in a world created by God everything is God created, plants are living beings they are part of the creation story-song in a specific place. our relationship with plants involves the basic salvation-story of our souls within the creation. the plants and the plant knowledge of people, plants and place is part of the heritage we inherit and move forward. the gentian pictured here is gentian affinis, blue pleated gentian.
there are many plants of the gentian family and their flowers range from this purple blue flowered variety to pale yellow white. in general it is a plant of high mountain meadows. the use of gentian root and leaves by itself and in bitter formulas is a long tradition.
traditionally in europe bitter herbal formulas were used before meals as an aperitif. the herbs were preserved in alcohol. gentian root and sometimes leaf was used along with carminative heating herbs in bitter formulas. the dried root as a tea in water is used in the same way. using gentian in this way is meeting the plant face to face where it grows and using the whole plant rather than disecting it in a laboratory or standardizing for specific components.
understanding and journey with plants often battles the secular cultural narrative of separation. narrative outside of a compartmentalized world. the cultural narrative living in a secular, God-less economic zone of the empire the task of the dialectic moving through re-written history is to create through electronic media the new fluid gender generic person to inhabit a purely economic space. there is continuous re-education efforts to fashion people to generic consumers. every effort is made to create a safe environment for the race-less, gender-less participants of perfect consumerism. within the dialectic of modernism tribal-family ties of loyalty to the earth in a specific place must be purged. the question of how to preserve the existence of our people and a future for our children, is not a theory or concept- it is the intricate fabric of life. so when confronting auto-immune processes gone awry it is not only the physical small world body that has been altered but also the eco-systems, the earth household and family that are altered.
in promoting the dialectic of modernism within the empire new consumer paradise, all kinds of new illnesses arise. because the process of living in a multi-cultural space is often toxic and unsatisfactory within the new consumer paradise. there are continuous efforts to make available boundless supplies of new pharmaceutical drugs available to treat these new illnesses. not only are pharmaceuticals advocated for physical illness, pharmaceuticals are used to alter the emotional heart, the thinking, the mood. yet for every new drug there are unintended consequences. there is no such thing as a drug that works on a particular body system without effecting every other body system. a drug supposedly for the breathing as in asthma must also effect the liver, the heart, the brain, the emotions, the thinking, the personality and gestalt. there are receptor sites all over the body. the body created by God is not a machine. there are no static isolated processes within the body. likewise medication for behavioral issues, mood and thought disorders don't stay within the brain. dopamine, and serotonin receptor sites are found throughout the body, effecting every body system. again the body is not a machine. medications built in a lab do not have smooth machine like functions within the body. A medication taken for a thought disorder effects the heart's ability to pump blood, effects the pancreas and glucose/insulin dynamic, breathing and respiration.
these so called psych meds while also effecting the entire body dynamic also effect people of different genetic/racial differently.
currently i live and was raised in empire. my language, english is empire. in the grand bargain the language of my parents was hush hush so that their offspring, not children, but off spring could participate in empire. from the social standpoint, the huge experimental process of empire building accelerating. part of the vast social experiment of empire is a conversion to secular life. become interchangeable parts in an economic zone.
regardless of view, like weed flowers poking out of the asphalt parking lot, people with actual memories, and at times people who because they are created by God, living in a God created world through joy or crisis spontaneously move towards living the old ways with plants such as gentian their medicine.
our life is not only physical. our life is not only defined by economic terms. part of the cross of Jesus Christ is to portray and advocate for a spiritual place, a home for our people, a community where families may thrive. to view life solely as a material chemical and physical process is to demean it. likewise to understand my work with plants as solely medical, scientific and pharmaceutical is to limit and change what i am doing. any kind of situation i am in is "in him we live and move and have our being" Acts 17:28. it is not that i am living, then digesting, then studying herbs, then going to church. everything is informing one another, because it is in him we have out being. likewise plants. likewise the process of the plants. likewise collecting and gathering plants, it's all sacred activity and spiritual work.
an essential part of this work is tasting the bitter gentian root. developing formulas
we can think of the cheeks and face as being somehow on the outside. but what about the lips? are lips inside or outside? or are they at the frontier of inside/outside. as we go further we can see the mucosa of the digestive system somehow inside/outside and frontier. in the body it's like this, the deeper you go you will find it difficult to say inside/outside. yet there is self and other. and it has to do with movement of elements of fire, wind, water and earth. there is spontaneous recognition of self and other , along with connection and interpenetration with our small world body and the big world spinning planet body. before all else is events with Jesus being born to Virgin Mary now queen of heaven and earth. Elijah his servant on the mt carmel looking for the cloud to bring rain. 1 Kings 18:44 "Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand."
we must re-own the cultural narrative of language. language for our history was words spoken. language was words heard remembered. language in the consumer market lab is language/machine. machines speak the words and the drone of electronically repeated phrases broadcast the dialectic of societal revolution.