear the talk again, you can purchase replays of the entire Summit, including my talk, here.
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You can read part one here, or read on for our insights into Spagyrics of sacred trees and resins.
Evolutionarily speaking, plants are older than animals, and far older than humans. The oldest beings in most communities of plants are the trees, many living for tens, hundreds, even thousands of years.
Trees are masters at interacting with their environments, responding to the changes around them in order to thrive, and also to create conditions where other plants can thrive around them.
In Spagyric work, the essential oil is considered the carrier of the soul of the plant, where its most archetypal energies reside, and where the plant’s intelligence is most in touch with the eternal or divine realm.
Plants such as resinous trees show us, through their high essential oil content, that they are specialists in healing at the soul level, and humankind’s long history of considering these beings as sacred offerings bears that out.
Spagyrics prepared to emphasize these oils in the final medicine carry that soul-level balance and intelligence to your being, and are wonderful allies for spiritual work of all kinds.
It’s important to note here that conventional essential oils can also have this effect, but they should be used only externally. Spagyrics prepared from essential oil-bearing plants are made in specific ways that create a medicine that is safe to use internally. Straight essential oils are generally not safe for internal use, so be sure to select the right type of medicine for the work you wish to do.
Sandalwood is a good example of a wood used in many ways, both internally and externally. As an oil or incense, it is used ritually to calm what Eastern religion calls “monkey mind”- that excited, chattering state that our minds can get in to which can be a real hindrance to meditation.
Our Sandalwood Spagyrics, in Spiritualized Essence and Magistery form, create this effect to an even stronger degree, bringing a feeling like a “hush” across the mind, emptying it of worry and chaos and smoothing it into a deep state of quiet peace.
This effect is very useful for Zen type meditation in which the goal is the state of “Original Mind”, in which one is not sedated, but also not activated. In this state, the mind is like a mirror- open to receive and reflect, but not holding on to anything that passes.
Sandalwood combines well with our Abra-Melin, itself full of sacred resins, and this combination is the core of our Insite Somalixir. The Sandalwood empties the personal mind, while the Abra-Melin brings in the transpersonal self, the higher wisdom of being, also known as the Guardian Angel.
Our final group of sacred trees are the Agarwood, also known as Eagle Wood. These trees are native to the tropical regions of Asia, from the southeast regions of Laos and Cambodia, through China and India, as well as throughout the islands of Indonesia.
When an Agarwood tree is damaged, it exudes a resin that fills the damaged area, sealing it off from more damage from rot, insects, and water. In a very old tree, this resin will eventually replace much of the wood, and it is the resin that is known as Oud.
Oud resin is very dense and sinks in water, which gives it its Japanese name, “jin koh”, meaning “sinking incense”. It is also a very dense fragrance, deep and rich, some with very sweet notes, while others are resinous or even funky with animalic notes.
In our lab, we work with several Agarwoods, and even though they are all technically the same tree, each of these manifestations differs from the others in powerful ways. This is one of the gifts of considering plants as intelligent beings- we can see and connect with each one as an individual, with its own unique gifts that no other plant offers.
All Agarwoods and Oud resins, in every culture that reveres them, are considered the most powerful support to prayer, energizing it and bringing the goals and aims of the prayer closer to the supplicant. Externally as an oil or incense, and internally as a Spagyric, they surround you in a deep feeling of sacredness that is hard to describe, but very beautiful.
Our Malaysian Agarwood is the most enlivening that we work with, sharpening the mind and sensitivity to sound. It is supportive to spiritual practice that requires a calm sharpness, such as artistic work or sacred geometry, or when sound is a vehicle for consciousness, as with japa, mantra, or devotional singing.
Sumatran Agarwood is quieting and calming to the mind, and relaxing to the breath and flow of Prana. Gentle yoga or Pranayama are enhanced with this Spagyric, and it is also an excellent Shen tonic, supporting peaceful strength throughout the body.
Laotian Agarwood is the most calming and emptying to the mind, almost sedating in large doses, and it is also the most sweetly aromatic. Its effect is like diving into calm water, supported and floating, but sinking deeply at the same time. It makes a good bedtime tonic for dreamwork, helping you drift off to sleep while remaining lucid.
Thank you . . .
for joining us for our talk and these articles on some of our Spagyrics- we hope this and the previous post were interesting to you, and that you will explore these and other Spagyrics we create!