A Conversation with Henbit
This spring, I incorrectly identified Henbit as Self Heal. Ugg! Many months later, I'm still embarrassed about it. I'm also incredibly thankful for the experience of apologizing to the Spirit of Henbit (I don't like apologizing/being wrong but it's always amazing what comes out of true heart felt apologies).
At the time I was still new to the idea of communicating with Plant Spirits. I'm big on journaling and have a lot of divine guidance that comes through but Henbit was the first plant spirit to open up to me in conversation and for that I am forever grateful!
I've worried that sharing the actual conversation might be too much. I guess, pulling that thread, I've worried that opening up about this side of me might be too much. It's a crazy deal to be worried about being too much and not enough all at the same time!
While I'm still not 100% comfortable opening up, I know the benefit I receive from having these conversations and I learned it was possible by reading the accounts of other folks who communicate with the plants. At the end of the day, I want to contribute to collective reconnection to nature. That reconnection will look different for different folks and if I can help anyone opening up to their intuitive gifts to feel like they are NOT CRAZY and not alone, this will all be worth it.
For those who don't connect in with plants this way. It's all good. I hope the messages shared in these conversations can offer some form of medicine for all who read them.
Ok! Let's dive in!
Jessica: "I call on my divine Source, my angels & spirit guides, and specifically on the Spirit of Henbit. I apologize for misidentifying you. I absolutely think you are beautiful and would be honored to work with you if you are open to working with me."
Henbit: "It's ok. I'm happy to be here. I don't get much attention with all my other family members standing in the spotlight."
Jessica: "Thank you! I have noticed how red/purple deadnettle and Self Heal get all the attention. I was impressed with Self Heal's actions & couldn't get the name out of my head for quite a while. When I saw you, your beautiful flower reminded me of her & I jumped to conclusions. I apologize for that. You are beautiful & I had so much fun with you yesterday. [ Ophelia and I spent a couple of hours hunting and harvesting while we played outside. It was delightful.] I'd love to learn more about you. What do you feel are your favorite traits?
Henbit: "Well...nobody asks me...I usually am here for the animals. People ignore me or get made at me for no reason."
J: "Ok, well how do you work with the animals?"
H: "I let them know Spring is here! I lure them outside into the sun. I give them nutrients to help their bodies shake off winter stagnation. I offer that original, subtle wake up call to their bodies & minds. After a long winter, I'm offering a smooth transition to the movement & growth of spring."
J: "Do you think that people skip you or overlook you because they are impatient & go looking for the "strongest" "hardest hitting" medicine instead of observing the way nature progresses more slowly?"
H: "Could be. I'm not concerned with helping those who don't want/need me. No offense--It's just...that kind of thinking is exhausting & upsetting. I'm not about that. I'm here for those who value me. We work together slowly. I'm here to be fun & helpful without being intense."
J: "That's beautiful. I can tell that your medicine will be powerful for me. Could we work together?"
J: "I must be honest. I don't do a good job of eating my medicine. Would you be willing to come to me in a different preparation?"
H: "Yes. A tincture would be nice. Remember, I'm helpful in little amounts often, so maybe you could take a few drops throughout the day."
J: "That sounds lovely."
H: "Use all of my parts [in the tincture] & let me sit in the sun for 4 weeks."
J: "Would you like to be combined with any other plants or crystals?"
H: "Rose quartz would be nice on top of my jar while I'm infusing. She & I can offer gentle support together."
J: "Thank you! Is there anything else you'd like me to know or do?"
H: "Thank you for enjoying me. I'm excited to be recognized by humans. I gave up on y'all a while back. It has hurt to be "removed" & "irradicated" I'm just here to help."
J: "I see your beauty & honor the value you bring. Thank you so much!"
My experience of Henbit was that she has such a mellow countenance. Kind and helpful while completely at peace with what she is here to do. My strongest take away from Henbit is that very grounded sense of being clear on what is "for me to do" opposed to concerning myself with outcomes and experiences that are just not "for me" to worry with.
Those who focus heavily on rescuing others or convincing others they need help in some way could greatly benefit from the energy of Henbit. Taking that a step further: if you are exhausted from running around anticipating the needs of others, constantly think through what you can be doing to make life easier for them, to help them heal, to fix the problems they are encountering and you feel like NO ONE APPRECIATES YOUR EFFORT I lovingly invite you to sit with Henbit. Sometimes the most loving thing we can do is maintain our own energy. To offer love and energetic support but hold off on action until we are asked to intervene. We can let go of the idea that we are meant to fix anything for anyone else. We can stop expending so much effort trying to make people see that they would be healthier, happier, richer, smarter if they just listened to you and did what you know will help (I know it will help but trust me when I say, it won't help until they are ready for it!)
Energetically, Henbit can help us in a couple of ways:
1) She can show us the way to transition smoothly. Slow and steady can be so very powerful. Especially in the seasonal transition from Winter to Spring.
2) She can help us focus our energy where our efforts will matter and be appreciated. She can help us call back all that energy we expend on people & situations that either don't require our energy or haven't invited us in.
I'd love to hear how Henbit come through for you!