The Hermit energies prompt: Withdraw into sacred solitude. Gather treasures from the darkness. Emerge with the light.
The Hermit and Usnea
The Hermit energy can be embodied by a man or a woman or a situation. This energy signifies crystallized wisdom and ultimate discipline. The Hermit is a taskmaster who uses conscious to keep others on their path. The positive side of this energy is stick-to-it determination, purpose, profundity and concentration.
Usnea embodies the energy of the Hermit.
Rest and stillness are good medicine. Go within and listen for your own voice. Clarity is found in places empty of others’ thoughts and ideas. Usnea, also called “old man’s beard,” grows long and healthy on trees where the air is clean.
Find your mountain. Ask for guidance from nature.
There are many gifts to be gathered in dark times, rose hips, cottonwood, and pine cones among them. Seek understanding from the allies you encounter during your time alone.
A reliable fire starter, usnea may save a life on a cold night, just as perfect insight can warm a dying soul. When you are ready, let wisdom glow.
Embodying Hermit Energy
The Hermit encourages you to take the time to be self-interested. Learn to be your own biggest fan and researcher.
- I honor my spiritual self
POSITIVE QUALITIES OF THE HERMIT
- inner guidance
- the process of searching for deeper truths
- the current of universal being flow through me
- patience as a virtue
Affirmation and Activity for Hermit Energy
Repeat this affirmation several times daily, or during meditation.
- Through a calm sense of wonder and awe, I receive enlightened knowledge and understanding and awareness.
THREE TIPS TO ENHANCE ENLIGHTENMENT
Enlightenment can mean different things depending on your perspective and religious beliefs. What unifies all perceptions is the idea of awakening or discovering ultimate truth. For the purpose of this activity we will refer to enlightenment as becoming aware of a definite truth, a clear knowing and understanding of something. If you have differing beliefs you might choose to focus on them, but if the following resonates with you, take action on the tips.
- Learn to understand your dreams. Dreams can tell us much about ourselves and lead to greater awareness of truth from a nonphysical perspective. Keep a dream journal and look into dream interpretations, as well as the significance of your recurring dreams.
- Learn to differentiate between an emotional, fear based response based on prior experience, and a logical, appropriate response based on the evidence and your inner guidance.
- Start a practice of yoga and meditation. When you blend mind-based activities with physical movement, you can become more aware of your body’s messages, and your own intuition and truth.
Crafting With the Hermit
The botanical world is rich with mythology and medicine that spans across countries, eras and ideologies.
- Keep Usnea on your dashboard to remind you to slow down
- Create a wisdom nest. Add allies and symbols that guide your quest for understanding.
- Craft Usnea fire starters and light them before beginning council with a sacred circle.
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Get into a relaxing position and close your eyes, make sure you are a comfortable temperature and not likely to be interrupted.
- Take three deep breaths
- Feel your tension melting away.
Imagine yourself doing one of the crafts mentioned above. Use your imagination. Make it as elaborate or as simple as you like. Have whomever you would like to be there come and share the time with you.
Imagine what it would look and feel like, as if it were really happening. Use your five senses and imagine all the sensory details as though you are really there.
Be creative and indulge in this moment.
Spend as long as you like in this visualization and feel the benefits of crafting with nature. Think about your meditation as often as you like as you go through your day. If possible, create it in reality.
An herbcrafter is an afficianada of the botanical realm. She is in love with plants and longs to know them more deeply.
Her approach is driven by a playful, wild spirit.
The herbcrafter embraces the plant world as her teacher and friend through observation and botany, gardening and wildcrafting, medicine and kitchen craft, fiber arts and weaving, art and magic.
She recognizes herself as part of nature. She seeks reciprocity in all things. Through the relationship with the botanical world, she learns how plants and people can be of service to one another.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.Lao Tzu