Last summer, for “some reason” I downloaded an app that would help me to identify the weeds in my backyard. From this app, I learned that a few of the weeds were medicinal, and so I began foraging some of the easy ones: dandelion, sorrel, chickweed, etc.

I’ve always had an interest in herbs, so this was nothing new — I have used them throughout my life to work through many symptoms from anxiety to menstrual irregularities.

In February of this year, just as Covid consciousness was getting larger, I had a thought: who was the ancestor who foraged the weeds?

I suddenly remembered something I hadn’t thought about in a long time.

Before she died, my great-aunt Lucille typed up some of her childhood memories and sent them to her relatives. Isolation gave me time to dig out these papers from a box in the corner of my garage that I had not paid attention to in years.

She writes: “Mother had a patent for making ‘Mrs. Cook’s Wonder Salve.’ She received the recipe from her mother. We used to gather some of the ingredients—plantain leaves and cheesewood—in the vacant lots. It was truly a wonder salve for healing open cuts and sores, and never left a scar.”

There was the answer! The forager of weeds was my Great-Grandmother on my father’s side, who I never thought about at all. And she learned about the medicinal weeds from HER mother…whose name I do not even know.

The next day I went for a walk in the woods, and I saw her: a patch of  purple cheesewood (in the northeast, we call them Mallow) flowers.

Mallow flower

I paused, and to honor my Great-great grandmother, whose name I do not know, I spoke out loud one simple sentence to the mallow flowers. (Plug your own lineage into this sentence—it’s all you need to conjure up your own ancestors): (1)

“I am the daughter of Donald Schmitz, who was the son of Marie Cook, who was the daughter of Eleanor Hood Cook. Eleanor Hood Cook is my great-grandmother and I thank you for teaching her the knowledge of medicinal herbs that she passed down to me.”

What ancestor might come forward for you now? Just ask the question…and then follow your thoughts to see where you are lead.

This is a vulnerable time—and your ancestors have stories to tell you about how they survived. You will survive as well.

(1) I am the [son/daughter] of [name of grandmother/grandfather], who is the son/daughter of [name of great, great grandmother/grandfather], who knew about ______ and who passed this down to me.

Thank you Eve Marie Elkin for the teaching on the power of simple sentences that activate ancestral memory.


Each month I will be uploading a new trance writing prompt and teaching. This weekend, I’m offering an “ancestors” writing prompt.” (Click on the photo below and go to the folder called “Monthly Update.” Note: for now, it looks better on a computer than a phone.)

The invitation is always open for you to join me in this Trance Writing
online course (ongoing).

My newest offering:

June 26-27 online retreat theme: What time is it? I have no idea. A 24 hour online retreat designed to help you structure your time and get your work done.
Published On: May 22nd, 2020 / Categories: Hypnopoeia: somatic practices / Tags: , , /

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