Writing and the intuitive sense are intricately linked. Writing can be used to connect with our intuition. Writing requires observation, attention and listening, just as intuition does.
When we write, we are channeling, we are exploring possibility. When we write, we create something that wasn’t there before. Join us for this ongoing series of intuitive writing prompts with writer & poet Kate Belew.
As a City Witch, it’s easy to get swept up in the energy of New York City. With the fast pace and the strange cityscapes, the magic of the city is both real and energizing. However, nothing grounds me as much as taking my shoes off in the grass, or spending time under a tree. Earth magic and earth-based rituals can be the perfect way to connect with the web of all that is around us. When we feel a little frenzied, exhausted, or anxious, connecting with the Earth under my feet can be a centering experience even if it’s just for five or ten minutes.
Much like writing, Earth based rituals can help us tap into our selves and our roots.
Here are some small Earth rituals you can practice…
Lean against a favorite tree in a park or in your yard (take your journal and write about what you witness as you do, if you wish!).
Take your shoes off in the grass or dirt near your home and imagine your own roots reaching into the Earth.
If you’re feeling anxious, ask the Earth to help hold your anxious energy and to alchemize that energy into your favorite flower somewhere on the planet.
Say thank you to the plants near where you live.
Listen to bird songs online and then spend some time with your journal writing about how you feel after the experience.
Do nothing. Sometimes resting on the face of the Earth is all you need to do. Practice just being.
Below is a seven-line prompt meant to help hold your hand in creating a poem based on the magic of Earth. Each line describes a different “move” in the poem that you, the writer, can make.
Some lines have sentences started for you.
| Title: Earth Held
Line 1:”Whatever rests ________”
Line 2:”Knowing is ____________”
Line 3:”Earth, that which _________”
Line 4:In this line talk about rotation
Line 5:In this line discuss roots
Line 6: “Time spent _______”
Line 7: “Against ________”
I wanted to share mine this month!
Earth Held Out Like a Note in a Song
Whatever rests against this planet
knows that being is enough.
Earth, that which holds
us in a lace made from gravity, spinning.
I let my roots rest.
Time spent doing nothing
against all odds.
As you’re writing this month…
While writing about the Earth or before practicing Earth-based rituals, try sipping a Eucommia elixir. Add 1/2 tablespoon to your favorite tea or hot water to encourage grounding, flexibility, and strength.
Eucommia is also known as Du Zhong and comes from a rubber tree native to China. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
1/2 tsp. Sun Potion Eucommia
1 cup tea or coffee
splash of plant-based milk
1 dropper full Sun Potion Bacopa Transcendent Elixir
1 tsp. Sun Potion Tocos or 1 tsp. maple syrup
Brew coffee or tea using filtered water.
Add 1/2 tsp. Eucommia and stir.
Add Bacopa, and Tocos or maple syrup if desired. Stir.
Top with a splash of your favorite plant-based milk.
Choose an Earth ritual above to practice while sipping your grounding potion.
Breathe, Relax, In Joy