Garden Deva: Solidago
I was introduced to the power of flowers and garden spirits (devas) through my study of the flower Solidago sempervirens.
Deva is a Sanskrit word meaning 'a being of brilliant light', a non-physical being, a nature spirit. Devas are small spheres of light that may be seen by all sentient beings. They are fluidic in nature and open into vortexes of cosmic consciousness. Every plant, wildflower, herb and tree has its own deva (or faery) and by connecting with it you open yourself to its wisdom and life force energy.
Meditating and spending quiet days in the sand dunes with these flower beings I became conscious of the devas on the land surrounding the Solidago succulent. It was clear the devas brought me to this particular flower and that I open myself completely to its message. Flowers, plants, herbs, and trees are all a beautiful expression of Mother Earth (Gaia) and channel her energy and wisdom. They are capable, in essence, to speak directly to our soul. The solidago, with its golden yellow, fiery blooms speaks of power. Its unique vibrational healing pattern works directly with the solar plexus chakra and the sun. The flowering maritime species is extremely adaptable and requires full sun - taking in the beams of light to prepare itself as the main food source for the Autumn migrating monarch butterfly. Growing abundantly along the ocean waters, my spiritual body came into balance as it connected with the elements fire (sun) and water (ocean). As a flower essence, its deva reached my soul with its etheric vibration, 'to make whole, to unite'.
Meditation practice to connect with a GARDEN DEVA -
Sit gently on the Earth, near your favorite tree, or plant, or flower - or simply imagine an image of it in your third eye - opening yourself to its energy and breathing in rhythm. Set the intention to communicate with this nature spirit and as you relax into the landscape around you, begin to feel its presence. Be open to its expression, perhaps as words you hear within as intuition or as an image you see or as a sound you hear far off in the distance. We welcome all messages as they come in many unique and unexpected ways. Sit still for about 10 minutes. If it feels right for you, you may ask the deva questions. When you feel ready to release the deva, or nature spirit, thank it for its time with you and leave an offering such as a pinch of cornmeal, a stone, or a leaf.
* Photograph from my book Solidago ' seaside goldenrod '