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Forest Medicine

Songbook
Songs of healing and celebration
received from the plant spirits
and other beings of nature
compiled by Scott Kloos
songs without attribution received by Scott

© 2010, 2011 The School of Forest Medicine. Some Rights Reserved.


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Contents
Plant Medicine, Medicine of the land................ 7

opening
Yarrow (clearing Song)........................................10
Yerba santa (Smudge Song).................................10
golden smoke comes from the sky.................. 11
protect this tranquility......................................12
Forest in Bloom........................................................14
tree of life.................................................................15

calls etc.
DIG-AH-WAH-NEE-DAY (Redcedar).......................... 20
Ashusha, King of these forests........................ 20
aralia............................................................................21
Mother, bring your healing waters................ 21
MOTHER OF THE FLOWERS.........................................22
Crown of the DAy.....................................................24
WHOEVER WANTS TO SEE (angelica)..................... 25
SONG OF THE PUEBLO MOUNTAINS.......................... 26
Mother come, illuminate (dogwood)............... 28

Air
song of the wind......................................................32
The Condor will arrive.........................................34
we sing to you (Aspen)...........................................35
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elder mother’s song..............................................36
white owl.....................................................................37

fire
ancient Mysteries....................................................40
grandfather Juniper..............................................41
Yerba Santa................................................................42
Yerba santa................................................................43
LIGHT OF YOUR TRUTH (yerba santa)................... 44
ephedra........................................................................45
StarFlower................................................................46
Mother shine your star (dragon Rt.).............. 47
Grandfather of Light............................................48

Water
Mama aralia................................................................52
St. John say wash away..........................................52
Madrona.......................................................................53
Oh Mother Yemanjá.................................................54
Hawthorn receive me.............................................55
Aralia’s River Song.................................................56
Three seeds................................................................58
MESSAGE FROM THE WATER......................................59
CURUPIPIPIAGUA..........................................................60
SILVER EPHEDRA GATHERING SONG........................ 61
I am the water............................................................62

earth
Ashusha (devil’s club)............................................66
The Earth and the Sky............................................67
Omulu............................................................................67
Compassion.................................................................68
Little ferns................................................................69
angelica.......................................................................70
Ganoderma..................................................................72
Darlingtonia..............................................................72
medicine of the mountain......................................73
cascara sagrada (for clearing)...................... 73

closing
The Truth of the forest.......................................76
Water of life..............................................................77
i am the forest (alder)..........................................77
from the forest.......................................................78
The spirits that guide me......................................79

other songs
Medicine Making Song.............................................82
Meal Blessing song................................................83
Plant Medicine, Medicine of the land

These lands vibrate with medicine—a wisdom


and a strength that is available to all. Medicinal
plants are here in abundance awaiting our
return. As physical manifestations of the spirit
forces of the land, they have the potential
of being our most profound teachers. It only
takes a small shift of consciousness, a slight
turn of the dial, to reopen the channels. When
we open ourselves to receive these teachings,
we not only heal ourselves, but we make these
healing forces more available to the earth,
our families, our community, our society, and
all of humanity. We all have encoded in our
DNA the ability to be a part of and receive
information from the life force that surrounds
us. We need only remember ourselves for
what we are—integral components of the
Earth’s consciousness, and we need only
listen to and put into practice the teachings
offered by these divine beings of the plant
kingdom.
opening
Yarrow (clearing Song) 4x

Yarrow, Hey, Yarrow, Ha


Yarrow, Hey, Yarrow, Ha
Yarrow, Hey, Yarrow, Ha
Yarrow, Hey, Yarrow, Ha

Hey Yarrow, Hey Yarrow, Hey Yarrow, Ha


Hey Yarrow, Hey Yarrow, Hey Yarrow, Ha

  

Yerba santa (Smudge Song)

Yerba Santa, purify this temple


Yerba Santa, purify this temple
So we can cleanse, heal, sing and dance,
and pray
So we can cleanse, heal, sing and dance,
and pray

  
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golden smoke comes from the sky

