Letter From the Publishers, November 2014
Oct 31, 2014 07:01PM
Embarking on an early run recently, I encountered a roar from above. Between the sunlit leaves, a massive and colorful balloon filled the sky, gliding past for a nearby landing. The mystery of our personal migration is an eternal unfolding. With each day, a new threshold is reached; personal vistas and horizons are expanded to open space for dreams to rise up, take flight and carry us on. This issue’s theme of empowerment provides inspiration and methods to help us open windows to the soul, where we can access infinite potential through our own inner compass.
A prime example of changing the world by fearlessly embracing one’s path is legendary herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, the keynote presenter at the annual Mid-Atlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, which co-publisher Kendra and I recently attended. This celebration of the foundation and practice of plant-based healing was set in the beautiful fields of Red Earth Farm, in Lehigh County. Amidst delicious food and enlightening group discussions, we honored a legacy rooted in integrity.
Gladstar’s humor and wisdom flowed effortlessly as she told stories of the early years of medicinal harvests on the West Coast, a time when she pursued her focus without a trace of hesitation about where the quest would land. Responding from the very center of her being, Gladstar saw the essence and healing capabilities of the plants. She worked diligently to share those gifts with others; founding the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, writing many books and co-founding one of my favorite tea companies, Traditional Medicinals. Gladstar now lives and works at her Sage Mountain Retreat Center, in Vermont.
Clearly a profound visionary, her words elevated a group already united in a desire to co-create with the land. She emphasized a paradigm of conservation, with boundaries in healing practices and respect for heritage and traditions, as complementary therapies continue to merge in an attempt to meet evolving health needs. The discussion represented a firm nod toward the necessary collaboration and integration of healthcare providers across the spectrum, as well as an enthusiasm for attitudes and approaches that can save our future.
This colorful month also marks the second anniversary of Natural Awakenings Lancaster-Berks. We are supremely honored to continue co-creating this resource with the community, and sincerely thank each of you for your support and enthusiasm along the way. A universal force is circling this world and connecting the impulses of our hearts, calling us all to live in our personal divinity. We hope you enjoy this issue focused on honoring soul signatures and walking paths of purpose.
Safe and happy travels!
~Jacqueline Mast & Kendra Campbell