2018 Spring Issue

Dear Friend,

Spring is just around the corner and what a blessing it will be to see the harbinger of spring, Coltsfoot, blooming on the side of the road. We have so many exciting opportunities this coming season for you to dive deep with the plants and to explore the depths of your own being. Pam is on the move this year so many of you folks across the globe will have any opportunity to work with plant spirits and their amazing healing ways as well as continue to come to the Partner Earth Education Center in Vermont.


AUSTRALIA - Pam is returning to Australia in November and will be teaching Plant Communication, Tulsi Plant Initiation and an Advanced Plant Spirit Healing class. Contact ninevehdaniel77@gmail.com for information about these courses.


UNITED KINGDOM - Pam will return to England in June for a Tulsi Plant Initiation and to Wales for an Advanced Plant Spirit Healing class. Contact emma.farrell@archetypeevents.com.


ITALY- Pam will be co-facilitating a Journey-of-Transformation-and-Deep-Encounter-with-Nature-in-the-Magical-Land-of-Damanhur October 14-21. This is sponsored by and a benefit for the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries.


VERMONT- Pam will be offering several Plant Initiations at Partner Earth Education Center in Danby, Vermont. Nettle in June, Elder in July and Maple Tree in September.

Pam will also offer a Hawthorn Initiation at Dreamlands near Montpelier.

Plant Initiations fill quickly so get your registration in now.


OTHER CLASSES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Plant Spirit Healing Expressed through Visual Art with Jackie Lewis

At Sweetwater Sanctuary, Partner Earth Education Center

Danby, Vermont

“I have been exploring how to deeply engage, receive guidance and heal into life with plant spirits for three decades now. When I met Jackie Lewis in England a whole new world opened to continue my exploration through art. I never thought I could do art until my plant allies showed me differently and that my art could take our relationship beyond friendship to the level of beloveds. Thank you Jackie for this gift you brought to me.”......Pam Montgomery


HEART TRANSFORMTATION: HEALING THROUGH THE WISDOM OF NATURE

A PLANT SPIRIT HEALING APPRENTICESHIP.................WITH JEN FREY

Pam will not be teaching a Plant Spirit Healing apprenticeship in 2018 but one of her Associate Teachers will teach an apprenticeship based on Pam’s Plant Spirit Healing teachings. Jen Frey of Brigid’s Way will offer a six-month apprenticeship titled Heart of Transformation Apprenticeship beginning in May at Heart Springs Sanctuary in Washington Boro, Pennsylvania. Visit Jen’s website at: www.brigidsway.com or call her at 717-629-8426. Here’s what Pam has to say about Jen and her work:

“It is rare to find a person such as Jen who demonstrates a deep dedication and commitment to being in co-creative partnership with plants, nature, elements and Earth.

Jen approaches her work and life’s walk from a heart-centered space bringing a depth of understanding to all she does. At the same time, she engages her active mind to help carry out her intuitive guidance.

Jen is a gifted teacher who makes difficult concepts and practices easy and accessible. She continues to explore various healing arenas always expanding and refining her abilities as a healer and teacher. As she steps into teaching more long term programs you will have the opportunity to experience and learn healing in ways you could never imagine as she engages you personally, professionally and planetarily. I highly recommend Jen’s work and especially her newly emerging Heart of Transformation Apprenticeship which is certain to change your life by filling you full of your true essential nature so you may walk the path you came here for.”


GLOBAL GRATITUDE TREE CEREMONY

March 24th

Please join with the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries in a ceremony to honor trees and their life-giving presence.
Visit the ONE website - Organization of Nature Evolutionaries. for the details.