Golden Smoke comes from the sky—Hey,


hey
Brings the fire, brings the wind—Hey, hey
To cleanse and to burn—Hey, hey

Golden Smoke come from the sky—Hey,


hey
Open up our senses—Hey, hey
Clarify our thoughts—Hey, hey

Yerba Santa, purify—Hey, hey


Grandfather Juniper to send—Hey, hey
Redcedar, take away—Hey, hey

  

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protect this tranquility

Protect this tranquility


Illuminate the chiefs of the forest
Blessed by the Holy Mother
Mother Jurema and her princesses

I give praise to my Mother Jurema


She illuminates my heart
She opens my vision with certainty
And secures me in my mission

Bless my King Oxóssi


Bless all of the beings
The time has arrived
For my children to stand up

➣➣➣

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Illuminate the radiance of the forest
Enlivened by the love and purity of the waters
The light of wisdom of all of the plants
The dignity and strength of the trees
Protect these splendors
Firmed in the green of Our Mother Earth

I give thanks to you Grandmother


Mother of the plants for the whole world
For showing me my path
And blessing this mission

  

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Forest in Bloom
(Grandmother Maria Alice)

Forest in bloom, forest in bloom, forest in bloom


How sublime is your radiance

It is from you that hope comes


For me to trust in the divine alliance

In you lives my hummingbird


You are the house of my most pure love

Forest in bloom, spring of life


You are the eternal balm of every wound

Forest in bloom, you are my Queen


And I so small, I am your little daughter

  

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tree of life
(Gayle Highpine, 2010)

The sun of morning light


Your life begins to rise
The water rises in your roots
Your leaves awake to face the sun

Your branches to the sky


Spread out to call in the Light
You reach out to receive the birds
The life that sings in your embrace

Your leaves sing to the Sun


Every leaf with its own voice
And all the leaves a single life
And all the voice a single voice

The wind sets free your dance


Lets you show the world your joy
You breathe with all the breath of life
You move in all the breath of Earth

➣➣➣
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Your leaves into the soil
Feeding sunlight to the ground
You feed the body of the Earth
The living body of our birth

Your roots deep in the Earth


Let you reach up to the sky
Your roots are joined with all the roots
Your dream is joined with all the Dream

The seeds of life you sow


The fruits of life you grow
You give home to so many beings
You care for all the life below

You trust the Father’s love


You trust the Mother’s care
You share your generosity
You give your life into the world

➣➣➣

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You live in our houses
You live in our temples
You are the Sun Dance Tree of Life
You are the center of our strength

The sun of morning joy


Your life begins to rise

  

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calls etc.

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DIG-AH-WAH-NEE-DAY (Redcedar)

Dig-ah-wah-nee-day (4x)

I am a child,
I am a child of yours

Dig-ah-wah-nee-day

I sing to you
To remember everyday
Dig-ah-wah-nee-day
  

Ashusha, King of these forests

Ashusha, King of these forests

Defend our healing grounds


Protect the holy places

Ashusha!

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aralia

Aralia, the Queen, Mother

Gives me the force


The force of the Mother

  

MOther, bring your healing waters

Mother, bring your healing waters

Bring your energy, bring your light

  

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MOTHER OF THE FLOWERS
(Kathryn)

Ixchel, Jurema (3x)

Mother of the flowers,


Of the fruits and the seeds,
Mother of the buds and branches
You bring your remedies

Mother of the roots


Deep inside of me
Keeper of my health
And my integrity

I call you here


Into the darkness of this wound
In the seat of suffering
Here I call you
➣➣➣

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Into the depths of these sorrows
Where my spirit has fled
Bring your leaves bring your flowers
To my heart to mend

Ixchel, Jurema (3x)

  

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Crown of the DAy

Gah-weet-kee-san
Tay-watch-a-lay

Father of Life
Crown of the Day

Gah-weet-kee-san
Tay-watch-a-lay

Your sunrise breath


Opens the way

Gah-weet-kee-san
Tay-watch-a-lay

Our Mother of Life


Protect and sustain her

  

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WHOEVER WANTS TO SEE (angelica)

Shay la hey la hey, Shay la hey la hey


Shay la hey la hey

Everything you know


Comes from mountains such as these
Shay la hey la hey

Everything you see


Comes from the stars and seeds
Shay la hey la hey

Shay la ...

