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Ingesting mushrooms can have tremendous biological value - from improving immune function, helping the body fight cancer to single doses of psilocybin showing benefit for treatment resistant depression.
But - as a society obsessed with - what can we consume to remove disease - this article is not about what mushrooms DO for us - it’s about who mushrooms ARE - in their specific environmental ecosystem niche - and what they have to teach us. About life and death. And healing too.
If you walk into any forest on this planet - you will discover the fruiting bodies of mushrooms - on decaying trees or the forest floor. What you won’t see is the network those fruiting bodies connect down into - the amazon dot com of the underworld. The network shuttling the dead decomposed plant and tree nutrients like carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and minerals back down to the underworld below.
Mushrooms - in their who-ness - are transformers. Breaking down dead life - back into the original - base elements - to be used once again to create new life. New plants. New trees. New growth.
Without mushrooms, the life - death - life cycle would come to a crashing halt. In a society uncomfortable with death - shying away from the reality that life and growth - are dependent on death - with mushrooms facilitating the transition.
Nature is cycles. And rhythms. Light and dark. Winter and spring - summer and fall. The sun and moon. Contraction and relaxation. Patterns that repeat over time. Mushrooms are cycle facilitators. Their function of decomposition keeping the seasons turning. Processing the dead organic matter of fall into the building blocks of the winter to be used again in the new growth of spring.
So what can mushrooms teach us about the process of healing? What pattern do they share?
Einstein once said - “A problem cannot be solved with the same consciousness that created it”. Perhaps illuminating that disease cannot be healed with - the same way of being - the same mental - emotional - physical - spiritual - environment that created it.
What if healing - at its core - IS the process of decomposition - of change - of growth - a sort of winter to spring journey. A transformation. A death of a way of being so that a new form can come through. A breakdown process before the breakthrough of healing.
A journey - that is not about seeking a pill - but instead asking the bigger question - what thought pattern - what self talk - what behavior pattern - what belief - what environment - what way of relating - needs to be surrendered back? To decompose. To break down. To make room for the person I am here to become? To make room for the new growth waiting to sprout forth - for spring to emerge.
I help women with disease transform their way of being - to step into a new form that aligns more with who they truly are.
Disease is the invitation. Inviting you into the process. Who are you here to become? Perhaps mushroom medicine is inviting you to embark on the journey - of transformation.
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