Thriving in a Hot Spot

By Pam Montgomery


“Anyone can be thrown into hell and suffer. That doesn't take talent or skill. The challenge we're faced with here is being thrown into hell and thriving. Now there's a challenge worth taking on.” Roger Fritz

This past year has been quite challenging for many people on many levels. The challenges range from slippery politics to declining health to gun violence to drastic climate change to spiritual malnourishment. Some would say we are entering the “end times” and many scientists agree we are in the 6th Great Extinction. So what does this mean? Do we roll over and give up? Or is this a time of incredible opportunity when our evolution as a species is ready to take a giant leap? Can we live a satisfying good life filled with meaning and purpose in the midst of massive change?

From many different sources we are being told that our attitude is crucial to our well being and ability to live the ‘good life’. Michael J. Fox did a special on ABC in 2009 called The Incurable Optimist. He traveled all over the world interviewing incurable optimists. He found that they all have a behavior in common. In any situation, they don't focus on the negative. Rather, they focus on the opportunities. Likewise, my friend and mentor, Rocio Alarcon, suggests that in order to “manage the forces” we must focus on the solution not the problem. Dr. Joe Dispenza in his groundbreaking book “You Are the Placebo” shares a Mayo Clinic study that followed 800 people for 30 years which showed “that optimists live longer than pessimists.” And in another study, “Attitude had more of an influence on longevity than blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking, body weight, or level of exercise.” Is it possible that our attitude is a key ingredient into whether we thrive during these changing times?

Marianne Williamson suggests that “Love is who we are and it is the only purpose of our lives.” In this context love is more than an emotion but actually a state of being and resides at the core of our being-ness. Glenda Green in her book “Love Without End” shares “Love is not a quantity, but a quality of being-ness which brings rightness of action” and “it is your sacred right to be the love that you are, and that is unconditional.” When love is the lens through which we make decisions and take action our attitude is positive and we are filled with hope. We walk into what could almost seem like hell and welcome the opportunity to push our edges so that we may grow and evolve.

My teacher Martin Prechtel tells us we are “planting seeds for a time beyond our own”. So I will not lay down and give-up or be quiet or deny my truth or let the-powers-that-be run over me or let my spirit fire dwindle. I will face the challenge and continue to plant seeds of love, hope, goodness, justice, sacredness, compassion and beauty taking action in every aspect of my life to foster the paradigm shift that we know is possible.

An Excerpt from “The Purpose and Meaning of Life” by Roger Fritz

“Now I'll move on to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” This is a different question from, “What is the purpose of life?” 

One difference is that meaning is more a matter of feeling than of thinking, and purpose is more about thinking than feeling. One feels that one's life has meaning, or feels that it doesn't. People who feel their life has no meaning often feel bored. Meaning is a whole different realm than purpose.

Oddly enough, the matter of meaning can be clarified by thinking about the difference between fun and satisfaction. There are many sources of fun in life. People have fun partying, watching TV, playing video games, doing hobbies, reading books, and on and on. But satisfaction is different. Oddly enough, there aren't many sources of satisfaction. Most people can number them on one hand. The list might go something like this: creativity, having relationships, raising kids, accomplishment, work that you love, communing with nature, helping others. All of these are also fun, but they leave behind a glow that lingers in a way that fun doesn't. 

An important part of having a good life is finding something that's more than fun, something that satisfies. No one can tell you what's satisfying for you. Everyone has to find it for themselves. 

So the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” is quite simple, actually. The meaning of life is finding what satisfies. This doesn't mean the finding is simple. Some things can be simple but not easy, and this is often one of them.

Anyone can be thrown into hell and suffer. That doesn't take talent or skill. The challenge we're faced with here is being thrown into hell and thriving. Now there's a challenge worth taking on. Those who can develop the necessary skills can claim the good life, even here on this odd planet in this odd time. Strangely enough, the good life seems to be within reach for everyone. No one can tell you what the good life is for you, but there are general guidelines. What makes most people happy in life is good relationships with others, satisfying work, positive thinking, playfulness and hope. Depression is usually about lack of hope. Creating a clear vision of what the good life looks like to you, and feels like to you, and making a plan to get to it, will create hope. And hope is vital. There's no substitute for hope.”

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