Everything you are is


And all that you will be
Shay la hey la hey

The journey is for those


Whoever wants to see
Shay la hey la hey

Shay la...
   25
SONG OF THE PUEBLO MOUNTAINS
(Sommer, 2009)

We come to the desert seeking and curing


We come to the desert to honor our Guides

We come to the desert to purify the spirit


To open in Silence to receive communication

Communication of the spirits


Of the Plant Beings who dwell here

To honor, to open, to listen, to hear


To learn with humility the wisdom of the Earth

Earth wind and fire


Water to cleanse
The roots, leaves, and flowers
Their medicines to bless

➣➣➣

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Giving us knowledge
So we can heal
Deeper connection
Feeling what is real

Ephedra, Ephedra
Juniper and Sagebrush
Plant Family Nation
We receive your teachings

We receive the Spirits


The memory of the Ancestors
We remember the calling of the Mystery of
Stars

We give praise, and these good offerings


To weave together Holy Relations of Life

  

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Mother come, illuminate (dogwood)*

Wacha heya hey


Wacha hey hey ya

I sing your praises to all forest life (4x)

Wacha heya hey...

In the forest I receive your light

Wacha heya hey...

Mother come, Illuminate

Wacha heya hey...

Shine, shine, shine, shine through me

Wacha heya hey...

Clear the path for me to see


➣➣➣

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Wacha heya hey...

Mother come, Illuminate

  

*This song opens the third eye. As you sing “Wacha heya hey...” feel the
upward movement of the melody’s sound clearing the channel of vision
from your heart through the back of your neck and up and out of your third
eye. Once it is clear, you are free to explore. You can reach out into the
visionary ethers or allow them to enter into you. Imagining a Dogwood
flower blossoming from your third eye may help.

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Air

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song of the wind

My Master is the Lord of the Wind


He teaches his secrets to me
He fills me with his divine breath
Awareness and clarity
My Master come to cleanse my thoughts
Remove these obscurities

My Mother sings a song through the flower


of the wind
To guide and protect me
A beautiful white bird from the mountains of
the west
A breeze of tranquility
My Mother I ask you to clear my mind
Relieve this anxiety

➣➣➣

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My Father makes his home on the mountain
so high
He brings its forces to me
Aligns me with the earth and the sky
My heart, my destiny
My Father I offer this pain, this grief
These things I no longer need

My brothers, my sisters, my daughters, my


sons
The time to gather is here
Strengthen your hearts and firm your minds
Let go of pain and fear
Present yourself to the forces of life
Consider what they provide
Offer yourself, sing this song of the wind
Remember who gives you life

  

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The Condor will arrive

The Condor will arrive


The Condor will arrive
Bringing the winds of change

The force comes, it comes


The force it comes, comes, comes
It cuts and transforms us

My Heavenly Father
All that he’s given
He secures me in my mission

The force comes, it comes


The force it comes, comes, comes
It strengthens and allows us to see

  

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we sing to you (Aspen)

We sing to you in the night


We sing to you in the wind
Just listen for us, we are always with you
When you sing you are never alone

When you sing you are never alone


Hear the voices, they’re calling you home
My child we are here, there is nothing to
fear
Find us dancing with joy in the wind

  

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elder mother’s song

Come, come
To where you are from

Into this world you’ve come


Come, come, come
All that you have done
Come, come, come

Come, come
To where you are from

Into my arms my child


Come, come, come
Leave your fears behind
Come, come, come

  

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white owl
(Kathryn, 2010)

White Owl, White Owl


Flying in the moonlight
Through the ancient forest
You bring me sight

White Owl, White Owl


Flying through my dreams
Grandmother you protect
And guide me

  

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fire

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ancient Mysteries
(Kathryn)

We sing and we dance here


We learn as we pray
To the eternal fire
Who has many names

Jesus, Jesus
Shiva, Shiva, Shambo
Holy Mary, Kali, Kali
Your teachings unfold

Ancient mysteries homecoming


All are one in Creator
I am humble, I am growing
In this garden of treasures

  

