so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Watery infusions, made in the sun, gently draw out the properties contained in teas, fruits, herbs or spices. The waters become soft, and are filled with delicate and subtle flavors that are light years away from sugary sodas, or bottled juices.
David Wolf, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System, writes: "The foods we eat are energy reservoirs of transformed Sun energy. Through photosynthesis, plants capture energy from the Sun and lock in that power into their stems, leaves, seeds, roots, and fruits." When we make sun teas, we get a double dose of the sun's potent energy—it's as if the water captures the sunlight! The properties of the foods contained within those drinks, nourishes the body, refreshes and revives.
How To Make Sun Tea
Ingredients:3-4 cups pure water
Choose one of the following to make the tea:
3-4 tablespoons loose dried herbs
Several stalks of fresh herbs, such as lavender, or pineapple sage
6 bay leaves
6 thin slices of organic lemon, lime, or orange
Small handful of star anise, and a few cinnamon sticks
1-2 tea bags
Directions:Put ingredients into a jar filled with water. Cover with cheesecloth or sprouting lid to make sure the light and air can get in, but to keep bugs out. Place in the sun for several hours. Serve sun tea warm or chilled. Drink within 12 hours to receive the full benefits from the sun's infusion. Refrigerate leftover water, straining out solids. Drink within two days.
A Little Story: The Feast of Friendship & Nature
We had not received any ideas for this week's Little Story, and inwardly asked Spirit to please bring something. Within twenty-four hours, photos came to us through two of our dearest friends—Dick Ridington, who had taken the pictures, and his partner, Rhonda Mattern, who sent them.
When we looked at these images, it stuck us that they were full of embedded messages, hidden archetypal concepts that were speaking to us about spiritual qualities. This is what the photos conveyed:
A yellowjacket may be easy to dismiss as a threat or a nuisance, and we often do not always see it as one of God's creatures—yet there it was, in all its innocence, drinking from the holy well. Its source for the water was large—what to the yellowjacket might seem like a lake, to quench its thirst, to fill its tiny needs. Is this not like we are, whose needs are small, compared to the vastness of creation? And are we taking time to drink?
The dill herbs in the pots reminded us to grow and to thrive, reaching for the spiritual light, the sun, to be filled with innocence, trust, joy, and to just be. The element of the threes (the pots) spoke of causality through consciousness, of our structure, and purpose in life.
During the course of a day, perhaps you might see a dog running, an elderly person sitting in the park, or a bird flying overhead while you're commuting to work, or talking on the phone. What lies beneath the obvious? What is the hidden language? What are the spiritual messages saying to you?
This is what Spirit has brought today. This is what has washed upon the shores of our being—perhaps a moment of heightened consciousness, a moment of emptiness, or a feast. If we are co-creators with a higher power, then what are we creating? We can dream any dream we want... how will we choose?
The feasts of friendships and those found in nature ignite Rex's and my passion for life, and help us want to become more than who we have been. What is clear to us is that collectively, humanity is evolving, and this spiritual evolution is our destiny. It's being said that we are the ones we've been waiting for. Learning to see the spiritual in everyday events is one of our heartfelt ways to connect to the Source, and to facilitate this change.
Let the pains and sorrows wash through. They are the old paradigms falling away, shedding themselves to allow more light and energy to shine. These experiences deepen us, stretch us past where we've been, and bring us to profound states of gratitude and willingness to move even further ahead—growing in the sun, mellowing like tea as we are permeated with the holy waters, drinking in the heavenly nectar.