Have you ever wondered why people throw rice at weddings? This practice began in ancient times, and it’s continued until now. It’s not just because it’s festive. Rice is a seed, and seeds symbolize the power of transformation: New beginnings. New life. Fertility. Abundance. Longevity.
Throwing seeds is more than just a symbolic gesture. Think about it. Inside, seeds hold the secrets to creating new life. Yes, they literally feed us. But consider: a seed holds the potential not just for one tree, but over time, for an entire forest.
Seeds are powerful and intelligent — they persevere, and at exactly the right moment, they can transform into something much bigger and more magnificent than what they appeared to be.
In short, a tiny seed can manifest big magic.
Seeds are often used in shamanic work as a way to work with the power of creation, expansion, fertility, even healing.
I’ve collected unusual, beautiful and interesting seeds from all over the world– like heirloom rainbow colored corn, African Dream Seeds, even the seeds from the magical Ayahuasca plant.
Each of these seeds have incredible healing powers.
These African Dream seeds, for example, can be eaten to promote restful sleep and powerful dreams.
And they can survive years in sea water, and are considered to transmit that perseverance and strength by whoever has one.
They are sought after in India, Africa and Australia as powerful amulets.
You can connect with seeds like the incredible beings they are — meditate with them, make beautiful nature designs by combining them with gems and flowers, and share them with others. And of course, you can plant them!
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About the Author
Maya Shetreat, MD is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, The Dr. Oz Show and more.
Dr. Maya is the founder of the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain Medicine™, earth-based programs for transformational healing. She works and studies with indigenous communities and healers from around the world, and is a lifelong student of ethnobotany, plant healing, and the sacred.