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grandfather Juniper

Grandfather
Watch over me
Grandfather
Give me the strength to see
Give me peace and give me light
Forever to watch over me

Grandfather, hear my call


From the desert I’m calling your name
Grandfather, please hear my call
With great love I call out your name
Guide me and show me my way
Forever a child of yours

With the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars


In the presence of this Holy Light
With the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars
I present myself to the Holy Light
May the power and the force of the Earth
Forever invigor my heart
  
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Yerba Santa
(Sommer)

Yerba Santa, Yerba Santa


Yerba Santa, Yerba, Santa

Yerba Holy Yerba


Yerba Holy Yerba
Yerba, Holy Yerba Santa
Yerba, Holy Yerba Santa

Healing, on the road to Healing


In the mountains you receive the curing
Deeper communion, deeper purification

Yerba, Yerba Santa


Yerba, Yerba Santa
Yerba, Yerba Santa

(Cracks the Lighting!


From the Fire grows the seed…)*

  
*Sung simultaneously with first part of the song in a round.
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Yerba santa

Yerba Santa, Yerba Santa


I feel so sick inside
I call on you to show me
The sweetnesses of life

The darkness it consumes me


The fears from which I hide
You teach me how to see them all
And bring them to the light

The sweet comes from the bitter


It’s all a part of life
I called on you, you showed me
My place I have arrived

Yerba Santa, Yerba Santa


You came to purify
You raised me from these bitter depths
To stand with pride and joy

  

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LIGHT OF YOUR TRUTH (yerba santa)
(Carly Boyer, 2010)

Mama Mama Mama


Mama Mama Mama
Mama ma, Mama ma

Shine your truth,


The truth of your Light

The Love is the Light,


The light of your truth

Cleanse my being
Clear the Fear

Mama...

I am whole in the truth of my light,


I shine, I shine
In the Love of my Soul.

➣➣➣

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Mama...

I am Pure in the Love of your Light,


With Nothing to Hide,
I shine I shine

Mama...

  

ephedra

Ephedra we’re here today


Ephedra we’ve come to pray

We’ve come to heal you, we’ve come to


praise
We’ve come to learn your ways

  
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StarFlower
(Kathryn and Sommer)

I see a star
Illuminates the heavens and the flowers

Give me power, give me power


Of my divine creator

Starflower, starflower
Teach us the language of the trees

Oh Mother Nature, Mother Nature


Sing us the lessons of the bees

I see a star
Illuminates the heavens and the clouds

Grandmother Spirit, Grandfather Spirit


Guide us to peace and wisdom in our hearts
  

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Mother shine your star (dragon Rt.)
(Kelly Murphy, 2010)

Mother shine your star


Mother shine your star

Illuminate the dark


Shine your holy light

Mother shine your star


Mother shine your star

Warm my heart with your light


Help my being take flight

Mother shine your star


Mother shine your star
  

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Grandfather of Light
(Wesley Martusewicz, 2010)

Grandfather

Juniper

Empower me

With beauty & light

Grandfather

Grant peace & sight

Grandfather

With love in my heart

➣➣➣

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Grandfather

Restore, align

Grandfather

The Divine Light


  

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Water

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Mama aralia
(Sky Yeager, 2010)

Mama Aralia, Mama Aralia


Soothe me with your waters
Bathe me in your golden light

Mama Aralia, Mama Aralia


Heal my hurting heart
Help me when I’m falling apart

  

St. John say wash away

St. John say wash away


The Angels and the Devils

The doors and the entry ways


The brothels and the temples

  

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Madrona

Madrona, Madrona Mother mine


Madrona, Madrona Mother mine

I’m shedding my skin


For my new self to emerge

Madrona, Madrona Mother mine


Madrona, Madrona Mother mine

Let go of what you don’t need


Shine in the purest bloom

Madrona, Madrona Mother mine


Madrona, Madrona Mother mine

  

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Oh Mother Yemanjá
(Kathryn)

Oh Mother Yemanjá
You are the Queen of the Sea
Let your waves of light
Wash over me

