By Leona Thomas
In 2008 Sedona, Arizona showed plenty of magic for me but today I want to hone in again on the incredible healing power of plants.
One day I was upset by something that was said to me at the Angel centre. It deeply wounded my heart. I began walking through the streets looking for peace but I could feel physical pain at my heart chakra.
I found myself walking down the main street near the turning leading towards Coffee Pot Rock. Usually I stayed on the main sidewalk but on this day I was guided to walk through the parking lots and in front of each building there.
Finally I arrived at Heartline Cafe. The only way forward was through their parking lot and back onto the main sidewalk again.
But they had an amazing big garden out the front, leading down to the main street. A breeze was moving the flowers and everything appeared to be dancing.
A lot of the plants were the same, dotted around at various locations in the flowerbed. I stopped walking, attracted to some bright flowers really waving in the breeze.
A Spirit voice told me to take off my sunglasses and to uncover my heart. I unfolded my arms and removed the glasses too, now standing with my arms at my side.
It was as if there was some kind of spotlight or a pointer or something because I would be mesmerized by a plant and then I would be directed to look at another one. There was just one rule. I had to stand with my heart facing the plant I was observing.
The garden was a blend of flowering plants and herbs. I was instructed to eat some of the herbs. There was no way to wash them first but I did as I was told. Many times I was directed between different clumps of the same flowers.
Finally I was told to sing OMs. As I sang I realised that there was no longer any physical pain in my chest and all my sorrow was gone too! I checked my watch. I had been there for an hour.
I went into the Cafe and told the owner that her beautiful garden had just healed my heart. I described what had happened and she thanked me for sharing.
And then she gave me a delicious homemade cookie for free!
Whilst it is true that there are special energies in Sedona, Arizona the nature in your own neighbourhood is also mighty powerful. It doesn't matter where you live or where you may be on holiday - life shows up right where you are.
Next time you need some medicine I dare you to stop your hand as you reach for the painkillers. Look around you. Maybe there is a friendly plant or tree nearby just waiting for the opportunity to help you.
We live in a magical world. You just have to open your mind and your eyes!