Experiencing Plant Essences

Experiencing Plant Essences

Do you know what plant essences are, how they differ from essential oils, and how to use them? And are you aware that energy or frequency medicine of this type is increasingly being documented by scientific research?

Tune in to hear:


  • Definitions of what plant essences are and how we can understand their medicine.
  • How plant essences are helpful, and how they often come into our lives serendipitously.
  • 4 stories about my recent experiences with plant essences and how they empower us.
  • Suggestions about how you can benefit from plant essences, plus how to buy or make them.
  • How working with plant essences is part of our collaboration with nature and part of how we can heal and strengthen ourselves.
When You Can’t Save the Turtle

When You Can’t Save the Turtle


This is a story about a way to respond when you feel helpless to assist the natural world but want to feel more empowered. It’s about an endeavor to save a small turtle trapped in traffic, and how to proceed when your efforts to help don’t go as planned. Listen to hear how to respond to the world with your intention and frequency as well as your actions.

You can feel empowered knowing that you’re placing your energy and time in the service of your love for Earth.

This is about more than practical action: it’s also about ‘voting’ with your energy and your frequency by aligning with the intention of supporting life.

Why Regulating Your Nervous System Lets You Transform Our World

Why Regulating Your Nervous System Lets You Transform Our World

Do you feel internally safe and calm enough to create the transformation you desire to contribute to the world?

A crucial but hidden aspect of whether we can create healing change for ourselves and Earth is whether we have the internal safety and stability to do so.

Thus, current conversations about trauma and nervous system regulation are vitally relevant to our ability to renew the natural world.

If you see yourself as a change-maker, if you have experienced trauma, if you wonder why conflict resolution in our world seems stuck, or if you feel stuck in your own process of desired self-development, please listen to my current interview on the podcast with Dr. Cathleen King.

This interview is very important to me personally because Dr. Cat has been a pivotal mentor in my process of recovery from trauma and chronic illness. Her own recovery story and her message are potently relevant for anyone who seeks to be a healing presence to themselves and our world. 

Dr. Cathleen King is an expert on trauma recovery, inner healing, and how consciousness shifts create personal and collective transformation. She has the rare combination of in-depth doctoral-level education and training, over 20 years coaching others in the health field, and having gone through her own heroine’s journey of spending two decades of her life navigating debilitating illness. She speaks to transformation based on deep personal experience. In her youth she lived with poverty, family addiction and illiteracy, homelessness, and violence. In young adulthood serious illnesses kept her bed-bound for years. Learn more about her on the podcast page.

In our conversation, Dr. Cat and I discuss how nervous system safety is starting to receive much more attention in the health and spirituality arenas, but is a grievously missing piece in our environmental and social justice endeavors. If we seek to create healing for people and planet, we as individuals need to learn to regulate our nervous systems so we can achieve true conflict resolution. It is from the serene space of nervous system safety that we design creative solutions that bring regeneration to people and planet.

Dr. Cat explains that if you experience difficulty stepping into your calling, desired work, or goals, you likely have a dysregulated nervous system. She shares ways to orient your nervous system toward stability and optimal functioning.

When you are practicing nervous system recovery and regulation, you can surpass the us vs. them dichotomies that often break human society apart, and you can raise yourself above victim consciousness. Then you are in the powerful space of creative transformation, whether you aim to transform yourself and your life, your local community, or human life on Earth.

For humans and Earth,


Chara Armon, Ph.D.





Earth Care & the Language of the Heart: John Lockley

Earth Care & the Language of the Heart: John Lockley

John Lockley is a shaman trained in the Xhosa tradition of South African shamanic culture. He is one of the first white men in  history to become a fully initiated sangoma in the Xhosa lineage. He is the author of the book Leopard Warrior. Find him at www.johnlockley.com

Hear John discuss:


  • How he experienced the invitation to shamanism, why the path opens through invitation, not choice, and why his training was essential for the recovery of his health after years of illness. “Part of taking your power back is realizing, I am in complete control of my own healing.”
  •  How apartheid delayed his training, and what it has meant to be a white man trained in the Xhosa tradition.
  • His Xhosa shamanic name and its indication of his role as a bridge between the spirit and physical worlds, and between the Xhosa African and western worlds.
  • How he distinguishes between shamanic illness and soul sickness, why he believes soul sickness is now so common in the western world, and how he believes it can be healed.
  • Ubuntu: ‘I am who I am because of who we all are.’ And what it means now for humans and Earth, given ubuntu’s presence in world religions, not only African understanding.
  •  “We as human beings are the custodians of mother Earth—we have a responsibility to look after the plants, the soil…”
  • “We have to learn the language of the wilderness in order to save the wilderness, and the language of the wilderness is the language of the heart.”
Don’t Let What’s ‘Practical’ Limit What You Create

Don’t Let What’s ‘Practical’ Limit What You Create

Do you ever have the experience of suggesting a restorative, healing, or otherwise helpful idea and hearing someone tell you it sounds good but isn’t practical?


We don’t need to let our sense of what’s practical limit our creation of solutions to the problems people and planet are facing.


We are in a position right now on planet Earth where solutions are greatly needed.


  • If you care about bringing  solutions into being, it’s important to not let yourself feel shut down when others meet your ideas with the statement that they don’t sound practical.
  • People are probably mistaken when they discount a visionary idea as ‘impractical.’
  • Inspiration is valid: one of the main points of spirituality is to inspire us to bring into existence that which we value most highly.

If you feel a spark of inspiration, don’t feel discouraged if others don’t understand.


Inventors, visionaries, changemakers, humanitarians, and the local-scale contributors and leaders who make things better in the world around them are NOT practical first and foremost. They are visionary and inspired first, and then they seek the ways to bring their inspired vision into practical existence.


We’re living in a time that needs YOUR inspired contributions.


Believe in your inspiration and share your vision with those who are open to believing it with you.