Coning Session Before Making Perfume as a Small Group of Friends
Before we begin our perfume making sessions it is always mindful to do a coning session with nature's intelligences to help by being co-creative with the garden and to make a conscious connection with the intention of the perfume we are going to make and to conduct a loving gratitude blessing to the plants, before we pick them, during and to generally be in a meditative thread of connection with the beings of the nature's intelligence.
When I lived on the EAST COAST in Washington D.C. and in Virginia afterwards, I had the pleasure of visiting Perelandra on the one weekend it was open in the year for visitors. I had an incredible experience of feeling nature spirits on the path between the big spiral circle garden and the workshop. This walk was through the woods, and where Machaelle Small Wright had a fenced off area she called the nature intelligence office.
I was with a friend, in shorts and a short sleeved tee shirt and experienced myself brushing what I thought were cobwebs off of my body, but in reality it was the energy of these nature intelligence beings.
I had always looked in the forest when I was a little girl collecting spring wildflowers for the faeries, and could always feel their presence. This was a beautiful confirmation. I met Machaelle a decade or more after I had met the people from Findhorn. Both were using a communication system to help with the gardening. I have always talked with plants, and am happy to share this coning session quote from one of Maechelle's books.
Machaelle Small Wright
"Nature is, after all, the order, organization and life vitality of all form. At all time, it may create, modify and utilize form in response to the moment. The 'appearance' of a nature spirit is a response to the inherent balance of the moment that includes an individual human being. More often than not, the nature-spirit form used is seen only within the mind's eye of the person with whom nature wishes to communicate. However, whether seen within the mind's eye or by the individual's outer sensory system, the form is equally real. But it is a communication bridge in the form of an elf, not an elf with an independent life of its own. The nature spirit level of nature's consciousness does not need elves and gnomes to function. That level simply flows through all existing form directly. When such an event occurs, many humans unfortunately tend to overlay it with expectation and definition that is unique to human intelligence. It has different dynamics and has been initiated and activated for a specific purpose. If humans could focus on the communication surrounding such an event rather than get lost in the excitement of the event itself, more would come of the experience; and it would be more useful to them, as well."
"The word 'Pan' is used by humans to access and work with the part of nature intelligence that bridges the creative activity (devic) with the action and implementation activity (nature of spirit) of the intelligence. The Pan function of nature intelligence also bridges these two activities with the overall soul dynamics 'natural law' or 'laws of nature'."
Machaelle Small Wright
What Is Nature Intelligence
Perelandra Coning Session
Perelandra Papers #11
We flow and feel connection when coming into the perfume studio in this quiet zen mindful way, and all our decisions in perfume making become easy with less resistance or worry. We drop into a free flow of consciousness that brings us joy.
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