Praise all life


That comes from the ocean
The living coral reefs
The whales and the dolphins

Allow me to enter
The depths of the sea
Where the seed of life
Waits for me

Primordial seed
Star of the universe
Protected by the light
Of my pure heart
➣➣➣
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With devotion
I surrender
To the waves of the sea
Forever, forever

  

Hawthorn receive me

Hawthorn receive me
Hawthorn redeem me
Hawthorn please bring me
To peace in my heart

I am here for your comfort


Shelter and safety
I am here to wash
The sorrows away

  
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Aralia’s River Song
(Sommer)

Aralia, Aralia, Aralia


Aralia, Aralia, Aralia, Aralia

Your starseeds bloom, your starbright shine


Your watery green, you clear my mind

Your starships bloom, your stars so bright


Your calming green it clears my mind

You comfort me in darker times


You clear my mind, you clear my mind

Your brightendream, your fluidity


Flowing like watery streams
Flowing like watery streams

Your mantle of green, your mantle of green


Your crown of stars, your crown of stars

Bird medicine, in golden light


Pena Amarela* Guide, Pena Amarela Guide
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➣➣➣
Your pink and green, your violet light
Aralia, Queen of the River Forest Wild
Aralia, Queen of the River Forest Wild

You shine so bright, your liquid eyes


Your crystal gaze, you spin my mind
You shine so bright, your liquid eyes
Your crystal gaze you spin my mind
Slowly unwind

You shine so bright, your liquid eyes,


You spin my mind, smile on me, unwind

All my thoughts and fears


They disappear

In your golden light


In your golden light

Aralia, Aralia, Aralia


*Pena Amarela (“Yellow Feather”) is an astral sun-bird spirit guide.
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Three seeds

My Mother gave me these three seeds


Kindness, humility, and love
I looked inside and there I found
Her all-embracing mercy and love

She held my deepest, darkest self


My pain, my crippled, twisted soul
In her garden I do my work
These words I sing with all my heart

The beauty of our brothers and sisters


Cannot be found outside ourselves
We shine the light, it’s pure divine
It can be seen in each and every eye

  

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MESSAGE FROM THE WATER
(Alex Bliss)

Don’t be so scared
I am the water

Oxumaré
I am the river

I am the water
I am your love
  

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CURUPIPIPIAGUA
(Kathryn)

Curu curu pipipiagua


Spirits of the ocean
Spirits of the forests
Spirits of the rivers

Curu curu pipipiagua


I call all beings
Within this circle
To celebrate nature

Loving light
Radiates from these flowers
Ummm Ummm
Sings the hummingbird

This cleansing is
From the Holy Spirit
Ummm Ummm
Sings the hummingbird
➣➣➣
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Hey Wah Hey Wah
O Wah Hey
Ummm Ummm
Sings the hummingbird

  

SILVER EPHEDRA GATHERING SONG


(Sommer, 2009)

You are so beautiful


You shine in the moonlight
You are so beautiful
You shine in the moonlight

You give us your medicines


You are the mystery
You give us your medicines
You are the mystery

  
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I am the water

I am the water—hey-ya-wah
I am the water—hey-ya-wah
Falling down—hey-ya-wah
Merging into love—hey-ya-wah

Pure, strong love—hey-ya-wah


Falling down—hey-ya-wah
I am the water—hey-ya-wah
I am returning to the source

  

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earth

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Ashusha (devil’s club)

Ashusha
Protect the holy places
Defend our healing grounds
Liberate us from our sorrows
Liberate us from these devils
That want to bring us down

Ashusha
Anoint me with the Queen’s love
Restore my faith in love
Liberate me from my worries
Liberate me from these weary thoughts
That want to bring me down

Ashu, Ashu, Ashu


Ashu, Ashu, Ashusha
  

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The Earth and the Sky

Yarrow
On the Earth and in the Sky
Humble at your feet
The Divine and I meet

Great Spirit
Of the mountains in the sky
Align me with my destiny
With the Earth and Sky

  

Omulu
(Sky Yeager, 2009)

Omulu, Omulu
You were old when the world was young

Hey, Exu, open the way


For Omulu to come through (to heal you)

