If you’re drawn to the Coralroot Orchid, you may at times experience the desire to save others. You may feel the desire to convince them of something for their benefit -- or to fix or solve a problem for them -- that perhaps they don’t even see.
You may experience the tension of inner struggle or wanting a loved one to see things differently, to realize, wake up or have more clarity about something. When you’re in this mode, you may feel critical of yourself or others or not be able to simply accept them as they are. Alternatively, you may go into convincing or evangelizing mode, which may stem from a feeling of being powerless or helpless.
Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza Maculata) helps us reconnect to our sincere divine nature without desire to sway anyone’s opinion. It dissolves attachment to wanting to change, fix, or save. It helps us see that the only antidote to any problems we observe, is to devote ourselves to our own personal growth and spiritual path, which over time, ultimately and effortlessly stimulates the conditions for change around us.
Coralroot Orchid helps us be nourished by the divine/our divine nature so there is nothing to be done, efforted, argued or positioned. The tension of wanting someone to realize something disappears. We’re more able to lighten up, trust and experience joy, because there is no “work to be done.” If we are directing our energy to our own spiritual paths, it is creating the causes for future realization and positive impact, AKA the only way to truly benefit others or create awakening in the world is to awaken oneself.
It does not rely on hashtags, movements or “efforting” externally. It does not rely on converting others to see things your way. Rather than focusing on others’ behavior, Coralroot shows us how to turn toward purifying our own self-limiting habits and patterns. We can let go of struggling and striving. In that release of tension, we become more aware of the true depth and subtlety of reality.
Coralroot Orchid inspires us to observe, and become aware of roots of pain and suffering, that cause us to want to change someone we love. Rather than want to force our way on their free will or feel powerless to help someone, we have the ability to bring our attention back to ourselves and our own tasks in the world. We experience that silence can be golden. A wise man or woman does not have the need to say anything.
Coralroot Orchid magnifies patience, wisdom and equanimity. It awakens an understanding that just “being” is enough. Our presence is powerful. We are not powerless to make a change, even when external appearances seem that way. Change does not necessarily take place by “efforting”; rather it can happen as a result of one’s own self-arising wisdom.
Coralroot shows us that our speech is not impactful through arguing, positioning or efforting; rather when it’s like a sword that stimulates, awakens and energizes both parties. It is more powerful to share the truth of our experience vs. try to sway someone else to see things our way.
There are 11 different types of Corallorhiza orchids throughout North America, Europe and Asia. All of them are terrestrial forest orchids. This particular Coralroot flower grows at 8500 feet in the aspen & pine forest north of Flagstaff, Arizona. They blend in with the reddish brown landscape of the pine bark. They’re rare and difficult to spot, but once you do, it seems they’re everywhere.
Traditionally this plant has been used in Native American medicine as a remedy for colds, pneumonia and skin irritation.
MAGNIFIES: Openness to understand another's perspective; Letting people be as they are without wishing to change or save them; Nourished by the divine/your divine nature so there is nothing to be done, efforted or argued; Realization that the ONLY way to create awakening in the world is to awaken oneself; Focus on self-awareness and discovery; Equanimity and non-attachment to outcomes
DISSOLVES: Desire to change or save someone; Wanting someone to realize something; Struggling, striving, getting into the weeds; Obscuration, ignorance and inherent confusion; Tension, arguments, criticism of self or others
Love + flower petals,
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