January 10, 2020
When collecting Desert Milkweed, I was overcome by waves of anxiety and fear. Ridiculous, as this plant is not endangered nor was I somewhere I shouldn't be, this experience informed by understanding of the flower's essence: it dissolves subconscious patterned fear of persecution or getting into trouble while trying to do good. It helps us let go of worry about what others think and trust that the world is a friendly place, full of benevolence and understanding.
Sacred Body harmonizes the subtle energetic bodies in such a way that it benefits the physical body as well. Infused with 9 special flower elixirs to stabilize the complex spectrum of your electromagnetic field, giving your beautiful, sacred body the support it needs.
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If you’re attracted to the Desert Milkweed, you may be feeling as the world or your environment is not a friendly place and that anything you do will be judged. There may be a sense that the projects or expression of yourself you want to bring into the world will be subject to persecution and you’ll be blamed for anything that befalls or simply just not understood.
This feeling can play it in more obvious ways, such as concern that your new business idea will not be accepted by the world at large, your family, your community. But we can also find this pattern in the day to day when we find ourselves not acting for fear of "doing it wrong" or "looking like a fool" as well as just worrying in general what others will think.
You may find yourself feeling that others are unforgiving, angry/annoyed or even "out to get you."
Desert Milkweed enhances one’s capacity to accept yourself as you are and not worry so much about what others think. You can speak and act more freely, because there’s less fear of being misunderstood. If you say something and it is misunderstood (which happens!), you’re able to let it go faster instead of ruminating.
Desert Milkweed allows us to see the areas of our day-to-day lives or psyche where we have subtle fears around others' perception of what we do (and, in effect, who we are), whether it’s around judgement, making someone angry or where we may be blamed for any mishaps.
It also helps you look more easily at things that scare you, even parts of yourself. You can effortlessly make space for these aspects—not seeing them as solid or fixed and “who you are,” but rather as something that is constantly shifting over time. You can better understand the parts and pieces and different personalities that you have—instead of feeling like you have crazy or grotesque parts of you, you can make enough space to get perspective, see alllll the parts of you, and then realize that you are not your pieces and parts. You are the you that is seeing them.
In this way, Desert Milkweed facilitates your ability to be seen and seeing yourself as you are. It helps you see the areas where you don’t perceive a "welcoming" environment, and then shift your perspective so that you are welcome in your own body + thereby welcome in any environment anywhere.
Desert Milkweed (Asclepias subulata), also known as Rush Milkweed, is native to the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Most frequently found in wash areas of the desert, it can grow upwards of four to six feet tall, and the milky sap that comes from the cut woody stems contains latex! Like others in the Milkweed family, the fruit pod splits when ripe to disperse its seeds in fluffy, hairlike plumes.
The distinctive yellow/white flowers bloom from spring to fall, and the Desert Milkweed is one of 30 known milkweed species that is considered a Monarch butterfly host plant. Though there are reports of the plant being used by the Pima and Hopi tribes as an emetic and laxative, there are high levels of known toxic agents that cause most grazing animals and humans to avoid. (These same agents are what appeal to Monarch caterpillars, as ingesting them as larva makes the butterfly unattractive to predators!)
MAGNIFIES:Confidence, comfort, and peace with being out in the open and watched by others; having a sense that the world is a benevolent, understanding + friendly place
DISSOLVES: Worry about what others think; feeling persecuted; having a sense that others are out to get you, blame you, or that they’re unforgiving
Love + flower petals,