  
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Compassion
(Kathryn)

She said my power


Can move mountains
Can birth galaxies
Can touch your heart

My child
The time has come
For you
To awaken

She said my power


Can remove all obstacles
Can dissolve fear
Give them to me

Compassion in my feet
Compassion in my hands
Compassion in my heart
Compassion in my words
➣➣➣
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Eternal,
Eternal,
Eternal,
Holy Love (Holy Light)

Eternal,
Eternal,
I thank you (I praise you)
My Father (My Mother)
  

Little ferns
(Cat Klebl, 2010)

Little ferns and mosses, liverworts


You are so small, but you heal the Earth

  

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Angelica
(Sommer, 2010)

Angelica, Angelica (x2)


Angelica, Angelica (x2)

Angelica, guards my crown


Angelica, guides my heart

Angelica, she comes in dreams


Angelica, she comes to teach

Angelica, Guardian Mother Queen


Angelica, Guardian Mother Queen

Angelica, Gives us Source to See


Angelica, Gives us Source to See

Angelica, you guide my life to Dream


Angelica, you hold my life to heal
➣➣➣

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Angelica, whispers angels’ secrets
Angelica, whispers angels’ secrets

Angelica, Angelica
Angelica, Angelica

Angelica, Angelica
Angelica, Angelica

  

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Ganoderma

Ganoderma
Put your faith in the night
Put your faith in the Forest
Through pathways of sight

Ganoderma
Find ‘til you have found
That all of the Forest
Is sacred, holy ground

  

Darlingtonia
(Emily Westberg, 2010)

Be still sometimes child


You are nothing, you are nothing
That the Earth cannot hold

Be silent sometimes child


You are young, you move fast
But I am wise and old
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  
medicine of the mountain

Redroot, Tahoma
Redroot, Tahoma
Medicine of the mountain

Redroot, Wy’east
Redroot, Wy’east
Medicine of the mountain

Redroot, Tatoosh
Redroot, Tatoosh
Medicine of the mountain

  

cascara sagrada (for clearing)

A-yay-ya-wik-a-chay (4x)
A-yay, A-yay, A-yay-ya-wik-a-chay (2x)

  

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closing

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The Truth of the forest

The truth of the Forest


Is inside of my heart
I give thanks to the Forest
For all the love I receive

Child of the Forest


Never forget who you are
Receive your strength from the Forest
And your tranquility

  

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Water of life
(Kathryn)

Water of Life, Water of Life


Soothe my soul, soothe my soul
Make me whole, make me whole
Make me whole

I am free, I am nourished
I am free, I am nourished
Hey, Hey, Ho, Hey, Hey Ho
Hey, Hey, Ho, Hey, Hey Ho

  

i am the forest (alder)

I am the Forest, I am the Water


I am the fluid, you are the blood

Give me your love, receive my love


Receive the forest, deep in your heart

  
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from the forest
(Padrinho Alfredo)

From the forest I receive


Strength to work
From the forest I have everything
Every, everything God gives me

The forest is a splendor


In the way that it is made
With love it is harmonized
And leaves the Earth satisfied

We must live on the Earth


With total satisfaction
And if we want to have life
We give thanks to our Mother

  

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The spirits that guide me
(closing song)

The spirits
That guide me
That guide me
Guide me on my path

On my path
I found my brothers
And my sisters
Of my heart

To the spirits
I offer my thanks
I offer my thanks
For everything in this life

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other songs

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Medicine Making Song

The people need help


The people need help
Let’s make the medicine

Focus your attention


Open your awareness
The Spirit of the Forest is here

Plant Spirit Beings


We call you in this moment
The Stars, the Sun, and the Moon

Elemental Air
Fire from the South
The Water and the Earth

Dogwood and Aralia


Yarrow and Redcedar
Ashusha, Angelica

➣➣➣

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Spirits of the Forest
Guide us with your wisdom
As we make this medicine

  

Meal Blessing song

We give thanks for this food


And the Sun and the Earth
And the Divine Force
That is in all things

Bon Appetit!
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An Exploration of Plant & Human Consciousness
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www.forestmedicine.net

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